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1942 Triumph 3HW Drivers Handbook

With World War 2 well under way it was the job of motorcycle manufacturers to supply machines for the war effort. Initially civilian models were altered as required (no chrome, painted green or grey for the navy, blackout lights fitted etc) and shipped out until war department contracts were filled for the supply of more appropriate machines. With the life expectancy of these machines being measured in days not years the motorcycles were definitely built down to a price and this appeared as changes on the 3HW like no rear number plate mounting bracket, a basic painted petrol tank with

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1926 Triumph Model P Spare Parts List

The infamous Triumph Model P was first introduced in 1925 to seriously compete against other manufacturers for what was a struggling market. Undercutting all others it was a success in sales however problems started to arise over quality and design issues and a rethink on improvements was required. Upgrades ensued and by late 1925 the MKII model was starting to restore confidence in Triumphs market. An attractive motorcycle still seen at rallies today.

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Want a Francis Barnett in 1925?

Well for 1925 they only had 2 machines listed for export, a 147cc 2 speed belt drive model, and a 172cc 3 speed all chain drive machine. Sparce looking motorcycles manufactured true to their motto of €œBuilt Like a Bridge€ the triangular bolt together frame may have appeared odd but it proved very strong (as long as the bolts were kept tight) and was to serve Francis-Barnett well for many years.

Given the very basic nature of the motorcycle they were most likely abused (like most small capacity machines), overused and then

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1925 Harley Davidson Sales Catalogue.

Major changes for 1925 saw the old style square or flat petrol tank and loop frame gone and the new frame and teardrop style petrol tank introduced. Harley Davidson were proud of this upgrade and displayed it openly with the release of their 1925 sales catalogue. The new frame allowed a lower seat height without sacraficing ground clearance, the upgraded rear mudguard offered better protection and a bigger seat allowed the rider better comfort over the longer miles that were being travelled. Both generator and magneto models were available for the 1000 and 1200cc machines, which could be ridden as

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The Enthusiast Magazine.

Manufacturers have always been keen to promote their products to the world. Sales brochures, wall posters of the latest models, sponsorship deals for riders, racers and clubs were just some of the efforts made to encourage riders to buy their products. Harley Davidson was no different and to get the message out there they produced a magazine called The Harley Davidson Enthusiast. First published in 1916 it was referred to as the ‘now and then magazine’ due to the sporadic nature of publication however later on it

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