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‘Colonel Mustard’ Triumph Street Tracker – Mule Motorcycles

Posted on February 28, 2017 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. 25 comments

Good lord, you Northern Hemispherians have it tough. The lucky ones get to ride for six months of the year and spend the rest trying to wrench on their bikes while avoiding frostbite. And the not so lucky? Norwegian Axel Mustad gets his time to shine only three months of the year. So for his 2017 window of opportunity, he decided he was going to treat himself. Enter Richard Pollock and his trusty Mule Motorcycles with a Triumph street tracker that clearly made ol’ ‘Colonel’ Mustard feel like all his Christmases had come at once.

“The bike is for a customer in Norway,” Rich begins. “He gave me a very short build time, as he needed the bike for the summer riding season, which he told me only lasts for around three months up there. He wanted a Triumph tracker in my usual style, with black and white paint, a gloss black powder coated frame, an aluminum can exhaust and some serious motor upgrades.” Needless to say, Richard made the deadline, shipped the bike and much riding was performed. And as the customer’s name was Axel Mustad, the bike quickly earned itself the “Colonel Mustard” moniker, too.

The donor was an ‘04 Bonneville with around 1400 miles on the clock. Richard located it in Los Angeles, about 100 miles away from the shop. “It was nothing fancy,” says Richard. “Just a stock Triumph, really. In California these bikes are plentiful with low miles, no rust and are usually in good condition as they are fairly pedestrian in stock trim. I think they are marketed for and purchased by the ‘older’ retro crowd and come complete with 21st century reliability.”

So Richard snapped it up and tore it down. As you do. “Next I mounted my seat kit, rear loop, and I removed the rear passenger peg mounts, which allows for tucking in the muffler higher and tighter. Then I attached a set of small fiberglass side panels, and my oil cooler kit.”

Next came an all-over black gloss finish.“The gloss is a huge improvement on the stock frame,” says Richard. Then the motor was dropped off at Triumph Performance USA for some serious upgrades. The shopping list included a 904cc big bore kit, new cams, intake manifolds, porting, big intake valves and FCR39 carbs. “Also, there’s the red plug wires which add no horsepower at the wheel, but are claimed to be an upgrade over the stocker,” says Richard. No added power? C’mon! Everyone knows they add at least 20 ponies…

The sleek alloy fuel tank is from Racetec in Oxnard, California, and it’s done in the traditional ‘Trackmaster’ style. The black and pearl-white paint was expertly laid down by Superbike Paint in San Diego. “Then Mule lightweight hubs were laced to black anodized Sun rims, with stainless spokes and nipples, and a new set of Golden Tyres protect the rims.”

“To call the new suspension set-up an upgrade would be like calling the Large Hadron Collider a really fancy donut.”

To call the new suspension set-up an upgrade would be like calling the Large Hadron Collider a really fancy donut. “The rear shocks are the emulsion-type Ohlins, which isn’t too shabby by itself,” says Rich. “But up front is a pair of forks and a caliper from an MV-Agusta F4. And the triple clamps are super wide customs with a 1″ drop, courtesy of A&A in San Francisco.” Finishing things off, some Mule stainless steel bars a with a Nissin radial master cylinder were bolted on, and a Sportster headlight was hung on a Joker Machine mount.

Clearly, a lot of work went into the tracker’s exhaust. It’s all made from perfectly polished stainless, and was then crowned with a shortened DMC quad muffler. “A ‘special’ compliance plate was attached to the aluminum can to give the illusion that we give a crap about rules of any sort,” laughs Richard. “Basically, it goes fast, stops awesome, the seat has good padding, the suspension feels great and the ‘fully compliant’ exhaust sounds just like it should.”

Even at a stand still, it looks like it’s doing the ton

Compliance plate by Mule. Seems legit

When we quizzed him on the hardest part of the build, Richard grimaced and said, “Probably getting the tank made. But I’ve found a new tank builder who’s much nicer to deal with, although he’s much further away.” Sounds like a good excuse to go for a ride, then.

“There’s three things that really make me smile about the finished bike,” says Richard. “I really like the paint job, as I always painted my old race trackers like this (see the photo below). I’m also super happy with the way the exhaust tucks in and sounds, and of course the high point would have to be the front end.” Almost sounds too good to be kept in a garage for 9 months of the year, huh? I wonder if Colonel Mustard might enjoy a winter holiday in the Southern Hemisphere? Here’s hoping.

Richard’s inspiration? Willow Springs Raceway, 1978

[Mule Motorcycles: Web – Instagram | Photos by David Edwards]

  • bill smith

    Mule Motorcycles are the personification of perfection that are built by the master!

  • John in Pollock

    As always, Mule’s whips are breathtaking. That RD is pretty freakin’ cool too.

  • 1957 Panhead

    As always, perfection and style by Mule.

  • Perfect!

  • the watcher

    Bloody gorgeous (as ever, yawn) but particularly like the branded front sprocket cover and the q-r axle on the f4 forks; and the motor of course.

    • the watcher

      Also really glad he didn’t use piggy back shocks ( and great choice of indicators, same as my Sportster, lol).

  • Greybeard1

    Ah…there it is.
    Gawd I love that bike!

    I’d even leave the rims black…instead of gold…which is what they should be to go with the paint accents.
    Just sayin’.

  • John_Tangeraas

    Looks like an appliance. Like a window air conditioner.

    • Okaaaay…

    • bill smith

      Is that your way of saying its COOOOOL?

  • GREAT GOOGLY MOOGLY! Dream bike for sure!

  • Neil_TonUp

    Yet another elegant project from a consummate professional.

  • guvnor67

    Oh Lordy!! This is so good I should drop to my knees to look at it (“I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy!”) It’s brutal, yet elegant and classy. Wicked!

  • Duke Fan

    Nice engine upgrades are always appreciated!

  • Al

    And it has the same ‘speciman bottle’ on the handlebars that HE complaint about yesterday the Moto Guzzi.

    • “He” would rather this bike didn’t have it either.

      • Greybeard1

        Customers are funny that way, no?
        A guy pays you to build a bike and then thinks he has a say in what it looks like.

  • stan or thereabouts


  • Iconic Mule. Beautiful, functional, and great attention to detail. Superb exhaust.

  • henry

    Great workmanship and some v nice improvements. I think the tank to seat fit spoils the look – the back of the tank is just too high, drop it +/- 3″

  • Rex

    Given how acrid and sanctimonious Richard’s comments have been over the past few years, I really wanted to dislike this bike, but I really can’t it looks clean, stylish, and very well finished.

    • lemieuxmc

      Acrid and sanctimonious comments?
      Shee-it… wait till you meet him in person!

    • It’s hard to have tons of experience, know what you’re talking about, be passionate about motorcycles (where independence comes with the territory), AND be politically correct while somehow voicing a strong opinion and not offend the “delicates”. At least I’m honest which many people frown upon these days. As a builder, I listen to all critiques and opinions. I would think most builders would appreciate the same. As well as learning the bike building “Craft”, over time, one learns to listen. And who to listen to. My comments may reveal a frustration with the current direction of many customs being presented in the bike world. Pipewrap, streetbikes with knobbies and clip-ons, flat seated back halves chopped off, Flintstone tires, no inner fenders with open carbs facing the rear tire blast (are you fricking kidding me?), patina, French bread seats, blah, blah, blah. I despise fads because…they are fads. Masses of individuals all wanting to be identical. Like the last Top Five for the week. I commented that someone needs to break the mold that all the XV750/929/1100 Viragos are coming out of. Hageman has nailed it repeatedly. Now the other 5,000 Virago builders need to do something different. I think in the past 6-8 years, I’ve seen two that were different. Now the CX500’s are headed the same way. I look at bikes all over the net and especially this site which is the best in my opinion. It’s a love/hate relationship though. This comes out in my comments. But the love is there too! I hope that comes out.

      • Rex

        Thanks for your thoughtful reply, I do appreciate it. As far as the love coming out…. Well…. I do see the love in this bike.