"The Daily" is a periodic bike feature on ChopCult where we showcase a different builder's "Daily Rider." Something with class that sees regular action on the street. I haven't shed light on these types of features in awhile because of onset of negative comments. A motorcycle isn't built for everyone's liking or approval, it's built for the owner, period. Will built this bike with his bare hands and is enjoying the piss out of it and that's what it's about right? This mean little machine handles the pot hole ridden Boston roads with ease and he supports a lot of brands along the way.
I call the bike “Trinda” as a play on “Triton” because of all the Honda parts with a Triumph engine. I would have liked to use more Honda, but when it came time to grab a front end, this complete GSXR unit was a steal from Craigslist. The Ninja clip-ons were practically given away on ebay. The swing arm is Honda, but it happened to be the cheapest aluminum swing arm available at the time and I needed one. As luck would have it, the rear axle was the same diameter as the front, so I picked up a matching wheel for out back. The frame is a combination of two junk frames I got for free - half Triumph and half Honda - and the shop had plenty of stock rear sections for me to chop one up.
Budget was the name of the game. I worked part time as a librarian while a full time law student to pay for my build while apprenticing at Choppahead. Sleep was low on the priority list for those three long years with ventures to the machine shop between class, reading all day and machining or welding (organizing tools) all night. Looking back though, I wouldn’t change a thing. There’s something about working with metal, doing things with your hands, and riding something you built that my khaki and button-down peers could never understand about the guy in class in the greasy sleeveless show class shirt. It’s something the Cult does understand.
The bike is the perfect metaphor for my past three years. Part Triumph, part Honda, part law student, part fabricator, a little bit of everything else for that matter. Living a double life isn’t for everyone, but with graduation coinciding with the completion of my bike, I couldn’t imagine a better way to live. I also couldn’t imagine a better way to get home from the State Bar Exam than blasting through traffic after two long test days in July.
Owner name, location: Will Blackwood, Boston MA
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: Bottom end 1972 Triumph 650, top end is 1969 TR6C - overbored 80 over. Single Amal 930 w/ velocity stack, custom stainless exhaust, Choppahead points cover w/ matching spade rotor cover, Choppahead rocker box caps, 20t front sprocket
Frame: Bottom half 1970 Triumph TR6C w/ Chopphead spade gusset to upper rear shock mount, top half 1966 CB450, modified Triumph rear section.
Fork: 2001 GSXR 1000
Chassis mods: The frame was a combination of two hacked up bikes. The rear CBR600RR monoshock connects to a custom mount and has a softer spring. The swing arm is a CRF450R custom mounted in place of the original Triumph swing arm mounts that had been hacked off. It uses CRF450R linkage. I spun the GSXR steertube on a lathe to fit the CB450 headtube.
Tire/wheel size and style: Wheels are both 17" GSXR front wheels with a Rebel Gears adapter to run a 46t CRF450R sprocket out back. Front tire is a 120/70/17. Rear tire is a 130/80/17 which is almost exactly the original Triumph outside rolling diameter.
Favorite thing about this bike: It's as reliable as it is ugly.
Next modification will be: Fix the various oil leaks. The stickers were always a temporary solution - eventually I want paint on the tank and fenders, and a new seat in leather.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Biltwell banana seat, Custom made foot peg mounts, Tommy Shock "live fast" foot pegs, modified BSA A65 brake lever, custom headlight; Animal BMX grips, kicker pedal, and bar ends; key-matched ignition switch, seat release, and fuel cap; hidden smoked brake/plate light, modified RM125 kickstand, BMX pedal passenger pegs (with reverse threaded left-side), and a Boyer power box to keep the wiring small.
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: I actually built this bike while a full-time law student. I needed to do something outside of school to keep my head on straight, so I thought an apprenticeship at Choppahead Kustom Cycles would be a good idea. Much emotional damage, a Choppahead tattoo, and a motorcycle later and I managed to graduate with a Juris Doctorate with a dirty little cafe racer on the side.
Thanks to: Enough can't be said of my appreciation to Choppahead. They're a bunch of hard ass dickheads, but they know what it is to build a bike and despite the grimy facade, are actually some of the most honorable people I have had the privilege of knowing in my life and have sharpened my fabrication skills exponentially. Thanks also to Dick Boucher who was quick to teach me anything I've ever wanted to machine, and helped out with a lot on this project. Every place I ordered parts from was also excellent - thanks to Tommy Shock for sending an unpolished set of foot pegs, and Rebel Gears who made my crazy wheel idea possible. A nod to Bolts Action who motivated me and inspired the seat choice. And I'd be remiss to forget my ole lady who had to put up with me choosing the shop over her time and time again.
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