I realise this post is quite old now, but I've only just come across it.
My Mum & Dad bought me a brand new Triumph Palm Beach in either 1964 or 65.
To my regret
I remember feeling a little disappointed, as I'd had my heart set (from the bike brochures) on a Raleigh Lancer.
Whether it was the aggresive name, the fiery red or the unusual double crossbar I'm not sure, but I've just had a look at one now and a right load of rubbish they look compared to my Palm Beach !
Just shows you sometimes Mums and Dads know what's best,even if accidently ! (God Bless 'em).
Mine had a contraption called a 'Dynohub' which as the name suggests was a Dynamo actually built into the hub of the front wheel.
This generated current constantly, but allowed to reach your front and back light by a switch under your front lamp.
This was a lot neater solution than the old dynamo as it didn't wear your rear tyre out !
The saddle was two-tone imitation leather. Blue seat (being the colour of my bike), with a white nose. Springs stretched underneath with two large at the rear.
It turned out a great little bike and served me well for a couple of years until I really got into my teenage passion of motorbikes.
I'm dead chuffed there is at least one still knocking about, atill being ridden and looked after.
Last edited by MalcB; 11-22-14 at 01:51 AM.