“I was chopperless for about a month, and I just couldn't handle it. I searched around on Craigslist and found an ad that said, ‘Old school triumph chop. Ran in 1995 when I parked it bcuz of the helmet law. Price: $2500.’ I gave the guy a call and arranged a meeting to check it out after work. I drove 75 miles from OC to Hesperia in the High Desert to meet Rick and his bike.
"Rick was an old club guy with a garage full of bikes, and this time capsule was sitting right in the middle. Rick’s best friend bought it from Burbank Triumph in 1970. In those days California dealers were turning stock bikes into choppers, and this is one of them. Mechanics at Burbank Triumph bobbed the fender, repainted the tins, changed the bars and installed a Denver’s springer. That’s right--this thing came stock from the dealer with a real Denver’s front end. A couple months after trading in his Honda chopper for this Triumph chop, Rick’s buddy shipped out to Vietnam. Rick stored the bike for his friend, and every time he returned from fighting Charlie the two bro's would ride all over Southern California.
“Rick’s buddy shipped off to Vietnam for a third tour of duty, but in ’72 he was listed MIA. After getting the bad news, the original owner’s mother sold the bike to Rick, where it has been stored for the last 37 years. After hanging on every word of Rick’s story, I offered him two grand. Rick stared me in the eyes for a second and said, ‘Son, you just bought yourself a chopper.’”
In addition to his bike, Chris scored an extra sissy bar, some pegs and a box full of chopper artifacts. After some fresh gas, a little oil and very little elbow grease, Chris gave his Time Capsule Triumph a kick and it started right up. Well aware of his bike’s time and place in American history, Chris has said he might start smoking more pot in order to roll correct on this machine. According to Chris, sandals and board shorts might also be required for weekly cruises in the SoCal sun. If that’s not partying like it’s 1969, nothing is.