Featured in Custom Bike, September
Tom is the only Triumph owner who doesn't
get insulted when someone says "you must have your head on backwards."
Tom Summers, (owner)
Without question. Tom Summers built the
trickest Triumph we have seen this year. Besides incorporating the lowrider
design into the fabrication of his twin, Tom went one step farther with
some eye catching engine work. As the name implies, the head on Tom's Triumph
has been reworked so the carbs now face forward and the pipes exit out
the rear ports.
We have featured several custom hikes built
by Tom and we were really curious when he kept telling us ahout this realy
nice Triumph that he had been working on for the last six months.
The hike started out as a totally stock
'71 Bonneville. Tom pulled the engine out and literally trash-canned the
rest. The mill was then carried over to Paul Short. who worked the engine
including turning the head around 180 degrees. A Barnett clutch was tossed
in for a better bite. The twin Amal carbs along with literally everything
that would unbolt, were sent down to Brown's Plating Service for chrome
(Fuel tank is a Lundberg product. Paint
was handled by Tom with art work by Eckel.)
(Paul Short did the engine work turning
tne head around. Pipes were specially fabricated by Ross Wheel. Chrome
and gold are by Brown's Plating.)
and a complementing amount of gold plating.
In case you are trying to figure out the pipes, just accept the idea that
they're a one-offset of pipes created by Ross Wheel Servibe. Frame is an
R&R Savior (sprung rear axle) with six inches of additional stretch
and 45 degrees of rake in the neck. The extra rake was to accept the six
over Smith Bros. & Fetrow Springer and 19-inch Invader wheel, while
still hugging the ground. Out back. Tom opted for an Invader, using an
earlier Triumph brake set-up. Tire is a fat 165 x 15 radial.
The fuel tank, made by Lundberg, gives
the bike that even more racy look, complemented by the stubby rear fender
welded directly to the frame. Tom Summers, as with his other Minnesota
bike, decided to apply the color himself with D.J. Eckel applying the leaf
and striping. Other components such as the hand-lebars and lamps came from
Drag Specialties. Tom designed the seat and had it built by Hiawatha Lake
Upholstery in Minneapolis.
One thing's for sure: We knew the bike
had to be pretty sharp just from what Tom had to say over the horn, but
Turnabout is definitely a nice piece. So, if you are in the Minneapolis
area and this sharp Triumph goes by, that's Tom, out cruising on his head
turner, or is that turned header?
(Front is a six over Smith Bros. &
Fetrow springer hooked up to a 19-inch Invader wheel.)
(Fat 165 x 15 mounted on and invader
wheel. Flat fender is welded right to frame.)
(Frame is an R&R Savior with six
inches of added stretch and 45 degrees of rake. Bars and accessories came