Triton Cafe Racers
There are many bastard child motorcycles born of mixed parentage. Some should never have been conceived and yet others like the Triton were a match made in motorcycle heaven. Take one of the best frames of the 1960’s, a Norton Featherbed, and introduce it to one of the best engines of the day, a Triumph T120 parallel twin and together they made beautiful music.
Triton’s were perhaps the beginning of the café racer. Many were lovingly handmade and soon private firms caught on and were offering aftermarket Triton kits. The Triton stands out as one of the most successful and enduring matings in the world of motorcycle mashups.
What better way to kick off a new year of cafe racers than with a classic? This Triton cafe racer is the work of seasoned British bike expert and design engineer, Jim Hodges. It seems serendipitous that Jim’s workshop, Team R&D Motorcycles, is located in the birthplace of cafe racer culture, the…Continue Reading
The Japanese custom automotive scene is bursting with unbound creativity and world-class craftsmanship. So for a photographer whose passion lies in custom automotive its a bucket list destination. This feature comes to us directly from Japan thanks to two such photographers. Christine Gabler and Marc Holstein travelled to the land of the…Continue Reading
There are plenty of custom motorcycles born of mixed parentage. Some should never have been conceived and yet others like the Triton cafe racer were a match made in two-wheeled heaven. Take one of the best frames of the 1960s, a Norton Featherbed, and marry it to one of the fastest engines…Continue Reading
Aside from being the most iconic of all Cafe Racers, what really makes the Triton special is how it came to be. Unlike other classic bikes from the same era, the Triton was never a factory built motorcycle. Instead, it was dreamt up by home builders in the UK during the late…Continue Reading
Jesse Bassett has been operating ‘The GasBox’ workshop in Cleveland, Ohio since early 2009. As a seasoned workshop mechanic of over 20 years he’s got all the skills it takes to piece together a reliable classic ride, however it’s Jesses’s eye for detail and his personal aesthetic that’s really impressive. Clean, simple…Continue Reading
I hate to admit it but it’s been a while since I’ve posted a featherbed on the site! This particular example is owned by Thom from moto lifestyle brand Iron & Resin and it’s a great example of a classic Triton packed with period correct components. With what started out as a pile…Continue Reading
Got a spare $45,000 (or more) and the desire to own two race bred Tritons? I just stumbled across this awesome auction on eBay to bid on Willie and Bob, a 500cc Norton ES2 and a Triton 808cc each built around a genuine 1962 Norton Manx featherbed frame. The owner is based in Red…Continue Reading
Want a one off Triton Cafe Racer but don’t have the time, parts or know how to put one together? Lossa Engineering have one ready to build, all it needs is some $$$ to get it finished. Check out the list of tasty parts Lossa have collected to go in to this…Continue Reading
“Men like bikes, men like women. And of course men like sexy women on bikes. But what is sexier than a woman who owns a 1965 BSA Lightning and actually rides the damn thing? Nothing.” These are the wise words of Giles Clements a photographer in Connecticut who snared my attention when…Continue Reading