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Snow Tiger: Hookie’s Triumph flat tracker is just purrfect

1967 Triumph T100R flat tracker by Hookie Co.
Flat track racing is still going strong in the USA and Europe, and we’re starting to see customizers building personal track bikes between client projects.

This chunky Triumph T100R belongs to Hookie Co. founder Nico Mueller—and despite its age, it carries the same sharp aesthetic that the German shop has become known for.

1967 Triumph T100R flat tracker by Hookie Co.
Nico originally found the 1967 T100R Tiger (also known as the Daytona) on eBay in the UK, after seeing a post on Sideburn Magazine’s website. Some digging revealed that it originally ran as a short track brakeless bike from 1970 to 1990, and always with the number 53.

The T100 looked good in photos, but when it arrived at Hookie Co.’s Dresden headquarters the reality was far off.

1967 Triumph T100R flat tracker by Hookie Co.
“Overall the condition was really bad,” says Nico, “and I took apart the whole bike. It was Christmas 2018, and at our party we began to disassemble the engine … it was the best party ever!”

The bike had been advertised as having a ‘Trackmaster-style’ frame, but of unknown origin and with an extreme front rake. Since it wasn’t an original Trackmaster unit, Nico cut the bottom of the frame out, rebuilding it with new engine mounts and extra reinforcements.

1967 Triumph T100R flat tracker by Hookie Co.
He also steepened up the rake to improve the geometry. A set of BSA forks was then overhauled and shortened for the front, with a new pair of Koni shocks holding up the rear.

While Hookie were working on the frame and suspension, the motor went to Carsten at South Division in Munich. He has decades of experience working on British bikes and loves racing. Nico tells us the brief was very short: “I need a flat track engine for European tracks.”

1967 Triumph T100R flat tracker by Hookie Co.
Carsten specced the motor with higher compression, polished intakes and a dual coil electronic ignition. He also combined the primary and main oil systems, and added a pair of Wassell carbs. They’re running a pair of oversized K&N pod filters, thanks to 3D-printed intake adaptors.

“Two months later I drove down to Munich and did the final assembling together with Carsten. It was a four-hour intensive workshop only for the engine—but now I can set it up by sound alone!”

1967 Triumph T100R flat tracker by Hookie Co.
Just a few months after first tearing the bike down, Nico ran it at the Krowdrace flat track event in Germany. “I got a flat rear tire and did some small setups for the carbs,” he says, “but it was running really well, and it was a hell of a lot of fun!”

There was more to be done though, so the bike went back up onto the lift for the winter.

1967 Triumph T100R flat tracker by Hookie Co.
One glaring issue was a leak in the fiberglass tank—so Hookie built an aluminum fuel cell to hold gas, and Survivor Customs in the UK supplied a new fiberglass cover for it.

The aluminum oil tank and rear fender are custom too, but the Bates seat and pillion cushion are still original. The cockpit features a set of Triumph flat track bars, with a Venhill throttle, Renthal grips and a race-spec kill switch.

1967 Triumph T100R flat tracker by Hookie Co.
Another mod high on Nico’s list was a set of 19” wheels—so he modified a pair of classic BMW R-series ‘snowflake’ front wheels to fit.

The rear brake setup is a true one-off; a Honda disc with a Yamaha scooter caliper, mounted on custom aluminum brackets and spacers. And the brake lever now sits on the right, just below the gear shifter.

1967 Triumph T100R flat tracker by Hookie Co.
With that, a set of Duro HF308 tires and fresh graphics, Nico’s ‘Snow Tiger’ is finally ready to take to the track again. Is he finally done tinkering on it though?

Probably not …

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1967 Triumph T100R flat tracker by Hookie Co.