Motorcycle News - Vintage Perfection: Retrograde’s Triumph Tiger T110
But as much as we’d love a couple of modern Triumphs in the Bike EXIF dream garage, we’d simply have to park a truly vintage one right alongside them. And this delightful 1958 Tiger T110 from Retrograde Mechanica will do just fine.
We asked Mark what state the Triumph was in when he got it, and his response was: “Frankly terrible. All we used in this build were the crankcases, the frame (modified and repaired) and the fork bottoms and yokes. Everything else was either sub-standard, didn’t fit my needs or was beyond economical repair.”
“It had to be a pre-unit Triumph—I’m a self-confessed Meriden groupie—and it had to have flake. Lots of flake, and lots of polished parts. Final influences were taken from the famous Pitty Tink Triumph, and the bikes ridden by greats like Skip Van Leeuwen and the like.”
The original crankcases are now playing nice with a Triumph one-piece crank, a four-spring clutch with a SRM pressure plate, and a 1967 NOS Bonneville splayed twin carb head. The power plant also features nine-stud barrels, 3134 cams, a Hayward belt drive, and a NOS primary case.
Mark and Nick have gone to town on the T110’s original frame. The geometry’s unchanged, but they’ve de-tabbed, re-brazed and smoothed the whole thing. They’ve also strengthened and braced it, and moved the rear crossmember forward, to make room for the new fender and seat mounts.
The front’s hooked up to a NOS Triumph full-width TLS hub, and the back’s mated to a Triumph QD hub, with a one-off stainless steel torque arm.
The build’s capped off with carefully selected, off-the-shelf bodywork. From front to back, we have a NOS Wassell banana tank, an HD Parts pleated seat, and a British-made rear fender of unknown origin. The seat and fender sit on one-off 5mm alloy brackets, attached with hidden fixings. There’s also a license plate bracket integrated into the left one.
Mark and Nick have sprinkled the build with an inordinate amount of hand-made touches. The fork stops, steering damper and exhaust brackets are all custom, along with a various spindles and spacers. There’s even a little arrangement just the left of where a headlight would normally go, that holds a spanner and a couple of spare spark plugs.
Props must go to A and C Auto Finishers, who coated the frame, forks and yokes. Unique Powder and Paint redid the barrels in stove enamel, Ash at Motoshine polished everything up, Terry and Protec handled the plating work, and everything looks tickety-boo.
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May 22, 2018 at 12:06PM
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