LC Fabrications TT Deluxe

LC Fabrications
There doesn’t seem to be a street address anywhere on the LC Fabrications website. We’re just told that the company “was born in the corner of a machine shop in the hills of Virginia, where the history and traditions of the past still thrive.” The man behind LC is Jeremy Cupp, and he’s an old-school craftsman—when he’s not building award-winning ‘antique’ customs, he’s making parts for Sportsters and modern Triumphs. TT Deluxe is a typical LC project: it started life as a smoke-damaged ’06 Bonneville, and ended up as vintage café racer. Cupp designed and built the frame and removable cradle, along with the rear brake drum, and the tank is graced by copper leaf versions of the 1910-1914 Triumph logo. The result is authentic and original at the same time—a world apart from the mail-order catalog school of bike building. [Via Blood Falcons.]

  • David Enfield

    First off I must say I thought “no”, but then the detail pictures made me change that to “yes”! At 67 yrs I can just remember this stuff before it was all “junked”, now you have reproduced the inspired thinking of the old boys who said “what if”. Many thanks.

  • JS

    I want to know more about the fork. Sadly the LC site doesn’t have much to say.

    • http://www.bikeexif.com Chris Hunter

      It’s a girder-type fork known as the ‘Druid’ style. I believe that it pivots behind the head, so that it can rock to and fro as it soaks up the bumps. It was a tidy design used by several early motorcycle manufacturers, but has the disadvantage of altering the length of the wheelbase when in action.

  • http://catalogrecords.blogspot.com/ Rudy

    This bike came in 6th this year at the world championship in sturgis, check out the whole gallery of winners @ http://amdchampionship.com/content.php?page=2009world

  • http://www.occhiolungo.wordpress.com pete

    neat bike. Much more interesting than most of them. The drum brake on the jackshaft is a nice touch. The copy of the Druids and the Andre steering damper and the acetylene headlight are good details. But I would have made the seat closer to the bars to preserve the shape of a traditional flattank bike.

    Chris, you’re almost right about the front forks. It is based on a Druid pattern, but they don’t pivot behind the headlight. It is a simple 4bar parallelogram that keeps the wheelbase almost perfect through its range of motion. (better than telescoping forks do). You were thinking of the late 19teens and 1920′s Triumph forks with a fore-and-aft motion. Those definitely change wheelbase. Even when they were new 100 years ago, riders would install leather straps to control their motion.