Vintage Custom Motorcycle Of The Month

VintageTriumph1VintageTriumph2Vintage Custom Triumph, copyright Owen Howells Photography UK.


14 Responses to “Vintage Custom Motorcycle Of The Month”

  1. 1 Rodent Apr 11th, 2014 at 8:49 am


  2. 2 richard Apr 11th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    It’s probably me but I don’t care for vintage customs. Some things should just not be messed with. In my opinion, True vintage classic MC’s falls into that category.

  3. 3 Barry Brown Apr 11th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Just because this bike happens to appear here does NOT make it a vintage custom. It is however a highly accessorized original machine , BIG DIFFERENCE.

  4. 4 nicker Apr 11th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Lots-a reasons to do a ” vintage custom.”

    -1- you don’t have enough original parts to finish a stocker.
    -2- Original stuff didn’t work as good as your modifications.
    -3- OEM isn’t as interesting as your unique stuff.
    -4- No one else has got one just like yours.
    -5- Originality just for the sake of being original is overrated.

    -IMHO- anyway…… 🙂


  5. 5 Terence Tory Apr 12th, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Unless a motorcycle was ridden to victory by Hailwood or Agostini, do whatever you like with the thing. Mass produced bikes have the all soul of a seventies refrigerator.

    People get all flustered and spout expert opinions over, ancient over-restored “original” bikes that bear little resemblance ones used back in the day, or the day they left the factory. Sixties Triumphs are often prime examples of vigorous turd polishing.

    Most very old bikes spring from a dusty box of bits or a carcass forgotten in a leaky barn. They are messed with to the max.

    I do like to mention to the spanner fondlers that “they make very good brand new bikes now, have you heard?”. They often roll their eyes, and turn the head to the side,much like a dog when confused. That figures.

  6. 6 Drew Apr 12th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Someone built this old motorcycle into what they like, and probably enjoys the heck out of riding it. So, unless you or I are the builder and rider our opinions are nothing more than that. See the new movie title “Why We Ride”, and it will show you how many different ways people enjoy motorcycling. If I could somehow magically make it happen, I would own one of every motorcycle ever made!!

  7. 7 Sharkey Apr 12th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I look a vintage machine like this over and think; this was once “mass produced” and marvel at the mechanical aptitude people who bought it would have compared to “shoppers” of today…

  8. 8 James just another Crazy Kiwi Apr 12th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    TT you never fail to astound, annoy and amaze, most times all of the above.

    I am now not sure if you have ever ridden a MotorCycle and if so those that you have, must have been boring soulless ones you would have to go out of your way to find.

    Your statement ,”Mass produced bikes have the all soul of a seventies refrigerator”.is possibly one of the most idiotic and uninformed comments made of all times.

    It actually beggars belief. I should have ignored it but because I feel so strongly about the sheer lunacy of these words I feel It is my duty to respond
    Listed below are a number of mas produced bikes that I personally like and know that they have Soul, character and beauty.

    Any 650 Triumph but especially 1968-1970 models
    the 400/4 Honda.
    Bevel Drive Ducati’s, 750 and 900SS especially. not to mention the later 916 and many others
    1936-40 HD Knuckles.Lots of other HD’s
    Nortons too many models to mention
    Kwaka 900
    Indian Scout

    Just too many to mention and I don’t want Cyril to ban me for filling up his blog…lol

  9. 9 Terence Tory Apr 13th, 2014 at 7:06 am

    James just another Crazy Kiwi, I guess I prefer modified bikes, not just the cookie cutter variety.

    You are right about Knuckleheads. Watching a psycho ride a chopped one of the bucking beasts up and down an alley WFO was a truly inspiring sight. It was two knuckleheads for the price of one in that instance.

    You are wrong about Honda 400 fours IMO.They rev like a dentists drill, but no punch and no gold at the end.

    People keep telling me how good old Triumph twins are, but every one I’ve ever rode was a disappointment that felt like twenty horsepower was left in the packing crate and was not installed by mistake.

    I’m a bit skewed in my tastes. I really only appreciate the unique and exceptional, not the mundane.

    I do like riding all kinds of Moto Morinis and MV Agustas. They had the secret sauce and fairy dust sprinkled on at the factory gate and are truly something special.

    Stock bikes are not Church.

  10. 10 richard Apr 13th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    My above post includes the words… “in my opinion”….That’s all it was, my opinion. Looks like not a lot of people share that opinion. That’s OK, no skin off my nose. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

  11. 11 Sam Mladineo Stooges Choppers Apr 13th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    troy the bellend

  12. 12 nicker Apr 13th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    If you’ve not enjoyed a Triumph then you’ve never experienced a good one.
    And for anyone who truly “lives, loves, eats, and dreams motorcycles”… that is a real shame.


  13. 13 James just another Crazy Kiwi Apr 14th, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Spot on nicker, had 3 Bonnies and a sprung hub Thunder Bird. Loved em all, for all their eccentricities and Lucas electrics they were far more reliable than Women.
    Usually ran sweetly for more than a month……

  14. 14 Randy Aron Apr 14th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I love all motorcycles. I rode a 1928 from coast to coast at 40 mph. I understand what it took to make a bike in the early days. Most everything was made by hand.

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