1954 Triumph T110 – ‘The Freer’
Steak and chips, or “steak-frites” as they say in good old parlevouz freakin’ Francais, is easily my favourite meal. Sure it ain’t so damn fancy but the sheer delight of a good steak, some French Fries and a glass of red gets me going like no other meal. Yes, I know what you are all thinking – I need to get out a little more and try some new culinary experiences. But you’d be wrong. See, if it breathes and is made of meat, I’ve probably digested it. Snake? Check. Kangaroo? You bet. Camel? Went back for seconds. Dog? Woof! And you can add frogs, snails, chicken’s feet, a pile of offal, blood jelly, bugs, worms, grubs, ants, small birds, live fish, and one time I almost ate a little old lady who went by the name of “Shirley,” but that’s another story altogether. But in the end, it’s steak and chips that keeps me coming back. And back. You just can’t beat the classics, can you? The timeless masterpieces that never go out of date. See where I’m going here? The bike is a classic, too. Just like the steak and chips. Yeah? C’mon now – try and keep up…
Hervé Coudoulet is the bike’s owner and builder. Also, he really likes steak and chips. “The Freer has a long history; this T110 is the first British bike that I tried 25 years ago, and I made it’s owner promise not to sell it unless it was to me. He kept his word. When I finally had it had many parts from elsewhere, such as fork Ducati GT 1973, and the mechanicals were badly damaged.”
“With their many chrome parts, I have long dreamed of a custom typical of the 60s. So I made a search of all the old custom parts shops across the planet via the web. Bates, Wassel, MCM… then each piece was renovated from old, such as exhausts, the fender and tank. Although the bike has been completely refurbished, the only pieces that are not old are the headlight and rear lights – but I still modified them to accommodate aesthetics of the bike.
“The painting of the tank is a polished candy apple red, the black mudguard is also polished with registration number painted (beautiful idea – Andrew) just like the logo on the tank. The headlight switch and the engine cut-off are in the frame. Electrical cables too. Now I have the motorcycle of my dreams!”
And if you like what you see, you may also want to check out Hervé’s tee-shirt label, Kicknstart. Every design is a bespoke jobby from guys Herve called “motorcycle artistes.” I’m not sure exactly what that means, but damn the shirts look pretty cool. He also tells us that he has a Moto Guzzi 850 T3 that “I gently transforms.” Don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what he does with all that gentleness.