David Edward's 1948 Triumph Custom


Former Cycle World editor David Edwards knows a thing or three about motorcycles. Anyone whose knowledge of two-wheeled machinery runs this deep and wide can't risk being caught with just any old bike in his personal stable.

In 2006, Mr. Edwards commissioned Wes White at Four Aces to build this time machine, inspired by Bill Vukovich's 1952 Indianapolis-winning roadster. The net result is a show-stopping pre-unit Triumph that seems to gather trophies at every event it makes an appearance at.



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Owner: David Edwards

Location: Newport Beach, CA

Builder: Wes White at Four Aces Cycle, Pacoima, CA








Engine: 1948 500cc Triumph Speedtwin

Frame: 1948 Triumph 3T; smaller frame, lighter for racing, popular combination in the '40s and '50s. Requires ultra-rare TR5 and Grand Prix primary covers to pull it off

Fork: Stock Triumph with 8-inch scoop brake plate

Chassis mods: Only the classic Wassel peanut tank









Tire/wheel size and style: Avon Speedmaster 21" in front On WM1x21 Dunlop rim; Firestore Champion Deluxe 4.00x19 rear on Dunlop 19" rim. Center painted rims mimic stock painted rims of the 1940's

Doodads: Lots and lots of '50s period goodies. MCM rocker inspection caps; Webco dual carb manifold; dual Monoblock Amal carbs; Peanut Tank, TR5 King Bee headlight, custom headlight bracket; MCM aftermarket taillight; Paul Cox tooled leather Seat, MCM swoopy ram's horn exhaust

Wes's favorite thing about this bike: "I like the pipes. They are very rare and extremely difficult to find in good, re-chromeable shape. Best part is the story behind finding them. I found the right side at a shop here in the Valley and not an hour later I found the other side at Mike Parti's Garage right around the corner. Have seen maybe three other sets in 10 years of doing this stuff"

Next modification: PLEASE DON'T CHANGE IT!



Bill Vukovich and the 1953 Indy-winning roadster that inspired the bike

Thanks to: fouracescycle for the build and Rick Grindle for the paintwork




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Commented on 1-8-2010 At 09:30 am

that engine really is gorgeous! incredible work, Wes!

Commented on 1-8-2010 At 09:54 am


Commented on 1-8-2010 At 10:20 am

a simple beauty.

Commented on 1-8-2010 At 10:29 am

im a rat bike kind of guy. but you cant help but to admire these super clean machines.

Commented on 1-8-2010 At 11:11 am

Wes White, everything you lay your hands on becomes a thing of beauty; I can't wait to see what you do next ;)

Commented on 1-8-2010 At 11:56 am

Thanks guys and gals. This bike was a lot of fun and a lot of those parts came cheap at the time, I remember I paid $20 for the inspection cap set, now they are ridiculous at $200-$400!! It was David's idea on the paint, and I have to admit I was not too keen on the original concept, but after it was executed, I thought it was awesome, something different and stylish in the extreme. Rick knocked it out of the park.

Commented on 1-8-2010 At 12:08 pm

Another amazingly executed project Wes, I am blown away.

Commented on 1-8-2010 At 04:06 pm

WOW. Incredible attention to detail!

Commented on 1-9-2010 At 03:49 am

damn thats sweet - ive seen the bike before i think on Wes' site but now i know the details - thank you

Commented on 1-9-2010 At 04:20 am

Wow, that's one sweet machine.

Commented on 1-9-2010 At 11:19 am

Eh it's all right. You should all see the period Indian bobber Wes is building. Wes how's that coming? When can we expect to see the finished product??

Commented on 1-9-2010 At 12:38 pm

geeez! the amount of time/detail it takes to build a bike with such an old look is so much crazyer then building some new custom bike..... great job wes!!!!!

Commented on 1-10-2010 At 06:38 pm

Very cool! I love what you've done with that bike. On another note, I had lunch with Bill Jr. about a month ago. I see him time to time on Gasoline Alley here in Indy. His dad's car sure was beautiful. Great work.

Commented on 1-10-2010 At 11:13 pm

Beautiful bike, love those pipes, have to be one of the best looking truimphs around, well done Wes.

Commented on 4-14-2010 At 02:52 pm

Classic style. Love the bike.

Commented on 3-17-2011 At 06:03 am

Incredible workmanship! I hope Mr Edwards actually rides it otherwise I don't see the point.

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