Quiet Power Drive has its roots in racing beginning in the early 50's
Bob's love affair with British bikes began in the early 1950's with his purchase of a rigid-frame Trophy (below) - a period when the self-taught mechanic/machinist often served as a pit assistant for rising star Ed Fisher on the national race circuit. No stranger to racing, in 1958 Bob won the East Coast championship.>
Bob Oswald's Triumph T140 Electric Start System
Kenny Dreer examines the prototype
Norton Electric Start with Bob (standing)

In 2001 Kenny Dreer asked Bob to design an electric start system for pre-MkIII Norton Commandos. Oswald's prototype formed the basis for Dreer's VR-880 Commandos and is now offered as a retro conversion for all Norton Commandos.

Nestled in the Pennsylvania countryside near the town of Parkesburg, Bob and his QPD staff continue to develop new applications for his belt drives and electric start conversions. If it's run with a chain, Bob can convert it to a belt drive and improve it in the process.

Never a fan of the roller chain as an efficient power transmission device, in the early 70's Bob converted a BSA to belt primary drive. His ultimate dream was to develop the belt drive and offer it to Triumph for production. In 1978 he built a 750 Bonnie belt system which piqued the interest of Triumph in the U.S. and the Meriden factory. At the invitation of Triumph, Oswald and his wife Betty were off to England where Bob demonstrated the reliability of his belt drive on a race track. This was the first of three trips to the U.K. but Triumph and the British motorcycle industry were in their last days and sadly shut their doors before a deal could be struck.
QPD's work for Triumph didn't end with the belt drives. In 1979 Triumph asked him to engineer a prototype electric start system in record time. Bob based it on an effective system he had already created for a T140 using a lightweight American Bosch snowmobile starter motor. Unlike the complex and unreliable Triumph timing-side arrangement, Bob's design used the proven Bendix drive mechanism and spins the primary. This eliminated an ugly bulge in the shapely Triumph timing cover and set Bob's course for future electric start retro conversions.
Engine detail of Bob's 1958 East Coast Champion Triumph
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