Ridden not Hidden: A 1970 Triumph Trackmaster race bike


Many classic bikes that get restored usually find yourself as showpieces—ridden seldom, if in any respect, for worry that one thing would possibly break. However if you happen to had a bonafide traditional Triumph Trackmaster in your storage, might you actually go away it parked? Gareth Howes says “no.”

He’s the proprietor of this 1970 Triumph Trackmaster, and believes bikes ought to be “ridden, not hidden.” So this totally restored race bike will get common thrashings from essentially the most trendy man in flat observe racing: Dimitri Coste.

1970 Triumph Trackmaster flat track race bike
Gareth acquired hooked on flat observe racing through the UK’s Grime Quake occasions. He’s a sucker for traditional race bikes and their historical past, so he ultimately arrange an organization, Double Six, to supply and import uncommon flat observe elements from the USA. Which is how he stumbled throughout the donor bike for this venture.

“I bought the Triumph from a motorbike public sale in America, whereas at a race observe in England being egged on by my mates,” he tells us. “As soon as it had arrived, I actually fell in love with the bike. After talking to a couple racers from the late 60s and early 70s, I used to be capable of work out that it was made for, and owned by, an ex-Trackmaster worker, Gene Hartline.”

1970 Triumph Trackmaster flat track race bike
Gene handed away unexpectedly 4 years in the past, however left a legacy behind as a extremely profitable Hollywood stuntman. With the Triumph’s steering neck nonetheless bearing his title, Gareth knew the bike needed to be introduced again to life—and raced.

So he roped in his good buddy and ex-DTRA classic class champ, Rick Bearcroft, and started working.

1970 Triumph Trackmaster flat track race bike
Gareth had found out that the body was an early mannequin, constructed by the unique proprietor of the Trackmaster firm, Ray Hensley. The setup included unique Ceriani GP forks and Akront rims, making this about as interval appropriate as you may get.

The engine is a 750 Triumph twin, however its precise origin is unknown. “The engine has by no means been stamped,” says Gareth, “so it means it’s solely ever been a race bike. It’s rumored to be one of many Triumph 750s constructed for homologation, in order that Triumph might race in 1970.”

1970 Triumph Trackmaster flat track race bike
Gareth and Rick went deep on the Triumph mill, re-honing the cylinders and changing the valves and valve guides. Then they changed the seals and bearings, rebuilt the dual Mikuni carbs, fitted new filters and restored the ARD magneto. The engine additionally wears Carl’s Velocity Store covers.

Regardless of the in depth inside work, the blokes didn’t go overboard on the surface. It’s clear that they cleaned the engine up considerably—however in addition they left greater than sufficient patina intact, together with the dings within the exhausts.

1970 Triumph Trackmaster flat track race bike
The Ceriani forks look a bit newer, as a result of they needed to be totally rebuilt with new stanchions. The Trackmaster nonetheless rolls on Akront rims, however the rear’s been re-laced to a quick-change hub. Interval appropriate Dunlop tires maintain issues retro.

There may be one sneaky trendy half on the bike: a Brembo rear brake caliper. However in any other case, this Triumph is a real time capsule. “We stored each as unique as attainable, together with the unique plating from 1970,” says Gareth.

1970 Triumph Trackmaster flat track race bike
Maintaining inside that theme, Gareth sourced an unique Seventies Cycle Works fiberglass gasoline tank. The paint is new, although—and lovely. It was dealt with by Paint By Matt, who usually focuses on chopper paint jobs.

Simply behind the tank is a Bates seat and passenger pad, mounted over a conventional rear fender.

1970 Triumph Trackmaster flat track race bike
However past that, and the classic flat observe handlebars, there’s little else vying for consideration. No entrance fender or brake, no lights and no speedo. “This bike is a keeper that’s not going anyplace however to tracks to race,” confirms Gareth.

That’s precisely why he reached out to achieved photographer and classic flat observe racer, Dimitri Coste, to pilot the Trackmaster. “For those who’ve ever seen Dimitri trip you’ll keep in mind him. He has a terrific model, with broad and wild being his signature on the observe. Even with a slipping clutch on begins and gearing being manner out, we bagged a 3rd first trip.”

1970 Triumph Trackmaster flat track race bike
So what’s subsequent for Double Six? Apparently there’s a 1930-model Harley-Davidson Mannequin V already on the bench. And sure, will probably be raced.

Constructed by Double Six | Raced by Dimitri Coste | Photos by Alex Shore

1970 Triumph Trackmaster flat track race bike



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