Bad Timing: Custom Triumph T110

A Triumph with a T110 engine is rebuilt for the Born Free show over a 10-month period.


Triumph T110

Engine: 649cc air-cooled OHV parallel twin, 71mm x 82mm bore and stroke, 8.5:1 compression ratio, 42hp @ 6,500rpm (in stock trim, w/o dual carbs)
Carburetion: Dual Amal 376 Monobloc 1-1/16in
Transmission: 4-speed, chain drive primary and final
Electrics: 12v Alton generator and BTH magneto
Frame/wheelbase: Steel full-cradle type, 56in (1422.5mm)
Suspension: BSA girder front, rigid rear
Brakes: Dual 7in (178mm) drum front, 7in (178mm) drum rear
Tires: 3.5 x 19in front, 4 x 19in rear, both NOS Avon Trials Supreme
Weight: Unknown
Seat height: 28in (711mm)
Fuel capacity: 2.5gal (9.5ltr)


An opportunity can come at an inopportune moment. Just ask Jason Friend. When he was invited in late August 2018 to build a custom motorcycle to appear in late June 2019 at the Born Free 11 show in Los Angeles, California, he says the request came completely out of the blue. While Jason was excited about the opportunity, he’d just moved his young family from the San Francisco Bay Area to Phoenix, Arizona, and didn’t really have the funds or the time to dedicate to such a project.

“But I talked to my wife, Lori, about this and asked if she thought we could pull it off,” Jason says. “I’d set a bit of money aside from the sale of the house in California to build a shop here in Phoenix, so I did have some money, it just wasn’t meant to be for a bike.

“I figured I likely wouldn’t be asked again, though, and this was my one shot at building a show-quality Triumph.”

10/17/2019 8:21:30 AM

One of the best vintage/custom Triumphs Ive seen.

The sound and the fury: celebrate the machines that changed the world!

Motorcycle Classics JulAug 16Motorcycle Classics is America's premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and life long motorheads who love the sound and the beauty of classic bikes. Every issue  delivers exciting and evocative articles and photographs of the most brilliant, unusual and popular motorcycles ever made!

Save Even More Money with our RALLY-RATE plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our RALLY-RATE automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5.00 and get 6 issues of Motorcycle Classics for only $29.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $34.95 for a one year subscription!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter