MOTORCYCLE REVIEW | Triumph Bobber by Oshe –
1960 was an important year for Triumph.
They had introduced the new 500cc ‘unitary’ engine with the engine and gearbox in one unit. 1960 also meant that the T100 was when the controversial tub-esq bodyshell was launched to the world. It was a semi-enclosed rear end that looked like an old upside-down tin tub. This was not well received and only lasted 2 years.
This 1960 Triumph T100 bobber was built by David for fun in his downtime. David is the owner of Oshe & Workshop Seventy7, 2 sides of the same coin, located at Ordnance Depot, Weedon, Northamptonshire.
Their business is the restoration and custom construction of classic cars and motorcycles, tailored to the owners’ needs. They will build you the car of your dreams, with every detail personalized to your needs.
David grew up in South Africa and has been a petrolhead for as long as anyone can remember. He raced MX and even owned a motorcycle shop there in 1996/7 specializing in 2-strokes.
His life changed when he met a South African girl in Los Angeles while traveling. She lived in the UK and David spent the next 2 years finding a way to move to the UK to be with her.
That was 20 years ago and they now have 11 years of marriage under their belt and a beautiful young son. A whole fairy tale.
The front forks are a pair he found in his friends’ garage and were modified and rebuilt by Pitted Forks in Luton, with improved springs and shortened tubes to stiffen and lower the front end.
There’s a bolt-on hardtail rear frame section and a traditional bobber-style, vintage leather sprung saddle.
David’s bobber emits a mighty war cry from the short, angled and straight pipes. No electric starter here, just an MX-style Kickstarter ready to bust your shin, with right-hand shifting and left-hand footbrake to mess with your brain even more. This thing screams attitude.
Oshes’ nasty little murdered bobber has a handcrafted satin black fuel tank by Olliminium and is dripping with neat touches, like the machined brass military tank shell, repurposed as a dispenser cap, amber front light and trimmed satin black . rear fender.
The chopper bars give it a badass stance and David once again raided his friends garage for a set of spoked wheels, which were, of course, painted black and then wrapped in Avon rubber from period style. Older Triumphs have shitty electrics, so an improved ignition system was fitted. Mirrors, handles and many subtle details have been added to create a simple, clean yet rebellious ride.
Photos courtesy of Daisy Turner. She’s a budding photographer and this was her first photo shoot. She’s only 13!