Week of 10-03-14
As reported by CycleWorld, Motorcycle.com, RoadRacingWorld.com, and Ultimate Motorcycling, the Triumph Castrol Rocket team postponed its land speed runs to 2015 after excessive rain produced unsuitable course conditions. According to Triumph COO Matt Sheahan, “Of course we are disappointed, but the weather pattern and the track conditions are obviously beyond our control.” Until then, Triumph will display the Triumph Castrol Rocket at the October 10th -12th Barber Vintage Festival in Birmingham, Ala. with additional appearances planned for late 2014 and early 2015 at consumer and industry events.
In support of the Tony Hawk Foundation’s 11th Annual Stand Up for Skate Parks event, Klock Werks’ Karlee Cobb completed her first bike customization — a 2014 Bonneville T100 donated by Triumph. The T100 desert runner “sports modified and custom made parts by Klock Werks, along with carefully chosen parts from Triumph, British Customs, Joker Machine, Metzeler Tires, Nash Motorcycle Company, and Hagon Shocks.” Bikernet reported that Jane’s Addiction lead singer and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell won the bidding noting, “I told my wife Etty when we walked in, that’s my style, that’s my bike. I have had BSAs and always loved the Triumph brand. This is perfect for me.”
In its article, “The Beginner's Guide To Motorcycles,” AskMen.com endorses the Triumph Bonneville as a great beginner bike.
According to the Digital Journal and Benzinga, Triumph Dealer Erico Motorsports will race in the 2014 Thruxton Cup series at Barber Motorsports Park on October 11th-12th and again at Daytona International Speedway on October 17th-19th. Sponsored by the AHRMA (American Historic Motorcycle Racing Association), the Thruxton Cup series showcases single-, twin-, and three-cylinder motorcycles. During the series, Erico CEO John Beldock will pilot the “Flying Thruxton,” a custom rebuild by Erico Customs. Modifications include removing all unnecessary weight; converting the exhaust into a two-in-one header; and installing clip-on handle bar, rear set foot pegs, protection sliders / belly pan, safety wiring, etc. Good Luck Team Erico Customs!
Pipeburn spotlighted the rebuild of a 2012 900cc Triumph Scrambler (renamed “Gap Tooth”) by custom builder Portland Thor of See See Motorcycles. “The idea was to tear this beast apart and rebuild it just a tad more off-roady, a smidgen more scrambly,” while emulating “some of the cues from Desert Sleds and Scramblers of the old days.” To achieve this goal, Portland Thor removed most of the plastic parts, modified a stock(ish) tank with a center rib, and installed Low Brow Customs ribbed fenders, vintage bike bend Renthals with retro ODI Mushroom grips, and removable headlight / taillight assemblies. He also included a lithium-ion battery, Arrow exhaust, and a new, smaller seat with more padding. Ultimately, Thor loves the bike, noting its amazing power and long distance and street adaptability and adeptness.