Steve Welte, one of our regular readers, saw quite a few street tracker posts on The Kneeslider and thought we might like to see what he put together
According to Steve, this bike isn’t about how much money you can spend, it is all about what you can do with the parts you have or can easily source. He did all of the work from engine building to fabrication and painting, starting when he found a 1972 engine in a box and a 1971 frame and not much else. It needed lots of help. Steve sourced a much abused Yamaha XS650 front end and used one of the 5 Harley 16″ rear wheels he had. The swing arm required a 1 3/4″ stretch and 2″ widening. The rear caliper is from a Yamaha R6, grabbing a Harley Davidson 10″ rotor. Foot pegs are from a Harley Sportster. Steve likes the dual seat because it does get passengers, however the majority of the race bikes of the 50’s and 60’s (it’s inspiration) didn’t use fiberglass seats. The 2 1/2 gal fuel tank was also heavily modified, removing the center rib and the center mount and centering the fuel cap. The dual petcocks became a crossover tube and a single Pingel fuel valve was added. It’s pretty hard to see all the many changes unless you are really familiar with these machines. Steve says he’s since collected the basics for several more Triumph based bikes, I wonder what he’ll do next.
From what I can see, this bike looks like a fun ride and from the photos Steve sent, the quality of work appears to be top notch. Nice job!
More closeup photos below: