1947 TRIUMPH SPEED TWIN LEADS THE WAY
At the end of World War II, civilian production of motorcycles ramped up quickly to tap into the tremendous pent up demand for transportation. 1946 was Triumph’s first postwar model year. The 5T Speed Twin was its best seller prior to the war, and was largely carried over as is after the war. The notable exceptions were the front and rear suspension. Gone was the old pre-war girder front fork, replaced by a modern telescopic fork. Out back, the infamous sprung hub was added to the existing rigid frame to give some semblance of ride compliance. The 1947 model is largely carried over from the 1946. By this time, Speed Twin sales were fueling Triumph’s recovery and allowed it to bankroll its success over the next decade.