At the recent EICMA show in Milan, there was an interesting Triumph flat tracker on display. Based on the current Triumph twin, it has the look of a classic Triumph from years ago. After doing a bit of digging I found the Triumph folks over in Italy had commissioned this build for the show from Dino Romano of Drags & Racing Motorcycles – Grosseto (Tuscany). This flat tracker built in Italy just serves to increase my curiosity at the popularity of this type of racing motorcycle design in Europe and the presumed lack of interest here in the U.S. where flat track racing comes from. Maybe Harley Davidson is right to introduce their XR1200 in Europe instead of the U.S.
Checking out the Drags and Racing website I found he’s been doing a lot of custom builds and also some designed for actual racing in the Thruxton Cup. He’s done Harleys, a Buell and several Triumphs like the Speed Triple shown below but the flat tracker and the Thruxtons he’s done take a modern bike and give it a retro look. There’s a lot to be said for that, modern reliability and performance with a very cool classic appearance. Add some lights and a front brake and this flat tracker looks like it would be a great street tracker. I like it.
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