View Full Version : barstow to vegas triumph 500 build

09-19-2010, 6:21 PM
so a couple months ago i was handed a set of triumph t100 cases and frame to build a bike out of. ive fiddled around for a couple of years with some old 70s hondas but never a ground up build. so this should be quite the learning experience.

whats even better is i know of a particular bike ride thats coming up. the infamous barstow to vegas. ive been riding on the street for a while now but not too much in the dirt so this sounded like something worth doing. and besides...what better way to stay motivated than to have a two month deadline?

the idea is to build a desert sled of sorts from now until the weekend of thanksgiving. i know that desert sleds of old have always been somewhat minimal in design but since ill be doing a good portion of the build in my auto body class ill be doing some decent paint and body work for the good grade.

heres what ive started with

1966 t100 cases

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38207324@N08/5006513998/" title="37593_1167041672339_1716854971_308475_2934906_n by x10mr, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4083/5006513998_ac846728b2.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="37593_1167041672339_1716854971_308475_2934906_n" /></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38207324@N08/5006514054/" title="37654_1167041472334_1716854971_308474_4473838_n by x10mr, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4153/5006514054_7dd73efa70.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="37654_1167041472334_1716854971_308474_4473838_n" /></a>

ill post of picture of the frame soon. but its a bare frame so im guessing you get the idea.

ive gathered a few parts here and there like a tank, seat, front wheel...pictures to come.

i guess thats it for now. time to get serious.

09-19-2010, 8:26 PM
I've always been a fan of builds that start out with nothing much and produce a running bike. Throw in the fact that Triumphs make really good looking sleds and I'm looking forward to seeing this build progess. Good Luck and keep us posted.

09-19-2010, 9:16 PM
Please keep us posted, i've always wanted to build a cool desert sled, but here in minnesota deserts are in short supply.

09-19-2010, 10:55 PM
You may never be as cool as the rider but hopefully your build will be cool.


09-20-2010, 12:05 AM
I'm super interested in this, especially what chassis/suspension mods you do. Here's a link to some old articles on Sled-tech that my friend Kit sent me. You may find something helpful in these. I'm also interested in how you do in B2V, that's something I've been wanting to have a go at as well. Good luck, I'm looking forward to watching this quick build!


09-20-2010, 11:45 PM
That looks like its a bush timeing side case ???????????/ if youve gotta get a crank id sugest you find a rollerbearing case an crank there stronger

09-21-2010, 12:46 AM
thanks for the support guys.

and thanks bill for the awesome articles. i will be sure to put much of that information to good use.

fozz, as for the bush timing side cases...you are correct. The cases and crank were given to me so for the time being they are the only ones ive got. from what i understand, the bearing timing side cases would be a better option if im planning to rack up huge miles...but for now ill just have to see what happens. i appreciate the concern.

ive got the cases and crank cleaned and degreased. new sludge trap and rod bearings installed. hopefully tomorrow i can get the rest buttoned up.

this update seems a little bare with out pictures so ill post of few of my tank and the work im doing on it.

this tank was pulled off a dusty shelf were it looked like it had been sitting for a few years...and for good reason as shown in picture 3.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38207324@N08/5006511536/" title="tank 1 by x10mr, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4103/5006511536_c0b9eaeea6.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="tank 1" /></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38207324@N08/5005899517/" title="tank 2 by x10mr, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4107/5005899517_091a4468f2.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="tank 2" /></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38207324@N08/5006512170/" title="tank 3 by x10mr, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4109/5006512170_1d37619405.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="tank 3" /></a>

i really wish someone hadnt gone through this much trouble to get some dents out...but whats done is done.

im sure most people would be willing to pay the money for a good solid tank, but i hate to see good metal go to waste. ive done a bit of oxy-acetylene welding in the past so it shouldnt be too hard to tack this up. and i guess i get to try my hand at brazing as well...

09-21-2010, 12:56 AM
Here's a couple for motivation:

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/billdozer/4628464118/" title="1967_Triumph_TR6C_Desert_Sled by Billdozer, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4069/4628464118_3a88c6b300.jpg" width="500" height="400" alt="1967_Triumph_TR6C_Desert_Sled" /></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/billdozer/4628464312/" title="Sleds1 by Billdozer, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3314/4628464312_e5772cf7f8.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Sleds1" /></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/billdozer/4628464462/" title="HANSEN DAM 2007_img_14 by Billdozer, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4036/4628464462_7f946b71a4.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="HANSEN DAM 2007_img_14" /></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/billdozer/4628464760/" title="TR6SCwhitetank by Billdozer, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3253/4628464760_6ff6f7c15c.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="TR6SCwhitetank" /></a>

And my roach:

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/billdozer/4617331443/" title="IMG_2415 by Billdozer, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4055/4617331443_1cb1318b03.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="IMG_2415" /></a>

Don't forget Wes White's machine, check the case/magneto on this thing:


09-21-2010, 3:22 AM
if your gonna run with the bush think about a morgo big bore oil pump( not the rotory ) it will get a bit more oil where its needed..

09-30-2010, 1:19 AM
thanks fozz i will definately look into that. and sick bikes bill. some true inspiration there.

well i got a few things done this past week.

a bit of welding done on the tank. seems to be working out pretty good thus far. thankfully, i havent blown any holes in the metal. just a few more spots to touch up and ill be ready to test for leaks.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38207324@N08/5038560088/" title="62732_1206262092825_1716854971_384827_71521_n by x10mr, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4113/5038560088_7b41d34146.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="62732_1206262092825_1716854971_384827_71521_n" /></a>

i think ive pretty much decided on a color scheme for the bike. i have some candy green paint that i need to use so im thinkin something along these lines. green on top with the silver metallic basecoat on the bottom.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38207324@N08/5037951059/" title="tank by x10mr, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4088/5037951059_c62a1b9566.jpg" width="500" height="364" alt="tank" /></a>

here's the seat ill be using. its been outside for prolly longer than it ever was on a bike so the squirrels and the elements have taken their toll.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38207324@N08/5005901701/" title="seat 2 by x10mr, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4103/5005901701_ea3d45ca6f.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="seat 2" /></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38207324@N08/5005900323/" title="seat 1 by x10mr, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4109/5005900323_48ae5abe6b.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="seat 1" /></a>

didnt take too much tho to bring some life back to this saddle. slapped on some new foam and grabbed the foam saw and went to town.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38207324@N08/5038560072/" title="62996_1206264972897_1716854971_384847_6850480_n by x10mr, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/5038560072_a849d2eedb.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="62996_1206264972897_1716854971_384847_6850480_n" /></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38207324@N08/5037941749/" title="62215_1206262292830_1716854971_384828_1153998_n by x10mr, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4154/5037941749_7b1d9f0f25.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="62215_1206262292830_1716854971_384828_1153998_n" /></a>

thats about it for now. hopefully ill get to start upholstering the seat next week and get some engine work done.

10-26-2010, 11:56 PM
Any updates? How's that deadline lookin...