Motorcycle News - A most distinguished Triumph T140 from Hong Kong
Of course, you could go out and buy a ‘modern retro.’ But if you want a machine with old school charm and modern reliability, a restomod is an equally valid option.
Just one hour after buying the T140, he was in the Angry Lane workshop in Hong Kong—run by Guillaume Barras, organizer of the territory’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.
“I said to him, ‘So you want something that Steve McQueen would ride?’ He said, ‘I’d prefer something like Paul Newman would ride!’”
Guillaume describes the bike as ‘virtually new,’ and he’s not exaggerating. The engine was stripped for a complete rebuild with new cylinders and pistons, and new valve gear.
There’s a custom 2-into-1 exhaust handmade by New Zealander Paul Bryant, and the carbs have been upgraded to new Amal MKI Premier 932s, with velocity stacks.
The wheels are low-key: black anodized aluminum Sun Rims, with spokes from Buchanans. The hubs have been ceramic-coated black to match, and the tires are Heidenau K60 Scout dual sports: 4.00-18 on the rear, and 100/90-19 on the front.
The electrics are a mix of old and new. A modern Antigravity lithium battery provides the juice, and there’s an electronic ignition from the New Zealand company Pazon. But there’s also a new high output 12V 3-phase stator-rotor and regulator rectifier from the original Prince Of Darkness, Lucas.
They’re attached to classy new bars from LSL, with controls from Renard Speedshop and Kustom Tech—who also supplied the Grimeca 12mm clutch master cylinder and lever. The headlight is a Bates, and the taillight is a Bates-style LED unit supplied by Motone.
It’s topped off with a Monza-style gas cap. All the visible nuts and bolts on the Triumph have been replaced with new stainless steel items.
The front fender, believe it or not, is a modified carbon fiber Ducati item. At the back is a much more conventional stainless steel unit from Daytona Japan.
The right saddlebag even features a USB charging plug, requested by the client, and the left one contains a toolkit. The handgrips, gear shifter, and kick pedal are covered with the same leather.
If you’re in Hong Kong, keep an eye out for Guillaume during the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. And no matter where in the world you’re riding, join the Bike EXIF team for a chance to win an incredible $10,000 travel prize.
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September 8, 2018 at 12:05PM