Sunday, January 22, 2017

Speedbird Update

I've mentioned on several occasions how special I think my friend English Stephen's "SpeedBird" is going to be. Take a look at some of the previous teasers I've posted. Stephen sent me another photo a couple of weeks ago and it's really coming along. 2018 One Moto Show maybe?
Just conventional factory Triumph frame dropouts? Not if you're a perfectionist and must slightly alter the factory stretch and drop. That means new dropout tube angles. Just design them in Solidworks, 3D print casting models (accounting for shrink), find someone that can cast steel to acceptable standards and machine the finished castings. The whole process can't take more than 4 years maybe... I'm telling you. This bike gonna be unreal.


Anonymous said...

I did talk to Stephen the other night at the Triumph unveiling of new models at the hotel Albuquerque. It is going to be a fantastic piece of work when done. I want to see it and I hope I lit a fire under him by telling him I'm 66 years old and he replied it would be done within the year. It worked.

BitMonkey said...

Haha, I thought I might have gotten him fired up myself. Whatever the case I'm glad it happened.

Stephen is a pretty incredible guy. An amazingly thoughtful friend. Literally unparalleled attention to detail. His Speedbird will be a work of art. His stuff is always subtle, understated but stunning and absolutely flawless.

Flathead45 said...

I can't wait to see the finished product. Also frankly a bit relieved to know there is someone more "attentive to detail" (intentionally avoiding the word "anal") than me!!