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Name That Triumph Dirt Bike

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
I was out at the local SoCal motocross track a few weeks ago and I came across this guy who apparently can’t get enough riding in. Virtually all moto riders haul their bikes in the back of a van or a pickup truck, but not this guy. He rigged a ramp and tote apparatus onto his older generation Kawasaki Concours. He’s hauling around a Triumph dirt bike of some sorts but I’m not sure of the model... any ideas?

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Gregoblv July 10, 2013 09:18 PM
I think KZ1000st is on the right track. Pre-unit in a aftermarket frame, probably a Rickman. As for size, I would say it is a 500. The barrel length is to short for a 650, I believe. The carbs are NOT Amals however. The look more like Mikunis. This was a popular change in the mid to late 70's. The Concentrics had a round bowl shaped float bowl. Sad we don't have more pictures of it. And the mode of transport was very common in the UK in the '50s and 60s. Take the 'hack off the frame to go racing and put it back on to haul the kids and maybe the wife in a skirt. I love it.
kz1000st July 10, 2013 05:34 PM
It's a lot of things. It has double down tubes so my best guess it's a 1959 to 61 pre-unit 500 or 650 Triumph in a Rickman frame with a Triumph gas tank. Those are Ceriani forks and Akront rims. If I could see the cases behind the cylinders for a distributor casting I would know for sure if it was a 500cc (had the casting) or a 650. Those even look like Amal Concentrics. The pre-unit motor had Monoblocs so even that's been changed. I may be off base. It's hard to tell when something's been changed so much.
motousa_adam July 10, 2013 04:40 PM
Doh- Those older bikes always stump me and it's hard for me to tell the full fairing Euro bikes from the Japanese. When they are missing fairings its easier haha. My behind-the-scenes collegue Richard did some research and it appears to be K75RT from the '90s.
spokes July 10, 2013 01:40 PM
looks like an ol' Triumph desert sled, as for the "Kawasaki Concours", it doesn't look like my 1990 Connie, more like a BMW...