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Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Panther Insanity

As mentioned a couple of posts ago, I went to see the head honcho at Vintage Chop, Sumo to throw some wire at his Panther trike. He wasn't present for the first coupla hours, as he was picking up his frame from Briz at Custom Cycle Developments. No worries, wiring's a pretty lonely old task, anyway he turns up and with a little help, he hauls the major lumps of this out of the back of the motor. He stripped down what was there, as the frame was in raw chrome moly tubing as finished by Briz. He shot the frame in rattle can Red Oxo to prevent rust and reassembled it to what you see here. It can only be said that the workmanship on the frame is superb, the more you look, the more you see. Beautifully coped joints and first class welding. The quality of this great piece of engineering was demonstrated by the way it all slotted back together, no crowbars, podgers or hammers needed.
The bike, by the way, is Sumo's Land Speed Record contender, not the outright LSR but he can get into a class that only requires about 120 MPH to take the record. The provisional date of this all happening is 2012, watch this space for updates folks.

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