Oh Lawdy Nothing Sweeter Than A Triumph Bobber
Could the men of Hinckley have ever imagined what people would do with their machines?
I have my doubts, but once you’ve seen the utterly stripped magnificence of a ’60s Triumph hardtail bobber, there’s no going back. The breed just says pure class, citizen. Roll up on one of these and be prepared to talk to people about it – lot’s of people. A slick Triumph is the ultimate parking lot honeypot.
This classic 1968 bobber by Danish builder Daniel Peter Dyrberg is the essence of the genre.
So why do people pour hours of their time and piles of their money into making these gutbucket beauties? Because they can.
“The story about this bike is that I have always had the need for building, creating and getting my ideas constructed,” Dyrberg said. “Back in the days during my education as a smith, I started a small business at the technical college, engine rebuilding and tuning the other boys mopeds, having my closet in the locker room filled with new parts, took their bikes home in the afternoon rebuild them during the evening and delivered them back next morning after I had given them a couple of hundred kilometers in the morning.”
Dyrberg took that experience and when circumstances finally aligned with the stars, he went to work.
“A couple of years ago in the beginning of my thirties I got the dream back on track, and the design for this one (#1) goes back to these technical college days. I found the frame in a US imported container that just came home to a classic bike dealer, and the rest here and there, but never had any doubt about the design. Everything on the bike is new, or totally rebuilt,” he said. “During this build, the ideas for new designs, other brands and styles just kept coming. I can’t say what it is, but the passion can come and go for each project, it is like a process I have to go through.”
So what’s next on the list for grinding? A 1976 Kawasaki Z400, A Yamaha RD400 or two, yet another T120 Triumph and I’m waiting impatiently to see this one – a BSA M21 with an old school girder front end.
Triumph Motorcycle Factory History Part 1
Triumph Motorcycle Factory History Part 2
Insuring your collectible or vintage motorcycle
As for insurance for your collectible motorcycle? You should be able to get Agreed Value coverage on a classic 1959 BSA Gold Star Catalina valued at $15,000 for somewhere around $25 a month, and that gives you the whole shooting match of coverage.
You can spend a lot less, but if you plan to ride the bikes in your collection, the above pricing is a reasonable approximation of what you can expect to pay.