Enigma Variations

Journalist's project bike makes progress, shocker

Posted: 14 March 2012
by mark forsyth
Tigcraft frame, Ktech suspension, 1050 Trumpet triple propulsion
Tery Hall - ace metal basher
(English) wheels of steel
Joust the job

Remember the Enigma Triumph being built by a collective of British engineeers and specialists?

Just been dropped a note by the bike's owner - know on these parts as JimLin. Inexplicaby, for a journalist's 'project', things still appear to be moving ahead at a healthy velocity. Jim has also been fairly busy whoring the bike around various publications. Shameful behaviour.

Here's what he has to say...

' Hi Mark, in addition to not smoking (five years next week) I’ve also cut back to nearly zero on the booze as well. Gasp! And upped my visits to the gym.

Fatness and old age are great motivators.

Enigma is on the move again after a few quiet weeks thanks to illness (not mine) and an electrical mishap with one of our main suppliers.

It’s on its feet at last wearing a pair of Avon Tyres and currently residing up in Shropshire where I have left it in the hands of ace sheet metalworker Terry Hall (have you heard of him?). Terry is doing the tank and is also making the moulds for the rear bodywork.

Terry also makes armour for the Household Cavalry which is what that picture is doing there.'

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Lies, that's Uncle Jessie from Dukes of Hazzard..

Posted: 14/03/2012 at 23:24

Tigcraft frame looks great except for the excessive lumps at the rear of the frame. Is that really the best they can do ? Kinda crazy when everything else is so well done.

Posted: 15/03/2012 at 09:24

Thoppa, it will look better once the bodywork and the foot controls are on. They need to be substantial because they take all the input stresses from the rear suspension (there is no top shock link on the frame at the rear).
Remember too that this is a prototype so if it doesn't look so great when it's done. the next version can be revised.
Thanks for your comments.


Posted: 15/03/2012 at 10:43

Terry has aged considerably since the 'Ghost Town' days...

Posted: 15/03/2012 at 11:56

Jimlin - that makes sense.

How about a li-ion battery pack below/near the headstock ?

And that is a very tasty paddock stand too !

Posted: 15/03/2012 at 16:03

We're looking at the battery placement in a couple of weeks time when the bodywork is finished. We are looking for an alternative to the large and heavy standard Speed Triple battery.
You can follow our progress at http://enigma1050.co.uk
There's also a load of technical info about the bike there too.

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 08:02

It will be interesting to see the other parts fitted. I would say that a bike that is diffrent has to be good in some ways. We dont all want a bike to look like the next one.

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 10:48

Thanks Vinny. It should look pretty different and handle well. The engine is a peach. You should get a better idea of what it will look like when we get the tank and seat unit finished in a couple of weeks.


Posted: 16/03/2012 at 14:58

Mark- to me, it looks like The Monster. What ever happened to it? And the builder? Steve? Wait- something about Knockhill comes to mind. Forget it. BTW it occurred to me after watching Top Gear for the too many-th time...that Top Gear is what PB in the 90's would have been on TV featuring Rupert Paul, Mark Forsyth, Peterborough and either Trevor or John or Ronnie (but not Simon). I miss it/them. The banter btw all of you during the"projects" would have come alive from the one dimensional print and been a visual winner before all these dross reality shows ever existed.
More to the point- can u find me a picture of the CBR400RR with the 600 engine test @ Cadwell...I want to replicate that paint job- with my 400. One day. When I can afford it.Anyone?

Posted: 08/04/2012 at 06:59

I remember The Monster!! It was a like a sawn-off bandit with a big bore GSXR engine.

Didn't Steve Burns build it? I'm pretty sure I saw it on display in a bike shop in Matlock a few years ago but that shop has now gone.

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 13:57

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