The 1973 Triumph T140v came to us as a project that "just needed to be finished" and quickly turned into a new direction and scope. The client initially got the all stock 1973 Triumph from his father-in-law and decided he wanted to transform it into a hard-tailed around-town bobber. He started the project on his own by adding a stretched weld-on hardtail to the stock OIF (oil in frame) frame, 21" rims laced to the stock hubs, and a complete engine rebuild. From there, he decided that was all the time he could afford to spend on it, so he reached out to us. It came in as a roller with a ton of updated parts and modern electrical components in boxes. After talking with the client about his vision and going over the whole bike and details with a fine tooth comb, together we decided that an entirely new approach needed to be taken.
We will be moving forward with a new one-off hardtail frame that will mimic more of a stock '60s Triumph frame to do away with the OIF style, making it sleeker and as small and narrow as possible. From there, we can make all-new engine mounts incorporating newly designed foot pegs to accommodate his overall height and size. We will clean the engine that was rebuilt over a decade ago. We will add an ARD Magneto to tuck the Magneto ignition in front of the cylinder and reduce all of the wiring for the bike altogether. The fewer wires, the better. New custom exhaust will be made as well. We will also incorporate a Wassell-style Banana tank that we will modify to follow some of the original tank knee indent lines. A fully custom tail section/fender/seat/oil tank will be fabricated, and a headlight nacelle will also be made to tie the front, and rear body work together. We will update the front suspension to a Cafe Racer "Ceriani replica" style front end that integrates with the stock front brake drum. The 21'' wheels will still be present, but we will be lacing the hubs to a different set of rims, and they will also get a different tire design.