DUBBLE TRUBBLE TRIUMPH DRAGSTER | BRITISH HYBRID HELL ON WHEELS

Triumph Dubble Trubble

The legendary Dubble Trubble Triumph motorcycle

The Dubble Trubble, built in 1953 by legendary racer Bud Hare, was a beastly Triumph twin-engined motorcycle that dominated the drag strips during the 1950s with a top speed of 142.38 mph.  The dual 40 cu. in. displacement engines were fed through a Harley-Davidson hand-shift gearbox with foot clutch. Only two gears are used– second and high. Totally sick.  Kids– don’t try this at home.

None other than Von Dutch himself painted the lettering on the legendary Triumph’s tank– which explains the 2 dots above the U’s which weren’t asked for.  But then again– Von Dutch was known to kind of do his own thing.

 

Triumph dubble trubble motorcycle

The legendary twin-engined Dubble Trubble Triumph motorcycle

Triumph Dubble Trubble

Pat Presetti with the twin engine bike “Double Trouble”.  The legendary & eccentric pinstriper, Von Dutch, painted the lettering seen here on the tank.  This bike turned 140 in the 1/4 mile and 157 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats. *

Triumph Dubble Trubble

The legendary twin-engined Dubble Trubble Triumph motorcycle

Triumph Dubble Trubble dragster

The legendary twin-engined Dubble Trubble Triumph motorcycle

Dubble Trubble Triumph

The legendary twin-engined Dubble Trubble Triumph motorcycle

Bud Hare’s legendary Dubble Trubble Triumph motorcycle

Triumph Dubble Trubble drag bike

1956 Cycle Magazine article on the Triumph Dubble Trubble motorcycle

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The legendary twin-engined Dubble Trubble Triumph motorcycle

drag strip motorcycle

Totally gratuitous 1950′s drag strip photos

Triumph Dubble Trubble dragster

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1950s motorcycle drag racing**

13 thoughts on “DUBBLE TRUBBLE TRIUMPH DRAGSTER | BRITISH HYBRID HELL ON WHEELS

  1. I don’t know much, but I know I love Triumphs. Probably my favorite bike.

    Dad only gave me one rule growing up: never get on a motorcycle. Such are our lots in life.

  2. Another great post! I picked up my Triumph Speed Triple (jet black) with Arrow ti slip-ons last Thursday. Garage has the usual inline 4 poseur repli racers and a VMax, but the 1050 is hands-down my favorite all-day bike. Old men come hobbling across the street to tell you their own Triumph story from back in the day.

    Not to get gross but I joke with my friends that the dealer must’ve thrown in an extra you-know-what-magnet cuz the ladies are attracted to this bike like….

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  5. That’s my father Pat Presetti with the twin engine bike “Double Trouble”. Von Dutch painted the lettering on his tank which explains the 2 dots above the U’s which he did’nt asked for. Von Dutch kind of did his own thing. This bike turned 140 in the 1/4 mile and 157 at Boniville salt flats. This bike in the mid fifty’s was faster than alot of the cars and all the motorcycles. It did’nt get as much publicity as it deserved since the cars were the main focus back then. The bike is the coolest Ive ever seen myself but then again Im his son.

    • RP-

      Thanks very much for the great insight. Some things are lost with time unless we share these incredibles stories from days gone by to keep them alive. I’d have to agree that it’s indeed one of the baddest bikes to ever inhabit the planet.

      Best,

      JP

    • Reply to RP. Sorry I never met your dad, I only met Bud Hare once or twice at Saugus Drags Ca. ’55 where it took top eliminator. My late friend Creighton Hunter (S.A. Drags)was Buds best friend and they had some stories!! Many, many years later while toying with some old Whizzers I built a twin engine lakes Whizzer just for a novelty and Creighton was pushing me to call it D-T Jr. Well I ended up calling it Double Vision. It holds a record but no where near the original D-T by Bud Hare. D-T was a little crude, but had every backyard trick and innovation known in its day, and unbeatable. Love the story and pics. Check “Brophy Bonneville”

  6. Wow! That thing ran off a 80/20 nitromethane/benzole fuel cocktail! I bet it was a monster to ride, especially with the suicide shift. Insane. There is nothing quite like the sound or smell of burning nitro.

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