A Trio of Track Tried Triumphs
I was happy to find a search option specific to track bikes over on UK eBay and went right to work looking to see what the British offered in the way of Classic Race bikes. These three Triumphs trickled to the Top. I could not choose which one to try, so I am tripling up with all three of these terrific Triumphs. (OK, enough with the alliteration.)
Starting with the smallest displacement this Triumph Tiger Cub T20 offers you the a starting point to join Classic and Vintage Racing. 199cc of Cub power rapped by a full race fairing will give you a platform from which to learn, but not skimping on the development.
From the seller
The motor is tuned but not at the expense of reliability and uses an Amal monoblock carb. It sits on 18″ alloy rims shod with Dunlop racing tyres. The front one was brand new at the beginning of this season. The front brake is a twin leading shoe Honda 180mm (It even still has the Joe Dunphy sticker on it!) mounted in modified B.S.A. forks. The primary drive is single row and I dry-clutched it about eleven years ago. Ignition is Boyer Brandsden. The alloy tank and seat were made by Pete Kyte using the originals as patterns. I think the ‘bike dates from around 1965. There is a (dismantled) spare race motor which will be available to the winning bidder for a negotiated price if required
So you will be able to go out with the lightweights and push this little bike, and those “put off’s” might not hurt as bad at lower’ish speeds
Next up the scale is this 500cc that has crossed the pond from its birthplace and was repatriated after been “touched” by the well known Texans at Big D Cycles.
From the Sellers
The engine is a late model T100 unit engine with the gearbox surgically removed to make it eligible for classic racing and was completely rebuilt by a local expert less than 100 miles ago. Apparently the unit engines are stronger and lighter and can therefore be tuned to produce more power. The engine has a race cam (not sure of the make), Carrillo rods, lightened rockers and a modified timing chest to increase oil flow. It has twin amal Mk1’s with long bell mouths and the ignition is a Motoplat self-generating unit mounted on the end of the crank..
The frame is a work of art, made from small tubes so it looks very much like the original Paton frames, It has Akront wheels front and back with a large twin pull drum on the front from a Benelli which works brilliantly (I think these were made by Gremeca) and a Triumph drum on the rear.
It is really amazing what builders will do to keep within the rules, and what they can do to push the limits of those rules.
And finally the pinnacle of Triumph motor design, with the help or well respected frame designer, this is a T150 triple wrapped by a Rob North Frame. The British use of English has always been laughed at by us Americans, and when the seller talks about Parading it around, I can imagine nice British men sitting upright going at pedestrian speeds, when really, like anyone on a race bike the throttle is twisted wide open when ever possible.
From the seller
John Sims from Triple engineering built the 750cc engine with new old stock T150 crankcases (un stamped) new bearings and seals, Arrow con rods and forged Omega high compression pistons, tough trided and dynamically balanced crank. Full race cam shafts lightened, balanced and polished racing valve gear, gas flowed head, lightened and balanced clutch and idler gears. 30mm Amal carbs and many other lightened and polished parts, battery free Boyer ignition with a new wiring loom with provision for a battery if needed
The frame and all black parts freshly stove enamelled, new wheel bearings and taper roller steering head bearings, new needle roller bearings in the swinging arm. Rebuilt forks with correct works type fabricated yokes, matched internals, brand new unused tyres (still got labels on!), new brakes, new adjustable Lockheed front master cylinder and a new rear master cylinder, new rear sets, new professional paint on tank, seat and fairing and very period correct appearance in classic works triumph blue and white.
I spent some time in England, but it was before my motorcycle affliction really took hold, so instead of the Isle of Man, or Mallory Park I went to the National Gallery and London Tower. Had I known better (and had more then $1.45 when I returned) any one of these three bikes would have been in my luggage.