For Sale :: Triumph T100C aka 'The Raped Ape'

A good friend of ours Adam is parting with his 1968 Triumph T100C 500cc (featured here before). This single carb twin. know around town as the "Raped Ape" needs a new forever home.
Specs and price below:

Details of the bike:

500cc single carb motor, MCM fork covers, 21" front w/ spool hub, Avon Distanzia's front and rear, The Factory Metal Works left side high pipes, custom seat and p pad by Red Tail Leather. Stock frame with struts. Rear shocks can easily be reinstalled with two bolts (you supply shocks). Rebuilt front end including new springs. Smokes and leaks oil just like 44 year old British Iron should. Starts easily, sounds awesome and runs like a raped ape! Have a bunch of extra parts including stock headers, different head light, extra seat, extra set of cylinder jugs and extra carb. Pink Slip in hand & registered till November 2013. Can you tame The Ape? $4,900


W.1910 :: Video Inspiration

Do you ever get that feeling when something you see or something you hear just seems right?  Watching this clip of friends cruising the countryside on vintage machines with the mellow music in the background just speaks to my soul.  The guys (er gal) at the French clothing company W.1910 hit the nail on the head with this marketing piece.

Video after the break

W1910 by Graham Kuhn from soixantedixsept prod on Vimeo.

DiSalvo + Salt Flats + Rocket III = Land-speed Record

After recently meeting Jason DiSalvo in person at the Barber Vintage Festival in Birmingham, Alabama I was shocked with what a downright cool dude he is.  Admittedly, he's not a big guy so hearing that he was throwing a leg over Triumph's Rocket III seemed like a stretch (pun intended).  As you can see he did, and from reading below you can see that he was able to set a new land-speed record while doing so.  Here's what Triumph had to say about it:

"Jason DiSalvo and his Rocket III set new world record at Bonneville."

Latus Motors Racing rider Jason DiSalvo set new AMA and FIM land-speed racing records at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats with a Rocket III Roadster, fielded by the Hot Rod Conspiracy/Carpenter Racing team. He ran in the Modified (normally) Aspirated Fuel (MAF) class for motorcycles up to 3,000cc’s. DiSalvo’s initial run was 175.998mph, and his return run was 172.587mph for an average, world-record-setting speed of 174.276mph (280.470kph) for the flying mile and 174.880mph (281.443kph) for the flying kilometer. What’s amazing is this Rocket is fully streetable, using one of Bob Carpenter’s 240hp over-the-counter performance kits. The records are subject to FIM Ratification and anticipated to be reviewed during their November meeting in Valencia, Spain.
via Ride a Triumph

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition

GoPro is back with a smaller, lighter and 2X more powerful camera then its predecessor.  Resolutions are whoppingly higher, too: 2.7 at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 60 fps, 1440p at 48, and 720p at 120. It even shoots 4K, though at 15 fps. The lens is aspherical glass, which GoPro says is twice as sharp as other models, and the Black comes with a wi-fi remote included.

You've gotta watch the video below - shot 100% on the GoPro HERO3...Insane how far they've come so fast!!

Altogether, GoPro announced three new models, the Hero 3 White ($199), Silver ($299), and Black ($399).


8th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

So excited to be going to this festival this year.  It's bigger and better than ever before.  There's the Ace Corner on turn 17, the swap meet that has 250 vendors, the museum with the not-always-available 'restoration' level open.  I'm going to be a like little fat kid in a candy store!  Looking forward to seeing a few of the bikes below in person.
1912 Indian Board Track Racer

 1948 Imme R100 (German)

 1951 Vincent Black Shadow

Halloween Hillclimb

Meatball and the crew at Hell on Wheels are at it again!  In less than 3 weeks they're hosing a Halloween Hillclimb event and also celebrating their 2013 calendar release.  Apparently the hill will be Vintage Friendly and makeable on most bikes - you won't need a specialized hillclimber. The classes (below) will be the same as they had at their last rally.
Vintage Mini Bike (pull start)
Vintage Mini Bike (kick start)
Vintage Bikes, '74 & earlier
Modern Bikes, '80 & later
Vintage Hooligan: Pre-Unit Singles, Open Twin
Modern Hooligan: Dual Sport, Classic '75 - '79

All participants will be timed. The hill will have  a couple of technical parts including a turn and a jump (you can roll it) quickest guy, girl, wolfman, obscure deity to the top wins, simple!

For your entry you will get a couple of runs at the hill.

As always there will be prizes for each class, as well as best costume. We will also be holding this years calendar release party.

Go on over to the HOW blog for entry forms, etc.

BYOB :: Build Your Own Bonneville

I first heard about this from Jason of British Customs and it definitely sounds interesting.  Triumph has given stunt riders Nick Brocha and Ernie Vigil new Bonnies and a $2,000 budget to personalize their bikes however they choose.  These guys definitely know how to ride the hell out of these bikes, but can they build?  I can't wait to see these bikes in person at Barber next week.  Here's what Triumph says about the build on their blog, Ride a Triumph:

Two stunt pros are creating the Bonnies of their dreams

Team Empire’s Nick Brocha and Ernie Vigil are at it again, but it’s not their usual two-wheeled hijinx. This time, the guys are setting aside their Street Triple R stunt bikes and Speed Triple drift bikes to get creative building the bikes of their dreams using the classic Bonneville. With a $2,000 budget and only a few weeks to work with, Nick and Ernie can customize their Bonnies in any way they choose – and it’s all a secret. Neither of them is sharing with us or each other how their work is coming along. But don’t worry; we’ll find out at Barber Vintage Festival Oct. 12–14. That’s when the guys are revealing all their hard work, and we can’t wait to see the final products! Be sure to get your Vintage Festival tickets early so you don’t miss out on the reveal.

Biltwell Fullface 'Gringo' Helmet

Back when we posted on the full face 'Bullitt' concept helmet by Chad Lodge we got a ton of excitement on the site here.  Unfortunately, it doesn't look like that one has made it into any real production yet, but our friends at Biltwell are sacking up and putting out their own DOT approved full face bucket. 

At the time of this article, the actual Gringo hadn't been released yet. All we could find was the image of the shell above and Mike D from Biltwell teased us all saying, "Here's another sneak peek of our "Gringo" full face helmet. This is the actual shell—not a solid sample mockup as featured in earlier teasers. Yes it will be DOT. Yes it will have snaps for a flat screen and yes those snaps will also accept classic MX visors and Biltwell bubble shields if that's your thing. Expect availability in early 2013 in XS through XXL sizes. Colors TBD."

It'd be great to see some mouth vents like this old Thompson helmet. Either way, we're in!


Since this post went up, we've posted a handful of updates here on The Bullitt. Check here for the most recent update with lots of released color options and more info.