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Old 02-12-2010, 10:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool '72 Bonnie - from finding to buying, to fixing up, to riding...

Found this about a 2 1/2 hour drive from me. I'm leary of an OIF, and the changes made in late '71/'72.......but may be able to pick this up for a good price.

http://harrisonburg.craigslist.org/mcy/1588694257.html

I've sent a long list of questions, but haven't heard back from owner yet.

Any recommendations from the brain trust?

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Old 02-12-2010, 11:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-13-2010, 08:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Shrugger - yeah, a complete rebuild on engine for sure..... any other thoughts on it?

On a separate matter, the fork lock key is missing. Any way to find out what key it takes and get one? While it's not a 650, be awfully easy to hot-wire and steal, and I'd sure like to lock the forks when I get it on the road...... Clearly the key is not even the same type as the ignition key (I have original) which will not fit in the fork lock

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Old 02-13-2010, 09:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Shrugger - yeah, a complete rebuild on engine for sure..... any other thoughts on it?

On a separate matter, the fork lock key is missing. Any way to find out what key it takes and get one? While it's not a 650, be awfully easy to hot-wire and steal, and I'd sure like to lock the forks when I get it on the road...... Clearly the key is not even the same type as the ignition key (I have original) which will not fit in the fork lock

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It's just as easy and cheap to replace the lock, maybe an hours work tops (it involves removing the headlamp and then drilling out the retaining grub screw) and no the key is not the same as the ignition.
The bike looks pretty original except for the cissy bar and the handlebars, as you've said it would need a rebuild, the up side it looks like a low seat model.
I'd buy it

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You say it's not a 650?? It should be. Will also need a set of mufflers. I'd start off very low. Rusted chrome is another money pit if you want the bike to look good. Chrome polish will work wonders, but once it starts to flake off you'd done.

I don't remember which year they went to the brace on the bottom of the tank to prevent it from cracking. Look under the front portion of the tank for a cross brace. The parts book for '72 does not show that brace so look the tank over well for any signs of leakage, especially under the chrome strip that runs down the center of the tank.
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It should have a tank brace, my 71 has one fitted. But you're right, it's not shown in the parts book. That confused me for a while

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My 71 does not have the tank brace. I wish it did though. It doesn't look like there is anyway to retro fit anything that would brace the tank and look good.

Are the tanks without braces always going to fail at some point, or is it just a sometimes, depending on the particular tank, type of issue?
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It may be worth what he's asking. I'd offer maybe $1500 and see
what he thinks.
If I had the spare, I'd buy it. Give it a quick and dirty rebuild. Throw
on some Ace bars and otherwise run it as is.(Minus the sissy bar of course)
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the up side it looks like a low seat model.


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I'm not sure on that Webby, it might actually be a high seat one, check the gap between the air filter boxes and the seat, I am pretty sure the low seat ones the seat sat a lot closer to the air filter boxes.

Have another look and see what you recon. I'm not sure.


As for the high seat thing, I am 5'6" and cant quite get both heels on the ground at the same time.

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Hey gang, I'm pretty sure in post #3 (about the keys) he's referring to this T100C: http://www.triumphrat.net/members-re...e-project.html

As far as the Bonnie goes, wouldn't XG mean December '72 and well after the hi frame/low frame switch over was implemented?
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