Green bikes are supposed to be bad luck if you believe the hype. Kit's not one to buy into bullshit so he painted this machine green and thumbed his nose at the superstitious silliness. He built this bike a couple years ago and has been riding the balls off of it ever since. Not one to be scared of long rides on a Brit bike, he's been known to say "I'm a grown ass man, I gotta map, I'll get there when I get there" and then goes at his own pace and doesn't worry about keeping up with the modern big twins and fancy pants riders.
Kit kept this project on a strict budget and built it all at home, drawing on his experience of working on old Brit cars in the driveway with his dad years ago. He did everything but paint and chrome himself, from the engine rebuild to the fab work using basic hand tools and a borrowed welder.
Engine, year and make, model, modifications:
68, 69, 70 depending on what part, Triumph 650 TR6
Stock rebuild, using the Wes White Four Aces DVD as a guide.
Stock front loop with all the unnecessary tabs and what not cut or ground off. Unknown hard tail
Stock shaved with NOS MCM covers
Tire/wheel size and style:
Firestone Deluxe Champions, 3.25 19 front 4.00 rear
Favorite thing about this bike:
Turned out better then I had planed and hasn’t left me stranded (yet). Starting to get some patina.
Next modification will be:
Building another Triumph
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc:
Head light mount was just a universal side mount I got at the long beach swap for five bucks, some cutting and drilling and it looks pretty cool. Headlight is a Bates. Front seat mount I made to swing under the upper hard tail mount by using the side car boss as a pivot with some bronze bushing from the hardware store. I narrowed the flat rear fender to 4 ¼” I then welded in louvers. The fender struts are hardware store u channel cut down, ground and drilled. Peanut tank is an old Daisho. from Japan, NOS Santee vertical oil tank came in its original box with the Valley News from 1972 wrapped around it.
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include:
Wes at Four Aces for all the help and being so patient with all the questions.
All the folks at Biltwell/Chopcult What a great bunch! (Gee thanks, Kit!)
David R. For mixing up a great color.
I knew nothing about Triumphs or anyone who was into the whole custom/chopper/ bobber scene just what I’d seen at buzzing around SoCal. So a BIG Thanks to all the cool people I’ve met because of this bike.