Among classic British bikes, Meriden’s venerable unit twins have perhaps the greatest range of parts still available at a reasonable price. That goes a long way towards explaining why the later T120s, T140s and TR7s make such straightforward restoration projects.
However, Triumph’s rarer models have a nasty habit of using parts made from pure unobtanium, and the West-coast inspired factory custom TSX has its share of these impossible-to-buy bits. Back in the early 1980s, the Meriden factory sourced the rear suspension from Paioli, featuring a neat black top shroud made in plastic. Very thin and fragile plastic…
Fast forward 35-plus years, and these delicate items have often gone the way of all flesh. Thus many remaining TSX machines now run with exposed rear springs, as seen here. Simply shocking!
US TSX owner Chase Herbst took on the challenge to remanufacture these shock shrouds in much more robust aluminium and, in splendid old-bike fashion, found a small number of TSX owners to share the tooling costs.
The run is now complete, and these are the powder-coated replacements, destined to last quite some time.
Anyone fancy remanufacturing those raised whitewall tyres, now?
Words: Morgan Rue
Photos: Morgan Rue / RC RChive