Winter and "new project" time was quickly approaching. Jeremy was on the lookout for any Triumph he could get his hands on at a decent price. With the help of a friend who owns a salvage business, he won an '06 Bonneville with smoke damage at an auction for only $300. Jeremy had his sights set on an early 1900's European style build. That explains the lugged frame design for extra detail and the addition of a removable cradle. A jackshafted drive was installed to clean up the right side of the wheel, so a rear drum brake was naturally chosen to be mounted to the jackshaft. Several old drums of different makes were tried, but none provided the look that Jeremy was after. So, he machined his own aluminum version instead. Soon after, the project shifted gears from an antique classic to a vintage café race bike. Playing around with paper and pencil, Jeremy sketched a café style boat tail rear fender...this was it. The next morning he was bending rod. Afterward, he added 2-into-1 lakester pipes, drop bars, and stainless steel inverted levers (crafted by Dave Cook). The paint pulled the whole design together when he recreated the 1910 Triumph logo with copper leafing. All the leather work was made possible by a kitchen table and a supportive wife. The final challenge was getting around the spaghetti bowl of modern engine wiring. Most builders simple hide the wires behind fake oil tanks, but Jeremy has a way of doing things differently. 1 factory diagram, 1 original harness, a volt-ohm meter and 30 long hours yielded the first ever chopper style wiring scheme for a modern Triumph. "A lot of headaches, but I now have some pretty clean wiring that only uses what I need – no horn, no dimmer, no emissions, no safety crap, just good old spark, charging, and lights." The TT Deluxe was the AMD 2009 World Championship 6th place Freestyle winner, the Smoke Out 9 winner, and Easyriders National VQ Award winner.
Photos courtesy of: Bessie Black