There’s usually a trigger that inspires someone to start a custom build. Perhaps an engine failure, or a dent in the tank. Or even just a glimpse of a cool bike parked on the street. In Tony Prust’s case, it was the offer of a new speedo—a beautifully restored Smiths instrument.
“I bought this 1971 Triumph Trailblazer over two years ago,” he recalls. “It became my errand runner, in mostly stock form. Apart from swapping the 20” front wheel for an 18” I never had an itch to customize it.” Then Flatland Cycles, the Gazi suspension supplier, offered to rebuild the Smiths on the Trailblazer. “I said sure, because it never worked anyways. And when Scott was done, it was too nice for my ratty old Triumph. That sparked the idea to rebuild the bike.” Read more