AUTO & MOTO ARTISANS - AUSTRALIA
Slotting a Triumph twin into a Norton Featherbed frame created what has to be the all-time iconic cafe racer. So waking up this tired Triton and getting it back on the road was a real pleasure.
Running a '65 Slimline frame and '71 T120R engine, this Triton is an older build that was tucked away while its latest owner concentrated on other projects. Not running, unregistered, part-way through a refurbishment, and looking a bit down at heel, it was an easy-to-justify buy.
Unless you're convinced all Tritons should be pre-unit, this engine and frame combo is arguably one of the best options to go for...and with 'period' equipment like Converta engine plates, a tasty alloy oil tank, shouldered alloy rims, Marzocchi shocks, and Dresda-style tank and seat,
it has all the right credentials.
The Japanese front end and rear disc might not be to 'original' ton-up boys' taste, but back in the '70s, when this bike was born they were the duck's nuts and a real step up from drum brakes and Roadholder forks.
Rather than tear everything down and recreate a shiny replica of a '60s dream bike, the plan was to stay true to the original builder's vision, preserve the patina, get it running, get it registered, and see how it rides.
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