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Kendall Kustoms ’52 Triumph Thunderbird

Posted on October 26, 2011 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 28 comments

Girder your loins – Kendall’s Triumph uses a ’38 Ford axel as a backbone

Me, I’m a guy who likes to plan. I like to draw and concept. I like colour swatches and mood boards and paint samples. I like to give myself plenty of time to tweak and stare and think. I like Photoshop because I can try hundreds of different ideas in a short period of time and choose the one I like the best. I like symmetry and geometry and precise measurements. I do things “just in case”. I budget and I scheme and I think and I think and I think. And after all that I still find that the end result of my toilings can often times be just as average as the next guy. That’s why I’m totally envious of guys like Kendall Lutchman – guys who can grab a bunch of old hotrod spares, junk tanks, scrap steel and only the most fleeting of plans in his obviously sharp mind and build a last-minute bike that cleans up at two bike shows in two days. Just goes to show – the gut beats the head every time.


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1952 Triumph Thunderbird

Posted on August 30, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Racer. 15 comments

Depending on what floats your boat, you will eventually make the pilgrimage to your ‘Mecca’. If you are a surfer, then you will take on the waves at Teahupoo. If you’re an Elvis fan, then you will shuffle your blue suede shoes to Gracelands. And if you are a motorhead, then you will take your speed machine to the Bonneville salt flats, like many did a few weeks ago. One of those people was Alp Sungurtekin, who took his purpose built bike, a 1952 Pre-Unit 650cc Triumph Thunderbird. The bike is named ‘Kursed’ – because of all the things that went wrong with it. He really had to race the clock to have it finished on time. Actually, he was still working on it up until the final hours of leaving for the legendary salty race strip. This is how Alp describes his time at Speedweek and the pursuit of his own personal land speed record.


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1968 Triumph Drag Bike

Posted on July 13, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Other, Racer. 8 comments

One of the best named motorcycle blogs on the information super autobahn is Eat The Rich — after the classic film and Motörhead song. The blog is run by classic parts dealer Peter Stansfield from the U.K who is always buying and selling custom parts for many different types of bikes. Last year he came across this drag bike frame for sale on ebay and knew he had to purchase it. “I bought the frame for £170 and the rear slick for £10” he says. “I bought it from the guy who originally built it in 1968, he raced it first with an iron 6T motor then later put a Hillman Imp engine in it. It was last used in 1974 when he built a new bike.”


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2010 Triumph Scrambler

Posted on July 2, 2011 by Scott in Scrambler. 25 comments

If there was ever a remake of ‘The Great Escape’ (God forbid), I think we’ve found the perfect bike for that famous fence jump. Built by a brand spanking new motorcycle shop in Costa Mesa California called RTL Moto. They specialize in vintage European bikes and describe their work as “Mad Max-style customisation”, which sounds pretty damn good to us. This is their inaugural project and we are honored they sent Pipeburn the very first shots. The Triumph belongs to a customer named Jeremy and his brief was pretty straight forward. “He plans on doing a lot of travel next year and he asked us to build him a vintage-looking bike that he could ride off-road” says Chris Lisk from RTL Moto.


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2006 Triumph Thruxton

Posted on June 15, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer. 26 comments

Thruxton. As in the English race track. Just so you know.

Thruxtons. They’ve always troubled me. Not in a waking up in the middle of the night screaming “THRUXTONS! NOOOO!” kind of a way, but more in the “factory trying to make a cafe racer when in fact the very essence of cafe racers is that you have to do it yourself” kind of way. That’s not to say I don’t like them, quite the opposite in fact. They look the shiz. But I was always a little confused as to how you would customise them if they had already been customised at the factory. Not any more.


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1969 Triumph Bobber

Posted on May 13, 2011 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 18 comments

Kevin was a sure bet at his company’s “bring your bobber to work” day

Me, I’m a fussy bastard. Can’t do anything without mapping it out to the nth degree with contingency plans and failsafes and such nonsense. Which is great if you have an issue that you saw coming, but of course the real issues are always the ones you DON’T see coming; the ones you can’t possibly plan for. These kinds curveballs really do my head in. Not so for one Mister Kevin White from Washington state in America’s Pacific North West Spencer, Iowa. Nuh-uh. See, he’s the kind of guy that seems to be able to roll with the punches and push on through to the other side where he’ll pull up on a killer custom with a smile from ear-to-ear even though his build jumped from one track to another like a electrocuted DJ at a Drum ‘n’ Bass festival. Meanwhile I would have been kicking back in a nice padded workshop with some of those special overalls that let the nice doctors tie your hands behind your back so you can’t reach your Snap-Ons.


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Triumph Racer – ‘Stiffy’

Posted on April 28, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 15 comments

There’s nothing more intriguing in a bike build story than a mystery, and this here little Triumph has it in spades. See, no one knows exactly what this bike was in a previous life but the smart money is on a rigid dirt tracker. The motor and frame were acquired with a large stockpile of old British dirt trackers and parts that Big D Cycles bought last year; “this bike came out of Les Edwards stash” says Jerrett Martin from Big D. “Les was a famous tuner and builder of dirt track bikes out of California. He owned the Triumph/Suzuki Shop Cycle Imports. A lot of famous riders got their start riding Edwards’ bikes; Gene Romero, Mark Brelsford, Dave Hansen and many others. Dave Hansen rode an Edwards’ bike to Triumph’s last TT race victory at the Houston Astrodome in 1974 (pictured below). In that race, Hansen beat king Kenny Roberts, who was on a Yamaha.” When Les retired he moved his large collection of motorcycle goodies to south Texas. When he passed away, Big D Cycles bought all the race bikes, motors, frames, and spares that were in an old metal barn on his property.


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Triumph T100 Scrambler Video

Posted on January 28, 2011 by Scott in Scrambler, Video. 12 comments

This classic styled Triumph T100 Scrambler, commonly known as Jack Pine is no newcomer to the limelight. It was numero uno in BikeEXIF’s Greatest Hits of 2010 — a combination of most hits and most comments. Now Hammarhead Industries have released this short video of their scrambler in action. So if you thought this Triumph was all show and no go, then you don’t know Jack.

[Found on Return of the Cafe Racers]

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Triumph ‘Accessories’ Project

Posted on January 15, 2011 by Scott in Other. 17 comments

A set of kitchen scales made out of a Bonneville instrument panel by John Doherty

Triumph has teamed up with students from Birmingham City University’s Institute of Art & Design on a project called ‘Accessories’. Eighteen MA Product Design students were asked to design and create alternative lifestyle products based on components from a Triumph Bonneville T100.

Nick Orme was announced the winner, for his design of a corkscrew (below) using parts of the Bonneville’s handlebar mechanism. Genius. Second place went to Wa Ya-Lin for her fruit bowls made from the T100 wheels, and third place went to Elena Matyas for her jacket and helmet stand made from mirrors.


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Imaginary Garage – 2010 Triumph “Bonnehille”

Posted on December 2, 2010 by Andrew in Other. 20 comments

“No.69 – who knows when she’ll flip over?”

Readers, meet Miss BonnehilleI’ve been sitting here for about 15 minutes try to come up with something to say about this bike. Unfortunately I just keep on coming back to the same thought. Wow. What more can I say? I can’t stop looking at it. This is a bike that could easily take the top spot at a major bike show and it’s been brought to life by two guys who live on different continents and have never even met each other. All praise to the interwebs!

Shout-outs: massive thanks to Max for the genius original idea and Charles for the beautiful finishing touches; and thanks again for putting up with me. Please enjoy the tees. Also, thanks to all the readers who took the time to make a submission – there were some amazing ideas in there and I’m genuinely sorry we couldn’t try out some more.


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