Custom Vintage Racer As Homage To A Father

All artists, and of course you can put all custom builders in this group, are inspired by their own God. He talks to them in his own way to inspire them new concepts and designs. And when a custom builder gets a revelation about what to build, you know that he will never stop working on it until he is satisfied. Looking for inspiration, Don Weimer Jr. thought about his father, a 60’s and 70’s hill climb racer that he lost when he was only 13 years old, looked back at his life with him and after him, reflecting on his own career as a motocross racers during 25 years. It’s the way that Revelation, the custom featured here, came naturally to his mind as a must do project…

Logically, Revelation, based on a 1973 Triumph 750 Bonneville, is merging influences coming from father vintage hill climb and from son motocross racing. The extended swingarm is hill climb inspired while the shocks are typical motocross equipment. For a pure mechanical/industrial look and to add to the functionality aspect of the bike, all components are exposed, ready for easy access. The front end, which Don Weimer Jr. describes as of the type ”lever action”, was purposely made to be very industrial in looks and while in movement. The gas tank is one-off aluminum (about 150 hours of labor!), as are the rear fender, seat  pan, battery box, triple tree, center stand and plate holder.

Frame backbone is original ”oil in frame” design from the original 1973 Triumph. Motor and transmission were fully rebuilt to stock specifications. Both wheels are 21”x 3.25” with 21″ perimeter disc rotors cut on a water jet and equipped with Brembo brakes. Hand controls, grips, master cylinders and gas tank vents are motocross pieces. Seat is hand tooled leather. Total building time was 7 months with Don accomplishing himself all custom fabrication, machining and assembling. Don concluded by telling me that Revelation was an extremely emotional project because of the way it ties him again with his father and helps him fill the void of his absence. 2 weeks ago, Revelation won Second Place in the “FreeStyle class “of the World Championship of custom Bike Building program ‘Ultimate Builder’, an affiliate event staged at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show of Detroit, Michigan. Weimer Original Designs. (Photography courtesy Michael Farabaugh Studios)

18 Responses to “Custom Vintage Racer As Homage To A Father”

  1. 1 Jeez Jan 17th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Not practical, but very nice.

  2. 2 alan Jan 17th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    nice but too long

  3. 3 CHOPMONSTER66 Jan 17th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    cool and from the heart not the wallet , that is what bike building is all about . not how much money you can get for it . DREAM IT ,BUILD IT , LOVE IT , RIDE THE HELL OUT OF IT !!!!!!!!!!!

  4. 4 LENA FAIRLESS Jan 17th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I like the bike and its a great tribute to his father!


  5. 5 Alan Kraus Jan 17th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Very well done, tasty and probably fun to ride.

  6. 6 Eric O Jan 17th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I love it . Practical ? My old shovel is not practical .

  7. 7 Larry R Jan 17th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    It’s beautiful! Great work, Don.

  8. 8 Gas Man Jan 17th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I saw this bike in person as part of the IMS show. It was a masterpiece. What a great way to pay tribute to dad.

  9. 9 Tim Bradham Jan 18th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    In this world of cookie cutters, it’s nice to see something like this. Very cool!!

  10. 10 Wiz Jan 18th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I respect his ability and emotions. Daddy would be Proud! Wiz

  11. 11 martin Twofeather Jan 18th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    What a great job and talent,keep up the great work………

  12. 12 Charlie in Marietta Jan 18th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Something new and fresh. Very Nice!

  13. 13 Jan 18th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Very, very Chic !

  14. 14 mack Jan 19th, 2011 at 1:10 am

    too cool …love it

  15. 15 nuno maroco Jan 19th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Nice bike, like special the front fork.All the best.

  16. 16 DON WEIMER JR Jan 19th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    thanks for the kind words on my triumph guys. also, thanks to CYRIL for the interest and exposure. the bike wil be at the cincinnati v-twin expo in february. set up with the LUCAS OIL co. and MICHAEL FARABAUGH STUDIOS booth. stop by and say hello.

  17. 17 Dan Jan 20th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Beautiful bike. Skinny tires for the win!

  18. 18 Brad Jan 25th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Looks like a really bad rip off of Cook Customs.

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