Made in Metal Triton 02 December 14


The Triton is a Classic British cafe racer that uses a TRIumph engine and a NorTON frame. The usual configuration is to use a Triumph Twin engine but in this case the triple engine from a Triumph T150 was used in the build by British experts workshop “Made in Metal “in Staffordshire, England.

The bike was acquired new, beautifully-sculpted, hardanodised engine plates, an extraordinary head steady, a reworked exhaust with handmade reverse cones, one-off mudguards and a hand-crafted seat unit that hinges up to reveal a weatherproof electrics box with Molex connectors and a LiPoly battery.

Almost everything else was modified and improved. Acquired a brass eccentric and adjuster screw to allow the race carbs to tick over. It's interesting to see how fade-free the Fontana replica brake is. On the road it’s got more feel than any other drum and pretty good stopping power. The double cables operate via a Suzuki GT750J lever, which has a special pivoting arrangement for the cables to balance the forces either side.

Triton Features:

  • Construction time: months
  • Engine: displacement increased to 850 cm3, the pistons omega, cams megacycle, connecting rods carillo (the use of magnesium reduced the t150 engine weight by about 10 kg)
  • Five-speed transmission (switch on the right side)
  • Tubular frame made of cr-mn steel t45 (aircraft steel)
  • Reflective coating exhaust zircotec (level of technology in formula 1)
  • And many other small things

Specifications

  • 1954/2013 Trident
  • Triton 850
  • Engine/Transmission
  • Type air-cooled, six-valve triple
  • Capacity 848cc
  • Bore x stroke 71.6 x 70mm
  • Compression ratio 9.6:1
  • Fuel system 3 x Amal VM30
  • Clutch/primary drive dry multiplate/belt
  • Gearbox/final drive five-speed/chain

Chassis

  • Frame 1954 Wideline Featherbed
  • Front suspension Molnar magnesium race forks
  • Rear suspension Maxton adjustable damping
  • Brakes front/rear Molnar Fontana replica double
  • TLS drum/SLS drum
  • Wheels front/rear 1.85in/3.00in alloy rims
  • Tyres front/rear 100/90-V18 / 130/70-V18

Dimensions

  • Wet weight 408lb (185kg)
  • Wheelbase 56.5in (1435mm)
  • Seat height 31in (787mm)
  • Fuel capacity 5 gallon (23 litres)

Performance

  • Top speed 130mph (estimate)
  • Peak power 85bhp at 8000rpm (estimate)
  • Fuel consumption 45mpg (estimate)

Costs
Value now £40,000

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Alan Goodsell , 02 December 14