Riding a pre WWI Triumph
Occhio Lungo recently received a note from reader Cydney Kaster with some nice photos. She is writing a book about her grandfather, and has found that he rode motorcycles before WWI.
As information for her book, Ms. Kaster is looking for any info that our readers can provide about the bike, the location, the general experience of biking back then, etc. She thinks that he registration number is a from a Rex 2.5hp, registered in Perth in 1909-1911, and thinks that reg number may have been transferred when Mr. Pearse bought a larger bike. I replied that this is not a Rex 2.5, but that is appears to be a pre WWI Triumph 3 1/2hp.
From the second photo, we can see that the bike features Triumph’s ratcheting exhaust cutout. Does anybody recall when that was introduced? I think it was on their ‘12 models, but I cannot make out the patent details in an old fuzzy parts diagram that I have. There is no gearbox, so it predates the Model H of 1914. But there is an open horseshoe mag, and I think that is a Triumph one-speed hub with a clutch. I really love that curly-que horn and his great expression with his pipe in hand. He looks like an old time movie star.
The man’s name was Godfrey Scott-Pearse, and for her book, she’d love any more info that we can provide. If you have any comments, you can either click on the “comment” button at the bottom of the page, or email Cyndey directly: cydneykaster at yahoo.com Please note that both photos are copyrighted by Ms. Kaster