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Triumph 650’s were introduced to the Metropolitan Police Traffic patrol Fleet in early 1960.  No 2064 T, was one of the first two issued to DT6 at Hendon in March 1960 as a non radio equipped bike.  This actual model was first used by a young PC – Bert Oxford on duty at the Hampstead Heath Easter fair in North London.

In 1961 the bike was taken out of service on several occasions for use as a demonstration exhibit in the newly formed “ROADCRAFT EXHIBITION”. 

Eventually, in late 1962 it was withdrawn for permanent use in the exhibition.  It remained on this duty as part of the “Motor-cyclists reaction tester” travelling all over London until replaced by a newer model in 1973 Its’ show business career was not over however, as it was kept for use as a static exhibit in small shows and police station open-days etc.

In 1982 the elderly machine was purchased by an even older PSgt. Bert Oxford on his retirement.  It was kept in a well greased state until mid 1992 when complete restoration work was started.  The job was finished in 1993, after a complete strip-down to the last nut & bolt and a meticulous rebuild with all worn parts renewed.

The bike was unfortunately never ridden again. Bert Oxford kept it in exhibition condition & at nearly 70 years old, did not feel up to “biking”

again. The bike was acquired by the museum at the end of 2008.

Sadly Bert died of cancer late in 2008.



1960 METROPOLITAN POLICE

TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD 751 ALD