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Shed-built: 'Early Hinckley Triples are bomb-proof'

Published: 03 March 2017

Updated: 01 March 2017

Will Hince, a surveyor from Portsmouth, first dabbled with customising when he bought an unfinished project because he couldn’t stretch to a classic Norton or a new Bonneville. He picked a Triumph Trident as “the early Hinckley triples are bomb-proof and tip 100bhp, so should punch above the Bonnie.”

Despite being someone else’s project, it made for a good base: “It came with a fabricated rear frame and a Bonneville tank. Side panels are off a modern Thunderbird and have been filled and sculpted with reproduction ’60s/’70s Trident model plates and decals shaped to fit.


“The most challenging aspect was a full rewire. I’d never done motorcycle electrics before and the bike had no clocks, idiot lights and most of the loom was stripped away.”

‘It’s a bomb-proof 100bhp’

There are still a few jobs left to do as Will told us he’d like to get the frame powdercoated and polish up the clutch cover. For only four months build time, and on a budget, we think it’s rather nifty. In fact it wouldn’t look out of place among a set of Triumph’s production bikes.


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