Road Tests of 1946 Models
The 349 c.c o.h.v. Twin
Model 3T de Luxe TRIUMPH
A medium weight multi from a famous factory is put through its paces with pleasing results.
The 3T Triumph has inherited the clean lines and excellence of finish which have already earned for the larger capacity Speed Twin such a well-deserved reputation.
When the Triumph Engineering Co Ltd first announced their intention to market a 350 c.c edition of their famous vertical twin, the news was greeted with enthusiasm by thousands of riders whose fancy bad been captured by the undeniable charms of this type of power unit. It was a sad blow to Army riders when their secretly cherished hopes of a W.D. version were buried in the dust and rubble of the old, blitzed Triumph factory for many a D.R. had been. intrigued by the possibilities of zooming his way through convoys and covering Sb. runs with silent speed.
There is not the slightest doubt that this machine has created for itself a keen and receptive public and following a 1,500-mile test of a 3T De Luxe edition we can heartily endorse the feelings of those riders whose acclamation has underlined the success of this beautifully mannered motorcycle.
It is produced in two forms: the “Tiger 85,” a lusty brother to the machine under review, provides the potent performance so dear to the heart of keen sporting soloists.
The 3T De Luxe offers a gentle-manly performance designed to appeal to the touring rider, yet on the other hand it is perfectly capable of producing outstanding figures, as the acceleration graph clearly shows.
ln considering this model as a tourist job, it would perhaps be as well to analyse the touring rider’s average requirements. First, he demands reliability with a degree of riding comfort which ignores anything savouring of a racy appearance. He wants easy starting at all times and under all conditions, and he desires a degree of unobtrusiveness in his t r a n s p o rt sufficient to enable his passage through the countryside to be in keeping with the tranquil mood.