Brian Smith from the UK with his gorgeous 1960 Slimline Triton


Hi there Cafe Racer TV Team!  My love of Cafe Racers started back in 1966 with my 16th birthday and a brand new Royal Enfield Continental GT.  Having always wanting a Triton and living on £18 in my youth I knew it wasn’t in the cards.  I kept my heart in it, caff’s that is, and went on to own, build and bend many a bikes.

I retired in 2006 and after scouting eBay bought a 1960 Norton Slimline frame which the previous owner so graciously decided to bend the forks on!  A mate of mine was sellingf an engine from a Trident 750 but it was no runner.  Three new Corillo rods, three new pistons and a lot of cursing later- she was ready to go!

I grafted in forks from a Suzuki GS500, which I’ll add, is no mean feet with an Imperial frame and metric fork stem!  In addition to the troublesome front end I have to fabricate all new engine mounting plates, oil tank mounts, chain guard, etc…  In the end, I’d like to think she came together quite well and goes very well just the same.


Brian Smith AKA: SMUDGER