A Hurricane hits the shop

Now everyone rides Hondas, Yamahas, Suzukis or Harleys … but at one time Triumphs were the motorcycle to beat.

I am proud to play a small part in bringing this magnificent 1972 Triumph X-75 Hurricane back to the condition it deserves. Just like old cars, old motorcycles have a certain presence that new motorcycles just can’t match.

The stripes you see are a original factory Triumph stickers from 1972 or 1973, provided by the owner of the bike. I’m glad I didn’t have to put them on as they were so old and stiff I would have never gotten them on properly. When unrolled, as soon as you turned loose of them, the stripes and pin striping would immediately roll back up into a roll.

I spoke with the guy who put the stripes on … and I gather he nearly blistered my new paint with his language as he struggled with the stripes. In order to get the stripes to stick he had to heat them to partially melt glue. I have put on a lot of tape stripes in my time, but a guy has to know his limits, and this is one job that I am glad I contracted out.

If you are interested, you can learn more about the Triumph Hurricane here.

Posted on May 9, 2011, in Non-Collision Work and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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