Thursday, Aug 10, 2017
The pre unit engine I built for racing set a record last year it’s first time out. This year we are going to see if it will go faster. That is why the shop will be closed during Speed Week to support and tune our race engine at Bonneville. The shop will open again on Tuesday the 22th of August. Sorry for the inconvenience but I’m sure all gearheads will understand. Dan
For more information on Speed Week 2017 please see the SCTA website by clicking http://www.scta-bni.org/
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Anyone who has installed an oil seal in an aluminum case knows that it is sometimes very difficult.
The rubber on the seal grips the aluminum, and brute force must be applied to the fragile seal to get overcome the resistance.
Every British Bike owner should have this in their tool box.
Priced at only $3.99
For ordering info, see our store here
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