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Renato Cardone's Pre-Unit Triumph

 

The Cardone brothers Alex and Renato of Lake Elsinore, California, build motorcycles in their home garages with the kind of patience and precision normally practiced by Swiss clock makers or Italian cobblers. In addition to crafting his own custom bikes from scratch, Renato has contributed his significant metal fab and paint skills to chopper fiends like his brother, Duane Ballard, and this humble writer.

 

 

It was Renato who did the welding on my SpartanKiller's stainless-steel oil tank, and the paint on his brother's own Triumph chopper. Construction workers by trade, most evenings Renato and his older brother Alex retreat to their shops and build whatever motorcycle they can imagine from any parts they can find. Like most of us Renato and Alex are family men on a budget, so their creations run the gamut from raked and stretched Brit bikes and old shovelheads to machines like this board track-inspired rigid pre-unit.

Every fork leg, gas tank, mounting bracket and suspension link on Renato's British bomber was hewn by his own two hands. If Renato owned a CNC mill that may not seem so outlandish, but he doesn't—just an old lathe, a bench vise and some modest power and hand tools. Renato's paint equipment and workspace is similary quaint, but his results are first class. Self-trained in every aspect of fabrication, parts making, bodywork and paint craft, Renato's stable includes a custom rat rod, a beautifully restored '60s pick-up and the RD400 he bought in high school. Now our quirky friend and quiet genius can add stunning pre-unit Triumph to his list.


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Commented on 4-27-2012 At 05:36 am
 

Photos can't do this bike Justice you have to see this bike in person.

Commented on 4-27-2012 At 06:47 am
 

very cool! my first thought was "not my style but cool as hell anyways" then I thought "sinse when is cool and good craftsmanship NOT my style?"

very cool scooter

Commented on 4-27-2012 At 07:02 am
 

lots of handcrafted goodness there people like the Cordone brothers inspire me. very cool

Commented on 4-27-2012 At 07:26 am
 

Gorgeous. I love the bare metal, board track racer look.

Commented on 4-27-2012 At 07:59 am
 

I wasn't really sold until the last pic. Definitely dig the craftsmanship and skill. I'll bet it's loud!

Commented on 4-27-2012 At 08:14 am
 

Renato, looks fuckin sweet, lots of time and great taste! you and your bro are always spittin out nice work!slim

Commented on 4-27-2012 At 08:14 am
 

Renato, looks fuckin sweet, lots of time and great taste! you and your bro are always spittin out nice work!slim

Commented on 4-27-2012 At 08:25 am
 

I've seen this bike in person and the fabrication detail is the first thing that you notice, I've had the pleasure of knowing Alex and Renato for several years now and always enjoy seeing their bikes.
Good job guys..

Commented on 4-27-2012 At 09:09 am
 

Boner. Seriously.

Commented on 4-27-2012 At 09:22 am
 

Damn! Just, Damn!

Commented on 4-27-2012 At 09:22 am
 

Damn! Just, Damn!

Commented on 4-27-2012 At 10:19 am
 

Function's following form all the way on this one, e.g. open primary a couple of inches away from a dude's Vans.. Cool, but scary.

Commented on 4-27-2012 At 03:31 pm
 

That's awesome! I like the tank.

Commented on 4-27-2012 At 05:18 pm
 

Very fucking nice!!!

Commented on 4-28-2012 At 09:29 pm
 

one of the coolest bikes I've ever seen on CC...this is a chop...no more TURDS!!!

Commented on 4-29-2012 At 07:33 am
 

love the details. one sick ass bike

Commented on 5-2-2012 At 06:43 pm
 

Wow. Nice work. A real piece a art. Can't wait to see it in person. Definitely one of my favorite bikes ever. Museum quality that I'm sure will be ridden as it should be! Great work man.

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