Monday, December 29, 2008


We took my bike to Trent of Atomic Customs today to have the oil tank and seat mounted. He does awesome work and is really cool guy. He mentioned that the sweet Atomic Knucklehead I posted here previously is bound for a new owner in Japan.

Thanks to tons support from my brother Rob we've made a fair amount of progress this week. I'll get some more pics up as soon as I can.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Beehive Bobber

Here's another photo of a bike running a Filcoolator beehive Rob found.

Fender Notch

I think I'm gonna need to notch my fender to clearance my chain. This photo (taken from Clay @ Atom Bombs 70 Triumph build) is pretty much what I had in mind. He rolled the edge which I think looks really nice. I'm not sure I could pull that off with 13 gauge steel...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Triumph Documentry

Hmm... the Triumph manufacturing process is even more elaborate and eclectic than I ever imagined. I can only imagine what it was like 40 years ago.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Fork Update

I mentioned here previously that I really thought I needed to drop my forks about 2'" to get the right stance. I was hoping I find a way to do it without cutting the stock fork tubes. I posted a question about it on the Jockey Journal. Initially I only found others with the same problem and no solution. One of my fellow problemeers was kind enough to follow up after he tore his forks down and revive the thread.

I now have a little better understanding of how all the parts work. The bottom brass bushing is fixed. The top brass bushing and the black plastic damping spacer travel with the fork. The plastic piece is literally the mechanism Triumph used to control the amount of fork extension at full rebound. Lurkingclass mentioned in the JJ same post he has had good luck with just running two damping spacers on each side, resulting in a 2" drop. I like that idea and NOS damping spacers are only $6-$8 a piece.

Hopefully my fork tubes aren't as rough as the ones pictured or I may end up having to get Forking by Frank to make me a -2" set anyway at $200.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Triumph Manuals, Brochures, Ads

I stumbled across some interesting stuff at
1963-70 Triumph Unit 650 Shop Manual
1968 Triumph Sales Brochure
1968 Triumph 650 Owners Manual
1968 Triumph Cycle Magazine Test

I discovered my bike features the ever exotic "Hi-Fi Scarlet" paint, at least when viewed from the left side...

eBay Aert

I saw yesterday that the Atom Bomb '70 Triumph project I posted about earlier is now on eBay. Should be interesting to see what is goes for. The bike market seems kinda weird right now.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Vaughn's been going through a pretty brutal phase of constantly watching Jason Lee's Alvin & the Chipmunks movie. Hopefully it helped Jason pay for the Bullet Falcon (Triumph) Falcon Motorcycle's built for him.

Lurkingclass Pre-Unit

This is Lurkingclass from the Jockey Journal's latest mock-up. I really like his stuff and have posted other bikes of his here before. His parts cache must just be sick.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

45" Commuting

Stumbled across this photo of Rob riding to work. I wonder if Lynn's noticed he really swapped the 45 for a Knuck.