An interesting facet of cycledom, the show bike is characterized by the glamorous '52 Triumph Twin customized by Larry Howard. Practically all of it was given the chrome bath (even the aluminum engine cases), except for the Candy Apple- and Pearl-lacquered tank, fender, and frame. Check out the dual headlights.
Notice how the gas tank has been flared into the frame head and front downtube. Added custom metalwork is also seen on the rear forks ahead of the tire, where the sheetmetal gussets give a smooth appearance. Finned rocker covers and overhead oil line manifolds are products of Webco. For an oil tank, a steel cylinder now bolts in back of the seatpost tube. Instead of footpeg and kick-starter rubbers, there are bright plastic knobs. The whole exterior of the ported, relieved powerplant has been chrome-plated, down to that last nut and bolt. The owner has since converted the cycle over for street use. We can't blame Larry a bit-it just looks too inviting to put on a pedestal. Sidestand, maybe?
The ribs atop tank and the fenders are welding-rod tacked in place, and then leaded smooth. To obtain that 3-quart gas tank, Larry cut down a Lasalle headlight and welded it integrally with top frame bar.
We have a hunch that, in addition to Larry's impeccable workmanship, the bike's show-winning ways are further enhanced by sensible, roadworthy handlebars. Besides winning car shows, the machine also turns incredible performance at drags-103 mph. Alloy rims and Pirelli tires emphasize the speed aspect.