CELEBRATING THE EXCEPTIONAL
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