CEL­E­BRAT­ING THE EX­CEP­TIONAL

Classic Bike (UK) - - WELCOME JULY 2018 ISSUE 462 - MIKE AR­MITAGE, EX­EC­U­TIVE EDI­TOR [email protected]­sicbike.co.uk

Tour­ing hol­i­days, am­bi­tious tun­ing, a pe­riod dolled-up as a street tracker, dis­as­sem­bled and hidden in boxes, and an eight-valve con­ver­sion. Oh, and trips to haul rock sam­ples back from Nor­way. There’s lit­tle that Chris Johns hasn’t seen or done with his Tri­ton since he first put it to­gether in 1976, and with Dave De­gens’ help it’s now in finer form than ever be­fore – read the fas­ci­nat­ing full story of this de­li­cious spe­cial on page 32.

‘Spe­cial’ de­scribes ev­ery­thing we’ve crammed into this is­sue. One-off, hand-built bikes con­tinue with a unique Norlake V-twin (page 50), an ex­cep­tional home-tuned BSA (page 45), plus an Amer­i­can Tri­ton un­like any­thing you’ve seen be­fore (rub your eyes in dis­be­lief at page 38). We’ve met some amaz­ing peo­ple too, in­clud­ing tri­als rider-turned-stunt­woman Deb­bie Evans. And we were there when the folk be­hind the Sparton race bikes were re­united with their fiery two-strokes for the first time in four decades. That was pretty spe­cial too.

Now the sun’s prop­erly here it’s eas­ier to sprin­kle a lit­tle spe­cial into ev­ery day. I spent last week­end bob­bing down leafy lanes, with my boys tak­ing it in turns to ride pil­lion. The joy on their faces was price­less.

Here’s to a great sum­mer.

38 It’s a Tri­ton, but not as we know it – US spe­cial shows there’s more than one way to stand out

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