If Triumph Would Have Board Track Raced…


All custom builders are looking to create something different. Dennis and Steve at TT Cycles are no exception. They wanted to build a board track style racing bike since this sport was extremely popular in their home state of New-Jersey. Problem is that they specialize on work done on vintage Triumph motorcycles and there was no such a thing as a Triumph Board Tracker between the first and second decades of the last century. Why? Simply because back then Triumphs were not being imported in the US. So nobody has ever seen a Triumph racing on oval wooden planks… Doesn’t matter, decided the duo. Let’s build a Triumph board track racer the way it could have been and looked.

After looking at a lot of pictures of Harley and Indian board trackers, they opted for a stock 1970 Triumph T120R Bonneville as the best platform to start their makeover. Steve tore the motor down and rebuilt it from the crankshaft up. A 2” over hardtail was bolted on and matching 21” front and rear wheels were laced up, trued, and mounted. A minus 4” springer was bolted on and a disc brake up front was their concession to modern stopping power. They took a Triumph front fender, flipped it around and fitted it over the rear wheel. The gas/oil tanks were all hand fabricated at the shop as well as the “tank” under the seat. It actually houses the battery and the electrics. The exhaust is a cut-down set of “TT” pipes with machined brass tips attached. Finally, the paint is DuPont Alabaster “Antique” White with pearl mixed in. G.W.Ross did the all of the pinstriping and gold leaf. Now, we can only imagine how Triumphs would have performed on the motordrome against Indians and Harleys… TT Cycles.

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17 Responses to “If Triumph Would Have Board Track Raced…”


  1. 1 Englishman Sep 12th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Looks like nice work. The overall effect is a little ‘boxy’ however, and the front brake takes away from any ‘Boardtrack’ look.

    In my opinion.

    Nice bike though.

  2. 2 Brian Sep 12th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I agree. The front brake is a no no.

  3. 3 jason Hallman Sep 12th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Well done!

  4. 4 Steve Carr Sep 12th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Nice looking bike…..we all have ideas of our ideal bike.

  5. 5 hk Sep 12th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    i like it .Very nice overall . considering its not a replica of anything or a restored piece the front brake is a moot point.

    I noticed all none of you “purists” complaining about the front brake didnt mention the LICENCE PLATE ,pretty sure thats not board tracker regulaton issue either .

    its a cool bike nuff said

  6. 6 TRexSG Sep 12th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Like it!

  7. 7 zyon Sep 12th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I bet those pipes give LAFs a run for their money! I’ve love to take this bike for a ride.

  8. 8 Richard Sep 12th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    THAT’S really nice!

  9. 9 Englishman Sep 12th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Yeah, that’s me.. a purist!!!!! HA!

  10. 10 jasper Sep 12th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    wow! that is one ugly bike! nice cheap modern springer! they could at the very least have used a pre-unit.

  11. 11 Larry R Sep 12th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I like it! That’s all I got to say.

  12. 12 chaos george Sep 12th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    very cool bike, looks like the builder wanted it to be more rideable than era correct. Looks like it is fun to ride, not a chore.

  13. 13 Kustoms and Choppers Sep 12th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Didn’t Falcon Motorcycles build a Triumph board track racer? I guess it inspired more.

  14. 14 nicker Sep 12th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Certainly Falcon sets a high bar for this style.
    (Ya could say “Riddler quality”)

    Either way, simple scooters is how it all started.
    And this is nothing if it isn’t a simple scoot.
    So, simple is good.

    -nicker-

  15. 15 rags Sep 13th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    looks great just leave front brake off

  16. 16 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Co Sep 15th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I like the bike. While some will have different ideas, congrats to you guys for moving forth and creating something.

  17. 17 Rossario Jan 27th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Very nicely done, I think their earlier pieces have bit more thought in them. There was a very very cool Triumph at the Rat’s Hole Biketoberfest 2010 that could have been called a board tracker, it was simple and clean.

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