Understandably, motorcycles have played a bit of an outsider’s role here at CC. My own bike ownership and experience was rather limited, and that probably explains why, at least in part. But I love to look at them anyway, especially the sexy ones, and this “Triton” is about as irresistible as it gets. I saw it the other day in Eugene’s Sports Car Shop. More on that after the jump.
But I do want to let those interested in bikes know that we’ve had some fine historical articles here at CC, including one specifically on the topic of how these Triton (and Vincent-powered Norvin) bikes came to be. Working with author Lee Wilcox on them was a re-immersion in motorcycle history, and a thoroughly enjoyable one; almost as good as getting back on a bike. I’ve just finished creating a section for them all in the Automotive History Portal. If you’d like to take any of them out for a spin, I’ve also got them all lined up for you below.
Sunday Salon Motorcycle History Series: By Lee Wilcox and Edited by Paul Niedermeyer
Other Motorcycle Articles:
BSA 441 Victor Paul Niedermeyer
Harley Davidson Hummer Paul Niedermeyer
Vintage bikes from America’s Miracle Museum Paul Niedermeyer
Back to the Triton, for a moment, anyway. Yes, it says Norton on the tank, and the frame is the legendary Norton “Featherbed”. But many of them were converted to Triumph power, because the original Norton Manx 500cc engines were being plucked out of their beds to be used in Cooper Formula 3 racing cars. Triumph engines were plentiful, so the found a comfortable new bed in which to cavort.