Triumph Classic Motorcycles

A new take on an old favorite: Triumph Classic Motorcycles’ reborn Triumph twins.

| March/April 2017

TCM Street Tracker/Super Moto
Stage II engine:
744cc OHV air-cooled parallel twin, 76mm x 82mm bore and stroke, 9:1 compression ratio, 69hp @ 6,500rpm. Higher output options available.
Top speed:
125mph (est.)
Dual 32mm Amal Concentric
5-speed (optional on Street Tracker)
12v, electronic ignition
Dual downtube oil-in-frame steel cradle/56in (1,422mm)
43mm telescopic forks front, dual Progressive Performance shocks w/adjustable preload rear
Single disc front (dual disc optional), disc rear
3.5 x 17in front, 4.5 x 17in rear (Super Moto)/3 x 19in front, 4 x 18in rear (Street Tracker)
Weight (dry):
302-308lb (137-140kg)
Seat height:
32in (889mm)
Fuel capacity:
2.5gal (9.5ltr)
Base price:
$14,995 (Street Tracker)/$24,995 (Super Moto)
Triumph Classic Motorcycles

When it comes to classic British motorcycles, no brand resonates louder than Triumph. Carrying baggage that might have sunk any other make — think Marlon Brando in The Wild One — from the 1950s through the 1970s Triumph captured the popular imagination in a way no other brand did. And still does today, a fact John Calicchio is counting on.

John Calicchio is no newcomer to the Triumph fold. Unlike more recent converts who have discovered the allure of the great twins from Meriden, Calicchio has been a Triumph devotee since his introduction to the brand in 1965. Walking home from school, he watched in awe as a rider flashed by on a 650 Bonneville, front wheel lifted high.

Three years later, in 1968, he went to work for Award Motors in Costa Mesa, California, the local Bultaco, Honda, Triumph and Yamaha dealer. Going in, his knowledge was mostly limited to Hondas, but at Award he got the chance to tune his first Triumph, and that simple tune set his course for the next 20-plus years. He bought his first Triumph in 1969, salvaging a customer’s broken 1968 Bonneville. One year later, in 1970, he opened his own shop, John’s Racing Cycles, and started racing flat track and TT — on a Triumph, naturally.

Building careers

Calicchio was nothing if not ambitious. In 1975, with his dream of securing a Triumph dealership sinking along with Triumph’s fortunes, he decided to start a business manufacturing and supplying replacement and specialty parts for Triumph motorcycles, and started JRC Engineering. By the end of the decade, Calicchio was building and selling TT-style performance street bikes based on the lessons he’d learned in the dirt. It’s likely that Calicchio built the first street tracker.

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