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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

A Nice Pair............

A brace of new 626 Concentrics, jetted to what they call a "standard build" which is pretty close to the sizes given for the race kit carbs, and ya gotta start somewhere! Standard they said, still took nigh on 5 weeks to come! Too busy shipping 'em o'er The Pond I guess.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

In from the cold

Thought I'd best report in, lest anybody's getting worried, gotta 'fess up, I've been slutting on Facebook, a thing I swore, on many more than one occasion never to get involved with.

Well, here's how The Skankweasel is sitting at the moment, although the back brake set-up is now on and working. 

Happy with the pipes I must admit.

Tucked in nice and snug there.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014


Got a bit carried away gushing about that magazine yesterday. Too busy salivating over the pictures to fully read the article. There's a paragraph describing the 57 T100RR towards the end, the author staes that it was almost the same bike as the RS but with a bolt on hardtail. That is not the case at all, this is a genuine 57 RR frame, pretty much the same as any stock rigid Triumph frame. It's got the late Tiger 100 rear section with the rear set footrest mounts, the front section is interesting, it has the 6T type keyhole in the back post but check out the bigger top bearing and the lower stiffening on the headstock. 
I have sent a "Dear Sir, unaccustomed as I am in writing to motorcycling publications...........blah, blah" So we'll see what they say.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The Class Of 57

This month's CBG is worth picking up, for obvious reasons. Only thing missing is a T100RR  to make the full house of bikes that were produced when Triumph were on top of their game.

Monday, 30 December 2013

TR5R On The Rack At Big D

Keith at Big D Dallas sent some progress shots of his 1957 TR5R restoration, with only 178 of these built in total across a 3 year span, and only 17 in '57 it is a rare beast indeed.

Produced by Triumph at the request of JoMo and TriCor, who wanted a bike that was race ready straight from the crate, without resorting to taking a Tiger 100 and adding the race kit.

Fitted with the legendary Delta Head they were the first splyed head models produced by Triumph, a year before the Bonneville.

Never seen forks assembled in this order before, but it makes sense saving all the messing about trying to get the stabchions up through the yokes when shrouds are fitted.

Another piece of unobtanium, a Lucas racing mag, all made up out of exotic stuff like platinum tipped points, stainless steel armature and maybe silver plated windings but that could well be myth. I've never met anyone who has had an original one to bits.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Sparks a' Flying......K2FC The Return.

Just got this back from Chip after he has worked his magic. A pukkah K2FC that came over from the States. Interesting to note, although competition mags were supplied on Trophies and the like going over the water, they were automatic advance and retard. The points end casting was the same as a regular comp mag, the casting for the cable and actuator were left undrilled and an ATU drive gear fitted in the timing case.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

After a seat for Skankweasel, and have placed an order with Pedro of D H Customs  for one of his hand worked leather solos. He does some lovely work and at a great price for something hand made and unique, well worth considering if you're in the market this winter.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Rare Trophy motors on that well known auction site

This '53 TR5 motor is on the Bay Stateside with a Buy Now of USD 3200  looks loosely assembled in places.

The same seller has this HERE, far more interesting proposition at USD 3,800. Delta Head, Trophy tacho drive timing cover and a K2FC 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Long Stroke A7 In The Works............Swiss Stylee

Switzerland................Watches, Toblerone and big mountains, well now kool bikes can be added to the list. Luke, who has been building for years has now gone public with this 47 Long Stroke A7.
Looking every bit the custom build rather than a radical unridable fashion statement, it ticks all the boxes here.
Check out his blog at Manion Frameworks

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Pre Unit Triumph Hot Rod Up Fer Grabs

Geoff is selling this sweet 750 pre unit Hot Rod. 

T140 crank and barrels with a V type splayed head, and all the benefits of an alternator.

The tank is a repro of a one year only '49 3T.

He's looking for offers around 7 grand, all taxed, ticketted and ride away goodness.

E-mail me for any more details.
Addy at left hand top of this page.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Triumph Twingle

Mossy pointed these out, on the Bay in the States. 
E1485 cam blanks ground to fire both cylinders at the same time. Herad the term Twingle bandied about over the years but this is the first tangible bit I've seen.