John Britten 1948 Triumph Tiger Motorcycle

John Britten, together with his good mates Allan Wylie and Joe Hannah, loved British motorcycles.

Together the three men formed a race team, dubbed ‘Three Fools Racing’. This 1948 Triumph Tiger Cub is the motorbike that John Britten modified and rode himself.

Well-known around the race circuit, this 1948 Triumph Tiger Cub features a tank, oil tank and rear guard constructed from alloy. John Britten also made extensive modifications to its engine.

When the Britten factory was sold back in 2006, this bike was found in parts and put into storage in the basement of another building owned by John’s company. Luckily for motorcycle enthusiasts, the parts were retrieved from storage prior to the devastating Christchurch earthquakes. Had they not been moved, the parts of this historically-significant Triumph motorbike would have been submerged in water for several months because of restrictions on entry into the quake-damaged building.

In the end, this bike was put back together in commemoration of iconic Kiwi motorcycle figure John Britten to mark the anniversary of his death.

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