Monday, December 27, 2010


For some reason I can't stop thinking about pre-units tonight... Thanks for having us Robbie! This is close to the bike I'd like to build.


I blew an hour or so looking at bikes in the upcoming MidAmerica auction. As always there is some interesting stuff. 3 or 4 Cannonball racers are up for auction.

The Gene Romero replica Craig Murray built is again up for sale. Craig sold it at the same auction last year. I saw it up at Craig's place but I never did hear that thing run. 1000cc Trident... I bet it sounds nasty.

I love this crazy YamaHonda hybrid racer.

My favorite Knucklehead of the show (a 1938).

Should my wife hit the lottery between now and January 6 2011 I will be picking up this 1939 T100. This year and model is pretty much my absolute favorite Triumph.

Saturday, December 25, 2010


I'm not normally much a fan of strutted Triumphs. This one from Mike D's blog is sorta cool.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


There's more than one way to build a Triton. A riding buddies 2006 Bonneville powered Triton project. He's already got a beautiful traditional Triton. Should be fun to watch.

Monday, December 20, 2010


The stuff coming out of Mooneyes is interesting as always. Japanese attention to detail is fascinating. Some of the paint is just unreal. In terms of stripping etc. they are genuinely starting to do "us" better than us. I was fascinated by the finishes on this bike. All the chrome is done to the hilt but lots of the aluminum stuff is instead done flawlessly satin.

The MCM label on the fork covers is flown Minnie Pearl style so you know it's the real thing. It's always cool to see bikes that are perfectly period correct and I love seeing funky oddball NOS parts but the "Bates label" status stuff makes me a nauseous.

Friday, December 17, 2010


What about building a cafe on a Dollar Store budget keeps leading me to this kinda stuff?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Triumph Triple

I'm not sure about the origins of this illustration, found it on a cafe forum. This has to be about the coolest thing you could do with a modern Triumph. I want one.

Rob North Racing triple it's loosely based on.

The illustration even has a toned down version of "ray gun" muffler found on the original Trident. BSA management actually paid Ogle Design for those god awful ray gun mufflers & breadbox gas tanks. I can hear the the conversation in the boardroom now. "The Japanese are kicking our ass. What should we do? High reving 4 cylinder, twin front disks, better performance & reliability... Na, let's make our bikes uglier than the Japanese competition too!"

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Taylor's Knuck

I was digging through my digital "junk drawer" and found this. Wish could remember where I found it so I could credit the painter. The bike is Hank Young's "Taylor's Knuck."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Jim Mosher's '51 Rapide. The Bate's style cafe tail section was made by AirTech, the company that is making mine. I like it.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Seat Mounts

Still waiting on the cafe seat section. I've thinking some about how to attack the mounting but can't get too are without actually having it. The pics below are the approach one of the "Lord of Loud" guys is using. I've got to figure it out before Flathead45 comes down in case he needs to whip out some bungs on the new Atlas. I always have to force something weird into his luggage so TSA doesn't get too bored...

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