Duxford, 2005: WW II Hawker Hurricane and 1973 Triumph Hurricane Thank you John Atkins
Gallery of Hurricanes: Send me pictures and I'll post them
|Each year, TR3OC club member Damien Searby arranges a "Hurricane Day" at the Imperial War Museum airfield at t RAF Duxford Cambridgeshire, where all types of genuine warplanes are restored and flown. We were lucky enough last year to be able to do a photo call with this genuine Hurricane, which was a rare treat and really drew a crowd......It also made our day as you can imagine.|
|How about this "Garage Fresh" Hurricane awaiting TLC?|
|Here is the bike as it sits in the back of my father's garage. I got the green light to revive her over the winter (thanks to your encouragement). It shouldn't need much, it was in great shape when he parked it back in early 90's. I'll send "after" pics in the spring. Best Regards, "JR"|
"JR"s dad writes about his garage fresh Hurricane:
|"I purchased this X-75 in late 1977 or early 1978 from K & W Triumph of Hatboro, Pa. I am the second owner (Pa. "B" title number). The original title date was 7/24/73. The VIN number is PHO1435. I rode the Hurricane up to the mid 90's, then parked it in the garage. I think I drained the tank, or least shut off the petcocks and drained the carbs. Hopefully, all it needs is a battery, clean the tank & carbs and a tune up.|
|I have attached a better picture of the two of us (me & my Hurricane) from the 1980 Montgomeryville Motorcycle Show. This show was sponsored by radio station WYSP, at the time the largest FM station in the Philly area, and the dealer who was the largest Honda and Suzuki dealer in metro area. The favored Japanese bikes were displayed inside the showroom, all the others out in the back parking lot. The crowd and the judges all ohhed and ahhhed all day around my Hurricane. Much to the chagrin of the rice burner folks, at the end of the day, the Hurricane took the First place Best of the Show trophy. As I recall the only points I got off were for the plain tank grommet that I replaced with one that said "BSA" on it. They tried to take off points for having a "BSA" engine, but I showed them your book that this was indeed the correct engine. It was a great day!!! |
From the almost twenty years I did ride the bike I can tell you what a sweetheart it is. Handles great, just a little wobble at 110 plus, but just tighten up that dampener a bit. The sound of those triple pipes is music to everyone's ear. But best of all is absolute beauty of the Hurricane....thanks Craig for such a wonderful work of art.
John Robinson (Philadelphia metro area) firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you John senior and John junior
"25 Mission Crush Hurricane"
|Back in 2003, owner, Mike Tonks, received the coveted "25 Mission Crush" Award from Carol and me at Beezumph. I must admit that this Hurricane, KH00131, is one of my favorites. |
You youngsters don't know what the "25 Mission Crush" is? Back in WW II, after wearing head set earphones over their officers cap, the cap would take on a "crushed" look from use. After 25 missions, American pilots could return to the US, their caps signifying special honor.
When a motorcycle is actually ridden, it takes on a similar "patina" of use. Tonk's Hurricane has that honor.
Thank you, Mike Tonks
|Ray Bradshaw's TRX75 XH 02513|
|Few of us realize what it takes to have a Hurricane that looks as good as this. I was at the factory in 1972 and they never looked this good. Ray Bradshaw has sent us these marvelous and inspiring story and images of his Hurricane restoration. Ray writes:|
|"Well the dream for me of owning a Hurricane started way back in 1978 as a 19 yr old. A friend of mine went to the isle of man TT races in 78, and bought one in England while he was there. I at the time had a '74 T150 Trident. When it arrived here in Australia I said then that one day I will own a Hurricane. Well, 29 yrs. have past and you can see the result. ( By the way my friends Hurricane is still a runner although owned by another friend due to a messy divorce.) "|
History of mine
"As far as i know it was found in a shed somewhere in Northen New South Wales here in OZ by a dealer, rusting away in 2001. I bought it from a guy who had it since 2002 and had done a lot of resto work but had never pieced it back together. Various parts were missing but nothing that I couldn't source from different contacts around the world. I bought it in boxes in March of this year for $15,500 Aus dollars and have spent another $3,200 to finish it off. Bargain bike. The result is as you can see my dream of 1978 is completed.I am a little bit annoyed with the center exhaust pipe (repro,wrong angle) but im having a new one made as we speak. The head and carbys were vibro polished to bring up the natural finish. It still has the original pistons and has been re-ringed and bearings thru out motor and gearbox. The speedo said 8,400 miles, which going on the condition of the internals of the motor and gearbox, is probably right. I had it registered 2 weeks ago and the looks and comments if had about it is amazing. A lot of younger people don't know what it is and are amazed that you could design this bike way back then when I tell them. Hope i haven't rambled on to much Craig and hope you can use the info ihave supplied. Take care. thanks Ray Bradshaw.
P.S. before the Hurricane, I purchased a '69 Rocket 3 from the U.S.A and restored it. It sits proudly next to the Hurricane in my garage. Photos are on Triples Online under Ray B.
Dreams are made of this
|Thank you, Ray. Send your pics and stories. I'll post them.|
Updated Sep 24, 2007