Using Lead Additives in a Triumph TR6

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein answers the age old question of whether to use lead additives on an old bike like a 1970 Triumph TR6.

Triumph Bonneville Carburetors

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein answers the question of which carburetors to use on a Triumph Bonneville.

1971 Triumph F750

A 1971 Triumph F750 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Tribute Triumph T120RV

Union Motorcycle Classics turned this 1972 Triumph T120RV engine and several boxes of parts into a Gary Nixon Tribute Triumph.

1970 Triumph Trident F750

A 1970 Triumph Trident F750 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1971 Triumph Trident Production Racer

A 1971 Triumph Trident Production Racer on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1948 Triumph Speed Twin

A 1948 Triumph Speed Twin on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Buckle Up: Triumph 650

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein discusses the correct orientation of the seat straps on a 1967 Triumph 650.

Triumph T140 E and Mikuni 34mm

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein helps a Triumph T140E driver find the correct jetting for Mikuni 34mm round-slide carburetors.

Classic Triumph Motorcycles to be featured at 2012 Barber Festival

Triumph motorcycles will be the featured marque at the Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Barber Vintage Bike Show at the 8th Annual Barber Vintage Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Guest judges include Barber’s own Brian Slark, motorcycle journalist and vintage racer Alan Cathcart, and helping with the Triumph class Triumph North America CEO Greg Heichelbech!

Beginning a Triumph Bonneville Restoration

Jennifer Lankford begins restoration of a 1972 Triumph T120V basket case. Originally published as "Give the Gift of Restoration" in the Real Life Wrenching blog at

Vote for Triumph in Newsweek’s Mad Men Retro Issue

In a nod to the hit cable series Mad Men, Newsweek has published a special Mad Men themed issue, complete with retro ads reflecting the 1960s lifestyle portrayed in the show. The issue includes retro-themed ads from the likes of Mercedes-Benz, AllState, Dunkin’ Donuts, Estee Lauder, Johnnie Walker and – wait for it – Triumph Motorcycles. Taking the fun one step farther, industry insider Ad Age Media has decided to run an online contest for the best ad, giving classic bikes fans a chance to vote for Triumph!

Jason DiSalvo Tribute to Gary Nixon

Latus Motors Racing is launching into the 2012 racing season with a tribute to the late Gary Nixon during the Daytona 200 weekend. The Nixon family will attend the weekend to see defending race winner Jason DiSalvo compete on a Triumph – with a paint scheme and leathers that features Nixon’s #9 – that is reminiscent of the Triumphs Nixon raced in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. 

1974 Trident Troubles

MC tech expert Keith Fellenstein addresses an ignition issue on a 1974 Trident.

1922 Triumph Motorcycle

1922 Triumph motorcycle on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Triumph Demo and World’s Fastest Velocette at Bonneville Vintage GP

Going to Miller? Here’s your chance to demo the latest Triumph motorcycles during the 6th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP, sponsored by Motorcycle Classics, Sept. 2-4, 2011. Triumph Motorcycles is bringing its semi full of the latest models, all you need to bring is a valid license and your riding gear! Plus, Australian team World’s Fastest Velocette plans to their 700cc Venom single, fresh from the BUB Speed Trials, at the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show.

Found on eBay: 1938 Triumph Speed Twin

Listed with no reserve, this 1938 Triumph Speed Twin is a bike that rarely comes up for sale, and with a starting bid of just $4,000, there's a chance that somebody is going to get one heck of a deal.  

Found on eBay: 1978 Triumph Bonneville T140

We've  highlighted the Triumph T140 Bonneville on these pages before, and we'll do it again. This weeks' search of eBay found a slick 1978 T140 Bonneville that's just a couple of tweaks away from being in perfect riding condition.

Found on eBay: 1971 Triumph Bonneville

This week's eBay find is a good looking T120 Bonneville. Complete with the original paint and chrome, the seller is quite confident that the 5,500 miles the odometer shows are original and correct. Running and ready to go, this could be a heck of a deal.

The Triumph T100

The Triumph T100 story begins in 1957, with Triumph’s introduction of the 348cc 3TA (“A” for unit construction) “Twenty-One” model, Triumph’s first twin with the transmission built in unit with the engine. Over the years, it has become one of the most popular classic Triumph motorcycles.

1971 Triumph Bonneville T120R

The 1971 Triumph Bonneville was responsible for Triumph missing that year’s U.S. sales season, and it just about bankrupted the company. So how did South African tuner and racer Nev Fisher turn this Ugly Betty into a custom Triumph beauty queen? 

1968 Triumph Trident T150

Good press wasn't enough to make the 1968 Triumph Trident T150 the home run the company needed but this triple is recognized today as one of the most popular classic Triumph motorcycles.

2010 Bonneville GP CB160 is a go!

Tom Kullen, the moving force behind the annual Bonneville Vintage GP at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, has announced the return of the CB160 Raffle Bike for the 2010 Bonneville Vintage GP. Presented by Motorcycle Classics, the Bonneville Vintage GP is heading into its fifth year, bringing with it the return of the popular CB160 Raffle, which took a hiatus last year thanks to the global economic slump.

Found on eBay: 1969 Triumph Trident

Admit it: Sometimes eveyone needs a challenge. You can't always do the easy thing. Restoring this Trident would probably be what we like to call a "learning experience." But isn't it tempting just the same?

Found on eBay: 1978 Triumph Bonneville T140V Custom

Here in the Midwest we've gotten our first real snowstorm of the year, and the weather already has us wishing for warm spring days and curvy roads. While that ride may be just a dream for now, this custom Triumph Bonneville T140 seems like it would make the perfect dance partner.

1973 Triumph Hurricane X75

The X75 Hurricane has been hailed as the first factory custom and the first cruiser. Its story is unique, and while it’s been told many times, its tellers have often gotten the facts wrong.

Found on eBay: 1956 Triumph Tiger 110 Custom

Though perfectly-restored stock bikes are lovely, around here we love seeing period customs that people still appreciate, ride and maintain. This 1956 Triumph T110 Tiger is a perfect example of a bike that's just too slick not to buy, ride and enjoy.

Last Call for the Bonneville Vintage GP!

The 4th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP is coming up fast, with a full roster of vintage racing at the super-cool Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, just west of Salt Lake City. We’ve been beating the drums for the Bonneville Vintage GP since it first launched back in 2006, and this will be our third year as presenting sponsor. This is a killer weekend of classic motorcycling, including AHRMA vintage motorcycle racing, the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and the Motorcycle Classics Classic Bike Show at Miller.

Triumph Scrambler

The retro Triumph Scrambler has the look of a late-1950s desert racer, but it's really a road bike — and quite a capable one.

Custom Triumph Motorcycles from Southern Classic Customs

“Bespoke.” A proper British word, it loosely translates to “custom-made.” But custom is a word that’s been thrown around so much that today, when applied to motorcycles, it just doesn’t carry the meaning it once did.

Tom Mellor’s record-breaking 1969 Triumph Trident T150

It’s not every day you see a 1950 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn sailing along the high desert highway. But it was this unlikely rig that brought Tom Mellor, his wife, Diane, and their 1969 Triumph Trident T150 to the Bonneville Salt Flats last summer, where the Canadian rider set four new World Speed records on the 40th anniversary of the Trident’s first appearance in the summer of 1968. 

Found on eBay: 1982 Triumph Bonneville T140ES “Royal Wedding”

Perusing bikes for sale on eBay is always an interesting experience. What we end up looking at clearly depends on our mood at the time. Some days, we find ourselves stuck on Ducatis, looking for an elusive Mike Hailwood Replica or maybe a cool little Ducati single we could turn into a neat little retro-rat bike. On others, we’re drawn to the Orient, thinking about how cool it’d be to have an early Yamaha 2-stroker. Today it was Triumph, and the bike that caught our attention was this very rare and somewhat odd 1982 Bonneville “Royal Wedding.”

1959 Triumph Speed Twin

If a bike’s impact on the industry and longevity in production are any measure of success, there are few designs that come close to Triumph’s 500cc Speed Twin.

The Triumph Quadrant

A home-built version of Triumph's forgotten prototype, the Triumph Quadrant.

Back from the track: 2008 Bonneville VintageGP

The 3rd Annual Bonneville VintageGP presented by Motorcycle Classics has come and gone. With absolutely perfect weather – blue skies, low winds and highs in the mid-70s – it was a knockout weekend of vintage racing. About 250 AHRMA competitors made the trek to the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, for two days of vintage racing, many of them showing up early so they could get a chance to take their bikes out on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats during the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials that were running before – and during – AHRMA racing at Miller.

1982 Triumph Bonneville T140 ES

1982: It was the year of the Falklands’ War, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the death of John Belushi. It was also when, in March, Bill Sarjeant’s Triumph Bonneville T140 ES rolled off the production line at Meriden and made its way, Bill reckons, to British Motorcycles on Fraser Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Triumph T120RT Serial Numbers Available

If you’re a Triumph fan, you might be familiar with the special batch of hopped up Bonnevilles that Triumph prepared in 1970, the T120RT. Triumph converted some 200 standard 650cc machines to 750cc for racing, and as the years have rolled by these have become increasingly valuable machines. Increased value equals increased interest, but unfortunately, there’s been nothing to keep an unscrupulous restorer from hopping up a standard Bonneville and passing it off as an RT. So how do you tell if you have a “real” RT? Unfortunately, a lack of official records has made that impossible – until now, as Motorcycle Hall of Fame Executive Director Mark Mederski tells us in the following note.

Triumph T160 Trident

Restyled and road-ready, the 1975 Triumph T160 Trident was the bike Triumph should have launched in 1968.

The Triumph T140V Bonneville

The Triumph T140V Bonneville is a great rideable classic and is much more affordable than its earlier counterparts.

1959 Triumph TR6 Trophy

One look at the 1959 Triumph TR6 Trophy and it's no wonder Triumphs were the best-selling big bikes of the late 1950s.

Surgery, British style

Quick, I need a 5/16 Whitworth, STAT! And where, WHERE, are all our Ziploc bags?