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With the Triumph Bandit 350

Triumphant return to Coventry

All dedicated motorcycle enthusiasts are in for a real treat, as today saw the return of one of Coventry's rarest ever bikes.

On Thursday, 28 February, one of Coventry's rarest bikes arrived at its new home at the city's transport museum.

Only a handful of Triumph Bandit 350 motorbikes were made because financial problems forced the model to be cancelled before it went into production.

"Triumph is a Coventry associated name, and when we were offered this very rare bike we jumped at the chance"

Coventry Transport Museum Curator Steve Bagley

One of these pre-production prototypes is now in residence at the Coventry Transport Museum.

Museum Curator Steve Bagley said: "Triumph is a Coventry associated name, and when we were offered this very rare bike we jumped at the chance."

Norman Hyde, who owned the bike for 25-years, sold it to the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust and they have now loaned it to the museum.

Triumph Bandit 350 outside the Transport Museum

The Triumph Bandit 350

The Chairman of the British Motorcycle Trust, John Kidson told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire: "We felt it was an important mortorcycle that should be kept for posterity, to show to the public what the British motorcycle industry were trying to do, just when things went wrong for them."

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's Irene Aserie went along to its unveiling. You can hear what happened by clicking on the link to the audio below:

You can also see photos from the launch:

last updated: 24/04/2008 at 16:03
created: 29/02/2008

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