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1954 Triumph T110 – ‘The Freer’

Posted on February 27, 2012 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 15 comments

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 The timeless masterpieces that never go out of date.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.

  • SportsterMike

    Nice stripped down Trumpet.. makes my old T140V look like a bus…

    • AlwaysOnTwo

      Not just stripped down, by a long shot.

      This bike hits all the right notes.  The bars are proper and clean, the shocks are properly finished and fit both front and rear. The tank is time-erap-eriod perfect, as are the seat and fenders.  And those pipes and cans are nothing less than the only choice of a builder then, or a restore builder of that particular look, now.

      Back to the future.


  • menormeh

    Have to admit that I like it. Stripped down and cleaned up. Two things I really appreciate are the absence of great huge switch assemblies on the bars and the tube covers on the forks really clean up the front end. 

    Hervé Coudoulet  has a good eye and some talent.

  • Now this i  LOVE!

  • Love that style. Perfect right down to the hand painted number plate!

  • I love the bike right up until it gets to the rear fender. No offense to the builder but it’s as if he just gave up with the design after he finished the seat. I mean yea the fender is functional but it looks too enduro for the rest of the bike.

    • redrumracer

      it might look enduro to the untrained eye but it’s also true to the period style that Herve was going for

      rad bike, i love it

      • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Don’t think someone needs to have a trained eye to like something.
        Just saying it isn’t doing it for me, I never claimed it’s a bad bike in any way.

        • redrumracer

          sorry Anton, no offense intended. i just thought that you might have liked to know that it is all part of the look that he was going for (not that i can speak for the builder of course!)

        • AlwaysOnTwo

          Anton, the “trained eye” in this case is a bit more experience and a few more miles under the helmet.  This ’54 is modded to the style of this Brit as was done in the early to mid sixties.  Not bangin on ya, but learnin a little about the history of biking will go a long way to making your appreciation for the machines a lot deeper.  It will give your personal taste for whatever machine you prefer a sharper edge, and when you speak about your bike or someone else’s metal you can be taken for more than just another voice.

          That’s a big part of what PipeBurn and other blogs are all about.

          Too many “builders” try to paste together disjointed ideas of this and that style with no regard for function or legacy, all in the quest for something “new”.  This bike demonstrates, to the trained eye, that doing a bike “right” to the theme doesn’t have to be ground breaking and stylishly new to be fantastic.

          So for just one moment, ditch the pre-conceived notions of what cool is and soak this one in.  It’s a perfect example of the breed it represents.  That is hard to find these days.

          Peace. Out.


    Sleek, stylish, and classic good looks.

     A great Triumph.

  • Dave

    about time not many bikes here come close to this build

  • Frank Radaj

    Classic, I like it.


    Hey Anton Lemza,
    As far as the history of this type of bike, a T110 of this era was exactly the same as a TR6 of the same era. The TR6 had thin non-valanced fenders, separate headlight small tank, and high exhaust and was intended for off road use. The T110 had a larger tank, deeper fenders, low pipes and a nacelle. Once stripped of original sheetmetal as this bike is they are the the same bike. If you know about the TR6 you will know that it was an almost unbeatable bike for off road racing in the mid to late ’50’s. Bud Ekins came in first place in the Big Bear Hare and Hound three times on pre-unit TR6 Triumphs and this was such a brutal off road event that most bikes and riders were doing good to even finish the event.

    So yes, that rear fender that may seem high is necessary for suspension travel and is part of the bikes off road heritage. Besides once an average size rider sits on it that fender is going to be getting closer to the tire real fast.

  • Erik Harland Ludwig

    great looking bike.