Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
A.J. Lewis built, fuel burning Thunderbird drag bike. One of the fastest cycles on the strip in 1954. The Ariel business that A.J. ran is still going and there is a neat website with some Triumph builds and other cool things to see here: www.arielmotorcycles.com
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Stripped down with the right balance of chrome and paint gets it every time. Nicley done tank styling strip, and a genuine Bates saddle, with the man himself, Mr. Bob Bates in the center.
Specifically looking for a alloy wedge shaped oil tank for Triumph swingarm frames that mounts to the seat post tube like the one above. Sometimes made by Kosman and others. Good cylindrical tanks wanted as well.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Too bad there is no color photos of this guys work, because it sounds like it was extremely nice. He did have it a lot easier than us though. Working on new machines is so much less hassle than dealing with 50 year old broken, bent, rusted and beat on parts!
The Jack Bagnall Triumph on the lower left as pictured in the garbage wagon vs. California Bob post from 1949.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I found a cool website the other night dedicated to early 1950's era Triumph land speed & drag racer Blackie Bernal. It's done up by his Grandson and definitely worth a look. http://www.blackiebernal.webs.com/
Monday, April 20, 2009
It was good to be alive this weekend. The Hippy Killer party was cool. Credit to Kutty for throwing a party of that magnitude on his property. That took balls. The Bash was killer too. Had a real good time seeing some people from SoCal. Partied hard, slept on the ground next to the bike, and rode approximately 730 miles on the old Triumph in four days. I had to cut out solo and leave the club one day before our run was supposed to end so I could get home on Sunday and start catching up on things. I rode from San Louis Obisbo back to Sonora
by myself, taking Highways 41 and 46 back to 99 north. It was unbelievable and I never wanted it to end. Had some good pipe dream ideas flowing through my head about the perfect Triumph chopper build and tooling around America forever... The dual Amal Monoblocs on the Webco manifolds kicked ass and the plugs are burning perfect now. I still have some crankcase blowby issues to deal with though.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Get the info, Grab your cash and hop in the truck.
Courtesy of Tracy "Low Key" McDonald
I've been working on my chopper all week for the SoCal Hippy Killer Hoedown and Biltwell Bash. I decided to do the dual carb conversion using the old Webco Manifolds and a matching set of Amal Monobloc's that I had the slide resleeving bit done to. I really should have started that project a while ago! Lots of tuning adjustments later, and it's running pretty good, I think. Could use some more time but there is none. DTMC's leaving Thursday morning at 5:oo a.m. and we'll be lucky to get there by late afternoon. Might have to change the Garage name to Go or Blow...