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Offline Jonny91

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My grandfathers bike
« on: July 28, 2020, 08:54:36 PM »
I have attached a photo of my mother as a child sat on my grandfathers motorbike, the photo was taken in 1941. I always thought it was a BSA but I'm not sure as I can't see the emblem on the tank. Any help most appreciated

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Re: My grandfathers bike
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2020, 09:03:07 PM »
It's Triumph Twin, just pre-war. I'd give it house room!

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Re: My grandfathers bike
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2020, 11:11:03 PM »
Yes extremely nice - bike and photo. The Speed Twin was introduced in 1938, so the bike is a either 1938 or 1939. I love the "launch" sidecar, with little nautical doo-dads on the "deck".

I suppose the photo is hand coloured, which might explain some of the lack of detail on the tank.

Rare and very sought-after these days. If you add the name "Steve McQueen" you get seriously big money https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25192/lot/53/

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Re: My grandfathers bike
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2020, 08:36:59 AM »
Looks like a Noxal sidecar, a pretty much identical one sold by Bonhams in 2006 here: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/14255/lot/575/  although Bonhams cautiously say 'make unknown' as 30s sidecars can be difficult to identify.
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Re: My grandfathers bike
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2020, 10:31:30 PM »
Thank you for the replies, its one heck of a coincidence as I'm currently riding a contemporary Triumph Speed Twin 😀
Thanks all

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Re: My grandfathers bike
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2020, 12:43:05 AM »
So if you'd shown your bike this photo, it would have said "granddad !".