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Video: Man waits 78 years to sit on Triumph Tiger

Published: 14 August 2017

Updated: 14 August 2017

91-year-old Harry Greeves was 13 years old when he saw a 1939 Triumph Tiger 100 for the first and only time. Since then his dream has been to own a Tiger 100, but sadly he was never able to fulfill it.

But now, 78 years later, Harry has had the chance to sit on one of the rare machines, thanks to the work of his grandson Alex and Triumph collector Dick Shepherd.

“One of my wishes was to be able to see this wonderful motorcycle again in my lifetime. It was something that I never thought would happen, so to get the chance to see one, be able to touch it and actually sit on it was a dream come true. It’s difficult to find the words to describe how it made me feel, but it is a moment that I will never ever forget.”


Speaking to For The Ride, Alex said: "Every time I see him, he mentions it, but he’d never actually got up close to one, let alone sat on one before now. When he finally did, he was in tears."

Alex had been about to give up trying for years to reunite his grandad with the model and was about to give up when he was handed a fresh lead by Ken Kirby at Suffolk Triumph: "In the end, he had an absolutely brilliant time and I know that he will always remember this as much as I did. And to be honest, I can see why he was so in love with the bike. Last week on his birthday I gave him a framed blown up picture of him on the bike and he was in tears again. It just shows the powerful bond that exists between a man and a motorcycle."

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