Vintage Supply - 1972 Triumph TR6R

Let’s review this 1972 Triumph TR6R Tiger…

1972 was the 2nd year for the new Oil In Frame Triumphs, and the single carb Tiger sorted out a few problems from 1971 which produced a 649cc package that is now a very rideable  classic British motorcycle.

The frame was redesigned for 1972 giving a lower seat height of 32 1/2 inches with a hinge on the left as in 1970. The TR6 was offered again in 1973 along with the 750 TR7 eventually being replaced by it.

Rocker box covers allowed easier access for valve adjustments.

The single Amal 30mm carb is much simpler and more torquey than the twin carb Bonneville, (Believe me, I have a twin carb Triumph) and Steve McQueen preferred a single carb on the Triumphs he raced!

Those beautiful conical brake hubs with front air scoop were improved for 1972. This is the last year for drum brakes on the front, as a disc was added in 1973.  The drums are adequate for a bike like this, and there is none of the maintenance with a master cylinder and hoses(Once again I speak from experience, I have the same brakes on my T140, no fluid to worry about  and they look cool!)

Right hand shift in the classic British style with left foot braking, this went away with 1975 models as all had to comply with new regs.

Polychromatic Blue and Cold White are the colors on this restored classic.

Classic Smith’s gauges.

48 horsepower on tap gives plenty of power for cruising, these classics are really suited for backroads and state highways, not Interstate travel at sustained 80 mph+. We have seen 45-50 mpg on bikes like this giving pretty good range.

Plenty of power and a comfortable seat for 2 up riding.

These early 70’s Triumphs are a great way to get in to vintage motorcycling with a classic British twin!

You can find this particular bike for sale here.

George French (Left) and Larry Adams (Author, Right)

George French (Left) and Larry Adams (Author, Right)


Check out Larry’s other article, Two Old Triumphs, One Cold Man: The New Year’s Ride. Also, be sure to follow his blog, Larry’s Lectures.