Triumph was a major supplier of motorcycles to the British forces in the First World War. The 1915 Triumph Model H pictured here – probably in the Whanganui area, around the time of the war – had a 550-cc engine. It was driven by a belt to the back wheel. The Model H was so successful it earned the company the nickname ‘Trusty Triumph’, but the belt drive was dropped in favour of a chain drive in the 1920s.
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