Motorcycles have always been a hobby of mine. I love working on bikes as much as riding them. I’ve rebuilt a handful of motors in the past. It all started with dirt bikes and in my late teens it was all about Harleys. I grew up in NY just outside of the city. All of my friends were into American iron, so naturally, I was too. Until one day my perception shifted a bit. It was during my first day working at my cousin’s paving company when one of the workers pulled up on the coolest chopper I have ever seen and it happened to be a Triumph. That memory stuck in my head for a long time. I had my Harley for many years after that, but I finally bought my first Triumph just a few years ago. I happened to buy two bikes in one week. These bikes will soon become the pieces that will form our films “Brittown” and soon to be, “The Harbortown Bobber.” The urge of wanting to own a Triumph resurfaced while making “Choppertown.” Although, I really liked all of the Sinners’ bikes, I was really attracted to Dustin and Noah’s Triumphs. It was also during shooting “Choppertown” I learned about Meatball. I filed this information somewhere in my brain to later retrieve it to start the ball rolling for our film projects. Not long after the release of “Choppertown” I felt it was time to look for a British scoot. Zack and I were also brain storming ideas for a new biker film. It was during this week two Triumphs fell into my lap for a good price. Kutty (the main guy from Choppertown) told me about this guy, Matt the Rat, who worked for Jimmy White at Circle City Hot Rods had a Triumph roller just sitting there looking for a home. Zack and I got down there as fast as possible to check it out. When I first walked through the door, there she was, a 1969 Triumph with perfect lines and a perfect stance. Although this bike was just a roller it already had a cool look to it. It was love at first sight and I knew that would be the foundation of my Bobber. A few days later I found an abandoned 1971 Triumph Bonneville café project also listed for a good price. Once again, we headed out and snatched it up. It was the motor from this bike that later would become the power house behind the bobber and the main subject of “Brittown.” This all came together one day while Zack and I sat around both bikes when we came up with the idea to do a Triumph 650 motor rebuild movie with Meatball and also came up with the idea of shooting the process of the Bobber build at the same time. So, the Journey of the creation of the Harbortown Bobber began in the Fall of ’06. While Meatball had my motor at his shop, I was constantly searching for parts for my bike. I approached the design of the bike with different images of bikes that influenced me in the past. I didn’t want it to look like a traditional Triumph bobber with the skinny rear car treaded tire, the stock Triumph tank, the ribbed rear fender…etc. I wanted it to look different, but at the same time keep it period correct with a modern flare. I started with the gas tank. I searched hard and long for a Wassell peanut tank. I wanted that tank to have a shallow tunnel so it could be mounted Frisco style. I finally found one from Kutty’s friend Billy. A few days after that, the build started at Jay’s (J-bird) garage along with a young fabricator Jonathan Smith. Jonathan took my Wassell tank and first put a new tunnel in it. Next he moved the filler hole to the top of the tank for style as well as to maximize fuel capacity. The finished outcome of the tank was exactly what I was looking for. Next was the oil bag and fender. Jay’s Harley, which was his latest build, started to give me ideas for my fender and the style oil bag I wanted. The oil bag and fender are both made from the same material, spun metal (steel). The oil bag came in two halves. The first thing Jay did was to cut the two halves down a bit to fit the proper oil capacity for Triumphs. Because Triumph hardtail bikes have so much empty space behind the motor I wanted my oil back to sit vertically in order to fill that empty space. The two halves were welded together and a matching filler bung and cap, same one on the gas tank, was added to the top. The fender also came in two halves. That too was welded together, cut to fit short and snug on top of the tire. This was an important part of the look on the bike. I wanted the rear to be different so I chose to get a tire that was on the wide side. I also wanted the set up to be be 16” in the rear and 21” in the front. I just like the way that set-up looks on these old bikes. This was the same set-up of Kutty’s bike from “Choppertown.” The tires were given to me from my buddy AJ in NY, after I helped him rebuild his sporty. It was the exact size I was looking for. This set-up was common for Harley bobbers, so it’s safe to say there was also a Harley influence in the design. I felt the wider rear tire (130 Metzler) and the form fitting fender added a sense of weight to the rear which helped give it that different look, esthetically, when compared to other Triumphs. Next we needed the frame to be shored up. We wanted our friend Irish Rich from Shamrock Fabrications (http://www.shamrockfabrication.com) and who also a Nomad Sinner to put his hands on it. Rich didn’t live close, he was a Denver guy, but distance was not a factor and the road trip to Rich’s began. Over that weekend Rich made sure the frame was square and he welded up a bunch of old mounting holes throughout the frame. The build was ready for the next level. The following week we went to visit Earl Kane in San Pedro, California. I met Earl through Jay. Earl, from Earl Cycle Art (http://www.earlsbikes.net), came onto the project because he was a Triumph Bobber expert. His bikes were stunning. He also became the most significant part of the build. I spent most of my days in Earl’s shop until the bike was completed. Earl not only fabricated a cool seat, a license plate bracket, a cool chain tensioner, fork stop bungs and a headlight mount he also made sure everything worked during the assembly process. In addition, he paid close attention to the over all look of the bike. The bike inherited its low stance after Earl took 2”off the front down tubes. He also introduced me to Jet Coating (ceramic coating) Traditionally, Jet Coating was used by car guys to insulate their exhaust pipes as well as giving them an aluminum finish. It is very similar to the powder coating process. We had decided to have the gas tank, oil bag and gas tank Jet Coated. The important part of the process was for all the tins to be medal finished. That alone was time consuming because we had discovered that the Jet Coating wasn’t too thick so flaws would show through if we weren’t careful. All in all, the outcome was great. It gave the bike a very polished aluminum look. I’m not too into chrome, so that look was perfect. The seat tooling was done by Gilbert Gonzales. I sketched out the design for him and he did a great job etching it into the leather. This is only a brief background of the build. The whole process was a journey and it was exciting the day I took my bike out for its first ride. All this could be seen in the film soon to be released, “The Harbortown Bobber.”
I remember it was 30 years ago and it was a great movie. Regarding what is hapening with gaz today u better check your engines and stock ...
Mad Max is a 1979 Australian post-apocalyptic action thriller film directed by George Miller and written by Miller and Byron Kennedy. The film opens "a few years from now" in a dystopian Australia where law and order has begun to break down.
Berserk motorcycle gang member Crawford "Nightrider" Montizano has broken police custody. Max, the more skilled driver, pursues the Nightrider in a high-speed chase which results in the death of the Nightrider and his woman in a fiery car crash.
Max's yellow Interceptor was a 1974 Ford Falcon XB sedan (previously, a Melbourne police car) with a 351ci Cleveland V8 engine and many other modifications. The Big Bopper, driven by Roop and Charlie, was also a 1974 Ford Falcon XB sedan, but was powered by a 302ci Cleveland V8. The March Hare, driven by Sarse and Scuttle, was an in-line-six-powered 1972 Ford Falcon XA sedan (this car was formerly a Melbourne taxi cab).
Replica Mad Max Pursuit Special vehicle outside the Silverton HotelThe most memorable car, Max's black Pursuit Special - frequently designated a (V8) Interceptor based on a mechanic's quote in Mad Max 2 - was a limited GT351 version of a 1973 Ford XB Falcon Hardtop (sold in Australia from December 1973 to August 1976) which was primarily modified by Murray Smith, Peter Arcadipane and Ray Beckerley. After filming was over, this Interceptor was bought and restored by Bob Forsenko, and is currently on display in the Cars of the Stars Motor Museum in Cumbria, England .
The Nightrider's vehicle, another Pursuit Special, was a 1972 Holden HQ LS Monaro coupe. The car driven by the civilian couple that is destroyed by the bikers is a 1959 Chevrolet Impala sedan.
Of the motorcycles that appear in the film, 14 were donated by Kawasaki and were driven by a local Victorian motorcycle gang, the Vigilantes, who appeared as members of Toecutter's gang. By the end of filming, fourteen vehicles had been destroyed in the chase and crash scenes, including the director's personal Mazda Bongo (the small, blue van that spins uncontrollably after being struck by the Big Bopper in the film's opening chase).
I Was 23 years old, just came to finished my studies,and after the first "coyote days", 9 of my closest Coyote friends went to the Tourist Trophy in June, by bus from South West of France to the "3 legs Island". I was so confused not to participate at this trip, I decided, to go alone, with two big bags, my tent, a flight ticket throught London, to spend great times on the Manx Isle. I arrived in Casteltown Airport, took the bus, booked the first room I founded in Douglas in a B&B, drunk a good beer (stout) at the pub and slept....
half car,half motorcycle, the cycle car is a strange creature
The next day, the sky was sunny, I took a cab and arrived in the paddocks. I finded some frenchies, and surely the good one, Bruno Leroy, 1998 Junior TT winner, on an 350 Aermacchi prepared by Dick Linton. I fitted my tent in the paddock, and now free to spend good hollidays.
I bought my Davida helmet and my googles in Douglas in a very old shop, i was ready to ask everyone to take me on the bike, It revealed a very good solution. I did 3 or 4 circuit lap with Bruno, very very impressive. The first thing we did with Bruno was to go to the Feeries Bridge and made the wish.......
The story began on the Peter Murray Museum, in the TT mountains, in Bungalow exactly, an absolute must. I took in Douglas the very old train to go to Laxey, and see the famous Laxey Wheel. Arrived, the tram brings me to Bungalow on the top of Snaefell mount, I entered in the museum and let see the bikes........ Inside, among the 140 motorcycles, the air smelt of oil, dust and leather, like the very old workshops..... Very soon, the next step of this magic travel......
Here we are again ... Steve Mc Queen one of my favorite guy is packed again with another poor marketing operation. We are talking here about a Great movie star and Great Motorcyles maker Don & Dereck Rickman but why dont they stop chasing all those great guys and let them quiet were they are ... Sometimes a good memory is enough. Frank
by Deidre Woollard :
My colleague Jared Paul Stern proclaimed last summer the summer of Steve McQueen and the legend of the cool blue-eyed movie star continues on. A new McQueen biopic has been announced with the possibility of Brad Pitt in the starring role and Métisse motorcycles is making an exact replica of the Métisse Desert Racer built for Steve McQueen.
McQueen was a motorcycle and car collector and the new handbuilt motorcycle is a copy that is endorsed by Steve McQueen's estate and has his signature on the tank badge.
The motorcycles are made in England and use a ffully reconditioned period Triumph TR6 engine with a single Amal carburetor. It has styled footrests made to McQueen's original design, 35mm Ceriani forks, with seven inches of travel which he found to be the optimum, chromed steel wheel rims, period chromed exhausts and a period Triumph front hub with BSA rear. It sells for £12,999 and just 300 of them will be made.
The engine showed his ability during the previous demonstrations. The removal of cylinder head for control, followed by a carburattors refurbishment, should be sufficient. A new paint for the gas tank and the front fairing took three weeks of delay. Once this was received, I realized the decoration with an advertising friend who made me stickers to look like the original production racer. We installed a Norman Hyde oil cooler between both cradles of the frame and we finished the last small details by mounting a pair of original silencers, rear-view mirror, and license plate so that we could try the machine on the road, (lack of circuit in Brittany). After that we decided to go to the "Frimas"in Erdevenne, this allowed us to try the motorcycle on a bigger distance and to present it to the other members of the NOC.. Back home, we noticed a leak at the cylinder-base gasket.This job was done next day. At the beginning of April, the countdown was launched, we setted up the racing equipment, patches n°98, tires (which are lower size , we lost 1" diameter of the wheel), so we had to change for a 21 theeth sprocket. On Thursday, April 12th: departure to Nevers Magny-Cours. The next day after a passage to the administrative department for licenses .,we join for the free trials . Right away, on the time lap, I noticed that the others were faster than me. I decide to push away my limits of braking and to decelerate later, but I feel too much near the limit. Michel on the stands indicates me very disappointing chronos. I make the last lap by decomposing better my entry into corners, what makes me win at once 5 seconds per lap. Arrived at the stand, I gave the relay to Manu who will make one stopwatches of 2 ' 23 / lap. This first day: the motorcycle is too low, we are exceeded in the straight line with at least 30miles/h furthermore by Godier-Genoud and Honda bikes. On Saturday, April 14th: Manu dashes for the first session of the qualification trials (blue pilot). Lap after lap stopwatches improve until 2 ' 22, but the motorcycle begins to smoke in the deceleration when we cut the throttle at the end of straight(right) line, in Adelaide corner. Manu is classified 53rd of his session. The pilots level is high and that runs very hardly, the sun is present and the track is for good temperature, what also pulls some falls for the most nervous guys. I apply my strategy of yesterday and I drive more smoothy in the curves entry and not an appearance of Valentino Rossi's imitation. Every lap, I gain a second or two exit. At the end of the white pilots session , I was 52nd on 65 in 2 '25" per lap.
We are satisfied with our practices because we are in the qualif times and it's not so bad in curves (but we are dropped in straight lines by machines furthermore of 100 CV HP). We control the motorcycle because she has still consumed some oil.
Afternoon black flag for Manu who went out at the end of 3 laps of the second qualifying session. According to the track marshals, the motorcycle smokes in curve entry) . The time to discuss with them to explain that an Norton engine can leave a small cloud of smoked in a change down at the end of a straight mile line at 7000 tr/mn, they let us resume the track 5 minutes before the end... I take the departure of the 2nd series but I do not manage to make better that in the first one often hampered by slower competitors in the technical parts . At the conclusion of these two trial sessions we wait for the general classification which determines the position on the starting grid.
The classification falls and there, it's more than a big slap in the mouth. We are 58th at 0,4 seconds of the 57th while knowing that the organizers take only 57 crews in race. We do not have more than to hope that a competitor scratches before the official departure. (What will not be the case) 7 pm the tricolor flag is lowered and so... the departure is given without our Norton. Very great disappointment after so much work to fail in so little, but also saddened for all the numerous supporters of the NOC, the TON-UP, and the British Cotentin bikes . Small consolation with the victory of a classic English motorcycle (Rob North Triumph) very deserving in front of high-powered motorcycles deriving on the 80s.