Faber  MK 3  "OTTER" CUB.


OK  this is what we are setting out to build. a Faber Mk3 framed "Otter" Triumph Cub.

Page started 2011...



I have set this page up for the Faber framed Triumph Cub that I am about to build for my relative  Stuart, from the Isle-of-Man, to ride in the many trials  there.


It must be the best place in the world to learn to ride a trials bike, you just pop the bike into a van and drive up the road for ten minute's to a site with the right terrain that you feel you may like to ride on that day.

Makes me green with envoy.


 Anyway the young man wants to ride a Classic trials bike, and watching him ride my C15T for a short while I could see that he has the talent to ride a trials bike, very well.


 So this is the MAN-IC Faber framed Triumph Cub engined "Otter" build.


I have the frame and most of the engine parts, and a alloy barrel and piston to make it 230cc from Bob Moore at UPB.

Over the next couple of weeks I shall be machining the engine parts that need modifying, and this will be accompanied with pictures of the mods.

I have been using the alloy welder to the limit over the last couple of weeks to make several parts for the bike, included are a large cylindrical oil filter that also helps boost the amount of oil for the engine to use as well as that in the frame.

Also exhaust parts, and an air box that looks from the outside a normal BSA type filter.


( pictures of these parts and the frame are in the gallery).




OK Time has not stood still on this project and several more parts have been purchased, and made. I have bought the fuel tank in kit form so to speak. I have pressings and now need to make a tank or two from them.(Gallery)  I have bought an Electrex World, ignition unit and fitted it to  the "Top Cat Cub" to see if it is OK, If it works. I will buy another for this project as it seems to make sense. Engine is due to be machined this week end and the built next week. Frame has had some brackets added and a couple of the welds tidied up. The forks are now  about to be fitted, when I have time to machine the fork stem to fit... Any way I will update you next week,


I have decided to use "Triumph four stud forks" on this build to, I have them on most of the other "Otter"s and they seem to work OK, but you know me taking a look at the dampers I think that they can be improved.


Alan Whitton is going to supply me with a pair of his superb hubs and brake plates, along with the parts for the five plate clutch conversion, a set of his fork yokes for the Triumph forks, and a brace for the top as well, he also has some more bits and pieces for me to look at.


Alan now has the engine to perform his Magic on.

And carry out the machining to fit the many parts that he has developed for the Triumph Cub engine.

This should help me to get the bike built a bit faster, with all the other projects I  seem to be working on...


Here is another fine example of what can be built using one of these

Faber Frames.


This is the famous Balco Cub.




Lets hope our's turns out as good has this.



This is the Triumph Cub Line up from the 2010 Classic Trials Show.

We did have some nice bikes there.




Well I thought I better just give you an update on this build.

You know I have to many bikes in build and only one pair of hands most of the time.

But Alan tells me the engine unit is now ready. and I have. most of the other parts now to put the bike together.

When the Super Cub "Mini Otter" is finished this will be the next bike in line.

I will start to place photos of the build on shortly.OK



This Is Stuart Bedford from Castletown IOM, playing at racing in the summer months.


Not Only is he a good trials rider, but he also shows a lot of promise has a Manx Road Racer.


Real "Old School" style there fella.


Stu, Is trying to get enough points for his licence to be able to race in Ireland and the Manx-GP,

next year.

The travelling to the mainland and the amount of tyres he gets through scratching really hard, has left him short, in the pocket.

So if anyone is prepared to fund his tyres, etc for a display of sponsorship on the bike and on this web site. Contact me.

He could be that Star of the future, I have always said he was!!!. BSA "Otter-Star"


September 2015.


OK  Stuart has fulfilled one of his dreams he has ridden his 2006 Suzuki GSXR 600, into 23 place in the Newcomers Manx GP. And has achieved his second goal of doing a lap at over "One Hundred" miles an hour,average 101. to be exact.

A start in the Senior race was short lived with a problem (now found out) with the fuel filter in the tank, a problem caused by the paint in the modern take of the "JerryCan"flaking with the use of ethanol based fuel.

Stuart is already doing many hours of overtime at work to save for next year Manx , he has amined for a 105 mile an hour lap.










Practice lap from Wednesday night... Its the only lap I've got from my GoPro and it's 95mph. Saying that, I'm bedding a chain in from the start to Kirk Michael, and testing my pit lane limiter on the way out, but from there to Ramsey, I try and give it a bit more. I think it's still the slower corners I'm losing a lot of my time like Glen Helen and Signpost to the finish, and one or two places I need to take flat out, but the 101mph lap is a whole minute quicker, and still learning in little steps. Some of the really quick Senior lads come by like I'm stood still..


This Suzuki GSXR 600 from 2006, only has a standard engine and the only modification to the engine management is a Bazzaz ECU fitted, good MGP by Stuart he rode using his head, and with only four laps of practice would you want to go that quick?




The Cub will get finished when Stu has got racing out of his blood.


But he has a long way to go to  get the breaks in the sport as this  "Banbury Boy" but his father grew up with both, and this has given Stuart the incentive to do well.


Rod Gould and  one of the family friends who looked after Rods Bikes at the time (1972) Vince French. Enjoy the film.



I have just moved the frame for this bike in my office where it has been in the way from the day I picked it up, the day we got back from the Manx GP and Classic Trial in 2011...

Stuart did another Manx GP in 2016... Riding a Kawasaki 600 and got a better result than the previous year. But also had problems, and the cost of running the bike meant he had come to the end of his deep pockets, and the Road Racing had to stop.

 He decided he needed to get a job "Off-Island" as the say in the IOM...

 And has carried on his job in a aero components factory as a engineer machinist, a job he has carried on from the IOM.

And now with the restriction of travel to the IOM because of the Covid Virus is stranded in the UK for the foreseeable future.

Alan Whitton still has the engine for the Triumph Cub, but tells me it is ready when I want it..

I have had the "Four-Stud" forks in the stores for the past couple of years, actually I used the pair built for the bike on one of the Mini-Otter builds, and have had to replace them.

 If you look on the Alloy Tank page you will see that this year I have got around to starting on the tank for the bike to. And the rear hub has been waiting for me to lace into the WM2 alloy rim as soon as I have worked out what angle to drill the spoke holes in the right place. Front hub will now be Honda C90 Cub, or the Montesa one I have..

We can only hope that I get my act together in the New Year 2021.. And eventually put the bike together.

Incidentally I have Stuarts trials gear in my shed even the helmet.. So if we can get it built and there are trials run next year, you may well see the bike in the UK. That is if this Covid thing will go away...



More Later...