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November / December 2005 Bike of the Month:
Jarrett "Bones" Nielsen's Triumph T120R Cafe Racer
What started out as a post deployment gift to me, transformed into a mechanical nightmare and a lot of long days waiting on parts only to find something else broken. This started out as a 1971 T120R stocker. Disco metal-flake red paint and the worst seat ever created. It was complete, it ran and the price was right. The Kustom Bug got to me and I had to make it mine own. And the result is what happens when one is cooped up in the basement during a long Arctic Winter with a lot of beer, busted knuckles and delusions of adequacy. On the day I got it back together and running, it snowed and the roads froze. It was some of the scariest riding I have ever done, but oh so worth it.
Here is the list:
650cc unit mill bored .20 over during rebuild running 9:1 Hepolite pistons
Early 5 Speed right side shift. Boyer Ignition w/ Podtronic Regulator
K&N pod filters, Rask Cycle slash cut TT pipes w/ internal baffles header-wrapped
Corbin Seat for a ’72 OIF (had to make all new bracketry)
Clubman Bars w/ stock controls
Hand formed alloy side covers
Bobbed trailer fender w/ homemade taillight bracket
Mini LED front signal lights, Ness mini’s in the rear
Swap meat Maltese cross taillight and mirror
Krylon flat black paint with House of Kolour stripes and graphics under Satin clear
Avon Distanzia 110/80x18 up Front 120/80x18 in the Rear
Wheels are Dunlop Stocker rear 18’s
Both are rear tyres, front is intentionally on backwards for better braking.
This has been about the most fun catastrophe I have ever had to rebuild. With the cost of the bike, all parts and work, I still have less than $6000 (US) invested. Future plans included rearset controls and shortened cables. The model is the lovely Ms. Masa who flew in from Okinawa just for this shoot and the other dude is some hooligan that crawled out of the snow and tried stealing my ride. I would have taken pictures of me pummeling him about the head and shoulders, but I had to put the camera down.