Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Triumph Alloy 500

Admittedly I may lack objectivity but the Triumph Pre-Unit might just be the most attractive motorcycle engine ever built.  The alloy close-pitch fin 500 (not pictured below) is still top of that heap though.

Rayson's Exhaust

Rayson's Exhaust continues to hone the art of motorcycle exhaust, They say a custom car/hot rod is made by the wheel/tire choice. For motorcycles it might just be the exhaust (or possibly the gas tank choice). In any case both are perfect on this bike.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Setlists used by notable Seattle based entertainers:
Jimi Hendrix 1967

Nirvana 1991

Seattle Cossacks 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Civic Auditorium - Albuquerque

Civic Auditorium, Albuquerque NM. Not directly transportation related but tough.

The auditorium was located east of Downtown on Grand Avenue (now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.) West of I-25. It opened in 1957 and had a 6000 person capacity. The Civic was home to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Return to Forever.  I think I saw one concert there before it was it was demolished in 1987.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

World's Fastest Pre-Unit Triumph Since 1961

 This post was originally published by Franz & Grubb in 2017. I'm primarily reposting it so I can easily search for it if I want to quickly find it again. 
From the 1962 Triumph Baltimore sales catalog
Still, no one has gone faster than Gary Richards did in 1961 with any 650 Triumph motorcycle without a fairing at Bonneville.

His two way average of 159.542 mph still stands as an AMA certified record to this day.
The fact that no one has been able to beat this record in 56 years is amazing in itself, however when you take into account his bike it is even more impressive.
His naturally aspirated stock rigid frame Pre Unit looked like a street bike, with a peanut tank and stock length fork. His father Rich Richards did the tuning, and they managed a 160.272 mph average over one mile, and a return average of 158.812 mph for an official record of 159.542 mph.
Most people don’t realize that the timing trap at Bonneville is one full mile long, and speeding up or slowing down will affect your average speed, which is then averaged with your  return mile speed to reach your qualifying speed.

 Gary Richards currently produces Dixon Cylinder heads, and from 1961 to today is still the Bonneville record holder of the world’s fastest unfaired Triumph 650 of all time.
Photo of Gary in 1962 courtesy of the AMERICAN HOT ROD FOUNDATION.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Brothers Bikes

My 1951 Triumph T100 and Rob’s 1948 Indian Chief. I just got a full set of the new top end gaskets Franz and Grubb developed with Cleveland Gaskets to resolve some of the perpetual leak problems with the early Triumph 500s. I’m pretty anxious to get that bike back on the road. Last time I took it out she blew out the base gasket.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Bird’s Eye

1947 Triumph T100 and a 1936 Triumph 5/2 SS. I think these might belong to Terry Clark.