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In 1972 the Truiumph Tiger was introduced in major cities including London
Only a few years after retiring the last of the motorcycle combinations in 1968 increasing traffic congestion in urban areas meant that the AA once again turned to motorcycles – this time without the sidecar.
In 1972 the Truiumph Tiger was introduced in major cities including London which had a fleet of 14, known within the AA as 'The Flying Squad'.
The Tigers carried a full set of tools, including a jack, and were fitted with a heavy-duty battery for boost starting.
This example is one of the machines used in the capital. Powered by a 500cc overhead valve twin-cylinder engine, it was registered in July 1973, the year that Tiger production ended at the Meriden factory in Coventry.
500cc overhead valve twin-cylinder
This Triumph Tiger was retained by the AA for display purposes following its retirement from operational breakdown service, but its condition deteriorated over the years.
It has been completely re-built and returned to roadworthy condition by London Patrol Peter Tobias, who now looks after it.
Peter has had to restore the bike for a second time recently following damage by vandals in a fire.
(22 August 2012)