This 1971 Triumph T100 is called Boy Racer and it’s from a new Italian shop called Grease Monkey. Owners Gianluca Tiepolo and Max Trono are into old school bikes with a twist; they’ve come up with a machine that has a light-hearted, almost rococo feel.
The intricate paintwork is certainly attention-grabbing—but the underpinnings are solid and conventional. The 498 cc parallel twin motor has been completely rebuilt, and the frame reconfigured as a bobber-style rigid. Grease Monkey has aimed for a compact look and shortened the front fork by just over an inch (30mm), which also makes the bike more agile.
The wheels are 19 and 18 inches, but the frame can handle a 21/16 setup for a more custom look. It’s a bike designed to be ridden: the erratic original electrics have been replaced by a 12-volt system and electronic ignition, but vintage lights and Smiths instruments keep the visuals authentic. It’s a good start: I think we’ll be hearing more from Grease Monkey in the future.