Motorcycle News - A sharp new suit for the Triumph Street Triple
But like virtually all factory bikes of a sporting bent, the Street Triple has decidedly ‘contemporary’ styling. And there are folks who think it deserves more of a classic vibe.
“I’m just a guy with a shed on the side of his house who builds at night and on weekends,” he says with a note of self-deprecation.
“Working through the bike-building process with John was so much fun,” Bob recalls. “I made multiple three-hour trips up to his shop in Richmond, VA to see progress.”
“So I thought, let me see what I can do with this,” says Bob. “I love the hands-on aspect, versus what I typically create on a computer screen. I had to build another bike. And another, and another.”
“I built it for my son-in-law,” Bob reveals. “We built a 1979 CB750 together when he was still dating my daughter, but he’s always been more of a sportbike, wheelie-popping rider.”
This bike is one of the very earliest Street Triples, and Bob has wisely left its core alone. With 106 hp on tap, well-sorted Kayaba suspension and a weight of just 182 kg (401 lb), the Hinckley engineers got this one just right.
After a thorough de-tabbing, Bob created a new seat pan and custom tail section. But he’s kept the original seat release mechanism, for easy functionality.
The radiator reservoir had to be ditched from under the seat, so Bob located a universal-fit reservoir and mounted it down by the left side of the 675cc motor. (“Not a lot of places to put that thing!”)
He’s also relocated the mini front turn signals to the headlight ears, and got rid of all the chrome using Scotch-Brite to give it a ‘brushed’ look.
If there’s proof that Bob has a keen eye for aesthetics, it’s the paint on the tank. “I went with a two-tone design for a sleeker look,” he says. “By using silver on the top and black on the bottom, it helped hide the size of the tank.”
Of course, having an ‘eye’ as good as Bob’s is another matter entirely.
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August 23, 2018 at 12:32PM