Just conventional factory Triumph frame dropouts? Not if you're a perfectionist and must slightly alter the factory stretch and drop. That means new dropout tube angles. Just design them in Solidworks, 3D print casting models (accounting for shrink), find someone that can cast steel to acceptable standards and machine the finished castings. The whole process can't take more than 4 years maybe... I'm telling you. This bike gonna be unreal.
Flathead Rob recently bought a pre-Monobloc Amal for me at an auction. To get it he had to buy a whole box of miscellaneous crap, mostly garbage. It did include a muffler of unknown origin that washer type baffle. It had an integrated knob that allowed you spin the washer 90 degrees to "engage" and "disengage" the baffle. I initially thought it was homemade, I've seen washers welded in as baffles before. I thought it was kinda neat and pulled it out to clean it up a little.
Once I knocked some of the carbon off I saw the Pacifico, Portland Oregon lettering. Naturally the Portland connection got me interested. A little research took me to a Cycle World write-up on them.
Allan N. Lader of Gresham, Oregon, applied for the patent on Snuff-or-Nots on November 5, 1964, and got the patent on October 10,
1967. A computer programmer back when computers understood Fortran and
took up entire climate-controlled rooms, Lader was also a keen
on-and-off-road rider who disliked having to put in and take out exhaust
baffles—or what he calls “snuffers”—on his four-stroke dual-purpose
bikes for different riding environments.
What amounted to a flat washer that could be pivoted inside the exhaust
pipe to silence the exhaust or turned edge-on to allow it to flow
freely, depending on whether the bike was on- or off-road. Doing most of
the test riding on his Ducati 250 Single, he invested two years and
some $8000 of his own money (more than $57,000 today) to create, develop
and test it before even trying to manufacture what became the
Lader sold more than 100,000 Snuff-or-Nots in the first year of
manufacturing at $1.95 each (retail—and Twins, of course, needed two),
through Pacifico, the company he co-owned with his brother, Randy.
There were shops back in the day that wouldn’t even work on a bike with
Snuff-or-Nots. Joe Bolger, legendary AMA Hall-of-Fame scrambles and MX
racer, inventor and former Honda shop owner, reminded me of this when I
asked him if he’d ever installed any. On the other hand, Carl Cranke,
another AMA Hall-of-Fame member told me that when he worked at
and raced for a Honda shop, he installed what seemed like thousands of
I love the way a pile of crap that laid around in a storage shed for 40 years can result in a little snapshot of motorcycle history.