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Bike of the Month - February/March 2014:
   Jeff "Esso" Holmes 1958 Triumph T21 (The Bathtub)

Esso's Bathtub

The Twenty-one has always been both loved and hated, I love the big ass it has, but just as many people hate it. It has a 350cc (or 21ci) engine and was called the “Twenty-one” to commerate the 21 year Triumph Engineering Company anniversary.

Esso's Bathtub

Triumph produced these from 1957 – 1966, though the latter years saw it without the bathtub and a 500cc version was also introduced in 1959.

Esso's Bathtub

As I understand it the bathtub was intended to be weather protection for the bike. It never went over well in the US and most of the rear fenders were discarded over the years. So finding an intact Twenty-one is a rare thing these days.

Esso's Bathtub

This one came from the Los Angeles area, I picked it up from a guy that bought it new. He had a pile of pics of himself as a youg lad with greased up hair sitting on it, so I presume his story is true.

It purs down the road nicely with enough power to keep you from thinking about getting on the freeway.

Esso's Bathtub

I didn’t have to do much to this one, pulled a dent in the ass end, the typical carb job and clean the grease out of the brakes so it stopped instead of speeding up when you pull in the lever.

I usually just run it down the side roads on short rides, but it is strong enough to take it anywhere you’d take a 56 year old bike….as long as you aren’t on a time limit.

Esso's Bathtub

So there it is, my 1958 Triumph Twenty-one.

Esso's Bathtub

Jeff "Esso" Holmes
BIR # 172
Gilbert, AZ, USA