With the runaway sales success of the Triumph Speed Twin, Triumph turned to further developing the potential of this new parallel twin motor. The lighter and more powerful Tiger 100 was developed as a sports enthusiast’s machine and as with previous models the ‘100’ referred to its claimed maximum speed. The Triumph works were destroyed by German bombers in 1940 along with much of the city of Coventry bringing production of the Tiger 100 to an end until after the war but when Triumph recovered and began production again at Meriden the Tiger 100 re-appeared.
The Tiger 90 was a development of the Twenty-one/3TA model, being a much sportier design in an attempt to capture more of the youth market. It was introduced with the bikini fairing and slim mudguard (as opposed to the bathtub and roman helmet of the 3TA), and had high-compression pistons to increase the power to that of the 5TA. The bikini fairing was dropped in 1964 and the bike was styled more like the 650cc Bonneville.
This wonderful 3 owner example of the Tiger 90 has been fully restored with every conceivable part rebuilt, polished, painted, re-chromed, trimmed or powder coated. Since the rebuild the bike has been used very little. A beautiful example of a classic sports bike.