Percy Tait is now a farmer who specializes in breeding award-winning rare breeds of sheep – bet you weren’t expecting a Bike-urious post to start with that! But in the past, he was a works racer and factory test rider for Triumph, for whom he apparently logged over 1 million miles. Here’s a replica of one his favorite motorcycles, the ’69 500cc race bike.
In this fantastic profile from Triumph, Percy talks about his time with the company. In 1969, he finished 2nd in the Belgian Grand Prix and was apparently the only rider not to be lapped by a MV Agusta piloted by Agostini himself.
This bike features a Ken Sprayson frame, and it ran in the 2003-2004 Manx Grand Prix. The tank is aluminum and the exhaust is stainless steel. The engine apparently puts down 47.5 horsepower at the rear wheel – the sellers admit that you could get another 5 or so horsepower out of it but they wanted to maximize reliability for longer races. Find this Percy Tait replica for sale in Munich, Germany with a BIN of $16,500 or best offer