Editor’s note: Welcome to Barber’s Best, where we’ll be featuring just a portion of the more than 600 vintage motorcycles on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama. Of course, nothing beats viewing the museum’s amazing classic motorcycle collection with your own eyes, so be sure to visit their website and plan your trip today.
Claimed power: 3-1/2 HP (taxable rating)
Top speed: 65mph
Engine: 499cc air-cooled, single cylinder four stroke
Bore/Stroke: 81mm x 97mm
Valves: Four valve, pushrod activated
Fuel system: Single carburetor
Transmission: Three speed, hand shift
Suspension: Front single spring girder fork, rigid rear
Brakes: Front bicycle style, rear vee block on pulley
This 1922 Triumph motorcycle was a very well constructed and durable design, proven in the battlefields of World War I.
The unique feature of this bike is the four-valve cylinder head designed by British engineer, Harry Ricardo. Although a simple machine, the “Riccy,” as proud owners would refer to their machines, was a popular and reliable early motorcycle.