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Triumph Fips

Triumph Fips
Made inGermany
EngineSingle cylinder, two-stroke
Displacement47 cm³
Mixture preparationCarburetor
Performance0,9 kW (1,25 HP)
Rated speedApprox. 4.000 rpm
Drive trainEngine, transversal, chain drive
Brakes f/rDrums
Wheels2.25 x 19
Tank capacity5 liter
Top speedApprox. 100 km/h
Kerb weightApprox. 33 kg
PerformanceApprox. 50 km/h
Construction year1955
Purchase price598 DM + 15 DM (speedometer) + 12,50 DM (leg protection)

Whether one have done with the choice of name 'Fips' a good grip? It evokes memories to the monkey 'Fipps' written by Wilhelm Busch. Agile it is, but tends to a certain unpredictability. For a moped the right character? There the predecessor 'Knirps' was already named more neutral.

The moped, except the rear part, is made of sheet metal press parts with integrated tank. The of course has, despite its capacity of 5 liters yet a reserve tap, can be changed for the accessibility of the last half liter. Thus, the Fips drives by the way another 20 kilometers. One advertised with fuel costs of 0.01 DM per kilometer. Those were the days ...

In the not quite so immediate postwar period, in which the most important needs were reasonably satisfied, as a seller of mopeds one turned also and especially to the women, in the USA for example with the introduction of the automatic transmission. After all, the Fips had a clutch and gears must be changed. And because the first gear was a bit long, the operation of the clutch may not have been easy.

One also advertised with the low weight of 33 kg. There was even a carrying handle bottom of the frame. That was just a different time in which cement bags still weighed 50 and not 25 kg. One used many efforts on the description of the good start properties. The people feared too much a machine that exactly be refused their service, when you need it most, by the way not uncommon at the time.

Climax of the motorcycle boom: 1953

The rear part of the frame consisted of a tubular construction. It was unsprung, what at Triumph could be well balanced through the adjustable seat suspension already common practice for a long time. The sales success of the not very cheap two-wheeler fell short of expectations. One made a vending community with Hercules and Adler next year. 12/13               Top of page               Index
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