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2004 Triumph Thruxton – The Speed Merchant

Posted on May 19, 2012 by Scott in Café Racer. 15 comments

The Triumph Thruxton isn’t a bike you see a lot of on the pages of Pipeburn. Mainly due to the fact that most riders who pay the premium for this factory café racer don’t usually do that much to them after riding them out of the Triumph dealership. The reason for this is they look great as stock. You don’t really need to do anything to them unless you want to increase the performance or need to stamp your individuality on it. This featured Thruxton is the handy work of the talented crew at The Speed Merchant in southern California who target those people that want something a little more unique – without having to fabricate it themselves. They specialize in manufacturing parts for Hinckley Triumphs and late model Sportsters. So most of the parts you see on this Thruxton are actually parts they make and sell.


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’68 Triumph TR6 – “The Trumpet”

Posted on May 16, 2012 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 28 comments

Ahhh – the classics. They’re hard to beat, yes? In architecture they have the Doric column, in music you have Beethoven and in philosophy there’s Socrates. When it comes to cuisine you have Duck a l’Orange, In art we have Michelangelo, and with languages you have Latin. But what do we have in the world of custom bikes? As much as I’d like to think that Caesar would spend most Sundays causing trouble in the back streets of Rome on board a very, very early version of a bevel Ducati, I’m almost certain that it never actually happened. So where does that leave us? I’ll tell you where. With the humble yet beautiful bobbed ’60s Triumph hardtail. It’s a Venus de Milo made from chrome, oil, and rubber I tell you. And right at this very moment, I can think of no more perfect example of this art form than this classic ’68 example made by Danish artisan Daniel Peter Dyrberg. Enjoy.


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2008 Triumph ‘SpeedMaster’ – Pangea Speed

Posted on March 3, 2012 by Andrew in Classic, Other. 79 comments

Most jobs have their little perks. Whether it be free product, brushing shoulders with the rich and famous, or VIP access to big events it’s something most of us get to experience at one point or another. Here at the house of ‘burn, the main perk is being bombarded with brain-fryingly great bikes on a daily basis. Some days you feel just like Hugh Hefner; but instead of being surrounded with silicone and Viagra you are nipple-deep in the world’s coolest bi-wheeled rubber and ferrous art. Having access like this allows you many insights to the world of great builders and customers. The one that jumps to my mind in the context of the beautiful bike you see here is the “calling card” idea. That is, the necessity for a builder to knock out a killer bike that will forever be seen as a beacon of their skills. For Evolution’s Paul McKinnon it was his amazing Harley ‘Cojones’, for Falcon it was their breath-taking ‘Kestral’, and for Denmark‘s Wrenchmonkees the mind-blowing Honda CB750 ‘#11’ was their pièce de résistance. And unless we are sadly, weepingly, snot running down our faces mistaken, what you see here is nothing less than a bloody big flag in planet custom bike terra firma from Andy and the guys at Pangea Speed proclaiming their entry into the big boys club. Welcome guys, nice to have you on board.


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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…


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Triumph Bonneville T140 – Yuri Shif Customs

Posted on February 17, 2012 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 38 comments

It’s hard to believe its been a year since we featured Yuri Shif Customs (YSC) jaw-dropping creation they called ‘The Machine’. What we love about this builder from Belarus is he is always experimenting with different styles of bikes, and this time it’s right up our alley. Yuri’s exquisite Triumph café racer is so clean and lean with everything being shortened, hidden or removed. At a glance it may seem like a relatively easy look to achieve but when you take a closer look you see the amazing attention to detail. The kind of detail you’d expect from a guy who has won the AMD World Championship and also the Best International Builder award at the Verona Expo. We were surprised to learn that Yuri actually found building a café racer a real challenge. “Standards of building café racers have been developing for decades and seem to be now fixed as undeniable laws” says Yuri. “That’s why it naturally gives much less space for free creativeness than, say, building of a bobber or a chopper.” Even though building a café racer might be a little bit restrictive for a creative guy like Yuri, we still think he’s managed to stamp it with his individual style.


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1971 Triumph Tiger 650 Bobber

Posted on December 13, 2011 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 71 comments

Chris soon realised that the bike wasn’t so welcome at his daycare business (click for a wallpaper)

Bikers can seem like a tough bunch of humans, even for those of us on the inside. It doesn’t seem to matter how long you’ve been riding or what kind of bike you ride, when you roll into that car park during your Sunday ride and the guy with the 1% patch on his leathers pulls up along side of you, chances are you won’t be making a joke about his gnarly beard any time soon. That’s not to say that the guy himself isn’t a stand-up bloke, but to the casual observer he might seem just a little challenging, conversation-wise. Now the owner of this Tiger is definitely no Hell’s Angel, but to the uninitiated his shaved head and no-nonsense ride may throw you a little. And yes, when I say “you,” I really mean “me”. But once you overcome the irrational preconception crap, you’ll find one Mr. Chris Atkinson – probably one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet and his sweet Triumph bobber that looks tough, but has been know to help old ladies across the road when not carrying its owner around. Honest.


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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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