Skidding around the internet for a while already, somehow as is often the case with such chinese whispers, it's origins were not so readily apparent. Used by Chanel in Paris as a dumb clothes horse it seems to have picked some forum slander on the way. I've only now discovered that this svelte creature is the love child of threesome Frank Charriaut and Vincent Prat; our French chums behind the South Siders mc blog, and Daniel Delfour (of Norton Ala'verda fame). Tritons originally concocted in the 60s as a back-street cross-breed, that was a marked improvement over any single marque factory bike aimed at caff racing, the consequent re-runs tend to be a very formulated same-old same-old check-list. The CP Project One is a refreshing re-think, more French Praline than Cadbury's Creme Egg. Savour it by nibbling, don't scoff it. BP'What can a featherbed, a Tyrannosaurus Rex & Batman have in common? Since visiting in California the Legend of the Motorcycle International Concours d’Elegance in June 2008, French designers Frank Charriaut and Vincent Prat had a dream to build their own Motorcycle. There, they met with the Crème of Motorcycling experts & enthusiasts.
As English Motorcycles fans, Charriaut & Prat made the choice of a featherbed frame and a Triumph 750 engine. Of course when you start like this, the only point you can reach is to build a Triton. But they did not want to make another Café racer or name-it Triton; they wanted to make something more personal which could match their cultural backgrounds. That led them to forget all about the British bikes standards and follow their own destiny.
Charriaut & Prat started sketching and quickly found out what should be the final aspect of their bike. A mix of Batman’s motorcycle with a T.Rex fastback and a overwhelming feeling of Cat Woman’s dreamful body. Inspiration came directly from comic book culture.
From designing to manufacturing can be a hazardous path. The duo was lucky enough to be joined on their project by maker Daniel Delfour who knew how to read into their cads and make their dream come true. Inch by inch, meeting after meeting, working together as a trio, made the project become a reality: the bike was born. As a mix of classics, custom, vintage and dirt track bikes. Some “purists” could say that is a sacrilege. But this project is about Great Fun. The length of the fork tubes! A front wheel without a brake! Big deal: these were just options for more fun!
Frank Charriaut and Vincent Prat want to thank Daniel Delfour for his achievement, Momo from Momo Bikes Service, for the greatest paint job and the exhaust pipes. Finally, the duo wants to send their very special and great thanks to Benoit Gerry [the 3rd member of the South Siders] from Studio Ze for his outstanding pictures and longtime support.'The Southsiders will shortly be selling the bike, after a new paint job to cover over the gash Chanel livery (as shown in most web snaps).