Bespoke 1966 Triumph 500

In Post-war era Triumph brand received considerable publicity in the United States when Marlon Brando rode a 1950 Thunderbird 6T in the 1953 motion picture, The Wild One and the US became a huge export market for Triumph. In 1963 all engines were of unit construction (engine & gearbox components sharing a single casing) with the launch of the 3TA soon followed short-stroke, 490 cc “500” model.

It’s one of these Triumph 500 engines The Factory Metal Works Founder Lucas Joyner cradled in his custom Skinny Double Down Tube Frame with a mild stretch of 3″ in the backbone and a 3″ neck drop to which he added his proprietary chrome narrow looped Springer. As simple as it looks at first glance, it took him 6 months to complete this project named Valdez. Most parts are hand fabricated at the shop, custom rear brake, foot pegs, gas reservoir and dished oil tank, vintage style solo seat pan, grips and more.

For an old school appearance 16″ & 21″ Invader wheels were chosen and a custom mixed gold leaf brown flake paint with copper was applied followed  by some white scrolling pinstripe.

The Factory Metal Works always aims at bringing to life true vintage show bike builds with new age trends and technology. All projects start with classic engines rebuilt with modern revamped valves, bearings, seals and race tolerances. More info at The Factory Metal Works Website.

18 Responses to “Bespoke 1966 Triumph 500”

  1. 1 Vintage Twin Aug 15th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    These are the motorcycles everyone really wants. Lean and mean…. not an EPA mandated plastic fantastic toy.

  2. 2 Ray Aug 15th, 2012 at 9:41 am


  3. 3 Yank Aug 15th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I have a 68 Triumph 500 that I need to finish and this just gives me so much inspiration to do so!

  4. 4 richard Aug 15th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    WOW! This is really nice. The only thing I would do differently would be to replace the high pipes with “street” pipes. It’s simplicity and clean lines are what makes it so beautiful. Much, much better than so many of the “overdone” customs of the day.

  5. 5 Dave Blevins Aug 15th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    A really good looking machine. Very nicely done.

  6. 6 industry guy Aug 15th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    invader wheels…. cool!!

  7. 7 badams Aug 15th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    This guy knows restraint. I hope his business grows organically and he can maintain a level of integrity in his products and builds.

  8. 8 Scot Aug 15th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    LOVE IT. Wouldn’t change a thing.

  9. 9 Zipper Aug 15th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Even better with brakes. ..Z

  10. 10 SIG FREED Aug 16th, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Simplicity can be intoxicating…

  11. 11 donnie Aug 16th, 2012 at 8:47 am


  12. 12 Ed Martin Aug 16th, 2012 at 9:44 am


  13. 13 Rodent Aug 16th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Old Triumphs are always cool no matter the configuration!

  14. 14 Tom Aug 17th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Cool school .-,’.,:-)

  15. 15 Englishman Aug 20th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Just to nit-pick, the 350 unit engine appeared in 1957 on the “Twenty-One”.

    Great bike… as always, Lucas.

  16. 16 live2rideaglide Aug 20th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Sweet memories of the 60’s. Beautiful , clean the way they should look.

  17. 17 Tropical Willie Aug 21st, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    very cool……….

  18. 18 Steelchoppin Aug 22nd, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    These guys are something else. This is a beauty!

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