Yes, it's pretty isn't it? This lean & mean Triumph is a collaboration of taste and skill between Jon "JP" Patrick, curator of culture blog, The Selvedge Yard, and Kevin Dunworth of Loaded Gun Customs in Selbyville, Delaware, and it's called the Tramp. You may even have been lucky enough to see the bike in the flesh as it was unveiled at last week's Iron & Air magazine Issue Nine release party in NYC. The two met at the One Moto Show in Portland earlier this year and hit it off. They got around to discussing a possible build in the future but it came sooner than anticipated when Kevin began sharing images of a build that he was cobbling together from old and new parts around the shop. JP fell in love and after some back and forth, he worked out a deal with Kevin to make the bike his. With JPs knowledge of design, fashion and art mixed with Kevins technical know-how, the final bike is a beauty, but with the performance to back up its good looks. The bike started out as a 1973 oil-in-frame Triumph Bonneville and took around 3 months to build. K&N cone filters feed the Twin Mikuni carbs of this T120v engine, with exhaust gases exiting through JRC Engineering chrome Side Drags. Electrics are supplied through a custom harness by Loaded Gun with Pazon Ignition and Andrews Coil. The shocks are by Hagon, originally made for a Harley, while the forks are the OEM Triumph items, attached to a 19" front and 18" rear, both with stainless spokes laced to Sun rims and shod with Avon tyres. The Fuel Tank: is a replica of a Track Master, handlebars are Vortex Aluminum Clip-ons with aluminium Joker Machine hand controls and Renthal MotoGP grips. Foot controls and legs are heavily modified TFMW. A vintage looking yellow-stained Bates chrome headlamp lights the way up front with a LED tail/brake light at the back, leaving turn-signalling to the old-school art of waving your arms about (in a casual and understated way, of course). Graphics are by Jason Wharton while Loaded Gun's Kevin Dunworth took care of all the paint, polishing and the aluminium seat pan, with the seat upholstery by Lances Top. Nancy Dunworth added the Selvidge Denim bag in the subframe. "The fact that this Triumph was all black was a plus. It felt like the modern Blackbird that I’d had in my head for so long. I loved that it was cobbled from a mix of old and new parts. The old OIF frame, the skinny tank, the five-speed racing bottom-end with the ’69 head, the black anodized Sun wheels with Avon rubber, the long drag pipes - it was fucking beautiful. This was my Blackbird." It's a stunning machine, so simple, clean and almost elegant - but that's hardly surprising considering the collaboration. Photo credits go to to Scott Toepfer
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