Winning Triumph

Restoration of Triumph T110 Wins Awards

October 01, 2013 at 3:08 PM

This Triumph T110 was in a very poor state and has been restored to its former glory over a five month period.

The owner has entered it into three shows and has been successful in gaining 1st place in all three!

Please see the testimonial below:

I attach a few pictures of the bike before it was restored last year by MTS of Milton Keynes. The proprietor Steve Mann advertises in the Oakley Motorcycle Club magazine and restores clasic bikes. He's a brilliant engineer and had to cope with problem after problem when he restored my bike. It was imported from American and stood in the corner of my garage for over 10 years gathering dust (and rust). The rear sub frame had been hacksawed off, the forks were off an old Honda, a single seat and ape hangers plus a Harley tank were fitted, the frame was split and twisted, the chaincase was cracked in two or three places and the cylinder head knackered with splits in the usual places for an old triumph 8 stud head. Steve used to ring me up whenever he found a problem to see if I wanted to abandon the restoration and believe me I got quite a few phone calls. What kept this going was the fact that I used to own a T110 when I was 17 years old which I used to terrorise the North Beds villages and the local constabulary. This was a reincarnation project for me and this bike. It wasn't just any restoration and thanks to Steve's skills he did everything in house, including all the re-engineering, building up split and twisted old ally parts and drilling out old plug inserts making good using molten metal from a makeshift furnace. He did all the metal polishing, bead blasting, ultra sound cleaning and hand finished paintwork which is as good as new in the correct colours for a 1961 bonnie of which this is now a very good replica.  There's also more new bits than I care to mention.

I spent a few years going up and down the Country accumulating parts from bike jumbles including a few rare parts. You can now import many these from India! The best bit was the frame. The old one was beyond repair. I collected the powder coated frame from the e bay seller in an M1 service station car park. Sounds dodgy but it came with documents and I've got a transferable registration number which is probably worth more than many of the parts I had to buy. It's now concourse, sounds better than my Harley and probably quicker although I'm not going to try.

Photos from one of the awards evenings can be seen here and photos of the work can be seen below.



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