Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Graceless Revenge by Franck "Castrol" Samery


What can we do to stretch some tools ? After many restoration like a Norton Dominator 88, a pre-unit Triton, BSA DBD34, Triumph T100 Alloy and and Rudge Racer 1929 Frank decided it was time to build his proper custom.. the bobber..

This connoisseur of English mechanics, its variations and developments related thereto, had in mind a motorcycle very faithful, reliable with some personal touches.
To start, the project will be a stock market frame Triumph T120 1963replaced by a rigid hard tail from Factory Metal Works. the hard tail's specs will not be dictated lightly, but like everything else, the result of a reflection on the coherence, both mechanical and history of the project. So stretch 2.5 and 2 drop, the perfect balance for the pair of 18-inch wheels that will link the "graceless" to  the ground.

Once the framework is done, with engine to run ? This is where the network of our friend will go into action in the person of Frank Charriaut, this flamboyant character in the world of classical motorcycle, creator and host of Mot'Art Journal downright offered him the Triumph T140 engine.
This is a 750cc block, (oil in the frame) that our manufacturer will again top to bottom, all bearings, pistons, a gearbox (5-for T140V) everything will be reviewed with two Amal Monobloc carbs . The cylinder passes in matt black, some fins are sanded to give a dynamic to the cylinder head. The exhaust line, a 2 in which a hand on the left side is completely home-made. Not pretty satisfied with  the appearance of its welds, he finished his job by the methodical and careful application of a black thermal tape. The saddle Biltwell ordered from Lowbrow is chosen "diamond finish", the front light is a traditional bates, but the licence plate holder and rear fender stays are handmade. Footrests come from Factory Metal Works catalog but kick pedal has been stripped from a 30's bicycle with axle and bearings mounted adaptation.

If there is no front fender, the one who tries to keep the rider's ass clean will be developed on the bench and is handmade done.  now time to handcraft the oil tank ... the oil tank is designed and manufactured home again during long working days.
Lowbrow Custom also provided the petrol tank and the color has been chosen with attention This gray has the name of  "gris Medicis" is the one that covered the Renault 4CV a french vintage car.
A personal logo is done, printed out by Stickersdeluxe completes this aesthetic choice. The black handlebar is homemade too, beautiful gray grips hide left a Solex clutch lever.
Front Spool hub means no front brake. Finally a Joe Hunt is in the pipeline planned, but a Boyer ignition has been mounted, as week as two off road  tyres
Great job, a lot of know-how, some inspiration... these are the ingredients for a successful bike. This bobber is the evidence.

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