Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Triumph Millenium 900 by Vicente Design

Triumph Millenium 900 by Vicente Design - The Triumph Hurricane brought up to date

Most of you are familiar with the Triumph Hurricane X75 designed by Craig Vetter. It’s a classic with 3 upswept pipes and red orange bodywork. Jean François Vicente, who we saw before when we highlighted some of his classic cafe work, did a custom he calls the Millenium 900. A customer wanted him to build a modern version of the Hurricane using a Triumph 900 Adventurer as the starting point and what you see is the result, a beautiful recreation of the Craig Vetter design, updated with modern hardware and technology.
The composite body looks very much like the original, he made custom stainless pipes in the original style, the forks are from a Honda Valkyrie, the headlight from a Yamaha Fazer 600, Yamaha MT01 handlebars and custom aluminum housings for the stock gauges top it off. The whole project is really well done.

Jean has moved to a new website and now works designing a wide range of projects for his clients. He sent me a note a few weeks ago to let me know he has a lot more more photos of his work online and while looking through them this one really jumped out. I noticed, too, that Luca Bar pointed to his Sportster Scrambler in a comment on a recent post, it’s another nice bit of work.
Jean’s site is definitely worth checking out, his Sportster cafe in the Egli Vincent style is another beauty and breaks away from the more common Sportster customs. I could link to many more of his bikes, but it’s probably easier if you look over the site on your own. I think you’ll like what you see.
(Bron: by Paul Crowe - "The Kneeslider" on 10/13/2009)
Triumph Hurricane X75 - an original for comparison

Manufacturer: Triumph
Production: 1972 and 1973
Engine: 750 cc air cooled transverse triple
Power: 58 bhp @ 7250 rpm
The Triumph X-75 Hurricane is a British motorcycle that was the first of a new breed of limited production 'factory specials'. Commissioned by BSA's USA distributor, the X-75 was designed by fairing specialist Craig Vetter. Vetter built his design on the then newly released BSA Rocket3's 750cc three cylinder engine. It was ultimately released as a Triumph model in 1973 after BSA closed its doors in late 1972. It had lowered gearing and a distinctive triple exhaust on the right-hand side.
(Bron: Wikipedia)

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