Born Again Bikes
Born Again Bikes - Client Projects Completed
1959 Triumph TR6 Custom Cafe Racer
I didn't get a good "before" picture of the bike, but it was a "20 footer" (it
looked good from 20 feet away). It was an original 70s custom, done in
very dark colors which were chipping, scratched and faded from age, with
minor tears on the seat, dull engine cases, worn out suspension and
tires, and generally tired appearance with a lonely engine that hadn't seen
use in several years.
It didn't take a lot to get it runing, and I ran it through some road testing to
make sure the chassis and engine were sound, which they proved to be.
The engine got torn down to the sludge trap, will all of the typical overhaul
parts being replaced including main bearings, rod bearings, valves &
guides, pistons & rings, primary chain, oil pump, clutch plates & springs,
and all bushings, tab washers & seals.
<< Before & After shots of the head. Yes, it's the same head!
All of the engine covers, intake manifold and rockerboxes were sent to be
mirror-finish polished, and all of the dull, chipped chrome parts were sent
for re-plating. . . . . . . . . . . V Before & After V
<< Close-up of the oil sump,
showing totally gummed up
screen and thick, black
<< Crankshaft sludge trap,
partially clogged and covered
with thick "skin" of sludge
V . . .New bearings installed. . .V
Progress shot of the overhauled engine
set in the powdercoated frame, with
chromed yokes installed. . . . . . . >>>
The finished bike, a classic 70s custom cafe racer, with a bit of Las Vegas "glam" per the client's orders!
Now, here's something you might not see on any other classic bike restoration website - the cold truth:
this bike had multiple warranty issues after it left our shop. They related to the front brake torque fixing
being either loose or defective, which caused significant damage to the forks. The engine was slightly
mis-timed, resulting in hard starting issues. The paint detailing on the chrome rims started to peel. The
shop that was contracted to do the warranty repair work in Vegas couldn't get the carb to hold a tune.
ALL OF THESE ISSUES WERE RESOLVED AT ZERO COST TO THE CLIENT,
AS QUICKLY AS THE CONTRACTED SHOP COULD COMPLETE THEM.
We stand by our work, 100%.