Brian Petronchak: I had a lot of fun building the first one, so I wanted to get another. I picked up the second TR6 on my way home from Fuel Cleveland the first year I was in it with my white 1966. I actually bought it off of Todd from Lowbrow Customs. He picked it up from a swap meet and was going to do something with it but decided to get into a different project. The original idea was to take my time on it, but then after talking with Mikey about putting it in Fuel the next year, I had to get it done in time. I built it in almost exactly one year.
BP: I was going for a super skinny look this time. To switch things up, I went with a springer front end. The rear section is a Lowbrow bolt-on hardtail. This one is stretched four inches compared to the stock length on my white bike. The exhaust was an important part. I see a lot of the same exhaust systems at different shows I go to, so I wanted to do something outside of the box for this. It was put together with two different pre-bent Biltwell kits with a lot of cutting, tacking, breaking it apart, and so on. It took me about two weeks off and on. Paul’s Chroming out in Evans City, Pennsylvania chromed it.
BP: No, it had a generic hardtail on it, but I cut that out. I also had to redo the entire motor because it was shot.
BP: This one seems to ride a lot nicer. I don’t know if it’s the springer or the geometry from the four inch stretch, but it’s a lot softer. The spring seat and a combination of other little things probably help, too.
BP: I don’t really believe in having a style. I guess I just really like old Triumphs. Some people develop a certain style and that’s cool but I try to mix things up a little. The idea of building the same bike with subtle changes over and over just seems boring to me.
BP: The motor was done by Jag Old School Choppers in Ormond Beach, Florida. Steve Hennis at Flamethrower Customs in Doylestown, Ohio did the paint work. Lowbrow Customs hooked me up with parts. Chris Leduc from Long Island, New York bent and shipped different pieces of tubing that I used to make the handlebars.
BP: At first, I was all in for doing jobs for people. It was fun, then we had the baby. In the back of my mind, I knew how time consuming the baby would be, but I didn’t fully grasp it at the time. Now I understand. With this bike, it was hard to get it done in time because of how busy I was with our daughter. Down the road I’d like to put more effort into it, but for right now it’s just great spending time with my family and riding whenever I have the time.
BP: Right now I’m doing a CB350 cafe racer for my brother-in-law. For my own next bike, I’m thinking about a Harley Evo chopper. The shovels and pans are awesome, but it’d be fun to switch it up with an Evo. I want something I can just get on and ride.