donderdag 27 november 2008

A Deus Triumph Bonneville

Triumph Bonneville custom by Deus

On Saturday I popped over to Deus for a coffee. As I arrived, I caught a glimpse of a Triumph Bonneville being wheeled out of the workshop and into the afternoon sunlight; I only saw it for a second, but it was long enough to make an impression. Deus have now released images of their latest custom, and yes, it’s one of their best yet. A lot of work has gone into ‘Dave’s Bonny’—for starters, it’s been lowered a full two inches from stock. You’ll find the complete build sheet below, but the highlights include a heavily modified Kawasaki W650 tank with the fuel injection unit tucked inside, and 41mm clip-ons from Australian specialist Tingate matched to handbar controls from a Triumph Trophy 955. The fiberglass seat unit is a Deus original, along with the headlight brackets, and the swingarm has been lengthened by 2.5 inches. (The rear frame section was modified to accept the seat and shortened four inches in the process.) The engine covers have been powdercoated black, and the fuel injection bodies are coated in 2-pack gloss black. A complete re-wire—with much of that wiring hidden—completes the look. I don’t know who Dave is, but he’s one helluva lucky guy.

Build Sheet :
7-inch side mount headlight
Deus headlight brackets in alloy
Integrated indicator lights in top of headlight
Smooth top tree
Deus speedo bracket
41mm Tingate clip on bars. Handlebars converted from 1″ to 7/8″
Triumph trophy 955 handle bar controls w/ custom cables
Clip-on mirror
Relocated ignition switch, British ribbed-style grips
Front suspension lowered 2 inches
Ikon tri-rate dampers—lowered 2 inches
Alloy “H” pattern rims: 18” rear, 19” front, with stainless spokes
Firestone tires, 4.00×19 front and 4.50×18 rear
Black braided brake lines
W650 gas tank: shaved, smoothed, knee dents added, fuel injection unit inside tank, Monza race cap.
Deus fiberglass seat unit modified to suit frame
Custom seat upholstery
Round stainless stop light on custom brackets
Rear frame section modified to accept seat and shortened 4 inches
Alloy turn signals
Hidden horn and rectifier/regulator
Hidden wiring throughout and re-wiring of half the bike
Swingarm stretched 2.5 inches
Alloy sprocket
HPC coating on standard header pipes. Maddass mufflers also in HPC with polished tips
Fuel injection bodies 2pack gloss black
All engine covers in powder coat black
Custom engine sprocket cover
Norman Hyde rear set pegs
Full custom paint job by Dutchy
Triumph Bonneville custom by Deus
Triumph Bonneville custom by Deus
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Motoring George Spauwen
"The Twin Man"

maandag 24 november 2008

A Triumph Bonneville Custom: Salt Ghost

Triumph Bonneville custom motorcycle: Salt Ghost

Sometimes it’s the rattiest-looking bikes that are the most interesting.
And this machine, known as the ‘Salt Ghost’, is a classic example.
It’s owned by Wes White of Four Aces and Tyler Malinky of Lowbrow Customs,
and it’s got history by the bucketload.
Salt Ghost has been racing at the El Mirage dry lake since the 60s,
and like many successful racers, it’s a real mongrel in the parts department.
The engine is from 1961 Bonneville, and the chassis is a 1948 Triumph rigid.
Even the motor itself is a hybrid, with a nine-bolt head on a 650 barrel,
and Harmon & Collins roller tappets.
According to the excellent profile on Chop Cult,
“The cams have yet to be identified, but they have serious lift
enough for the valves to require .008” and .010” clearances
when stock was .002” and .004”.”
Heavy-duty fueling comes from two Amal GP carburetors—
with no idle circuits, so the motor will die unless revved constantly.
The oil tank holds just enough to keep that engine alive for a short blast,
and to top it all off, the fuel tank is a rare 1957 Tiger 100R/R item,
complete with original paint.
It might look like trash to the casual bystander,
but this bike is all class. Head over to Chop Cult for the full story.

[Thanks to Tyler Malinky.]

Motoring George Spauwen

"The Twin Man "

vrijdag 21 november 2008

A BMW Schneekrad 1936

Just in time for snow season, we have another single track motorcycle for you to consider. If you remember some of the other tracked vehicles we've featured here on The Kneeslider, you know there were some interesting examples of engineering, some practical, some not so much, and here's one that goes back a little ways, it's a 1936 BMW "Schneekrad" or snowmobile. I ran across this in an old magazine and other than the name and photographer, there's no other technical information of any sort, perhaps one of you with a good historical book on BMW would have something to share with us.
How it actually turns would be interesting to see and the top of the machine is a little visually confusing from this angle.
This photo is by Kurt Worner, a famous European photographer who passed away some years ago.

(By Paul Crowe - "The Kneeslider ")



Motoring George Spauwen

A Triumph Tiger Custom

1971 Triumph Tiger T100 custom motorcycle

This 1971 Triumph T100 is called Boy Racer and it’s from a new Italian shop called Grease Monkey. Owners Gianluca Tiepolo and Max Trono are into old school bikes with a twist; they’ve come up with a machine that has a light-hearted, almost rococo feel. The intricate paintwork is certainly attention-grabbing—it reminds us of Sucker Punch Sally’s Fender Triumph—but the underpinnings are solid and conventional. The 498 cc parallel twin motor has been completely rebuilt, and the frame reconfigured as a bobber-style rigid. Grease Monkey has aimed for a compact look and shortened the front fork by just over an inch (30mm), which also makes the bike more agile. The wheels are 19 and 18 inches, but the frame can handle a 21/16 setup for a more custom look. It’s a bike designed to be ridden: the erratic original electrics have been replaced by a 12-volt system and electronic ignition, but vintage lights and Smiths instruments keep the visuals authentic. It’s a good start: I think we’ll be hearing more from Grease Monkey in the future.
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Motoring George Spauwen
"The Twin Man"