Bernies Bike Shed

TRIUMPH/TWN 1949 TO 1958

triumph bdg250

Triumph BDG250 from 1951 solid rear

1950 bdg

Triumph_Werbung
Advert from mid fifties the ladies giving there usual wave,plus the rider on the cornet wearing a wok on his head!!
Cornet plus castrol
Classic ad for Castrol with Triumph (the gentelmans whispering motorcycle) Cornet. My own thoughts! i find ads like this wonderfull !! It depicts the quietness of the bike of which castrol want to be part of!! But look at the guy on the Cornet… He’s got a smart suit,tie,shoes.The frau is up to date in fashion! not sure about the riders head gear!!
Pair of Triumph's at the NSU treffen the one on right is the sports versionthe BDG250SL
Pair of Triumph’s at the NSU treffen the one on right is the sports version the BDG250SL
TRIUMPH/TWN'BOSS'

The Triumph/TWN ‘BOSS’ 344cc,2 carbs,2 x banana exhaust, but only one spark plug,split/single,hydraulic rear brake 16 BHP ideal for sidecar work. became known in Germany as the ‘Buffalo’ Also in Germany if they are talking about a TWN they will pronouced it as TEE-WIN.

Boss mit sidecar

Boss with Steib sidecar with a very Bavarian background

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Advert for Continental tyres, very similar to the Triumph sales brochure?

Triumph BDG 250 L - SL 1954 6 Seiten A5001 (2)

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The Triumph/TWN BDG 250 SL,from 1956 SL stands for sport and light The barrels should be all alloy,but this has been replaced by the earlier iron barrel

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Triumph/TWN

From 1952 the 250cc Triumph/TWN BDG250H

Triumph TWN BDG 250 H 1951005 (2)

triumph 'boss' brochure

triumph ‘boss’ brochure

Triumph CornetCornet Claude Rye

This a advert from July 1957’Motorcycle’ about this time the German motorcycle industrie was on decline with bikes not selling in the showrooms.Claude Rye obtained a batch of 200 ‘Cornets’ and sold them at the price seen in the advert.In the spring of 1958 they reduced the price down to £129 10s 6d to compete with there arch rivals  PRIDE & CLARKE selling the DKW RT200VS at the same price.Both bikes were quality machines selling at about £25 cheaper than a James or Francis Barnet.For a another £2 10s 6d you could have the ‘Cornet’ crated up and sent to your nearest railway station.Because of this’Cornets’ seem to scattered all over the country not just around the London area.Claude Rye salesrooms are now the Fulham football Club salesrooms.

A few years ago ,i had the good fortune to meet a ex Claude Rye mechanic who told me the little’ Cornets ‘sold in reasonable numbers and were in general good reliable bikes , but there achilles heel was if ridden hard they tended to nip up(seizure) probobly due to the piston on the induction side running cooler and keeping the exhaust piston going when conditions were not ideal for it!As a result ring,piston and worst of all barrel wear would result.The problem with the barrels are they are chrome plated so cannot be rebored.Most of the ‘Cornet’ engines i have seen all show signs of wear in that area.   Below is another advert from Claude Rye,plus a Comerfords advert for the Adler ‘Favorit’ but the private one is bit of a find!!! I thought the 250 BDG or in this case the SL version were never imported to the UK.The advert proves me wrong a new 250BDG SL for sale I wonder what happen to it???

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By December 1958 with sales of Pride and Clarke’s DKW RT 200VS selling well,Claude Rye lowered the price of the ‘Cornet’to the same as the DKW.

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A period photo of a friend on his TWN’Cornet’ taken in summer of 1960.Unusually the Claude Rye dealers plate is on the front mudgard!! thought they always put them on the rear.

TWN advert in USA

advert from CYCLE in the U S A

Found this Advert from’Motor Cycling’ November 1954 showing that the TWN range was available in Great Britain This info is new to me soU T KTN125102

if anybody knew or had seen a ‘Boss’ or TWN BDG250 SL in the fifties let me know!!or please add a comment

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Belgian beer maker in Bruges in the 50’s

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