Contributor David N continues his tour of local events with a visit to the 26th annual Triumph National Rally!
Greetings from the 26th annual National Triumph Rally held last week at the fairgrounds in Oley, Pennsylvania, the same site as the AMCA Spring National Meet. With the Reading Motorcycle Club drag strip just down the road, Oley is quite the town for motorcycle enthusiasts.
This year’s theme was the Triumph pre-unit, namely 500 & 650 twin models which have a separate transmission. The unit motor came out in 1964. Over 40 pre-unit Triumphs were on display, but that does not discount all the other Triumphs which made the show, including Hinckley models! The rally was a three-day event with perfect weather.
I arrived Saturday with a Bultaco in tow. What? A Bultaco…why? Well because my Bultaco was once owned by Eddie Fisher who gave it to his son Gary, and Gary sold it. Eddie, a former Triumph factory rider, never misses this meet. He truly enjoys talking with all enthusiasts.
So, I caught up with Eddie there, but his version of the story is a little different. He said that Gary said Eddie gave it to him only after Gary sold it! So, they had a bit of reunion.
The Triumph bike show is the mainstay of the rally. While the swap meet area is good, the show area was quite inspiring. There were many exhibits and models that I have not seen elsewhere, and I’ve been to a lot of cycle shows.
Tired of kick starting your vintage Triumph? One company’s solution is this pneumatic kick starter! “So easy, a kid can do it.” Also available for the Norton Commando and Velocette.
Whether you were in the market or not, there was something for everyone. Regularly held in late June, the weather usually will hold. It’s worth adding this show to your trips next year.