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Winter Project: Triumph Content

Discussion in 'Readers Rides' started by James Bagley, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. James Bagley

    James Bagley Well-Known Member

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    Found a great bike to restore this winter. After hanging on to it for years, my son-in-law announced that he was ready to part with his ‘71 TR6R. I have had a thing for oil-in-frame Triumph Twins since I was a mere lad, so a deal was quickly agreed upon. It is riding on a rear rack of our 2500 Suburban as I type. It’s missing a proper exhaust, headlight, and shocks, but has less than 12,000 miles. It should be a straightforward job, as spares are plentiful. I’m stoked!

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  2. runnerhiker

    runnerhiker Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Have fun with the restore. I decided to go this route. Beautiful bikes!
     

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    Aussie Import Well-Known Member

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    At the time complaints were made about seat height compared to the previous model. No GSs then!
     
  4. James Bagley

    James Bagley Well-Known Member

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    I have a Hinckley Triumph, already...an ‘03 Bonneville T100. However, that one is promised to my son.
     
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    GordonH Well-Known Member

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    Brilliant project James - keep us posted with photos.
     
  6. Richard230

    Richard230 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I owned a 1971 Bonneville that I bought new for only $1200 (about $400 below the MSRP). That should have told me something. :rolleyes: Mechanically it was the worst motorcycle that I ever owned. :( I counted 15 assembly defects from the factory, including the main jets just sitting in the float bowls, the oil drain plug in the bottom of the frame took a 250 lb-ft air impact wrench to loosen and the oil pressure warning light was lit all of the time due to metal filings in the oil sump blocking the sensor, when I would run the engine over 4000 rpm the valve adjustment would tighten up and almost disappear, just to name a few. But it did look nice. :) Me & my Triumph 1972.jpg
     
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    Richard,
    Sorry you got a bad one. My first bike was a new 72 Bonneville that looked just like yours. Paid the same price as you did and had it until it was stolen in 1977 and had no problems with it other than the oil return line wearing through and oiling up the back of the bike. Luckily I was only a few blocks from home so no damage done. Still miss that one.
     

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