Tagged: T100

Tea with Hot Sauce: 1967 Triumph Bonneville with Tracy Bodywork

1967 Trimph Bonneville Tracy R Front

While this Triumph Bonneville with Tracy bodywork is really more dirt-track than actual sportbike, but it’s cool and rare enough I thought it was worth a post.

1967 Trimph Bonneville Tracy L Engine

During the wild-and-woolly 1960s and 1970s, body kits could be found for all kinds of cars and bikes and change your workaday VW Bug or UJM into something much more individual. Some were complete garbage, and some were of very high quality. Tracy Nelson’s Fiberglas Works’ were of the latter variety. Based out of Santa Cruz and inspired by Craig Vetter’s creations, Tracy designed one-piece bodywork that replaced heavy steel tanks, side panels, and seat with one-piece replacements that both lightened the bike and lowered its center of gravity.

1967 Trimph Bonneville Tracy Dash

When Tracy kits turn up, they tend to be decked out with wild period paintjobs or metal-flake custom insanity and are sometimes grafted on to home-brew choppers of dubious quality. This example keeps things simple and is a very appropriate baby blue that really shows off the bodywork to good effect.

1967 Trimph Bonneville Tracy Rear Suspension

From the original eBay listing: 1967 Triumph Bonneville with Tracy Bodywork for Sale

Built by: B & D Cycles Triumph Restorations of Clinton, WI.

Cosmetically in beautiful shape as well. 

Tracy body is solid and finished in high quality “Team Triumph” blue/white. Tank was properly lined to resist ethanol fuel damage to fiberglass.

Not many of these Tracy bodies survived the ’70s in this nice of condition… or at all.

Stored in a climate controlled environment and ridden on a fairly regular basis.

Numbers matching T120 frame and motor. TR6 head (had to be used to fit the Tracy body kit). 

Engine was completely rebuilt a couple of years ago. 

Bike has Clubman bars, Bates headlight and Mighty Mite electronics with capacitor.

Reverse magaphone mufflers, ’68 front wheel and brake assembly laced to a Borrani Shoulder rim.

Tires and tubes are excellent. 

Bike is ready to ride and enjoy right now. No worries.

VERY STRONG RUNNER!! PLENTY OF POWER!!

A VERY cool, clean and unusual bike for not a lot of money. 

You will NOT park next to someone on another Triumph like this… period. 

1967 Trimph Bonneville Tracy L Tank

The seller also helpfully includes a walk around tour and a cold startup video. With just a couple days left on the auction and a starting bid of $4,650, I’m surprised there’s been little interest so far. It looks this might go for far less than a similarly stock Bonneville and offers up a bit of American hot sauce to spice up your Brit-bike Earl Grey.

-tad

1967 Trimph Bonneville Tracy L Rear

Vintage Race Replica: 1969 Triumph Daytona T100 Percy Tait Replica for Sale

1969 Triumph T100 Daytona Race Bike R Side

Sorry for the lack of posts everyone: I’m travelling right now, and it’s been making regular updates difficult. Bear with me and we should be back on track soon!

Today’s bike is a pretty cool vintage racing Triumph Daytona that appears to be extremely well-prepared and is specifically built with endurance and long-distance racing in mind. If you’re not familiar with Percy Tait, you likely won’t be surprised to find that he raced Triumphs, and was also a Triumph development rider and racked up huge miles on various prototypes. Wikipedia tells me he is alive and well and is currently a champion… breeder of rare sheep.

Does it get any more English than that?

1969 Triumph T100 Daytona Race Bike L Side Rear

There is plenty of additional information at the original eBay listing: 1969 Triumph Percy Tait Replica

T100 Daytona as used 1969 Belgian Grand Prix in Spa where it took second place behind an MV Agusta ridden by Giacomo Agostini.

With the rare Ken Sprayson Frame only made for the 1969 GP Triumph machine. 
Ridden on the Manx Grand Prix 2003 and 2004 by York Runte.
Tuning by Winkelmann and OIF-Racing teamready too race, tested 2014 in Pannoniaring Hungary, was ridden two times the Isle of Man Manx grand prix with good results 2003 and 2004. All working, tested, and proved: no “need some work” or funny constructions that fall apart in the first lap…

65.5mm stroke as T100, belt conversion, stainless exhaust tested and optimized with test bench
specially made 5 speed gearbox
47.5 horsepower on the rear wheel at 7500 revs, good torque, smooth running no hole at some revs…. 
Vibrations absolutely okay, much better than all other racers I was riding before

Yes, you could tune for some more power at higher revs and with losing some torque in the midrange, the former owners decided this is a good compromise of smooth running, less repair than with the last 5 extra horsepower you could get out of this engine.  There is an extra pair of new forged pistons and cylinder with the bike that could be changed to bit more compression or just used as spare part and copy the momental piston shape.
This engine version is for long distance races like the Isle of Man.

1969 Triumph T100 Daytona Race Bike R Side Front

It’s pretty cool that the original bike’s claim to fame was actually losing to the peerless Agostini! There’s no shame in that! The bike is currently located in Munich, Germany and is listed with a $16,500 Buy It Now price, which would normally be a bit steep for a Triumph, but actually seems pretty fair for such a well-prepared vintage race bike.

-tad

1969 Triumph T100 Daytona Race Bike

1963 Triumph T120 Bonneville

“Attention Collectors” is how the seller starts discribing this Triumph Bonneville offered now on eBay. I think more then just collectors should be interested in this bike, specifically anyone who is into classic motorcycles, any brand, any model. The reason being is that this bike is one of the Classic Classics, the best of the best.

By 1959 Edward Turner had left a huge mark on the British motorcycle industry, and the T120 was going to be his last effort for Triumph (he continued to “work” during retirement.) Based on the parallel twin that he made famous and had become omnipresent, the 650cc was an evolution of the T110 Tiger. It was given a name to celebrate the efforts of Johnny Allen at Bonneville in getting a Triumph engine to go 193.3mph in 1955 and 214.17 mph in 1956.  Though a legal battle raged between Triumph and the FIM over recognition of the records, the press generated was able to drive the sale of the Triumph Bonneville in the US, enought so to sell 28,000 Bonnevilles in 1968 alone.

 From the seller

            ATTENTION COLLECTORS ! If you are looking for a museum quality bike to show or ride then this will be the nicest 1963 650 Bonneville T120 that you’ll see on eBay for a long, long while. ( Especially judging by what’s currently on there 🙂 ). As you probably already know this stunning bike is the first year of the unit construction Bonneville and still shares a few parts with the last of the legendary pre-unit Bonnies such as chronometric instruments and forks. This matching numbers bike runs perfectly and has a whopping 856 miles since restoration. Cadmium plating on all original hardware including spokes. It’s currently fitted with the original “Made In England” Dunlops but if you intend to ride it more than show it I would recommend new tires.

The seller states that the pictures tell the rest, and they do show a well detailed motorcycle, one that could show, but will it go?

Following in the tradition of giving the potential top speed in the name (T100 100mph, T110 110mph) you could expect that the T120 would have a top speed of 120mph, but test from the time give a top speed of 115mph. But as the records set at Bonneville show, there was room for improvement, and in 1960 the Bonneville got a new twin Carburetor cylinder head to help open up that potential. When first design the engine and transmission were separate (pre-unit) this 1963 T120 is the first year in which the engine and transmission were case together, giving a Unit construction. This plus a redesign in the frame crated a stiffer and more stable bike, making it safer to explore the speed available.

This looks like a bike that could go into a museum as a representation of the 1960 motorcycle. But why? I will always have a hard time seeing a motorcycle as anything other then something to enjoy with the engine running and the wheels turning.

BB