An Introduction to the Tiger Cub and Terrier

Back in the 50's, the Earls Court Motorcycle and Cycle Show was the place to debut your new models and Triumph were a fixture of these shows. Back then it was a combined bicycle and motorcycle show with a lot of crossover between the two as cycle-motors were still popular. The 1952 show was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh and Triumph were on Stand 28.

Officially announced just days before the show took place in November, Triumph had a new model on display, the T15 Terrier. This unit-construction, four-stroke 149cc machine with its Speed Twin looks in miniature and Amaranth Red livery was like a breath of fresh air among the plethora of post-war two-stroke machinery from other manufacturers.

The following year Triumph debuted the T20 Tiger Cub. Based on the Terrier and utilising the same plunger rear suspension, the Tiger Cub was introduced as the sports version with its 199cc engine giving a 25% power increase over the Terrier's smaller 149cc unit.

In the years that followed its introduction, the Tiger Cub was to win off-road enduro's, desert races, hill climbs, sprints, flat track, short track, grass track, scrambles, speedway, trials, road racing, ice racing, ISDT's and take a World Speed Record (139.82mph) to be possibly Triumph's greatest and most successful competition motorcycle to this day.

Finally production of the last 'pure' Tiger Cub models ended in 1967 with the T20SM and T20M Mountain Cubs (T20M shown).

Welcome to the world of Triumph Tiger Cub and Terrier motorcycles... read about the history then explore the rest of this site.

Terrier and Tiger Cub History

Terrier and Tiger Cub History