TRIUMPH, MAKING SHORT PEOPLE LOOK TALLER SINCE 1907
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On the mid sixties 250/441 BSAs there is 1/8" spacer on the bottom engine stud, on the drive side between the frame lug and the crank case. This is often overlooked during reassembly, resulting in the lower frame rails being tweaked in.
Using a 7" length of M10 x 1.0 studding with two nuts on the inside of the rails the gap can be spread to the specified 4 5/8".
Once the motor goes back in there will now be clearance which can be measured accurately and a bespoke spacer made to take up the gap minus 0.002" resulting in minimal movement of the frame when tightened.
I've been studying this picture of a young Mr Fisher for longer than is probably good for me. I've always wanted to piece together something that pays tribute to the bike, but never had a frame suitable.
The frame is now here, James Holland has taken the two odd halves of a frame that I sent to him and jigged them into a mating pair. This will now be the foundation of the tribute Tiger 100.
A few posts below this one shows a Parilla Tacho that I confessed my lust over. In the year or so since that post moves have been afoot. I have had a pair of Bantam Speedos reworked and am now the proud of owner of this fine pair. Both are calibrated for use on Triumph Twins, the Speedo to a pre unit gearbox drive, and the Tacho has been modified for a timing case drive.
I think, just maybe, that this is the only pair like this in existence.
Put a front end into the Build Off bike, to get it looking more bike like. The shrouds are original Webco and really need re- chroming, which is a bit of a dilemma, once they are replated they loose the originality.
The front wheel is a 19, pretty sure this will end up being a 21 on a 7" hub.
Going to be building a swinging arm bike for the Trip Out Biker Build Off. It'll make a change and there was a '56 Thunderbird frame looking to be turned into a bike.
Ain't really used to setting up rear muddies on these new fangled bikes with suspendies on the rear, all too bloody complicated when things can move around back there. How to mount it so things don't come together during that Great Escape moment jumping the hedge at Scald End Farm?
The eye centers on the shocks are 330 mm, a quick phone call to Hagon's revealed that the max travel is 80mm, sooo the shortest the shocks will ever be is 250mm. Puck knocked up some temporary struts at 250mm and they were put on in place of the shocks.
The Enfield wheel in there is a 19" rather than the 18 that will go in, this means the muddie can be sat straight on top of the tyre and the mounts measured and fitted where it sits, giving the proper clearance when the shocks go back on.
Sniped a lovely gearbox off of the Bay of broken dreams, got all the signs of being rebuilt, the seller reckons it was under his bench for 30 years.Slotted in a treat and shows the frame is pretty straight.
Slipped in a set of 10 degree raked yokes using taper roller bearings, far easier, but in some ways less satisfying than pissing about with greasy balls!
Like one of the master chefs seen on the idiot's lantern Todd Asin can take the simplest of ingredients, available to everybody, yet somehow blend it into something very special. The frame has had a small stretch in the lower rails to straighten out the neck to rear axle line, other than that the running gear is pretty much stock other than the springer front end.