Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017
What constantly amazes us is that people spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on their vintage Triumph, and put a 50 year old oil pump in the engine.
The only thing keeping your engine from destroying itself is oil.
Oil pressure, as well as oil circulation is critical to keeping your Triumph healthy. It protects the crankshaft, cams , pistons and all moving parts, as well as performing its function of pulling heat from the engine.
Recently someone brought in a “new” Triumph oil pump made in the Orient. What a huge pile of shit. It looked like someone surfaced the mating side with 80 grit sandpaper, machined the chamfers with a dull dril bit, and there was a sticker on the box saying ”inspect the check balls for chippings before use”.
We don’t know who is making this crap, why, or who is buying it…
It can only be concluded that people who hate their engines must be using these parts.
Because we like our customers and they like their engines,
We don’t sell any oil pumps that do not say MORGO on them.
For more information see the Morgo section of our store by clicking here
Sunday, Mar 05, 2017
From the 1962 Triumph Baltimore sales catalog
About a year ago I wrote about Gary Richards and his Speed Records at Bonneville in the 1960′s.
Still, no one has gone faster than Gary Richards did in 1961 with any 650 Triumph motorcycle without a fairing at Bonneville.
His two way average of 159.542 mph still stands as an AMA certified record to this day.
The fact that no one has been able to beat this record in 56 years is amazing in itself, however when you take into account his bike it is even more impressive.
His naturally aspirated stock rigid frame Pre Unit looked like a street bike, with a peanut tank and stock length fork. His father Rich Richards did the tuning, and they managed a 160.272 mph average over one mile, and a return average of 158.812 mph for an official record of 159.542 mph.
Most people don’t realize that the timing trap at Bonneville is one full mile long, and speeding up or slowing down will affect your average speed, which is then averaged with your return mile speed to reach your qualifying speed.
This method of timing is significantly different than other speed events like the NHRA, which uses a 66 foot long trap at the end of the 1/4 mile track to calculate speed, or even El Mirage Dry Lake which only uses a 132 foot long timing trap at the end of a 1.3 mile track.
Gary Richards currently produces Dixon Cylinder heads, and from 1961 to today is still the Bonneville record holder of the world’s fastest unfaired Triumph 650 of all time.
Photo of Gary in 1962 courtesy of the AMERICAN HOT ROD FOUNDATION
Thursday, Mar 10, 2016
Fresh from England, here is the latest racing cams from Baron’s Speed Shop. These cams are for Pre Unit, and are made from EN40B nitriding steel. This very aggressive profile has .353″ cam lift (.392″ at valve) with lots of duration as you can clearly see.
Whether you are building a nitro drag bike, land speed racing, or trying to build the world’s fastest Triumph 650, these beautiful nitrided racing cams will get the air in and out. As there are a few caveats when using these cams please call the shop for purchasing and pricing.
Thursday, Feb 18, 2016
I MET GARY RICHARDS WHILE HAVING LUNCH WITH ED ISKENDERIAN OVER TEN YEARS AGO. WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT TRIUMPH 650 CAMS FOR RACING AT BONNEVILLE, AND ED TOLD ME TO ASK GARY, AS HE PROBABLY KNEW BETTER THAN ANYONE. GARY THEN TOLD ME THAT HE “RODE A COUPLE OF TRIUMPHS” AT BONNEVILLE A LONG TIME AGO. IT WASN’T UNTIL I RESEARCHED IT MYSELF THAT I FOUND OUT JUST HOW FAST (AND MODEST) GARY IS…
Gary’s father Rich Richards was a highly regarded engine builder and tuner who already held Land Speed records on a Triumph twin. In 1954, Rich set a new 650 class A record of 149.56 mph. This was big news in the motorcycle world as it was only four years after the “new” 650 Triumph twin made it’s debut. Rich was active in the Southern California drag racing scene and although fiercely competitive he would often help fellow racers, even during a race! Jack Wilson, Clem Johnson, and Sonny Routt are just a few who went to Rich for advice, as he was experienced in Nitromethane tuning.
Rich Richards and crew, Bonneville Salt Flats 1954
By the time 1960 came around Rich stopped riding and with 20 year old son Gary as the pilot they set a new two way average record of 149.512 mph. This was the world’s fastest unfaired Triumph 650…until next year.
Gary and Rich Richards, Bonneville Salt Flats 1960
In 1961 Gary ran the same stock frame 650 Triumph Thunderbird to a new AA class record of 159.542 mph (two way average speed). This AMA 650cc land speed record is still unbeaten 55 years later!
Gary Richards at Bonneville Salt Flats 1961
Gary went into active service in the military for the next four years, but Rich Richards continued to assist other race teams including the Dudek Triumph streamliner. Gary returned to drag racing his nitro pre unit Triumph and racing at Bonneville throughout the 60′s, and built his own Triumph streamliner powered by a pre unit engine with a 750 cylinder. In 1969 he became the sixth motorcyclist to enter the Bonneville 200 mph club with an impressive 221.742 mph two way average!
Gary’s Triumph streamliner, 1969
Gary has a successful business and is on the crew of his long time friend Sam Wheeler’s streamliner, which will most likely be the first motorcycle to go over 400 mph if the salt at Bonneville ever dries out. He also manufactures Dixon heads for flathead Fords.
As far as the cam advice… Gary told me he used Harman & Collins Racing Cams grind #6877, also known as “Super 77″. These cams are very aggressive and the cam lobes are shaped almost like a square. If you run into Gary don’t expect a lot of tuning secrets as he has probably forgot more than most of us will ever learn…