Fasteddiecopeman, those are some great pics you have shared. Love those older Triumphs. Tell us (me) more about "Wild Thing" you are posing with. All pics have stories, but that one really is intriguing.
Initially I 'upgraded' the Thunderbird engine w/ higher comp pistons (8.5 to 1...?), Triumph racing cams on both inlet and exhaust, and the twin-carb head and magneto from the Bonneville (which was a POS for ME!). Then I decided to build the dragbike, but first as a 'showbike'. Here getting 12.5 to 1 compression pistons from Power Sphere, w/ a VERY RADICAL pair of Hanmon and Collins roller cams already installed.
Won a few trophies w/ it, and it was pretty fast
and ran a 12.7 second 'quarter-mile' at 112 mph in '65 on alcohol when THAT was considered pretty quick, and fast!
Then I built the WILD THING dragbike: oil and fuel in the frame, internally vented, 4" AVON slick (that was ALL you get back then!). Weighed about 200#, and you can see in that pic w/ me how little it was. "Canadian Motorcycling" had a feature article on it in Jan '67
But by then I had been accepted for pilot training in the RCAF, so I was in the process of selling it off, bit-by-bit (it went on to be a big part of a show-winning Triton
, and here's a scan of the ONLY original pic I have of it.
Love the old Triumph's. I used to race a 65 TR-6. Looked like a Bonnie but with only one carb.
Have you ridden any of the new retro Triumph's?...Thanks for sharing Eddie.
No I haven't, but a friend from "then" STILL has his '62 Triumph TR6.