William relives his motorbiking youth with a spin on a Triumph Tiger

The Duke of Cambridge relived his motorbiking youth when he took the latest model from legendary firm Triumph for a spin - and gave it the thumbs up.

William tried the new Triumph Tiger 1200 during a tour of the manufacturer's factory and could not hide his excitement at seeing all the two-wheeled machines in various stages of construction.

When the duke first arrived at the plant he was impressed by the bike he would later ride waiting at the entrance and said "Look at this - a monster."

Duke of Cambridge visits Nuneaton
The Duke of Cambridge tries out a Triumph Tiger ( Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA)

In his 20s the duke was known to ride powerful motorbikes and is likely to have enjoyed the anonymity and freedom of riding around London as just another biker.

William, 35, wore a helmet, gloves and jacket for the brief turn on the Triumph Tiger and at first drove into a car park to give himself a longer run along a stretch of private road at the factory in Hinckley, near Nuneaton.

He revved the engine and sped along towards the waiting press and braked gently before taking off his helmet and saying "very nice", and adding to the media: "Your turn next guys."

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