Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Triumph Pre Unit Twin, Tiger Cub and Ariel Motorcycle Frame Drawings

Here are some factory Frame drawings for Pre Unit Rigid and Swinging Arm Frame models, Tiger Cub models as well as Ariel Single, Twin and the Square Four. Don't think these have ever been published in any manuals unlike the Unit models which can be found in the factory Workshop Manuals. Click on the images for a full size view.

First up is the Tiger Cub T20 and Terrier T15 1954-1956.

Tiger Cub T20 and T20C 1957-1959.

1947-1953 Triumph 5T Speed Twin and Tiger 100, 1950-1953 6T Thunderbird Rigid Frames.

Triumph Swinging Arm Twins 1954-1959 (Do not include 21 and 5T/A models).

Triumph 21 and 5T/A 1958-1960.

1960 Triumph 6T Thunderbird, T110 Tiger, TR6 Trophy and Bonneville TR7 Duplex Frame.

Rigid Ariel Single and Twins 1947-1953.

Spring Frame Ariel Single and Twins 1947-1953.

1954-1959 Ariel Single and Twin Swinging Arm Frame.

Ariel Square Four 1947-1959.

Hope this information is useful to fellow Triumph and Ariel enthusiasts. Originally published in Johnson Motors Triumph/Ariel Dealers Meeting Notes, January 1960.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

1958 Triumph TR6 Trophy Desert Sled joins the pack.

This past Memorial Day was spent out in the Moreno Valley, just east of Riverside. I was out there to look at and complete a deal for this 1958 Triumph TR6 Desert Racer. Been wanting another of these since letting the last one go.

Set up in typical Desert Sled fashion with all street gear long removed, side stand chopped off to allow for the huge bash plate underneath to protect the Crank Cases from anything the Southern California Deserts could throw in it's the way.  

Bud Ekins Exhaust Pipes both up on the left side fixing to the front Engine Mounts and a Clip from the the Subframe at the rear.

Massive "cheater" Sprocket bolts directly to the stock brake drum/sprocket combo.

Riders view over the standard UK bend 1" Handlebar with a solitary Lucas Kill Button on the left side. Throttle has been shortened for a wider variety of grips.

Lucas K2FC Competition Magneto provides the Spark, a rewound armature and it'll be good to go.

Modified Oil Tank with an added Froth tower breather and trimmed down front.

Will be exciting to get into the Engine to see what is inside, Racing Pistons and lumpy Cams I bet....

Bates Racing Saddle, they must of sold tons of these back in the day....

I have already decided that I would like to restore this Sled to look as it did back in the day when it was about to do battle in the desert for the 1st time. The results on the 1957 Bike ( were very pleasing and think this will also look the business. Stay posted.....

Friday, May 17, 2013

2013 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

What else is there to do during the first weekend of May? For me it is a weekend away at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel. Now in it's 5th year, this event has become one of the nations best. Not only for the event on the field of the prestigious Quail Lodge Golf Course but for the Quail Ride that occurs the day before on the Friday as well as the Banquet Dinner at the Lodge in the evening.  

The Quail Ride kicks off from the lodge at 8.30 after Coffee and Breakfast items were laid on during Rider registration and all. The ride which would be escorted by Motorcycle Officers of the California Highway Patrol (who ensured our safety and provided us with an open pass to the highways with no stopping at stop signs or red lights) was attended by approximately 120 motorcyclists covering 110 miles through Steinbeck Country in Carmel Valley ending up with "parade laps" around the famous Laguna Seca Raceway. 

Neat Dunstall Norton ready for the off as well as this Velocette below.

The Germans were well represented this year as always.

Halfway through the ride was a stop at the Talbott Winery. Refreshments and gas fill ups were available here. Robb Talbott is a keen Motorcycle enthusiast who generously invites the ride to stop by his Winery every year. Pictured below is my Triton in front of what I guess is big tank of wine.

Paul d'Orleans tearing up the tarmac giving it all on his Trophy Trail. That bike ran like a top.

Had my Helmet mounted GoPro camera that was meant to record a movie of the laps at Laguna Seca, alas I had it on the wrong setting and ended up taking a few hundred still shots. Anyway, stitched 'em together and added a soundtrack.

After the laps at Laguna, the ride ended with a special lunch at the smashing Baja Cantina right there in Carmel. A fantastic lunch after a stunning ride. Complete enjoyment 100%. That evening was spent at a banquet dinner at the lodge. A splendid evening of fine dining, guest speakers, films and lashings of fine red wine. Didn't know it at the time but my mates and me shared a table with this Italian chap that designed the Ducati Monster. On the field the next day it was all about cool bikes in a pristine setting.

Above is Bob Ives award winning Norton International. Bob received 1st place in the European Class, well deserved, that bike looked well tasty. A beautiful restoration.

Above and below are two of a bunch of bike pulled from a barn in San Diego a few years ago. An Indian Chief and Vincent Rapide in original unrestored condition. These 2 bikes looked so cool unrestored! Gotta love that. It is the unrestored stuff that floats my boat. Another feather in the Quails Cap to have these on the lawn. As the events title states "A Motorcycle Gathering", I believe that more attention should be centered on the unrestored surviving motorcycles that are still with us. Maybe a class for the unrestored originals?

Pictured below is a 1967 Triumph Bonneville T.T. Special that I restored a year or so ago for Rob Jordan from Classic Throttle. Restored to original condition, a real hot rod of the day. It was a top of the line factory racer built in limited numbers. 

Another terrific bike is this 1952 Triumph Thunderbird owned by Wally Brookdale. Complete with period Panniers. The same Panniers that carried our back up tool kit on the ride! This Thunderbird performed flawlessly all day.

Three Motorcycle Racing legends in attendance being interviewed: Kenny Roberts, Mert Lawwill and Wayne Rainey told tales of their racing days.

BSA Gold Star in Clubman's trim, got to have one of these one day...

Here is a view of the show bikes in the middle of the field which was lined by vendor tents. A delicious bar-b-que lunch was laid on for all to enjoy.

The BSA Gold Star Catalina Scrambler in owned by a gentleman called Larry. I had a chat with him about his collection of BSA Gold Stars. Behind the Catalina is a Flat Track Scrambler that actually won an award presented by Mert Lawwill, picked by him as his favorite bike on display simply because it is what he started out on back in the day.

Then at around 1:00 pm came a special moment for me. I was summoned to the podium by event organizer Gordon McCall to speak with representatives from Cycle World Magazine. It was here that they asked me a few questions about my Triton. Cycle World, who are a major sponsor of the event, give an award for their favorite bike that was on the previous day's ride as well as being displayed on the lawn on the Saturday. Well, it was my Triton that they selected for this award. Bloody hell, that was something else. A proud moment for me to savor. For the labor of love that these old bike are, this award is the real and true pay day, an appreciation from peers is so humbling. 

Pictured above is the tag placed on the Triton. It was selected by the guys at Cycle World because of its authenticity and looks, they wanted to choose a Bike that oozed passion and they saw that passion in the build of this Cafe Racer.

Two images from Cycle World magazine, their article on the event can be seen here;

Already looking forward to next years event. Good times....

Here is clip of me on stage accepting my Cycle World award. A rather smart Tiffany Crystal Platter and nice bottle of plonk!

For a more info on the Triton, check out my earlier post. "Ton Up Triton"

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ton Up Classics Merchandising

Now available due to public demand I bring to you the 1st 3 of many exciting new T-Shirts.
Each design is available is sizes medium, large, x-large and xx-large.
Priced at $19.95 each.
100% Cotton Ringspun Shirts.
Postage within the US $6.00 USPS Priority
International $15.00 USPS Airmail
Click on the link below to purchase after making your selection. 

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

1968 Triumph Bonneville Survivor.

In order to replace an old '68 Triumph owned years ago, I had been in the market for a late 1960's Bonneville for quite a while, casually seeking the right bike when an ad for this bike came up on Craig's List. A deal was pounded out and I am now the new owner of this unrestored '68.

Showing less than 5000 miles, at first I had a hard time believing that this is all original without any restoration but I can be positive that it is. The only replaced items are the Dunlop Tires (the original ones came with the deal) and some rubber items such as peg and shifter rubbers. I restore bikes and have completed many but my passion is with the unrestored machines, so this was a must have for me.

This machine has spent most of it's life in a Honda Dealers warehouse in Wisconsin. The original owner had traded it in during 1973 for a Honda Gold Wing. After spending sometime on the showroom floor unsold, it was relegated to the warehouse. When the dealership closed it's doors some twenty years later the owner sold ti to his brother. He in turn brought the bike with him in a move to Southern California, it was he who I purchased it from. Pretty cool to have a good history of the machine.

Triumph sales were booming in the mid to late 1960's and it is a fact that the years between 1968 and 1970 was the pinnacle of Triumph Motorcycles. After decades of development the 650 twin was now it's best. Tweaks to the parallel twin engine gave it the excellent power and reliability but unlike previous years the performance was now matched by the brakes and suspension.

There were differences in the years between 1968 and 1970, mostly in finishes. It is the 1968 Bonnie which floats my boat out of the three years. The stylish "Eyebrow" Tank emblems were retained from the previous two years, these were replaced for '69. Also '68 models wore Stainless Steel Mudguards which were replaced by painted guards the following year.

The Seat on this bike is stunning. Late '68 models were fitted with the Grab Rail on the back which continued into the '69 season but was discontinued in 1970 due to owners attempting to put the bike onto it's center stand using this Grab Rail has a lever to haul the bike back, the result of this was many broken seat pans.

I have just assigned an original California black plate to it through the DMV'S Year of Manufacture program. An essential feature for a classic on the road today. Modern plates just don't cut it on old bikes and when you can re-assign a vintage plate to your classic, why wouldn't you? For tons more information on these smashing bikes, get yourself a copy of David Gaylin's Triumph Bonneville and TR6 Restoration Guide, a must have for the Triumph enthusiast!