Silodrome http://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:42:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Top 5 Triumph Motorcycles On eBay This Weekhttp://silodrome.com/top-5-triumph-motorcycles/ http://silodrome.com/top-5-triumph-motorcycles/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:30:14 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38130 Triumph is a British motorcycle marque that has been turning out class-leading machines since it first rolled a bike out of its Coventry factory in 1902. Over the course of its history, Triumph has almost certainly produced the most diverse range of bikes in the world – from cruisers to superbikes and everything in-between. This...

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Triumph is a British motorcycle marque that has been turning out class-leading machines since it first rolled a bike out of its Coventry factory in 1902. Over the course of its history, Triumph has almost certainly produced the most diverse range of bikes in the world – from cruisers to superbikes and everything in-between.

This Top 5 List is my attempt at finding the best examples of American-delivered Triumphs, showing many of the tweaks, modifications and customisations that the USA is famous for. The relationship between Triumph and the Americans has always been a close one, Marlon Brando rode a Triumph in The Wild One and Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Evel Knievel all owned multiple bikes from the marque.

Triumph is most famous for its parallel-twin engines with simple push-rod actuated valves. They can be rebuilt for performance as they often are for flat trackers and drag bikes or they can be upgraded with some more modern components to increase reliability and highway capabilities.

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Stuart Lewis-Evans Wallpaperhttp://silodrome.com/stuart-lewis-evans/ http://silodrome.com/stuart-lewis-evans/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:00:42 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38121 Stuart Lewis-Evans was an up and coming racing driver and good friend of the young Stirling Moss, this image was taken in September 1953 when Stuart was just 23 years old and it shows him unloading his Cooper 500 Formula 3 racing car at the Crystal Palace race circuit in South London – from the...

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Stuart Lewis-Evans was an up and coming racing driver and good friend of the young Stirling Moss, this image was taken in September 1953 when Stuart was just 23 years old and it shows him unloading his Cooper 500 Formula 3 racing car at the Crystal Palace race circuit in South London – from the roof of a Series 1 Land Rover. Interestingly, Land Rover was only 5 years old at the time but as you can see – people had already begun finding novel uses for them.

Lewis-Evans was so successful in his early racing career that he quickly made his way into Grand Prix level events, his first Formula 1 race was the 1957 Monaco Grand Prix. He somehow managed to drag his far inferior Connaught Type B to a 4th place finish behind Fangio, Brooks, and Masten Gregory – all of whom were driving far superior machinery. His career in Formula 1 was managed by a young Bernard Ecclestone and thanks to Stuart’s driving abilities (and perhaps Ecclestone’s bargaining abilities) he was piloting a Vanwall alongside Moss for his second season in 1958.

The 1958 season started very well for Vanwall, the team’s drivers were taking wins and podiums with Stuart right up amongst it, rubbing shoulders with the greats. Tragically, the circuit that Lewis-Evans had made his debut at just a year earlier would claim his life in 1958. His Vanwall suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure and the engine seized at the Moroccan Grand Prix, causing a horrific accident that led to his death 6 days later in a British hospital.

It’s entirely possible that Lewis-Evans would have gone on to become one of the early Formula 1 greats, he certainly had the pace even when compared to giants of the sport like Moss and Fangio, and his commitment is summed up in this photograph. Stuart built this structurally questionable transportation assembly with his friend Tony Harris, without it he wouldn’t have been able to travel around the country and compete – although I can only imagine how difficult that Land Rover would have been to drive with a Formula 3 car sitting on its roof.

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Image via Jalopnik – Credit: Reg Speller

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Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406http://silodrome.com/mercedes-benz-unimog-4x4/ http://silodrome.com/mercedes-benz-unimog-4x4/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:00:37 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38102 The Mercedes-Benz Unimog is known for many things, but perhaps its most extraordinary achievement is that it’s won the brutal Paris-Dakar Rally by accident – on more than one occasion. Many teams competing in the event use the Unimog as their support vehicle, meaning that even though it qualifies in the truck class it has...

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The Mercedes-Benz Unimog is known for many things, but perhaps its most extraordinary achievement is that it’s won the brutal Paris-Dakar Rally by accident – on more than one occasion. Many teams competing in the event use the Unimog as their support vehicle, meaning that even though it qualifies in the truck class it has to do its best to keep up with the far more agile vehicles in the car, 4×4 and motorcycle classes.

The first Unimogs were developed in the years just after WW2 for many of the same reasons that the Brits developed the Land Rover – people needed agricultural vehicles that could do the work of a tractor, snowplow and harvester, while still being able to take the family to church on Sunday.

Unimog is an acronym for Universal Motor Gerät, with gerät being the German word for machine or device. Perhaps the most commonly touted feature of the Unimog is its chassis, it’s a ladder frame that’s designed to flex in such a way that it increases wheel articulation over rough terrain.

This chassis combined with portal gear axles on all four corners give the Unimog the ability to drive over boulders a metre in diameter or larger – with all four wheels on the ground. The model you see here is the relatively rare Unimog 406, only 353 were ever made and this one happens to be a former Luftwaffe vehicle – further adding to its collectibility.

In 2007 the current owner had some minor restoration carried out, freshening it up and making it look almost new to the untrained eye. It’s now due to be auctioned at the Bonhams Mercedes-Benz Sale on the 28th of March in Stuttgart. Despite its excellent condition and relative rarity, its estimated value is a rather affordable €40,000 to €50,000 – although I am using the word affordable here in car collector terms.

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Retrakthttp://silodrome.com/retrakt-pen/ http://silodrome.com/retrakt-pen/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:00:33 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38093 Retrakt was designed by Karas Kustoms to be the last pen you’ll ever buy, it’s made from 100% pure copper in Arizona and they take the easy-to-obtain Pilot G2 ink refills. Each Retrakt has a metal click-in/click-out system, a stainless steel clip and measures in at 5.625” inches long with a weight of 2.5 ounces....

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Retrakt was designed by Karas Kustoms to be the last pen you’ll ever buy, it’s made from 100% pure copper in Arizona and they take the easy-to-obtain Pilot G2 ink refills.

Each Retrakt has a metal click-in/click-out system, a stainless steel clip and measures in at 5.625” inches long with a weight of 2.5 ounces. The all-metal construction makes this the perfect garage pen, it’ll keep working no matter how much oil, grease, gasoline and beer you get on it.

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Ferrari 212 Exporthttp://silodrome.com/ferrari-212-export/ http://silodrome.com/ferrari-212-export/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:05:05 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38036 The Ferrari 212 Export was the successor to the hugely successful Ferrari 166, it went on to become an outright winner in many of the era’s great races and helped cement the legend of the still-new automaker. Ferrari offered the 212 in two major variants, the 212 Export which was specifically for racing, and the...

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The Ferrari 212 Export was the successor to the hugely successful Ferrari 166, it went on to become an outright winner in many of the era’s great races and helped cement the legend of the still-new automaker.

Ferrari offered the 212 in two major variants, the 212 Export which was specifically for racing, and the 212 Inter, which was a grand tourer with a longer wheelbase and a slightly detuned engine. The most competitive sub-variant was the 212 Export Barchetta (pronounced bar-ketta), Barchetta is an italian nickname for small, purpose-built race cars with no roof, not much of a windshield and usually a small, aluminium body – the word means “little boat” and is thought to be a reference to the way the body looks before it’s fitted to the chassis.

Each of the 28 212 Exports that were built were fitted with the 2.6 litre Colombo V12, the Exports received 3 Weber carburettors and the Inters received 1, the two cars had varying compression ratios too – 8.0:1 and 7.5:1 respectively. Both models rode on independent front suspension and solid rear axles, and both were fitted with 5-speed transmissions. The difference in power was noticeable but not enormous – the Export produced 175hp and the Inter produced 150hp.

The Export Barchetta proved to be an instant success of the race tracks of Europe, the car was introduced in 1951 and it went on to take all 3 podium positions in the automobile Tour de France. It then won the Giro di Sicilia, the Giro di Toscana and the car you see here took a popular 1st place at the Palermo-Monte Pellegrino Hill Climb in 1952 as well as a 5th in class at the Targa Florio.

It’s exceedingly rare to come across a Ferrari 212 Export that still has its original engine, transmission and rear axle – most of them were raced extensively in the ’50s and have had almost all of their parts replaced in the intervening years. The chassis you see here is a matching numbers example that’s due to roll across the auction block with RM Sotheby’s on the 23rd of May 2015, there’s no estimated value accompanying the car but as they say, if you have to ask…

Click here to read more about this car.

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Photo Credits: Tim Scott ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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Stamford Duffel by Weldonhttp://silodrome.com/duffel-bag-weldon/ http://silodrome.com/duffel-bag-weldon/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:00:37 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38085 Weldon is a small British company that produces classic bags made exclusively from from waxed canvas and high-grade leather. Each bag is individually made by hand and guaranteed for life, Weldon only uses 18 ounce waxed cotton canvas from Halley Stevensons in Dundee, Scotland – a company that have been producing the material since 1864....

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Weldon is a small British company that produces classic bags made exclusively from from waxed canvas and high-grade leather. Each bag is individually made by hand and guaranteed for life, Weldon only uses 18 ounce waxed cotton canvas from Halley Stevensons in Dundee, Scotland – a company that have been producing the material since 1864.

The bag you see here is the Stamford Duffel, it measures 48cm long x 25cm high x 27cm wide and has a cotton twill lining, vegetable tanned leather handles, a removable shoulder strap, YKK zippers and it qualifies as hand luggage on almost all airlines.

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Top 5 Vintage Motorcycles On eBay This Weekhttp://silodrome.com/top-5-vintage-motorcycles-on-ebay-this-week-6/ http://silodrome.com/top-5-vintage-motorcycles-on-ebay-this-week-6/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:00:56 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38046 We came across some exceedingly collectible motorcycles whilst looking through the vintage motorcycles on eBay this week. The BSA B50MX at the top of the list was delivered new in 1974 and then left on display, it’s never been started and it’s never been ridden – almost certainly making it the lowest mileage example in the world....

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We came across some exceedingly collectible motorcycles whilst looking through the vintage motorcycles on eBay this week. The BSA B50MX at the top of the list was delivered new in 1974 and then left on display, it’s never been started and it’s never been ridden – almost certainly making it the lowest mileage example in the world.

In second place there’s a Moto Guzzi V7 Sport from 1973, this is a classic race bike that’s managed a number of podium positions in its native Italy over the past few decades.

Next up there’s a brilliantly preserved 1952 Harley-Davidson Model K, this was the pre-cursor to the modern Sportster, which is the most popular and longest running model in Harley’s history.

Honda’s CB550 is next in line, this was the 4-cylinder mid-sized bike released by Honda to slot in just below the CB750 in the model range. Over the years the lighter weight CB550 has won over legions of fans – especially in the cafe racer community.

Last but not least we found a Ducati 750 F1 Laguna Seca, this is a very rare bike, just 150 of 200 made in 1987. It’s currently in Italy but the seller is offering to ship it anywhere in the world at cost – which is an excellent deal.

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Harley-Davidson Model K

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REV’IT Royale Bootshttp://silodrome.com/revit-royale-boots/ http://silodrome.com/revit-royale-boots/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:00:37 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38038 The new Royale Boots by REV’IT are part of the company’s expanding line of motorcycle boots that have been built to look as much like regular street wear as possible – with just the leather gear shift pad giving away their true purpose. With thermoformed heel and toe cups, full grain cowhide and a water...

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The new Royale Boots by REV’IT are part of the company’s expanding line of motorcycle boots that have been built to look as much like regular street wear as possible – with just the leather gear shift pad giving away their true purpose.

With thermoformed heel and toe cups, full grain cowhide and a water resistant outer, the Royale Boot offers good protection from bad days on your motorcycle – with the added bonus of not making you look like a Power Ranger Cosplay weirdo.

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Documentary: Scrambling For Ithttp://silodrome.com/documentary-scrambling-for-it/ http://silodrome.com/documentary-scrambling-for-it/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 09:00:31 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38029 Scrambling For It is a late ’60s film about the popular and rapidly growing scramble races that were popping up around the country, the events lent their name to the style of motorcycle developed to compete in them and even today, Scramblers are amongst the most popular bikes on the road. The film is part...

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Scrambling For It is a late ’60s film about the popular and rapidly growing scramble races that were popping up around the country, the events lent their name to the style of motorcycle developed to compete in them and even today, Scramblers are amongst the most popular bikes on the road.

The film is part of the old Look at Life series and it runs 9 minutes 15 seconds long, making it a quick watch and an excellent window into what would evolve into the current multi-billion dollar enduro industry.

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Triumph Scrambler by Anvil Motociclettehttp://silodrome.com/triumph-scrambler-motorbike/ http://silodrome.com/triumph-scrambler-motorbike/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:30:31 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=38011 The Triumph Scrambler was released in 2006, it’s since gone on to revive a genre of motorcycles that had been largely forgotten and become so popular that other motorcycle manufacturers are now clamouring to enter the space with retro dual sport bikes of their own. Although scramblers were originally dedicated off-road motorcycles designed for racing,...

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The Triumph Scrambler was released in 2006, it’s since gone on to revive a genre of motorcycles that had been largely forgotten and become so popular that other motorcycle manufacturers are now clamouring to enter the space with retro dual sport bikes of their own.

Although scramblers were originally dedicated off-road motorcycles designed for racing, the name has evolved in recent decades and is now generally used to describe road bikes that have been modified for light to moderate off-road use. Triumph’s Scrambler is an excellent example of this, it’s essentially a Bonneville with modified suspension, a higher exhaust, broader handlebars, a modified crankshaft and dual sport tires.

Since its release we’ve seen a huge variety of custom Scramblers, almost all of them have been modified to give them even better off-road performance – much like this example from Anvil Motociclette out of Italy. Anvil is a custom motorcycle garage that also produces a line of riding gear, all of their creations have a ’70s feel to them and function tends to be favoured over form.

The Scrambler you see here started life as a first generation 2006 bike, the team at Anvil wanted to give it a more aggressive feel so they switched out the stock exhaust to a set of almost straight pipes, and the original tires were swapped out for a pair of chunky Continental TKC80s. A new fuel tank was discovered at a local market, it’s smaller and much more similar to the tanks used on Triumph’s original scramblers in the ’60s and ’70s, a new low profile leather seat was made and bolted into place and a new headlight was acquired from a local tractor.

The completed bike looks almost like a cross between a scrambler and a hill climber, and the team at Anvil have been making sure it gets plenty of dirt road riding in the Italian countryside. If you’d like to see more from Anvil Motociclette you can click here, and if you’d like to read more about the Triumph Scrambler you can click here.

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