Friday 24 November 2017

Triumph of design as bike marks century

Fergus Black

IT has clocked up an unknown number of miles, gone through many an owner and puttered happily about the highways and byways of Ireland for a century.

Yesterday, vintage bike enthusiast Morgan O'Regan from Cork celebrated the 100th birthday of his Triumph Roadster motorbike as he joined more than 130 other bikers during the annual Munster Vintage Bike Rally of Cork and Kerry.

With its old Laois registration number, CI 356, the single-speed, belt-driven bike was made in Coventry and registered in Ireland in 1910.

Mr O'Regan, who has a stable of eight vintage bikes, bought the Triumph in 2003 and spent three years rebuilding the old machine.

It made its first appearance at the Munster Vintage Rally in 1967 before another run-out in 2006 and every year since.

"It has no gears or clutch and there's a direct drive from the engine to the back wheel. It's a very easy motor until you want to stop," joked Mr O'Regan, who hopes to complete his 650km rally journey today.

Irish Independent

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