Few home builders in today's low-budget scene craft better-looking machines from humbler tools and donor stock than Alex Cardone from Lake Elsinore, California. This isn't the first Cordone creation on ChopCult—that honor belongs to his CB750—but it certainly boasts a wild pedigree. Alex's unit Triumph came to him like an unloved mutt, bruised, beaten and badly in need of some TLC. With the patience of a zen master our lanky friend psychically willed this feral beast to life.
People who see the custom parts Alex and his brother Renato fab by hand are always amazed by their precision and style. When Alex demonstrates the Rube Goldberg contraptions he cobbles to craft his parts, most people stumble out of his spartan garage in utter disbelief. Exhibit A: the clevis ends on his hand-built fork. Alex doesn't have a lathe, so he chucked up each clevis in a drill motor and spun them against a belt sander until they slipped tightly into the ends of their DOM tubes. The process took days, but like most home builders, Alex has nothing but time.
Exhibit B: that shiny Triumph motor. When it was time to dive into this part of his project, Alex watched every second of Wes White's 4-hour magnum opus. Show the man a sludge trap and he'll flinch like a battered beagle, but with patience and precision Alex raised his British basket case like a phoenix from the ashes.
Bike name: The Last Triumph
Frame make and model: The frame's a one-off that was built by an Elsinore tweaker. I modified the neck
Motor size, model and year: '63 Triumph bottom end with 750 cc JRC big bore kit, 9-bolt head and stock valves
Front wheel specs: 19" Excel aluminum rim with IRC tire
Rear wheel specs: 16" Akront laced to an early '70s conical hub with IRC 130 tire
Custom-fabbed parts: I built the fork. It's 12 over, and I made the clevises and axle rockers from scratch. My brother Renato helped with with the stainless-steel pipes. Other bits include the mid controls, license plate bracket and basic fabrication. Oh, I built the motor!
Thanks: To my wife Cindy for putting up with this childish chopper phase I'm going through, and to Duane Ballard for doing the badass seat. Of cours,e thanks to my brother Renato for doing the paint and helping with other important stuff. This thing's for sale and I don't spend much time on the Internet, so if you want to make an offer give me a call! (951) 226-7653