Monday, May 7, 2012

Al Rieske's 1955 Triumph Showbike

Al Rieske's Michigan Showbike found at the 2012 San Jose Clubman's Show. Some not so cool modifications, but still showing a lot of the key original elements and it is a solid looking rebuild. With all the chrome and detailing done it wouldn't be hard to bring it back to 1960's spec if the missing pieces didn't get tossed in a dumpster. Going by memory I think the show card said that it was from Nevada. If anyone knows the current owner get him schooled on the history and let's hope the original parts are still sitting on a shelf somewhere!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sneak Peak of the MORT Restoration

I had been getting some new comments on the old Don Cates Mort post and since it had been about a year and a half since any updates, I decided to contact Big D and see if there was anything new. He got right back to me and sent me some pics of the progress. Noticing that there was a little less chrome than the original build I asked him what the plan was. He sent the reply included below the photos. It's great that Don is involved in this rebuild and I love the family pride and memories the people involved have for this one of a kind machine.

During its time being shown it sported three different paint schemes, my plan is to have Don actually take part in the new paint job. I have actually changed the wheels and have gone with black wheels with custom stainless steal spokes and have gone to adjure black dot headlights.Don was very pleased with the progress this far. We actually made a ride together last September to big pine, he can still roll with the best of them. I will stay in touch and will forward additional photos.This bike will never be for sale it will stay In the family. Long Beach swap meet tomorrow looking for additional parts. Thank you for your continued interest and support.

 Big D