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Engine:

1959 Triumph Tiger 110, completely rebuilt, one piece crankshaft, new bearings, belt drive clutch, refurbished distributor, new Morgooil pump, re-sleeved barrels, new camshafts, new75:i pistons, unleaded valve seats &guides, new valve spring sets & new rockers & shafts, polished A2 stainless fittings, new 28mm Amal MK1 carb

Frame:

■>953Triumph 500 two-piece rigid with raked neck,one-off forward controls with Honda XRV750 master-cylinder Sharp End:

Yamaha RD250 wheel 8< drilled disc, Norton Lockheed alloy caliper, six inch over Triumph Ti4oVfork,one-off slab yokes, one-off risers, large T-bars, Suzuki GSX600 master-cylinder Blunt End:

Yamaha XS650 Custom wheel & drilled disc, Norton Lockheed alloy caliper, one-off chain guard, one-off stainless side mount number plate Tinware:

1960 Triumph Trophy3gallonfuel tank, one-off custom sprung seat 8< brackets, standard 1953 oil tank, one-off battery box,one-off grab rail, one-off rear mudguard

Electrics:

One-off loom by owner, Harley-Davidson ignition switch,7 inch Bates headlight with 100 watt halogen kit, cafs-eye tail light Paint:

Powdercoating:

PurpleS; magenta candy with lacquer finish

Polishing: Owner Thanks To:

'Eric at Ekquire Motorcycles (01284765434)...'

RICHARD RODE TH E TRIUMPH TO A LOCAL SHOW AND CAME AWAY WITH "BEST PAINT, 'BEST CUSTOM9 AND 'BEST IN SHOW

through the neck of the frame and coming out under the seat, and managed to get a disc brake back wheel offa 650 Yamaha Custom and, once he'd had it 'coated up to match, he had a pre-unit Triumph with front and back disc brakes on matching alloy wheels. Polished stainless bolts, nuts and dome heads and some pinky red cable wrap finished it all off.

In August 2006, after six years on the road (and 47 after it was built!), the oil seal on the clutch side of the motor went and so the engine had to be rebuilt. Having moved down to the South Coast, he didn't really know anyone who would be able to do the job but, luckily, during a visit to an autojumble he found a guy called Jim Newman from Corfe Mullen in Dorset who not only took it on, but also did a brilliant job. He fitted new camshafts, converted the valve seats to unleaded and put a new bush on the layshafl in the gearbox. Richard put the engine and 'box back in the frame himself, taking care not scratch it, and in June 2009, two and a half years after it'd first sprung a leak, the Triumph was back on the road.

Since then, Richard has racked up the miles as and when the crappy weather has allowed him to and the motor is now run in and works and sounds just as well-fettled Triumph should. He did consider selling it this year but, unluckily for you lot, came to his senses and is now keeping it. Can't say I blame you, Rich, it's a lovely bito' kit! ©

Thursday 29th July ■ Sunday 1st August 2010

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