3. Mule Custom Front Hub


This is for all the Triumph stuff I do. It accepts Ducati rotors. It’s the perfect width, and if I want to build a café racer, a street tracker, a dirt bike, a sport bike, anything with wire wheels, a chopper – and it has dual-disc capability. If I want to run one disc, whoosh, you just buzz the lugs off one side, now you’ve got a single-disc hub. Really good bearings, it’s just something I came up with, and I’ve got 40 on the way. It’s not superlight, it’s 2024, which is like 7075, real strong. Everybody talks about 6061, oooooo aircraft. It’s to the point where you’d think you’ve got two basic elements on the planet: 6061 and dirt. I just started building these. Ducati rotors are real easy to get, on eBay and wherever.

I have a lightweight rear hub, too, but they’re all out getting anodized. That, on the Triumph, with my hub, aluminum sprocket, my cut-down disc and an aluminum rim – takes 14 pounds off a stock Triumph rear wheel.

  • Old MOron

    Yup, that’s some real cool stuff.
    Very interesting bit about the trail and the offset.
    I’m going to have to read it again, because I haven’t fully understood it yet.

  • This is my favorite Top-10 yet. Of course being a favorite Top-10 is sort of like wining a bronze medal at the special olympics.

    • fastfreddie

      Could be worse:the dreaded silver…;)

  • Jim Hatch

    This was a great read, reminded me of the characters I used to get to visit growing up in NJ in a motorcycle family.

  • Oslo Norway

    This is very cool!


    RP and I correspond.. now and then. We are of an age and get on well.
    Mrs Mule has invited me round for tea and scones.
    I love his bikes, espec’ the HD’s and can’t afford them.. he knows that.
    And he always knows what I always say..
    Mule.. my hero.

  • Mark Lindemann

    Rich Pollock should print out this story, frame it, and hang it on the wall along with the sockets. That would be the eleventh bitchin’ thing in the Mule garage. Well done, JB and RP!

    • gerald estes

      yup, got that frame ya mentioned setting right here along with the builders digital blueprints sandwiched between 2 plates of glass…for those of us that aspire to just an ordinary day’s pick of bitchin’ mule stuff.

  • gerald estes

    …oo oo weres the ‘JAP’ test rider…course nobody can afford ’em but makes since to me to fit some sort of 0 – 8,000 rpm electro-monobloc throttle body to that sucker just so’s to cut a few donuts and confirm the bitchin’ carbon tanks not leakin’.