Triumph 1935 493 cc OHV “ 5/2 “ frame # F. 1240 S.3285 engine # 2. S 5. 2282. 5/2 – 35
Designer Val Page came to Triumph from Ariel in 1932.
He designed an excellent range of motorcycles, of which the 250 cc model was the lightest.
Many parts of this model were interchangeable with those of the 350 and 500 cc models; Page was a sincere believer in rationalization in the production process of motorcycles.
The new range was introduced for the 1934 season and the new Triumphs proved to be technically excellent machines, although expensive to produce.
The 5/2 was the “basic” 500, there were three more 500s in the range, which were more luxurious in the way of having more chromed parts.
The machine has a four speed gearbox, a compression ratio of 6:1, 7 inch brakes and dry sump lubrication.
In 1936 the Triumph Cycle Co. that had been struggling for a number of years, was taken over by Jack Sangster and renamed Triumph Engineering Co.Ltd. Edward Turner became the new Works Manager and he immediately started to rationalize things further : he reduced the range of machines to 8 ( there were 18 models in the ’34 range and 13 in the ’35 range, most of them with a number of options in the equipment).
Turner was wise enough to keep the excellent bottom end designs of the Page designed singles.
This machine has been restored a number of yeas ago and is in good condition.