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Old 01-29-2009, 01:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here are two different bikes. One has the Lester Mags and a 2 into 1 exhaust. The other has laced wheels and a two into two. Which is correct and does the one with the laced wheels lose value for not having the Lesters?



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Old 01-29-2009, 01:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lesters and the 2-into-1 is correct for the T140D. And thus, more valuable given the two bikes are in the same condition.

I have a T140D. I took off the mags (hate the look) and put on spokes. I also have a 2-into-2. It's a great bike.

If I had to pick between the two bikes you listed, I'd go with #2. It looks to have the Norman Hyde rearsets which are nice...and pricey. Nice little bump seat. Then I'd scour the classifieds for spoke rims.

The top bike...well, I'd end up spending some cash to make it look more like the bottom one. And why do people insist on putting '60s-style silencers on '70s bikes?! It bugs me.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Lesters and the 2-into-1 is correct for the T140D. And thus, more valuable given the two bikes are in the same condition.

I have a T140D. I took off the mags (hate the look) and put on spokes. I also have a 2-into-2. It's a great bike.

If I had to pick between the two bikes you listed, I'd go with #2. It looks to have the Norman Hyde rearsets which are nice...and pricey. Nice little bump seat. Then I'd scour the classifieds for spoke rims.

The top bike...well, I'd end up spending some cash to make it look more like the bottom one. And why do people insist on putting '60s-style silencers on '70s bikes?! It bugs me.

The second one isn't available. The first one is. But you're saying you'd prefer the laced wheels to the Lesters anyway and you'd be looking to buy them?

I'm not sure that the laced wheels weren't a dealer installed option. They were with some R100 BMWs.

As for exhausts, what makes them '60s style? '70s style 2 into 2 would be okay? Is it hard to find a correct exhaust set-up? Probably expensive.

I think I want a flat seat to lounge around on.
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The Lesters came stock on the T140D. I have a set. I took them off mine and put on spokes.

The exhaust on that first bike are the early cocktail shakers. I prefer the Dunstall-style megaphones.

This is what my '79 looks like at the moment:
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This is what my '79 looks like at the moment:
I like the handle bars. What are those? Maybe you'd just sell me yor bike.
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Norman Hyde M bars. I have them on all my bikes. Love them.

Sell? Never. She's been too good to me.
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Niether bike is an originally equipped D model "Special". As such, they are equally 'valuable'.

It's purely a matter of personal preference in two specific areas:

1. if you want originality, don't buy either one, or anything similarly modified

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2. If you don't care about originality, it matters not what someone else likes, what do YOU like?

This one is all original except an aftermarket replacement muffler on the original 2-into-1 header-

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Old 01-30-2009, 12:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Niether bike is an originally equipped D model "Special".
I have to differ with some other opinions, I like the mag wheels that come on the Special D. I like the 2 into 1 too because it scavenges a bit better and it's lighter.

But what was it that was modified onthe second bike? I thought it looked pretty original. Well, the seat and the bars, but those are easy parts.

The one you posted a photo of isn't for sale, is it? I'd like to find a nice one.
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I was looking around the net today and I found a fairly nice 1979 Bonnie SPecial for sale, original owner very reasonable. He says it runs great. I'l post a photo below.
But he had it repainted white!?

It seems to be intact otherwise.
WHat actual color was the '79 SPecial? Was it actual Black, or more of a Brown? Is it easy to get a paint job on one of those?

Also, would you agree that the two into one exhaust was a help in scavenging, as most 2 into 1s are, or did it plug up the engine?

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Sorry, mine is not for sale.

The second bike, as you mentioned, is not original for AT LEAST the bars, seat & pegs. Looks like that rear sprocket is an aftermarket bit, no patterned holes; it might just be a later spec bit...

The white one isn't any better. Exhaust is wrong, it's missing the grab rail (and that's not an OEM bracket), cruiser pegs, it's WHITE, etc. Possibly easy enough to repaint, but good luck finding OEM pipes. They make replicas, but they're not the same.

Black with heavy Gold scallop outlines is the original original scheme, as you see on several here.

Note that mine still has the original centerstand; you can't use that with the aftermarket pipes, I don't believe. If only I could find a genuine original muffler, I'd pay a few bucks for it; then I'd be 100%.
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