Builders have a tendency to put form over function, which makes the Gemini Project from T3 Racing stand out. This limited run of highly modded Triumph Speed Triples aren’t your normal custom builds: they’re completely reworked bikes built by the crew that founded the one-make Triumph Triple Challenge race series.
The project started with T3 Racing owner Tony Scott teaming up with Kevin Taggart, a designer at the Spirit of the Seventies. They wanted to make something that rode as good as it looked, and that started with the frame from a Triumph 1050 Speed Triple.
Using the new-for-2011 Triumph frame as a donor, the steering angle and wheelbase remain the same, but shoved inside is a thoroughly reworked 3-cylinder Hinkley Motor tuned up to 160 HP, with a claimed boost in torque and a higher redline.
The front forks are modified Showa units with new internals and billet aluminum fork drop-outs, and hanging at the end are six-piston dual calipers.
The wheels are magnesium, with a six-inch wide tire mounted out back, attached to a single-sided aluminum swingarm and Ohlin rear damper.
T3 specializes in electronics, so in addition to the ECU tweaks, the Gemini is fitted with a quick shifter, touchscreen, and a keyless ignition.
T3 is taking orders beginning on August 31st and is promising only six bikes per country in its 100-unit run. No word on price yet, but with that custom carbon fiber body work and exclusivity, don’t expect to find the price of entry in your couch cushions.