I really enjoyed the article about the Royal Enfield Clipper in RC167. It brought back many memories of my own trips to Robbo’s in Burton Latimer throughout the 1960s and 70s. I acquired my first bike at 16, a Tiger Cub. It wasn’t long before it had to be ‘customised’, and there was only one place to go for these parts. On went ace bars, a fibreglass tank and a mega.
My pals and I continued to use Robbo’s for many years and became quite friendly with the brothers; John the younger who served behind the counter, and Tony who used to go to Brum for the bits and pieces. In the late 60s, Tony set up a racing team with Mick Bass. Tony raced a Triton which he built himself, and was a very flamboyant character at the race meetings. He decided to build some Tritons for the road, which he named the ‘Robbo Triton’.
When I saw one in the shop, I had to have it. In 1968 I collected my pride and joy. It had a red metallic frame and had all the latest goodies. It was a mass
of chrome and alloy. I kept the bike for about 18 months, before it was part-exchanged it for a Vincent Rapide at Ross Motors of Hinckley.
In later years, the brothers went deeply into military vehicles. I was lucky to bump into Tony in 2013 at the East Carlton Transport Gala and we had a long chat about the old days. I am sure there are many older readers /riders who will remember the brothers well.
Dave Thompson, member 10,998