1959 TRIUMPH TR6


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1959 TRIUMPH TR6 NOMENCLATURE
1959 was the last year that the TR6 did not carry a letter designation after it. Starting with model-year 1960, the TR6 model line split in two, with the TR6/A being the low-piped street version & the TR6/B the high-piped dirt bike. But for 1959, it was still known as the TR6 Trophy, alongside it's stablemate, the 500cc TR5 Trophy, essentially identical in every way but displacement, and now in its last season. 1959 Triumph TR6 engine numbers start with 020883 & end with 029688, and were built from November 8, 1958 to September 10, 1959. Price new was 271 British Pounds.


1959 TRIUMPH TR6 UPSTAGED BY NEW BONNEVILLE
Of course the exciting new twin-carb Triumph Bonneville was the big news for 1959, but the Bonnie also bumped the TR6 from it's position on the top of the Triumph Motorcycle food chain. The 1959 Triumph TR6 was therefore more thought of as an off-road or 'enduro' model, whereas the T120 Bonneville was a pure sport roadster.

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1959 TRIUMPH TR6 UPGRADES
The new one-piece forged steel crankshaft (replacing the old 3-piece pressed-together crank which had proven prone to breakage) which had been the basis for the new T120 Bonneville now worked its way into the rest of the B-range machines. (This new nomenclature went as follows: A-range was the Tiger Cub, B-range was all 650's & the last of the pre-unit 500s, and the C-range was the 350s.) This new crank had 1-5/8" journals with a central cast iron flywheel pressed & bolted to the center of the crank. Conrods were of H-section alloy. They were balanced to a 50-percent balance factor. The E3325 inlet (intake) cams were replaced with the higher-performance E3134 racing cam.

OTHER CHANGES
The gearbox got an oil level plug & the shifting camplate was induction hardened to improve durability, resulting from the abuse the Yanks were dishing out on the dirt tracks & in the deserts of America. The oil tank got a new froth tower to prevent oil spillage in rough off-road use. A new cam lever for the front brake improved leverage & a more robust voltage regulator was fitted (Lucas #37725H).


1959 Triumph TR6 SPECIFICATIONS:




MODEL DESIGNATIONS:
1959 Triumph TR6 Trophy....................... Street Scrambler

ENGINE:
Engine type....................................... OHV vertical twin
Horsepower at RPM............................ 42 BHP @ 6,500 rpm
Bore................................................ 71mm / 2.79"
Stroke............................................. 82mm / 3.23"
Displacement.................................... 649cc / 40 cu. in.
Compression Ratio............................ 8.5:1
Valve Clearance (cold):
Inlet................................................ 0.05mm / 0.002"
Exhaust............................................ 0.10mm / 0.004"
Valve Timing:
Inlet Valve Opens.............................. 34 degrees BTDC
Inlet Valve Closes.............................. 55 degrees BTDC
Exhaust Valve Opens.......................... 48 degrees BTDC
Exhaust Valve Closes.......................... 27 degrees BTDC

IGNITION:
Spark Plug Gap.................................. 0.50mm / 0.020"
Timing (fully advanced):
Crankshaft position............................. 38 degrees BTDC
Piston position................................... 11mm / 7/16" BTDC

CARBURETOR:
Type................................................ Amal Monobloc

TRANSMISSION:
Speeds.............................................. 4
Gear Ratios:
4th - Top........................................... 4.6
3rd - Third......................................... 5.5
2nd - Second....................................... 7.8
1st - Bottom...................................... 11.2
RPM @ 10MHP in Top Gear................... 638 RPM

CLUTCH:
Type................................................ Multi-plate, wet
Number of Plates:
Drive Plates...................................... 6
Driven Plates.................................... 5
Friction Material................................ Neolangite

SPROCKETS:
Engine............................................. 21 teeth
Clutch............................................. 43 teeth
Gearbox.......................................... 18 teeth
Rear Wheel...................................... 43 teeth

CHAIN:
Primary, pitch.................................. 1/2" X .335" X 5/16"
Primary, length................................. 70 links
Final Drive, pitch............................... 5/8" X .400" X 3/8"
Final Drive, length............................. 101 links

CAPACITIES:
Fuel (US versions)............................. 3 Imp. gal.
Fuel (UK & export versions)................. 4 Imp. gal.
Oil Tank........................................... 5 pints / 3 L
Gearbox........................................... 2/3 pt / 400cc
Primary Chaincase............................. 1/4 pt / 150cc
Front Forks....................................... 1/4 pt / 150cc

TIRES:
Front............................................... 3.25 X 19"
Rear................................................ 4.00 X 18"

SUSPENSION:
Front............................................... Telescopic Forks
Rear................................................ Swing arm

BRAKES:
Front............................................... 8" / 20.32cm SLS
Rear................................................ 7" / 17.78cm SLS

DIMENSIONS:
Seat Height...................................... 30.5" / 77.5cm
Wheelbase........................................ 55.25" / 140.3cm
Length.............................................. 86.25" / 219cm
Width............................................... 28.5" / 72cm
Ground Clearance.............................. 5" / 12.7cm
Dry Weight, unladen............................ 380 lbs / 173kg


TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLE BOOKS


TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE YEAR-BY-YEAR

TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE ESSENTIAL BUYER’S GUIDE

COMPLETE BOOK OF CLASSIC & MODERN TRIUMPHS

TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES 1956-1983

FACTORY-ORIGINAL TRIUMPH TWINS

TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES

TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLE RESTORATION, PRE-UNIT

TALES OF TRIUMPHS & THE MERIDEN FACTORY

TRIUMPH ILLUSTRATED SHOP MANUAL, 1935-1939

TRIUMPH ILLUSTRATED SHOP MANUAL, 1937-1951

TRIUMPH ILLUSTRATED SHOP MANUAL, 1945-1955


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