Written by Martin Hodgson.
On the port of Hiroshima, in a nondescript two-story building with rust marks staining the roller doors, you’ll find the headquarters of Heiwa Motorcycles. Here amongst the crowded chaos of vintage motorcycles and associated parts you’ll find the team building some of Japan’s best classic customs. For fortunate Western Australian Tony Wong, a friendship with the company’s head honcho, Kengo Kimura, has resulted in a brilliant road going revival called ‘Chilli Mussel’. From the bare bones of a 1963 Triumph T100SS comes this gorgeous classic that’s full of subtle flavours.
It is home to the 21st century’s most vibrant and powerful economy, with millions of high tech products created there every single day. Yet China is also a land with a rich history, a remarkable culture many millennia old and Confucianism that has spread great wisdom to the world…
FCR Original are a mainstay of the custom motorcycle scene. Hell, they’re probably the premiere builder in France. So it’s no surprise that when one half of Synapson, an electronic music group, was looking for a new ride he approached FCR. And what he got was this…
When does a custom bike shop become a fully fledged bike manufacturer? While some successful shops are happy with their two or three bikes a year, others like Spain’s Macco Motors take things a little more seriously. Eminently comfortable in their own stylistic skins, they’ve now developed quite the global business. With a waiting list as long as Stretch Armstrong’s arm and customers from as far a field as the UK and Miami, we’re beginning to wonder how long it’ll be before Hinckley starts to get worried. Here’s their latest build, a Triumph T100 they are calling ‘Seagull’.
I have no idea what I’m doing. As I reach over and adjust the mirrors on the brand new T100 I catch a glimpse of an ex-superbike world champion riding behind me. He blips the throttle and with a tug of his arms has the nose of the Bonneville pointing towards the sky. In front of me, a seasoned motorcycle journalist and part-time racer weaves from side to side, scraping his pegs at nearly a walking pace.
In between them is me. Bolt upright, hands gripped tight on the bars and riding dead straight. Marlon Slack from Pipeburn – commuter, tourer, sometime weekend scratcher. I’m not a racer. I’m not thinking about stoppies or wheelies or burnouts. What am I thinking? Don’t Drop The Bike.
If I’ve learnt anything from my time here at Pipeburn, it’s that a custom bike does not need to be in your face to get your attention. A clean build, with flowing lines and an attention to detail, will create just as much of a stir as a full-blown hyper colour super custom machine. That’s definitely the aim of today’s feature bike. Simplicity itself, this 1968 Triumph T100 bobber has been streamlined and lightened to achieve the look desired in the build, while still retaining functionality with the ability to easily kick-start the vertical twin and put some miles down on the Tarmac.
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]
Formula Supervee driver Marc Crocetti sent me some photo’s of his 1971 Triumph T100 R that he turned into a Redbull Cafe Racer. He purchased it a year ago from a friend who had the Triumph in numerous boxes and hadn’t been ridden for about 12 years, prior to that it was used as a dirt bike for 15 years. It seemed like a big project but Marc had the vision to turn this bike into something special. He started with a BSA starfire gas tank and extending it 4 inches, then he added a Ducati style seat that he widened 2.5 inches at the front to fit the Triumph frame. It also has Ceriani front forks that were lowered 2.5 inches, a Honda 450 front wheel that he drilled out for better brake cooling and a fiberglass front fender that looks very Dunstall in style. Then he rebuilt the engine, the head, the transmission, clutch and primary drive. Marc even did the Red Bull paint job himself, inspired by his love of motorsport (we bet he consumed a can or two working late in his garage as well). By the looks of it we think this Red Bull Triumph will really give you wings.
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Saw this pic on Joes Sign Shop. It’s a beautiful 1968 Triumph T100 R by Motor Galore. Kenneth from Motor Galore was born in Germany in 1965. He moved to the states to get away from Nazi rule and find a new life (we thank you for finding that life or else we wouldn’t see these cool bikes). As an accomplished metal artist extraordinaire…
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For guys who really want to be like Steve, the Triumph Scrambler is the bike for you. You can even order a “278” number board, McQueen’s entry when he raced in the 1964 International Six-Day Trials in East Germany. I have to be honest and say that I personally believe Steve McQueen is probably one of the coolest men to have walked this planet. And yes I love this modern take on the classic.
The Scrambler is based largely on the Bonneville T100 streeter. Although the suspension has been raised 2 inches over the Bonneville, for improved ground clearance. So you can take it off road onto dirt tracks but I am told its not the most comfortable ride.
I love that Triumph are still making these nostalgic bikes. I am not sure I would choose this over the Thruxton though. I think the Thruxton would perform much better, but as for cool factor this has McQueen’s personal stamp of approval. What more could you ask for?