Love them or hate them, Spanish builders El Solitario MC have an eye for a good paintjob: their 1969 Triumph T120R sports paint by the East London signwriter Ornamental Conifer (Nicolai Sclater) and Corpses From Hell (Maxwell Paternoster).
El Solitario built “La Sal del Diablo” with the Bonneville salt flats in mind. It was modified to meet stringent safety regulations: new Avon Distanzia tires good for 120 mph, new electrics, and an emergency cut-off loop attached to the rider. Other mods include short bars, certified fuel lines and a vintage drag-style nose cone.
In the end, the bike never made it across the Atlantic—the journey was stymied by air transport costs and a reclassification of motorcycles as dangerous goods. And that’s a shame, because at the French Wheels & Waves show earlier this year, the Triumph not only stopped the traffic, but also showed a promising turn of speed.