HOME | LINKS |  Bobber Republic Info Pages

Tom Hines' 1958 Triumph Hill Climber

Bill from Lewiston, Idaho, United States, made available these pictures of this historic 1958 Triumph Hill Climber on which his father Tom Hines booked many victories in the early sixties of the last century.

Bill: "For sale is Tom Hines 80 cu.in. Championship HillClimber. It is a 1958 Triumph 6T. While Tom used this bike to compete in the 80 inch Class competitions, it is not actually bored to 80 cu.in. He used it to compete and win several Hill Climb competitions."

1958 Triumph 6T Hill Climber Motorcycle by Tom Hines

1958 Triumph Hill Climber by Tom Hines

Bill: "The bike was last operated in 1972 and has been residing in the garage ever since. We left the dust and blemishes in place for proper restoration. What appears to be a stain on the seat is actually a bead of my sweat.

Trophy not included."

1958 6T Triumph Hill Climbing Motorbike by Champion Tom Hines

Bill: "Tom took this otherwise stock motorcycle and welded a longer swingarm on it for more leverage. He also dismantled the engine and tweaked the internals to make it an even better machine."

Chains on rear tire of 1958 Triumph hill climber motorcycle

Grip is everything! These rear tire chains of this champion hill climbing motorcycle were definitely intended for off road riding only.

Chains on rear tire of 1958 Triumph Trophy hill climbing motorbike

Bill: "Notice Tom's homemade 'disc brake' caliper on the rear sprocket to lighten the rear wheel."

Triumph Hill Climber Seating Position

Handlebars of 1958 Triumph 6T Hill Climber Motorcycle by Tom Hines

Note the smooth top rim across the handlebars - when climbing a steep hill that is what you will lean into standing upright on the pegs to keep proper balance.

1958 6T Triumph Hill Climbing Motorcycle Seat by Champion Tom Hines

Climbing hills is a bouncy ride by definition. No need to explain that the large soft and smooth saddle is quite an important safety feature...

1958 Triumph 6T Engine

1958 Triumph 6T engine 1958 Triumph 6T Engine

1958 650cc Triumph engine Tom Hines took the Triumph Trophy 650cc two cylinder engine apart and checked and tweaked all parts to make it an even better machine.

650cc Triumph Trophy motorcycle engine

1958 6T Triumph motorcycle engine

650cc 1958 6T Triumph motor

Tom Hines - Hill Climbing Champion

Hill Climbing Champion Tom Hines and his Triumph 6T

Bill: "Tom won the Harley-Davidson Dealers Assoc. Hill Climb event in Corvallis Oregon three years in a row from 1961-62-63. The Association was so discouraged by the event being won by a Triumph that they completely cancelled the event there after!

In 1962 he won the Canadian National Hill Climb event in London Ontario.

Tom passed away May 3, 2008 from Melanoma cancer and is greatly missed by his friends and family."

1Hill Climbing Champion Tom Hines

1958 6T Triumph engine tweaked by Champion Tom Hines Tom tweaked the 650cc Triumph Trophy 6T engine for better and smoother performance.


(April 2010)



Actually, this historic 1958 Triumph Hill Climbing machine is currently for sale.

For more information:

EBay Advertising

1958 6T Triumph Hill Climbing Motorbike by Champion Tom Hines





British Service, Repair and Restoration Manuals