A Father's Trophy: 1972 Triumph TR6C by Vintage Steele

A son restores his father's Triumph scrambler for Christmas

Vintage Triumph Scrambler
1972 Triumph TR6C resto-mod by Vintage SteeleVintage Steele

When a beloved motorcycle falls to the wayside, it never falls out of the mind of the owner. Whatever factors come into play to take the rider away from their bike, or the builder away from their project, there will always remain some hope of coming back to it. Finishing the project one day, or restoring a classic to its former glory. So when Ryan was born and his father’s priorities shifted to more important things, like raising a son, the Triumph was put on the back burner.

For years it sat in the garage gathering dust, but never fell out of the mind of Ryan’s father. He had always wanted to restore the once legendary TR6C to a state that would honor its legacy, and Ryan had always seen that, though the bike sat stagnant.

Vintage Triumph Scrambler
1972 Triumph TR6C resto-mod by Vintage SteeleVintage Steele

The Triumph Trophy TR6C was the competition model scrambler, and one of the most accomplished and iconic motorcycles of Triumph's history. The term Desert Sled, which was recently recycled, was coined for this bike which Steve McQueen used to race; most known for the famous scene from The Great Escape. The bike was a legend, and it deserved to be treated as such.

A few years later, and now Ryan is a little older, he took the bike from his dad with the intention of restoring it. Just like so many of us have done, he took everything apart and quickly realized he was in way over his head. Triumphs aren’t terribly complicated, but they can be tricky beasts and it takes some knowledge to go in and rebuild a motor. That’s where our buddies over at Vintage Steele came into play.

Vintage Triumph Scrambler
1972 Triumph TR6C resto-mod by Vintage SteeleVintage Steele

When they got the Trophy, it was in boxes and EVERYTHING had to be gone through. If you leave an engine closed up, while the outside may look rough, the inside it still almost entirely sheltered from the elements. As soon as you open it up and let dust and debris in, everything needs cleaning. But Ryan knew exactly what he wanted: exactly what his father had wanted. He wanted to do a complete restoration, but in matte black like his pops had always dreamed. And if that goal wasn’t daunting enough, it had to be done in a month and half in order to deliver to his dad on Christmas day.

Vintage Triumph Scrambler
1972 Triumph TR6C resto-mod by Vintage SteeleVintage Steele

Well the Steele brothers set to work buffing, polishing, cleaning, straightening and fixing up this old beauty, and sure enough, a month and a half later they finished. Now I think the cat might be out of the bag, but in my mind, Ryan’s dad isn’t too plugged into the scene and this will all be a surprise to him Christmas morning.

Way to go Ryan, we're sure you made your dad proud this holiday and hope you two can go ride together soon!

Vintage Triumph Scrambler
1972 Triumph TR6C resto-mod by Vintage SteeleVintage Steele

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