For Carl Bjorklund of Bellingham, Wash., the 1970 Triumph Trident basket case leaning in the corner would replace his Norton café racer . . . some day. In August 2009, a nudge from friend Young Pon got the wheels rolling.
“I knew my next café racer was going to be a Trident,” Bjorklund said. “That basket and frame had been sitting for years. Young just said ‘yeah, let’s do it.’” Four months later, after a parts search that went as far as Minnesota, the Super Rat café racer’s serpentine headers, twisted oil reservoir and hand-built alloy fuel tank were turning heads at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in Seattle.
“I like trying to make everything myself,” said Bjorklund, who with brother Mark turns out bikes and motorcycle parts, metal art and skateboard accessories at their Super Rat shop. “I’m really into stainless.”
Bjorklund fabricated the entire stainless exhaust, from the equal-length headers back to the muffler. To clean up the look up front and show off the motor he removed the Trident’s oil cooler. The oil tank of twisted stainless tubing restores the lost cooling capacity, and it’s mounted with beehive springs to head off vibration fatigue.
Out back he narrowed the frame slightly to fit a bum-stop built from a Model T headlight shell. It hides an oil filter fed by external stainless lines sure to please any gearhead. (Bjorklund calls himself a ‘gizmo-gadget kind of guy.’) The rear wheel he found in Minneapolis at the end of a two-hour search marathon on Craigslist.
The welded alloy fuel tank has a box built into its underside that conceals the electrical bits. An Italian racing bicycle inspired the bike’s two-tone paint scheme. Young Pon applied the finish.
(Thanks, Walt, for showing us this great example of craftsmanship. Really clean and loaded with handbuilt parts, very nice and only 4 months to build! – The Kneeslider)
Link: Super Rat Performance
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