Motorcycle News - Class Act: A Triton cafe racer by Foundry Motorcycle
As we all know, back in the 60s the idea was to combine the best chassis with the best motor. But half a century later, you can buy showroom machines that’ll run rings around most Tritons. And for a fraction of what it would cost to build one.
Even so, he just had to have a Triton. So he reached out to Tom Simpson and Alex Chesson of Foundry Motorcycle, based near the small cathedral city of Chichester, West Sussex.
“He’d always wanted a Triton, but didn’t really like the ‘traditional’ bikes. So we worked out how to make one that looked a little more modern, whilst retaining the classic essence of the bike. It had to be less ‘cobbled together’ than so many of the traditional machines, and hold its head up in the company of the rest of his collection.”
“Triton buying can be somewhat of a minefield, with price and condition varying massively, but eventually a usable bike was found.”
They wanted sharper lines out of the subframe, so they redesigned it, and added mounts for a new seat unit. They then built new rearset and rear engine mounting plates, so that they could ditch the ugly Converta plates that came with the bike.
The brief called for a disc brake up front, so the guys swapped the Norton forks for a set of Triumph T140 units. That meant fitting new yokes—so they reached out to Danny at Fastec Custom Racing, who whipped up a set to Foundry’s design. The top yoke includes an integrated housing, to hold a Motogadget Chronoclassic tacho.
Next up was the aluminum bodywork—with the seat unit being the toughest bit.
The final execution is minimal and elegant. A bolted-in undertray keeps the tail tidy, with a proprietary Foundry LED taillight hiding underneath the rear cowl. Follow the plumbing, and you’ll spot a nifty oil cooler mounted lower down in the frame.
The cooler was eventually cast using melted down small block Moto Guzzi crankcases. “We’re big Guzzi fans, and the cases were definitely past use.”
Moving to the motor, Tim and Alex stripped it right down, and rebuilt it with new seals and bearings, plus a Routt 750 big bore kit. Even though the guys were happy with the original Amal carbs, they’re big Dell’Orto fans—so they installed a set of Dell’Orto PH36 pumper carbs.
Up front, they’ve fitted a 5¾” Bates-style light and adjustable Tarozzi clip-ons. They’re dressed with mini switches, Biltwell grips, Kellermann bar-end turn signals, and Honda CBR600R levers. The rear-set foot controls are also from Tarozzi, and are hooked up with custom brake and gearshift linkages.
“We spent countless hours designing and making small (and hidden parts) for this bike,” says Alex. “There are probably large chunks of the build I’ve intentionally erased from memory. But along with our very patient customer, we are very proud of the end result. It rides well, sounds awesome, and looks great—and is incredibly shiny!”
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
August 6, 2018 at 12:34PM