Wednesday, June 27, 2012


                                               TRITON Re-build

We purchased this Triton some time ago and had it sitting in our showroom.
The bike came to us in a sorry state. It had been put away wet at some stage - the chrome and alloy were in urgent need of attention. The bike is a unique Triton, using many rare and desirable parts and was well worth refurbishing. So we made space in the workshop and stripped the bike down for inspection.

Frame and swing arm checked out well. The paint is good and just needs a cut and buff. Everything chrome needs polishing or re-chroming. The rear shocks are stuffed and will need replacing.

As stated, the alloy parts need cleaning and polishing but this won't be a problem as the parts are solid and in excellent condition.

We removed the timing cover exposing the clean timing gears. From what we see here, the engine has been re-built and not done much service if any.

Both wheels were removed and stripped down. The genuine Akront alloy rims where polished and so to the front brake plate and hubs. the rear brake plate and drum sprocket were stripped down and painted two pack black. Tyres are K81 Dunlop.

After re-spoke and trueing we re-built the hub internals and prepared to mount the rear wheel to the bike.

We have also stripped down the Road Holder front end and painted the trees and covers black. The seat is a genuine Dunstall type. The cover was in very good condition, just needed the edges to be glued down. We also painted the rear section silver.

Primary cover turned out fantastic.
We did 'bench test' this engine and found it to be in perfect condition.
500cc Triumph pre-unit all alloy head and barrel mounted in a Norton slimline featherbed frame with 'Converta' brackets.

Driven by a Norton gearbox and clutch which was a popular choice for well sorted Tritons due to the Norton gearbox's reputation as a strong unit.
Here you can see how the cases have responded to polishing. The magneto is Lucas and the carb is amal Monobloc.

We replaced the rear shocks with a pair of Arion Pacific Industries dual spring types.

The fuel tank is a genuine Dunstall fuel/oil combo. We also painted this silver.

 We are running a dead battery system with a custom made wiring loom to supply power for lights and horn. The battery will be mounted inside the toolbox compartment behind the seat.

Modified rear brake pedal and foot pegs. The standard Kickstart and gearchange levers are positioned to clear all surrounding components.

Amal Monobloc carb re-built with polishied float bowl cover and ram tube.

Swept back header pipes with Dunstall wide mouth mufflers.

To fit a decent size battery into the tool box we cut out the base and molded in a fibre glass battery box. The battery can supply approx. 2hrs constant lighting before re-charging.
There is still ample space to store small tools, spare spark plugs etc around the battery.

 The choice for rear tail light is the classic 564 Lucas type repro by Arion Pacific industries. The horn is a 12V mini hidden under the seat base.

 Combination fuel and oil tank with re-chromed filler caps mounted to frame. The SS holding strap and latch hold the tank down firm onto the buffer rubbers. There are also two front studs molded to the front base of the tank that bolt into the front of the frame where the stock tank was originally mounted.

Arion Pacific Industries Clubman bars, headlamp brackets, 7" Lucas style headlamp, brake and clutch levers.

Fully re-built Norton road holder front forks polished to a satin finish. The front brake hub is a single leader Atlas as is the rear. K81 Dunlop tyres on both rims. We are contemplating a front fender...


All cables modified and lubed. Brake, throttle and clutch adjusted.

Very close to finishing, a few more minor details and once over checks should see this Triton ready to ride.


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Neils Horex sidecar outfit

An unusual combo to say the least.

Neils Horex is something special. This outfit was built in 1977 by Neil and was laid up in 1980 while Neil toured Europe and returned in 1982. The machine lay dormant until 2000 when it was pulled out of storage, freshened up and put back on the road.
The original engine passed away many moons ago and a 1974 Triumph 750cc twin was transplanted into the Horax frame. This hybrid also sports a Tilbrook sidecar.
Some special features would include the modified oil cooler and Matchless oil tank, genuine speedo, petrol cap, tank badges and knee rubbers.