Other Triumph projects

I have been following your Triumph project for a while in The Classic Motorcycle as well as CDB, as the 3TA origins interest me, having owed my own 3TA since I was 17, in 1982.

I always fancied building an ISDT/E style Triumph such as those ridden by Roy Peplow among others.

Currently I have a Metisse with a 650 Triumph motor and have been sandracing a Hinkley Triumph Bonneville for the past eight years in events run on Mablethorpe beach.


Unexpectedly, I have become the owner of a 1959 5TA which was converted into a field bike in the late Seventies by a family friend.

It has all the bits that you need for an off-road Triumph… not! The spec, such as it is, begins with 17in wheels with knobblies, blue Preston Petty Mudguards, twin 30mm carbs, twin straight through high level pipes and a fabulous yellow paint job.

Whilst looking for appropriate bits for it I have stumbled across D&C Classic Motorcycles, 01535 630137, a good website.


He manufactures 16-tooth engine sprockets for the Triumph twins and also distributor blanking plugs for only £5.95 +VAT, which I thought you may be interested in.

Mark Eldin

That is an interesting colour scheme Mark, on the 5TA I mean – the one on the Hinckley Bonnie looks like the Strongbow scheme from the Seventies. Thanks for the reminder of D and C Classics, I should have remembered as I’ve had stuff from him before. Tim


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