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2008 Triumph ‘SpeedMaster’ – Pangea Speed

Posted on March 3, 2012 by Andrew in Classic, Other. 79 comments

Most jobs have their little perks. Whether it be free product, brushing shoulders with the rich and famous, or VIP access to big events it’s something most of us get to experience at one point or another. Here at the house of ‘burn, the main perk is being bombarded with brain-fryingly great bikes on a daily basis. Some days you feel just like Hugh Hefner; but instead of being surrounded with silicone and Viagra you are nipple-deep in the world’s coolest bi-wheeled rubber and ferrous art. Having access like this allows you many insights to the world of great builders and customers. The one that jumps to my mind in the context of the beautiful bike you see here is the “calling card” idea. That is, the necessity for a builder to knock out a killer bike that will forever be seen as a beacon of their skills. For Evolution’s Paul McKinnon it was his amazing Harley ‘Cojones’, for Falcon it was their breath-taking ‘Kestral’, and for Denmark’s Wrenchmonkees the mind-blowing Honda CB750 ‘#11’ was their pièce de résistance. And unless we are sadly, weepingly, snot running down our faces mistaken, what you see here is nothing less than a bloody big flag in planet custom bike terra firma from Andy and the guys at Pangea Speed proclaiming their entry into the big boys club. Welcome guys, nice to have you on board.

Heeeere’s Andy. “The bike is a 2008 triumph speed master. I build this bike for my good friend Bret Walton, he basically told me to build the wildest bike i could think of and this is what was born. Bret had the engine laying around so i took that and bought some ratted out tr5t / t120 wheels and built the rest out of sheet metal and tubing.”


“I basically wanted to design a bike that had
the functionality of WWII era bikes”


“I designed the fork and had Dave Vogt model it up in solid works so that they could be machined. Dave did the paint job and Andy Kawahara pin striped it. I basically wanted to design a bike that had the functionality of the WWII era bikes so that is where the luggage rack and saddle bag come in.”

“The seat is suspended on a hidden leaf spring and has an adjustable cam to raise and lower the seat for different riders. Mike Robbins did the stitches on the seat and knee pads. the bike was featured in last years born free builders series and took about a year to build. I am very fortunate to have the best clients on earth.”

Andy ended his email shyly asking for us to plug his shop, as his usual “balls to the wall” production schedule has opened up over the next couple of months. If you are on the same page as we are with this bike, I’m guessing that this won’t be the case for long. In or around Salt Lake City and are looking for a custom build? We’d strongly suggest that you get in touch before Andy and the boys go all “Jesse James” on us and fill up their dance card until the year 3000. Ish.

  • Kenoath

     What a fancy looking box of crap

  • GuitarSlinger

    Hmmmn. I’m not so sure ( this is just a fancy POC ) 

    My first impression was OTT and overdone . But the more I look at it . Hmmmn . Fabrication is … outstanding . Design is …. well ……… Methinks I’ll come back after a few more looks and thinking to make any judgements . This one’s gonna take some time to take in 

  • Hondaface75

    Fantastic! Elegant. Clean. Not enough photos!

  • something is wrong with the forks cover, love the color and leather work.

  • ugly as hell.. looks made by a 10 years old.. what a waste of materials! sorry to be so honest..

    • Molotov

      Some people have taste, others don’t.  If you can’t appreciate the skill, creativity and uniqueness of this ride then its you that seems to be the waste.  And if you find a group of 10 year olds making bikes like this……. offer to be their manager and market them to the world.  Sorry to be so honest…

      • Sorry that you’re so sorry but you should not confuse effort with results. No matter if it took 20 years of effort and a team of surgeons 10 hours a day, it still is a super weird looking bike. Kinda like a train wreck of styling cues. Yes, it has the Honda Dream rectangle headlight and sheeted in forks, but then a hardtail and drum brakes.

        Workmanship appears to be first class no doubt about that, but as in the world of houses, there are carpenters and then there are architects. The two should not try to do each others jobs.

        • sid

           sorry that you don’t see the original twists and the courage to mix influences.

          Andy – it looks cool as hell, especially in this world restrained by builders sworn to  established genres (cafe, bobber, street tracker, etc. etc. etc.).

        • brixton

          wait, my uncle had a dream, and it had drum brakes…so really you’re saying this bike does stay true to the style?

    • JorgePorgie

      spectacular bike, what a great use of materials, must have been made by mechanical and artistic genius’s. Sorry to be so honest.

  • ductech

    Finally a unique Triumph. Bravo!
    I don’t think I could take one more scrambler with useless knobbies and leather seat/saddle bags

    • Daoud

      I agree. Ugly as sin but original. There are only a few who will go to the trouble to do something original with Triumphs!

  • MotoTrooper

    Hell yes, different!  Slabby, clean, with details for the eye to keep discovering for hours.  I’ve been prejudiced over most of the new Triumphs and the customizing gone into them but this finally is one that I appreciate.  The only detail that takes me away is the leather/vinyl tank padding.  Yes it reminds me of an early Honda Dream but that ain’t a bad thing.

  • Kyle

    I actually like the seat and tank a lot.  The front end is just a little too art-deco for me.  Good showcase of the builder’s abilities, though.

  • DStereo

    Craftsmanship A+, Artistry A+ (Actually, unmarkable, as it is to taste), Hardtail on a bike this elegant? Inexcusable. F

  • vachequipis

    When I first looked I thought Nooooooooooooo! but the more I look the more I like it, the only thing I would change would be the head lamp but I’ll get over it. Kind of reminds me of an old MZ. It is nice to see a non cafe flat/street tracker now and again.

    • Стефан Петров

      I was thinking the same. Old MZ or Balkan MK50 – another East European bike…

  • T.J.’s Cycle

    Yep a lot of good fabrication, BUT no comment.

  • Maybe stronger deco lines would make it more “appealing?” That headlight has Got to go. Nice integration of the bars into the faring/forks. Really nice paint. I think a different headlight/fork set up would make it aces.   

  • Mjsenz

    It’s clearly well made and creatively designed. By the builder. Who’s bike it is. It doesn’t belong to any of us, so passing judgement on how it isn’t to our particular stylistic liking isn’t fair on anyone’s part.
    If anything, this is a showcase of hard work and a testament to how someone tried something VERY different. Simply calling it crap is juvenile.
    Unless everyone making a comment is a professional bike builder that feels as though they could do considerably better, we should only be talking about what we like about it and what we don’t and why. Condemning someone’s hours of labor and inevitable struggle at getting this thing to where it is…well, you cram those comments up your @$$.

    •  Bite me. You put the picks up, you’re open to critique.

      • sid

         fuck you.  nice FB picture

        •  f you too. and thanks.

          • sid

             Mjsenz tried to get the message to you in a more calm manner, but you didn’t get it, so I tried another way.  You still don’t get it.  You state somewhere else on this site that you have no fab skills & don’t have any sense of what it takes to make something, much less of this quality.

            Sure, criticize however you want, but others know it means nada since you can’t fab

          •  I don’t like you, Sid. Don’t talk to me.

          • sid

            not talking to you and I’m not trying to be liked. just writing counter remarks

          •  You’re a wank that doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

    • What he said.

  • Laurent Batisse

    “I basically wanted to design a bike that had
    the functionality of WWII era bikes” so why don’t you take a WWII engine ???? I just hate seeing modern engine with very old equipment… What’s the point ??

    • That was the engine he was given by the owner. When the guy paying the bills says “use this,” then that’s usually what ends up in the bike…

      • Laurent Batisse

        Ok, I can understand that kind of issues! By the way the engine is the only thing I hate on this bike, I love the old MZ style and the work is brillant, I will just blame the customer! I just find it pretty dumb to put a 70hp engine on an hardtail bike, with the wheels and the brakes of a bicycle… You end up with a useless show off bike, wich would have so much more to offer… But that’s my point of view, I m open to others!

  • revdub

    It’s certainly unique. The craftsmanship is pretty awesome. Not my style, but interesting nonetheless.

  • ccc40821

    I see the ghost of an early, late-50s Honda Dream. Great looking bike; daring to be different and being so in a very unique and imaginative style. Not many can pull that off.

  • Did they eliminate the oil cooler or just relocate it?

  • Drums

    The only way to make a rectangular headlight even uglier is to turn it to vertical. Reminds me of an Edsel. By the way – is this bike rideable? Can’t see a clutch lever, or a front brake lever, or any switches.

  • GuitarSlinger

    OK ! ; Take II ;

    #1 This is not a M/C to view once and pass judgement on . 

    #2The craftsmanship is extraordinary 

    #3 Full disclosure I love Art Deco ; so this bike has its appeal 

    #4 And yet the more I looked at it and liked the overall design , there was some niggling detail that kept bugging the ____ out of me 

    So now on look # 10 for the day I’ve finally figured it out ;

    The Wheels and Tires . They’re  too narrow ( especially the front ) and take away from the intended effect . A set of wider , retro Ballon tires would bring the entire design together much better  . And dare I say it , maybe whitewalls as well ? ( probably get crucified for that one but WTH cares ) 

    Thats my final take  😉 

    • Andy

      Haha yessss! I love getting all you guys fired up! Love it or leave it…. Makes zero difference to me I will keep building weirdo stuff. Anything has to be better than the ground hogs day going on in California right now. Remember these are just motorcycles, fun is allowed near and around them. No one will remember these things in a few years anyways so who even cares.

      -andy pangea

      • IMHO, this is the sort of reaction that all the great bikes get. Divided opinion, some people just don’t get it, others fall in love immediately. Original idea? Yes. Well executed? Hell yes. Beautiful lines? Just look at the thing…

        Keep it up, mate. You’re on to a good thing me thinks.

        • GuitarSlinger

          Before we go calling this a ‘ Great Bike ‘ lets see the damn thing run ! Cause until its moving and capable of being ridden , its nothing more than static sculpture 

          Kind of jumping the gun on the ‘ Great ‘ thing , don’t you think Andrew ?

      • MotoTrooper

        Great attitude!  It matters not one effin’ whit what the peanut gallery shouts as long as yer gut and heart speaks to you and you listen.

        •  Don’t kid yourself. My opinion makes all the difference in the world.

      • GuitarSlinger

         Andy – I hope you realize that ;
        #1 I was complementing the bike#2 The tire thing was a suggestion , but valid in light of the lack of balance #3 The Best , true and GENUINE Artists learn from a bit of criticism , and mine was more suggestion than criticism #4 What part of your creative mindset DOES NOT want to create something timeless and lasting ( your ‘ nobody will care ‘ comment is a bit …… errr… defensive )#5 Intentionally getting folks PO’d at your work is the mindset of what I fondly term the ‘ Art Fart ‘ crowd and utter BS . Somehow I think you’re better than that . I hope . From a 14 time Award Winning Internationally recognized composer who disdains the ephemeral with a passion 

  • Anyone notice the exhaust? So well done!

    • MotoTrooper

      I’d like a gander at a video of the start/warm-up/take off with that exhaust being central when the pistons fire on a cool day. What is gonna captivate your eye more on a drive -this creation passing you by or something less avant garde?

    •  Looks like it would fry the paint on the frame.

    • Classick_moto

      needs wrap…….

  • Postapocalypticearl

    Very cool.

  • Chris Gagnon

    Hmmm…It is outstanding craftsmanship, and way better than what I am capable of…but I’m not really digging it. Drum brakes that won’t stop it, and a sideways mounted headlight that won’t throw the proper beam down the road, could be a deadly combo after dark. But then, everybody knows Brit bikes can’t be ridden after dark due to the crappy electrics.

  • MikeNYC

    Love it. As noted, the craftmanship is stunning, but the execution of the design is the real star. I really like how the fender is reminiscent of the big skirts on the early bikes, but streamlined. And the art deco-type fork shroud is just incredibly well done. The little chrome fender piece is just suggestive enough of the tags the old rides used to have. All the little design touches are just enough of the old look, but implemented in a new, modern way. The little saddlebag is genius.

    For some reason, I’m curious how much the thing weighs? And regarding Chris’ comment above, what’s the braking like when you’re riding it?

    Heck, it’s supposed to recall WWII era bikes, and those things couldn’t brake at all, so it’s probably at least an improvement over that.

    • Davidabl2

      I for one see more Honda Dream in this one than anything else. Certainly more than anything from the war
      Era from anywhere on earth

  • The Truth

    I notice that weekend Harley warriors seem to get so upset anytime someone tries to create something even slightly outside the status quo. Thank god there are builders like Pangea who are out there doing things like this beautiful bike. Keep going!!

  • ROFU

    At least it is really unique and not the millionst variation of what we have already seen.

  • Leroy

    It’s fucking dope, get over it.

  • Chris

    They built this too, so it all makes sense, now

  • Gribble70

    Again very different, it’s great to see stuff that aint the norm. reminds of Chris Flechtners Beezerker.

  • Dave

    this is what hapens when you drop bad acid

  • redrumracer

    mad talent Andy, much respect!

  • huxley2000

    As an industrial designer, once in a while, I see something so fantastic that I wish I’d designed it.  Hat’s off to Pangea Speed.  

  • badams

    the fact they dont follow the heard deserves applause.

  • Ben

    Looks like a Dream with a solo seat.

  • virgiliu andone

    it looks so incredibly French!

  • Mgmue mgmu

    Reminds me of my 65 Honda c110.  Some parts are over done, such as the saddle bag on the right.  But all in all, quite a work of art.  Fantastic craftsmanship.

  • Nursedrn

    That’s the nicest paint job I’ve ever seen on a Honda Dream. Points for originality and workmanship. Quite a statement as Pipeburner rightly noted.

  • RennyRacer

    Is the bike unique? 3625 (+ or – 3000) comments say yes! Is it creative? Yes again. Is it aesthetically pleasing? In my HO, hell yeah, even if it doesn’t fit “motorcycle” criteria of everyone. 

  • PGearbox

    Also reminiscent of the old post war art deco BMW’s. Beautiful craftsmanship and would certainly draw plenty of attention which I think is the point. I don’t have a problem with the mix of old and new on a bike. That’s the whole point of custom, something created to be unique and different. If you like old bikes, buy one and restore it. If you like performance and reliability buy a new bike. If you like custom, welcome to Pipeburn!

  • Barney6754

    Andy, great bike, however I have read that you can’t simply block off the oil ports (on that particular engine) that normally go to the cooler as the oil that the pump feeds to the cam/valves has no way back to the sump except via the cooler. At least that is what some of the “know it alls” on TriumphRat Net forum contend. Do you have different information on this point?

  • Jerometry

    This bike is a butterfront. But all respect to Andy and Pangea Speed

  • John

    At first sight I thought it was gorgeous, truly a great looking bike. Loads of hard work and thought and the only thing that matters in the end is that the person who rides it or owns it is happy with it. All our comments mean nothing, 90 % of us ride standard bikes anyway and dont have the balls to commit to something unique like this. Yes it has its impracticalities, but my bike apparently can do 150 mph, but do I ever ask it to ? No, of course not, so it’s just a waste of power, but hey, it’s mine and I like it.
    It’s called choice.
    This Speedmaster shows great choice.
    Gorgeous bike, stands out from a lot of other builders machines by virtue of being a custom bikein a field of copycat custom bikes if you know what I mean.

  • Michael Currier

    i love it.  i hate it.  its friggin ugly.  its workmanship is stunning.  i would shake the guys hand who built it, he did an amazing job.  i wouldnt own it, but i sure do appreciate it.

    • idomyownstunts

      Yeah, conflicted – enamored & uneasy at the same time. I’m sure they must have thought 1,000 times as they were cutting/welding/wrenching – “I might be brilliant or I might be crazy”. That’s how breakthrough’s are made, and I hope this works out to be one for them.

  • Ankitpatel_2920

    Master Piece.

  • Jerry

    crap !

  • Steve

    love the potential, however it does remind me of a cross between my bonnie and my Velocette LE!

    so not really quite sure….

  • Car2nst

    What craftmanship! What a beautiful paint job! What a concept! What an ugly fucking bike!

  • There is an adage in the contemporary art world that “you can love it, or you can hate it, but at least have an opinion.” There are things about this bike that are great and a couple of things that just do not work for me. But isn’t that the point? Creating something that is expressing oneself. Mass produced bikes are styled to appeal to as large a crowd as possible. Obviously. Craftsmanship is absolutely a contributing element to the artistic quality of this bike. But being well made doesn’t mean that it meets aesthetic goals.

    The artist’s intent is first and foremost. But anyone with an interest in bikes can have a critique. Some may be more eloquently stated than others, but they are all valid. I like this build. I hate the clunky headlight setup. One doesn’t have to be a builder (although I am) or an art appreciation teacher (I am that as well) to offer a critique. I hope I can finish something that Andrew will post on here. I can’t wait to read what people will think…

  • Adam

    I think that the only way something sticks out and is “cool” is if some people love it, and some people hate it. There’s no questioning in my mind the beautiful effort and polished piece of art this is, but it surely doesn’t fit everyone’s taste. There’s probably a ton of lame old middle class pencil pushers who think it’s ugly as hell. Hence, it is cool. 

  • doubleT

    very different but creative. I think if that had been built in the 60’s or 70’s motorcyclists would have loved it. it would be a neat bike to own because i bet there is only one. well done to the creator of this machine.

  • Chris

    I hope they kept the stock parts for the next owner.