So, you've got a vintage Triumph motorcycle but you aren't sure what year it is, or you want to identify a swap meet frame or engine along with other Triumph motorcycle parts and don't know how to look up or decode the serial or VIN numbers? If so, the information below will be a big help.
Where is the Triumph motorcycle engine serial number location?
Triumph engine number identification is very useful when you’re looking for parts.
An engine number is found on the left side of the crankcase (engine block). It is imprinted on the crankcase below the cylinder barrel. The motorcycle engine number length varies based on year but is often 6-7 characters.
On an unaltered, vintage Triumph the engine and frame serial numbers match. If they do not, that means that the engine or frame was replaced at some point in it’s history.
How to read a Triumph motorcycle engine VIN number?
Make sure you order correct parts for your Triumph, find part numbers conversions listed with a letter prefix. The prefix to the Triumph VIN decoder or serial numbers conveniently identify the model of the motorcycle. Some letters designate certain features, such as:
- The 'V' denoting a 5-speed transmission, versus the earlier, standard 4-speed gearbox.
- An 'R' can denote a right-hand shift motorcycle, as in the TR7RV.
- The letter 'C' can denote a Competition model, as in the TR6C.
Triumph Model Designation
|T140V||750cc Bonneville, 5-speed gearbox|
|TR7RV||750cc Tiger, right-hand shift, 5-speed gearbox|
|T120RV||650cc Bonneville, right-hand shift, 5-speed gearbox|
|TR6CV||650cc Trophy, 5-speed gearbox|
|TR6RV||650cc Tiger, right-hand shift, 5-speed gearbox|
|T100R||500cc Daytona, dual carburetor|
|T100C||500cc Tiger or Trophy, single carburetor|
|T100C||500cc Tiger 100 or Trophy, single carburetor|
|T100S||500cc Tiger 100|
|T90||350cc Tiger 90|
|T150||750cc Trident, three cylinder (triple)|
|T150V||750cc Trident, three cylinder (triple), 5-speed gearbox|
|T160V||750cc Trident, three cylinder (triple), 5-speed, electric start|
- Please note the triumph serial number identification.
Triumph Twin Serial Numbers 1950 - 1969
|YEAR||Unit 350 & 500cc||Pre Unit 500 & 650cc|
|1950||------||from 100 N|
|1951||------||101NA - 15808NA|
|1952||------||15809NA - 2500NA then 25000 - 32302|
|1953||------||32303 - 44134|
|1954||------||44135 - 56699|
56700 - 82799
|1956||------||70930 - 011115 then 0100 - 0944|
|1957||H101 - H760||0945 - 011116|
|1958||H761 - H5484||011116 - 020075|
|1959||H5484 - H11511||020076-029363|
|1960||H11512 - H18611||029364 - 030424 then D101 - D7726|
|1961||H18612 - H25251||D7727 - D15788|
|1962||H25252 - H29732||D15789 on Unit 650cc|
|1963||H29733 - H32464||DU101 - DU5824|
|1964||H32465 - H35986||DU5825 - DU13374|
|1965||H35987 - H40527||DU13375 - DU24874|
|1966||H40528 - H49832||DU24875 - DU44393|
|1967||H49833 - H57082||DU44394 - DU66245|
|1968||H57083 - H65572||DU66246 - DU85903|
|1969||H65573 - H67331||DU85904 - DU90282|
Triumph Twin Serial Numbers 1969 - 1983
During the rich and colorful history of Triumph, the models produced after 1969 contained the same prefix designators listed above, that indicated the model type, but the numbers were changed. A new coding system (numbers) was introduced using a two letter prefix for the month and model season year, followed by a number which began at 00100 for each model year and ran on irrespective of the model it was stamped on. The model season started in August.
How to read Triumph Motorcycle Part Number Conversion for Prefix Letters?
In old Triumph motorcycle parts books you will find part numbers listed with a letter prefix. The chart below shows the conversion from the old letter prefix to the new prefix number you will need to order your stock, vintage Triumph parts. For example, the part number E3974 converts to 70-3974.
In some cases you will have a part number that doesn't have four digits. For example, H519. You still convert the H to 97-, then just add a zero before the 519 to give you your full 4 digit part number, 97-0519.
|Prefix Letter||Prefix Number|
This is a comprehensive table of Triumph model serial numbers from 1950 to 1983. Engine and frame numbers should match, as they did when the motorcycle was new from the Triumph factory. If they do not match, that means the frame or engine was replaced sometime in it's history. If you already know the Triumph motorcycle engine numbers, you may be interested in learning about Triumph Clutch Inspection & Service, including great informational graphics and photos for the professional and novice alike!