Robbie Palmer

Name
Robbie Palmer
Instagram Account
robbie_palms
City
Northampton
State
Empty
Country
UK
Bike Year
1954
Bike Motor
Triumph Thunderbird
What have you done?
I’m making a 1954 Triumph pre-unit chopper.
It’s called DUNE and is inspired by the desert. The sand coloured frame and snake, sabre and skull details are all inspired by this theme.
I’ve cast the fuel and oil tank, primary cover, headlight, fender and lots of smaller detail parts. Most parts were first hand sculpted from clay and are one off pieces.
I built the wheels, modified the frame, fabricated the exhaust, made custom handlebars and hand cast and upholstered the seat. I learnt to sand cast and tig weld on this build so it’s been a steep learning curve!
What do you have left to do?
Big jobs left to do include machining/fitting the ripple-finned primary cover, rebuilding the gearbox, finishing the rear fender, electrics, fender struts and there’s a few ideas I’d love to do including casting a new kicker pedal, footpegs and some top secret detail pieces I’m working on!
Any problems so far?
The main problem has been making such time consuming parts around work! Oh and I must’ve made each piece at least 3 times to get it right. Should have called this bike ‘3rd time lucky’.
Favorite part of the bike so far?
I’m really pleased with how the cast fender is going. I think it’ll be pretty cool once it’s finished and has the one off lenses and tail lights in the scoops.
Favorite part of the competition?
It’s definitely been meeting some really good people who are building some great bikes. Being amongst such great builders has really made me push myself too!
Shout outs:
Shout out to my brother, Mikey, who has to stop what he’s doing about 10 times a day to come and give me a second opinion on some part I’m making and Matt Elwell for scanning and printing my hand carved lenses, they’re amazing. It’s a stress building a bike to a deadline around everyday life and so a shout out to all the People’s Champ semi finalists as well.