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Pre-Unit Bobber – 1957 Triumph Tiger Custom

In Custom, England by Abhi0 Comments

Built for The Horse magazine’s Amateur Chop Off, this build started as a one-owner Tiger T1100. It’s won a couple of awards and it got the builder an invite to Fuel Cleveland as well. It’s not perfect as the clutch needs to be adjusted and the carbs may need to be rejetted, but I think this is a lovely looking …

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1 of 150 and Brand New – 2005 Petronas FP1

In England, Race by Tim Huber0 Comments

As Erik Buell will tell you, starting a motorcycle company is no easy task. Even if you’re offering a solid product, getting marketing, a dealer network, and infrastructure set up can often make or break a company’s shot at success. The latter is essentially what happened to the short-lived motorcycles division of Petronas. Only 150 units (50 for racing, 100 …

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Scrambled Brit – 1969 BSA 441 Victor Special

In Dual-Sport, England by Tim Huber0 Comments

It’s hard to look at the 1969 BSA 441 Victor and not swoon over it at least a little bit. For its time, it was rugged-looking. The mid-scrambler pipe and polished aluminum tank with the front half partially adorned in a gloss yellow didn’t exactly hurt it in the looks department either. These bikes exude an old-school cool that wonderfully …

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Rebuilt British Beauty – 1978 Rickman Triumph

In England, Off-Road by Tim Huber0 Comments

Last time I featured a Rickman Triumph, I referred to it as a “Britmota” and even though this example isn’t a road machine, I feel the moniker still applies. This completely rebuilt example is sporting a NEW Rickman chassis wrapped around a 1978 Triumph 750 engine. The restoration process on this iconic British machine took an accumulative three years to …

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Tricked Out – 2010 Triumph Street Triple

In England, Less than 5k, Sport by Tim Huber0 Comments

Modern Triumph three-cylinders are responsible for some of the most fun I’ve ever had on two-wheels. The powerband on these bikes is so usable and torquey, they really are a pleasure to ride. My biggest caveat with the Speed and Street Triple machines is their headlight assemblies, which is unfortunately a fairly defining aesthetic quality. So the redone front end …

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Unrestored – 1963 Norton Atlas

In England, Standard by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Norton Atlas was produced from 1962 to 1968 before being replaced by the iconic Commando. The Atlas’s 745cc air-cooled twin was married to a four-speed chain-drive transmission that resulted in 55hp at 6,500RPM. One of the biggest selling points for the Atlas was its Featherbed frame. Interestingly the Atlas was first produced for export only, having been designed to …

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Drag Race Tribute – 1962 Triumph Pre-Unit Custom

In Custom, England by Tim Huber0 Comments

While photos of this one-off ’62 Triumph custom more or less speak for themselves, the story behind this build is a rather interesting one. After going to school to receive his fine art degree, Karl Ardo – the person who built this Triumph- spent a number of years turning out hot rods of the four wheeled variety before changing his …

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Funky Custom BSA D7 175 – The Navigator

In Custom, England by Tim Huber0 Comments

This heavily modified BSA appropriately entitled “The Navigator” is one of the coolest one-off machines I’ve ever seen. The thing is just dripping with character and it possesses a wildly unique aesthetic with what appears to be an excellent fit and finish. While this example is undeniably pretty out there, it’s been masterfully executed and whether or not you like …

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Late Competition Scrambler – 1966 Matchless G85CS

In England, Off-Road by Tim Huber0 Comments

The Plumstead, England-based Matchless Motorcycles had a decently long run of 67 years before finally closing its doors in 1966. Before shutting down however, one of its final moves would be producing (according to the seller) less than one hundred G85CS (or Competition Scramblers) in an effort to combat manufacturers like Husqvarna, Bultaco, CZ and Greeves, who had been dominating …