Some builders have a distinct style you see in all their bikes, Rob Chappell of Origin8or is not one them, he can take the same two bikes and deliver totally different builds, the one constant however is always quality. Just six weeks ago we featured another Triumph Bobber build by Chappell, a springer wearing, orange flake painted Bonnie that screamed look at me. But this 1968 Triumph Daytona 500 is an example of how less can be more and custom cool can still stay true to classic style.
Flat caps. Wellington boots. Picnic lunches. The world of Land Rovers seems light years away from the dusty, rough-and-tumble world of desert racing. One’s all cucumber sandwiches and pheasants, the other’s realising that once you’ve hit the cactus and you can see your bike off in the distance doing somersaults, it’s probably far too late to land the jump gracefully. Yet from this ying and yang-ness of contrasts comes today’s rather splendid build, the Triumph ‘Greenhorn Express.’ Colby, the bike’s owner and builder, makes a living restoring Early model Land Rovers and spends his spare time on pursuits of a decidedly more one-wheel drive variety. Or, as he puts it, “It’s a Land Rover and motorcycle hobby run amuck…”
The band Radiohead’s second album “The Bends” was exceptional. However, their third album “Ok Computer” was a masterpiece that blew everyone away and is considered one of the greatest albums of all time. This could in fact be the story of the young Swedish builder Adam Nestor with his creations. He built this exceptional Triumph which was his equivilant of ‘The Bends’ album. However, before it could receive all the acclaim it deserved (it did win many accolades in Sweden), it was eclipsed by his jaw-dropping Madame Guzzi boardtracker that got worldwide recognition as one of the best builds of the year. Which meant most people (including us) missed a couple of his earlier bikes that are worthy of putting on his greatest hits list. This is Adam’s second build and again he shows off his amazing fabrication skills and creative thinking.
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