Triumph Tribute

A simple conversation between two friends led to the creation of a GP racer replica tribute Triumph.

| January/February 2017

  • Bob Klassen's and Greg Williams' Triumph Tribute GP Racer.
    Photo by Kurtis Kristianson
  • A small toggle switch, mounted just below where the seat bolts to the frame, controls the lights.
    Photo by Kurtis Kristianson
  • Bob Klassen's and Greg Williams' Triumph Tribute GP Racer.
    Photo by Kurtis Kristianson
  • Bob Klassen's and Greg Williams' Triumph Tribute GP Racer.
    Photo by Kurtis Kristianson
  • Bob Klassen's and Greg Williams' Triumph Tribute GP Racer.
    Photo by Kurtis Kristianson
  • Bob Klassen's and Greg Williams' Triumph Tribute GP Racer.
    Photo by Kurtis Kristianson
  • The finished engine uses a set of high-lift E3134 Triumph camshafts and 0.020-inch oversize pistons.
    Photo by Kurtis Kristianson
  • The sprung seat combines with the 2-inch travel of the sprung rear hub to offer suspension and a bit of comfort to the rider.
    Photo by Kurtis Kristianson
  • The sprung seat combines with the 2-inch travel of the sprung rear hub to offer suspension and a bit of comfort to the rider.
    Photo by Kurtis Kristianson
  • Friends Bob Klassen (left) and Greg Williams worked together, combining parts to build this Triumph tribute racer.
    Photo by Kurtis Kristianson
  • Bob Klassen's and Greg Williams' Triumph Tribute GP Racer.
    Photo by Kurtis Kristianson

Triumph Tribute GP Racer
Engine:
498cc air-cooled OHV parallel twin, 63mm x 80mm bore and stroke, 8.25:1 compression ratio, 42hp @ 7,000rpm (T100C spec)
Top Speed:
109mph (T100C period test)
Carburetion:
Two Amal 376 Monobloc w/remote float
Transmission:
4-speed, chain final drive
Electrics:
12v battery total loss, Lucas magneto ignition
Frame/Wheelbase:
Single downtube steel cradle frame/55.1in (1,397mm)
Suspension:
Telescopic forks front, sprung hub rear
Brakes:
8in (200mm) SLS BSA drum front, 7in (175mm) SLS Triumph drum rear
Tires:
3 x 19in front, 4 x 19in rear
Seat height:
29.9in (760mm)
Weight (dry):
320lb (145kg)
Fuel capacity:
3gal (11.5ltr)

It all began during a simple conversation between two friends about Triumph’s legendary Grand Prix race bikes.

During a discussion with Bob Klassen about how much we both admired the famous Triumph GP race machines built between 1948 and 1950, I pointed out that I had a rigid Triumph frame and parts of an all-alloy 500cc T100 engine sitting around. Bob mentioned he had a Triumph fork, a BSA Gold Star 8-inch front hub and a Borrani alloy rim, a pair of Amal carburetors with a remote float, a magneto, and parts of a gearbox. What happened next surprised both of us: We decided to pool our parts, share the expenses and build a “tribute” Triumph race motorcycle.

As a paraplegic, there’s no question that I’ll ever be able to ride the machine — I won’t. But our cooperative efforts returned components that were sitting in our respective Calgary, Alberta, Canada, garages back in service. But before we learn more about our project, let’s go back to the beginning for some background about Triumph GP racers and some of Triumph’s other speed efforts.



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