Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wake me when the man say "go."

6 comments:

Flathead Jedd said...

Looking a little closer, is there some streamlining on the rear fender of that Triumph?

Shaggy said...

Hey Jedd,

Look even closer - that's a pre-war bike, with the girder front swapped out! See the lack of generator in the front, and the junction at the front of the timing cover to positively feed the rockers. Not sure what that wheel is, but at least the lowers look post-war Triumph. If you have a larger version of the pic you could probably narrow it down to a specific year for the bike.

philonwheels said...

The front end is post 1946 Ariel - the shape of the lower triple tree and the position of the fender brackets on the fork sliders (otherwise the same as BSA) give that away. Logic would suggest that the front wheel is also Ariel, especially since the brake arm faces forwards - although pre-war Triumphs had this layout on their girder fork front brakes. But there's no sign of a take-off for a speedo drive so I guess it's Ariel. Pre-war/post-war bike? Pre-war Triumph twins used a Lucas magdyno, so no front mounted generator. Certain post-war models had alternators on the crankshaft.
None of this explains why the rider is catching zee's on the startline!

Billy Horner said...

i would say it's pre Gulf War....

philonwheels said...
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philonwheels said...

Ooops - is this a generation thing? Despite all the fighting that has gone on around the world since 1945, folk of a certain age, especially those living in the UK, still refer to the Second World War as 'The War'.
It's ingrained in our culture.