This is a story about the kindness of family. Or maybe plain old dumb luck. Read Phil Ostermann's first-person account of his personal triumph, then you decide.
This was my first build. I more or less won this bike at a card game. I was playing cards at my wife's Uncle Paul's house in Tewksbury. After losing seven bucks, I took a break from the high stakes and headed into the garage for another beer and a shot of Old Grand Dad.
In the back of the garage I saw this 1977 Triumph Bonneville T-140V under an inch of dust and another foot of cardboard boxes. So I headed back into the card game and asked Paul about the bike. If I remember correctly, he told me that he bought the bike in 1980. Uncle Paul worked as a serviceman for Ma Bell back in the day, and he rode this bike on service calls from Rhode Island to New Hampshire. The bike was very good to him, but he parked it after he retired and it sat in the garage for 20 years. "Why do you ask—do you want it?" Uncle Paul asked. "Hell yes—how much you asking for it?" "Just take it."
Now I'm thinking, "Uncle Paul's drunk!" Anyway, a week later Uncle Paul asked when I planned to pick up my motorcycle. He probably would have thought twice if he knew what I was going to do with it. Anyway, I like to call her 70 percent stock.
I didn't meet Phil personally during my East Coast swing—he was working for ESPN at the X Games in Los Angeles. Instead, CC member Rugburn busted out Phil's Triumph and led me on a tour of Boston's skate/chop hot spots. After shooting Phil's bike at the Hated of The World indoor park and underground chop shop, I asked Phil to tell me more about his bike and his scene.
Are you involved with the Hated of The World Park and Chopper Shop?
Chris and I are just good friends that were lucky enough to cross each other's paths here in Boston. He has his space in Roxbury and my shop is in Milton. We actually met shopping for dockers at Old Navy.
How many guys skate at the HOTW shop on any given weekend?
I think I've seen about a thousand!
What other Boston-based chopper guys are into skating?
The only other one that I know personally is Igappy on ChopCult.
What's the name of your place?
My place is called Prohibited Garage Company, but let me make this straight: we're not a real business. The "company" in my shop's name refers to the guests who visit us, like neighbors or relatives. They're the company we keep.
Do you have any other bikes or projects?
We have a '77 CB750 sitting on the table collecting dust and inspiration
Owner: Phillip Ostermann, Tikipunx on 33
Residence: Milton, MA
Frame year make model: 1977 Triumph Bonneville
Motor year make model: 1977 T-140V
Fork year make model: stock 1977
Front wheel size and specs: stock 4.10-19 (Single disc)
Rear wheel size and specs: stock 4.10-19 (Single disc)
Tires: Dunlop K70's
Custom parts you fabbed yourself: Coil brackets, battery tray, tympanum bracket
People who helped with the build: Jon Michael, Dave Huntress, Tigman, the guys over at Choppahead
Prohibited Garage Co. blog
Prohibited on Facebook
Hated of the World blog
Tanks by Tigman