Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Revell Models Triumph Custom Show Bike

Original release 1964.

"Many different makes of bikes go under the customizer's torch, but the all-time favorite among riders and show goers alike is the Triumph. This light-weight, agile, English made motorcycle is "at home" wherever it goes. Whether on the street, the track or in the show, the Triumph competes with the best."

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Trick Or Street Triumph Custom Show Bike

This is another one of the classic's featured in the previous Cycle World, Wild and Wonderful Customs post. This 1964 Car Craft article mentions the bike winning Larry Howard's 1963 "Show of Custom Bikes". That must have been a good one!

In 1964 Revell Models was tapping into the bike scene and used the Louie Lopez Show Bike as the basis of its "Triumph Custom Show Bike Kit". You can see in the sales flyer above they actually used the picture of the real bike and had it retouched to resemble the model more accurately, but they forgot to remove the real clutch lever from the handlebars! This is not the only time Revell took machines from the pages of Peterson Publishing magazines to base a model kit on. It happened many times in the four wheeled scene, but there was another 1/8th scale Triumph Motorcycle kit pulled directly from a 1961 issue of Hot Rod. I have what's left of the real thing. Hopefully I will feature that project here before too long...

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Mega Cycle at RM Auction

The recently restored Mega Cycle / Mega Hauler sold at auction for $60,500 this past Saturday. Kinda low for this rare two peice set from the original collection of 1960's Ed Roth Creations. Especially since the Druid Princess went for over $200,000! The Druid Princess is a plywood box and can't even touch the Mega Hauler in my opinion.

Stretch from Nostalgia On Wheels came through with the goods on the Mega Cycle this weekend and was kind enough to send me a bunch of pics for posting on the blog. Getting to see the details on this bike is a real pleasure. The work is really top notch, hats off to Fritz for bringing this bike back. That said here are some details I've noticed that keep it from it's original 1966 state of condition. I understand there was a limited time frame on the Hauler and the Cycle, most likely due to the owner being anxious to cash in. None the less that has kept this bike from being restored to its true potential. All the details described here are from the one good color profile picture we have of it. In this picture it clearly has aluminium rims, also the entire front wheel that was put back on the bike recently is a off the shelf Hallcraft mini disc hub originally available from the mid to late 1970's, the original front hub was a wide flange spool. The carburation was changed during the recent restoration from the Posa injectors to a pair of Amal concentrics, which is a compromise. The wheels and intake arrangement are the most obvious changes that were made in the 1980's rebuild. One thing I noticed from these new pictures is that the original TriCor carb manifold float bowl hanger is still on it and currently used to mount the coils. Ignition coils I might add that serve no purpose! The float bowl hanger is a very hard to find part, but the floats and carbs could be sourced, just a matter of $$$, then the spark plug wires could be reconnected to the magneto where they might do some good! The parts used in the 1980's rebuild were obviously a matter of bringing the bike back to show worthiness at the time, not anything that made much sense to a bike purist. The bike now is a mix of early and later parts leaving it in a condition that still does not make perfect sense. None of the restoration work need be redone, these issues are all a matter of parts swapping and some further funds invested. The Feb. 1968 issue of Roth's Choppers magazine being the best place to look for details. Here's a list of things I can see that need doing:
  1. Rebuild wheels with chromed flanged alloy rims
  2. Replace front hub with 1960's era spool hub
  3. Amal remote float carbs with matching float bowls
  4. Toss the fake ignition coils and wire to magneto
  5. Chromed fuel lines
  6. Silver spark plug wires
  7. Control cables stripped of sheathing and chromed

I've changed my own opinion as to whether the Mega Cycle is a rebuild of the Larry Howard Glittercycle as I had originally posted. I originally saw the question asked by Aubrey of Thee Missing Links and also brought up by Stretch again just recently. My first hunch was that they were the same bike for sure, just with some styling changes. After having so many new pictures to look at now I have my doubts and have changed my original posts on the subject. Some of the big differences in body styling don't bother me as much as the small and seemingly unnecessary differences in the details, that now I'm uncertain that they are the same motorcycle. There is a two bike theory that Larry Howard built two similar bikes for a model kit sweepstakes. Then there is the RM Auctions story that the Mega Cycle was built by Bob Aquistapase after being inspired by a Revell model. Whatever the details of the bikes might lead you to believe it is odd that the Glittercycle magazine features date from 1962-63, then the Mega Cycle appears in 1966 and the Glittercycle is never seen again after that??? Hopefully someone that was around at the time will find this discussion and tell the true story...

1955 T100R in Classic MotorCycle Magazine

If you dig the Triumph T100R you have to get the new Oct. issue. I got mine from . The write up is really good and the pictures are great.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Next Saturday, Oct. 3rd. The first one was a blast, come on up! $2 cover, bands, booze, free camping, food, good times. Go to for location info.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

- Hot Cycle - Triumph 650 Scrambler

Bad Ass Bonneville. I love this type of bike with the big 4.00 X 19" Dunlop Trials Universal front tire.
1964 Speed & Custom

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009


Fritz is all done with the resto of the Mega Hauler/ Mega Cycle and it's in California now to be auctioned at the Peterson Automotive Museum this upcoming weekend by RM Auctions.
If any of you SoCal guys go I'd love to get some good pictures of the cycle for the blog.


1963 Car Craft

Friday, September 18, 2009


Out of this world styling, full race engine with open primary and Webco dual carb conversion. How's about the life size skull on top of the forks? Unreal! One of the best show-bikes ever. I didn't keep record of the dates on these features but I know they are from about 1963-64. The bottom show pic is from Car Craft and the other two articles are from Hop Up and Speed & Custom, all car magazines.