Now lads, don’t get grumpy, we had to do this event on the down low. We had to get a few early adopters to the site to help us out feel out a T3 Motor Master Class we had planned with a chap who is very well known in Triumph circles. This fella goes by the name of Clive Wood. Now if you Google Clive Wood you’ll only end up disappointed by getting hits for an old school British TV actor type bloke… So your better off searching for “Clive Wood Triumph“.
Clive is a very well respected and proven racer who just happens to be a dab hand with every Triumph that was passed out of the gates of Hinckley. I shit you not he knows them all inside and out. T3’s are where it all began for him, he was the first person crazy enough to take the old T3 old dinosaurs (We all know they were crude for there day and far from cutting edge) and put them through their paces on the track. This determination got him into are successful relationship with Jack Lilley’s, The worlds largest Triumph dealer where by he ran their racing outfit from the very beginning right up till about 2005.
There isn’t a trick or a tweak he doesn’t know about on any of the Triumph motors they have produced, he even had a major hand in the creation of the Spumph as well has many Triumph specials and racers that have surprised and impressed every one from seasoned track racers to the trickiest and pickiest of the journo’s the motorcycling press could throw at him. All have been impressed with his engine tuning skills.
Now enough bigging this chap up, you should have gathered by now he really knows his stuff and proved it to us first hand in front of five select chaps who he invited to his workshop in Bognor for a complete nuts and bolts strip down of a T3 motor. We covered everything you could have asked for and more. From the easy way to swap out your sprag to checking your cam timing. We literally hand a motor in the middle of the room and stripped it from top to bottom covering every single section of the motor piece by piece. The best news is this isn’t a one off. During the winter months he’s happy to get few more lads together to answer any and all questions about your Speed Triples. Nothing is a off topic and he can show you the factory workshop way of getting a job done or the way 30 years working on Triumphs has taught him to be the best way to get a job done. The itinerary for our weekend and I’d imagine yours too would go something like this.
Arrive at his 10:00 on the Saturday.
Start working through the engine tear down.
- Top end strip; Cam swap, timing belt, shims.
- Head off; Pistons and small ends check, Liner check.
Lunch (Chippy run)
- Bottom end strip; Sump off, lower case split, gearbox out, sprag swap, alternator shaft upgrade.
We covered all the topics above while being constantly topped up with teas and coffees by his loverly wife and rounded the day off down the curry house for those who stayed over.
In the morning we covered carbies and general bike care tips and tricks then all made our way home mid afternoon.
We all came away having had a thoroughly good time spinning yarns about all things Triumph having been rewarded with a a lot more confidence to be able to tackle the hardest of jobs on our own machines.
If you want to get in on some of this informal but very worth while training Clive has said he’d happily do two more sessions this year, they have to be done come January though as that’s when business picks up for him again as people start thinking about the new race seasons and dusting off their road bikes.
If you want to get involved just drop me a line through the contact page and I’ll sort you boy’s out a slot on a first come first served basis. Just quote your registration ID and I’ll whack you on the list.
If your serious about your Speedy this session is priceless.