Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hugh McAffee and his Winning Pre-Unit Triumph Tiger 100 rigid framed racebike

From the Triumph Racing Motorcycles in America Book.

Original Magazine clipping.

A peek inside.

On the track.

Sharp looking man and machine. The white silk jersey over old racing leathers with the red scarf and matching pinstriped helmet is just beautiful man!

Johny Gibson Rigid Preunit Tiger Trackbike

Probably a T100C or Speed Kit equipped Tiger. Dual carbs with remote floats, Tricor left side track pipe, competition gas tank, California bars and spool front wheel hub.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Will To Win

Original clip from a 1954 issue of Motorcyclist magazine, this image was later made into a poster by Bill Bagnall and was hung on many shop, garage and clubhouse walls back in the day.

1954 Daytona Amateur Class Winner

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Custom Preunit Triumph Tiger

He made the rocker covers himself and the headlight is a masterpeice. Tuned to take bikes twice its size.

Monday, April 27, 2009

A.J. Lewis Triumph T-Bird Drag Bike

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:

Sunday, April 26, 2009

1954 Triumph Picnic Most Beautiful Bike Winner

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.

The custom nameplates in this add could have been used for neat gas tank styling strips.
The Superior fork covers differ from the MCM type as they have a flair at the bottom.
The Superior headlight brackets are unique as well and another part I would like to find.

Webco Parts for Triumph's Wanted

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.

Also in need of 1950's or 60's Desert Sled type vintage air cleaner housings made to run sideways next to the oil tank like the one above. Brand unimportant if from the right era and in good condition.

If you have any parts like these for sale or trade let me know.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mel McKee: 1954 California Custom Bike Building Pioneer

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.

Sweet little BSA 650. I wonder how his Dual Carb Star Twin turned out?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Build a Bike

Got some parts for sale on ebay now

1953 Bonneville Motorcycle Action

Good picture of Rich Richard's Pam Too 650 T-Bird.

1952 Bonneville Cartoon.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

First Motorcycle National Drag Races

Circa 1953 in good ol' California. Rich Richards is the man to watch. He was one of the top Triumph tuners for the next 15 years.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Quite The Custom

From a 1952 issue of CYCLE. Perfect rear fender bob. Perfect front fender placement. Perfect balance of chrome and paint. Perfect handlebar and rear grab rail combo. And once again the Mustang tank makes it happen.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Blackie Bernal

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.

Stripped and tuned to perfection.

I'd put money on which one was faster.

Monday, April 20, 2009

I'm Back

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

If you live anywhere near Dallas Texas

Get the info, Grab your cash and hop in the truck.

Don't even think about painting it, changing ANYTHING, or even taking it fully apart. Hit the chrome with polish and 0000 steel wool. Rebuild the motor, wire everything up, and ride into oblivion...

Courtesy of Tracy "Low Key" McDonald

Bike Run

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...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

1954 Greenhorn Enduro

500 all terrain miles on a rigid Triumph. That would be a helluva fun weekend.

Beautiful Show & Go Trophy.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Martz Cycle Co.

Neat little shop, but the custom bike trailer is over the top. I need to build one. Cool looking Triumph race bike in the back with chromed competition gas tank.

MCM Sport Megaphones

New in 1954