Triumph tigress 250 cc scooter

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by fullmetalscooter, May 20, 2011.

  1. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    I got interesting in this when someone wanted parst for on clist. I m guessing if theres less the 100 left in the usa/ canada.
    The Triumph Tigress, also sold as the BSA Sunbeam, was scooter designed to have good performance and handling motorcycle. The 250cc model had a cruising speed of 55-60 m.p.h. ( top 70) and petrol consumption of 120 m.p.g. Non CVT tranny. I ll never see one in person but it's interesting that they could make a 250 cc engine 40 years ago that got 120 mpg . It's got almost the same speed as a helix. To bad they aren't making something like it now.
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  2. Bronco638

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    Pretty cool. Yeah, 120 mpg out of 250cc is impressive. The bodywork is pretty aerodynamic which has to help fuel economy. And I thought the Vespa GS160 was rare...
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  3. hexnut

    hexnut Been here awhile

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    I believe they made them from 1959 through 1964. You meet the nicest people on a Honda probably done them in.
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  4. Black Sheep Radical

    Black Sheep Radical Fusionista

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    They are pretty cool, a basket case went on UK eBay for a few hundred quid last week. If only I had the room...
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  5. SpannerX

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  6. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    if i had the cash i would hop a cheap flight there and drive it back. How often are you going to find something that good for that cheap. Then again it's KIjiji and almost no one post there.
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  7. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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  8. SpannerX

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    The Lambrettas are a better idea, I bet parts for the Sunbeam/Triumph are next to impossible to get.
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  9. btcn

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    It is very cool!

    120 MPG out of a 250 cc motor? The only thought I have is at what speed is this MPG? It could be in top gear cruising at 25 MPH.
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  10. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    Latex seat?
    Hairline steering?

    Interesting...
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  11. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Just got an email from the guy whom in vancouver canada seem like he has 175 and 2 250 triumph scooters. With one of the 250 for parts. How he end up with 3 of them is anyone's guess. I m guessing that you can get parts like the clutch etc due to clubs in the UK . Often it seem clubs over there seem to have a list of parts. SOme clubs even go as far making up batches of parts . Bsa / triumph engines have good support on the net. Even if you can't get a head etc for it there s going to be bsa / triumph specialist that can make it for you.
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  12. ramblerdrver

    ramblerdrver Been here awhile

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    That's probably 120 miles per imperial gallon, which I think is about 5 quarts. Neat scooter anyway.
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  13. btcn

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    Makes sense.
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  14. Woodsrat

    Woodsrat Gone ridin'

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    In the book Classic British Four Stroke Trials Bikes there was a picture of a prototype trials bike built using the motor from these scooters. The caption for the picture said that Edward Turner (head honcho at Triumph and designer of the Triumph vertical twin) was not amused at the use of his scooter motor and the order came down to "saw it up." Jeez, no sense of humor at all...
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  15. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    It's a hell of a motor even if it's get 100 miles usa per gallon. 3.8L . still would be awesome in a general purpose motorcycle today.
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  16. Black Sheep Radical

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    Body parts for either model aren't easy to find but they do turn up. The 175cc version is easier to find bits for as it's derived from the Bantam engine. Either way, it'd be worth the effort - far cooler than some ole Lambretta IMO.
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  17. Phipsd

    Phipsd Older but not wiser.

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    120 mpg????? Out of a 250 British single? I don't think so unless you rode at a steady 25 mph. I got 120 mpg with my 1967 Honda 90 Cub, also not a CVT. That scoot would have been good for about 80 mpg, which is still good.

    Manufacturers were just as creative when lying about fuel economy back then as they are now.
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  18. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    I have a 250cc 4T BSA Sunbeam and a 100cc 2T Triumph Tina scooter. Both complete with ownerships and spare wheel comes on the BSA.
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  20. CaptnJim

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    I think we're going to need to see some photos! You in the tiger-inspired bodysuit is optional. :D
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