Builder: Anthony Robinson
Build: 1961 Triumph T-100 named La Mosca (The Fly)
Company: Gasoline and Coffee
-Tell us about you/your shop.
My daily grind is garage doors. I own a successful Southern California based installation and maintenance company. In my spare time (LOL), I grind out my art in motorbikes. I have appropriated approximately 300 sq.ft, in the back of my garage door shop to build. I wanted to get into the building side of things, but I had one challenge. The wife told me I couldn't use any personal or company money. So I had to get creative. In doing so, my guys would recycle old garage doors and I started using the funds from that. Technically not company funds. I'm well into my third build and my wife is all on board.
- What make, model and year of bike is it?
1961 Triumph T-100
- What was your inspiration for the build?
My dad had a 1961 T-120 when my mom was pregnant with me so I tried to find a T-120, but was only able to find a 1961 T-100.
- Where did you find the bike? What year was it originally made?
I found the bike on Craigslist. It was originally made in 1961. It was a barn find.
- Can you run us through the build process?
I always wanted to build a bike. What kid doesn’t? I came a crossed this add in craigslist about a 61 triumph. I called the guy and eventually met up somewhere in canyon county 40 miles north of LA. He was driving this ratty old Toyota pickup full of triumph, bsa and Norton parts. And there it was in the mess of it all.. this frame, ceased motor (unknown to me at the time) and wheels. I won’t lie, it was a pile, but it was my pile and I had a vision. I was going to build this bike. This was on my bucket list. I reached over, pulled the bike to have a closer look and thought wow! I have no idea where to start - everything on this was rusted, crusty, dirty, and oily. I had a hard time pulling it out of the truck as the tires were deflated, seemed to be in gear, and the handle bars wouldn’t move. I eventually got this beauty in to my truck and headed home. I remember how I was so excited to get home to show the wife. Ha! When I got home, I pulled the bike out of the truck, staged it on the drive way and called for the wife to see this score I just picked up on craigslist. She did not see my vision. She exclaimed "What is that?" Obviously she didn't share the same vision. (My wife came eventually came around. She is my biggest fan.) Obviously she didn't share the same vision.
So I got a lift and started tearing this old girl down to every nut and bolt. I found this brit, Dean Collinson, while I was driving going to the driving range. He was off loading this beautiful Norton out of his truck.. I approached him and began picking his brain. Dean has been rebuilding all my motors ever since. I met some really cool cats through this. I wanted to do this build a little different. You see I own a garage door company, AC Garage Doors in Palmdale, CA. We recycle all the old doors, parts, cardboard and anything else we take out of a job. So I decided to use the money from the recyclables to do this build. Proving you don’t need money, just resource and imagination. This bike took me little over two years to complete. I would learn from every mistake. I would buy something and find that it won’t work or it’s wrong for the bike. I would discipline myself and sell that part first to reuse that money to buy the right part. I remember a few weeks would go buy with no recycling money. It was frustrating at times. However, I stayed focused and determined to complete this using only recycling funds. I am never a fan of exposed batteries in bikes. I was in search for a binoculars case when I stumbled across a battery charger box. It was from the 60s. I thought how perfect! I gutted it out and began the task of making all my electrical components fit inside. Its one of my favorite things on this bike. I’m really happy about how this bike rides and handles. Its actually really comfortable. The front end I found from an old guy parting out a Triumph T-80. What a score I got on that. My buddy Keith from pacific powder helped with the restoring the finish in this beauty. And my buddy Mat Egan from Australia kicked ass on the paint he laid down. The copper leafing sets it off. At the end of the day I was able to build a kick ass ride with the help of some great friends on recycling money.
- What was the hardest part of the build?
The hardest part of the build was having the funds to do it. Disciplining myself from not using my personal or company money.
- What do you like best about the finished bike?
I love the sexy front end that it has.
- Do you have a name for the bike?
La Mosca (The reason why I call it La Mosca, The Fly, because if you look at the gas tank head on it looks like two fly eyeballs.)
- What style of bike is it?
This is definitely a hardtail bobber.
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