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1972 Triton Racer

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1972 Triton Racer

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The Triton is a hybrid racer built from a Triumph engine and a Norton frame. The Tritons were built in the 1960’s-70’s by London motorcycle dealers - including the reputable Dresda Motors who offered them in complete form. The name Triton not only derives from the Greek God, but is also a contraction of both brands: Tri-ton.

The ultimate goal was to create a supreme motorcycle from the greatest two on the current market. While the Norton featherbed frame was unanimously regarded as the best handling item of the era, (ours is a slimline) their motors posed reliability issues (see: our Commando Combat listing). The most popular choice of engine substitution was the Triumph Bonneville with twin cylinders, carburetors, and camshafts.

Our Triton utilizes a 1972 Triumph Bonneville and is a period original racer.

While some dealers offered complete Tritons - as previously mentioned - others simply sold conversion kits. Of these kits the engine mounting plates were the most crucial components as the placement greatly effected the overall handling of the vehicle. Several varieties existed, and improvements were made to seat the engine lower and lower. The Triton hybrid could then be built internationally.

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