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post #1181 of 2617 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 08:34 PM
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As much as I hate to admit it, riding season is over. Spent the afternoon tucking my Triumph, BSA and other bikes away for their winter siesta.

Drained the bowls, pulled the batteries, stabilized the fuel, and fogged the engines. 6 bikes took two hours, including one cam chain adjustment on my CB160.

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post #1182 of 2617 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 09:49 PM
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Pulled the TR6 out of the garage, had some proper 66 type grips show up (black not white unfortunately). Slipped them on to replace the later Barrel type i've had for a few years. Massive improvment, just need to decide if i want the bar end mirror back on.

Also had some centre stand pivot bolts turn up. I took the stand of many years ago as it was just plain knackered. Ended up spending 2 or 3 hours on it. Built up the stops and ground them back, then heated it with the torch so i could manipulate it back into shape. The diagonal brace still has a slight bow from a previous repair but it's not obvious. The upside to all the mucking around is the bike sits level on the stand now and lifts it's back wheel a good deal more.

Next little job is to lose the U.S style coils and mounting brackets in favour of some proper Lucas MA6 coils.

Nothing exiting but i think i deserve a beer.

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post #1183 of 2617 (permalink) Old 11-10-2012, 08:28 AM
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Put the 77 to bed for the winter yesterday. Just finished my second riding season on it since the rebuild you guys all helped me with. I now got 3k miles on it and haven’t had to do anything except to put fuel in it. Who says these bikes require a lot of tinkering?
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post #1184 of 2617 (permalink) Old 11-10-2012, 09:19 AM
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Pulled the TR6 out of the garage, had some proper 66 type grips show up (black not white unfortunately)...Rod
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I did a lot of research on the '66 model year before I bought things like grips. One that that I learned is that the gray (white) grips were only on early year '66 bikes. Bikes made later in the production run had the same Amal grips, only in black.

So depending on the serial number of your bike, I would say that black may be correct.

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post #1185 of 2617 (permalink) Old 11-10-2012, 01:37 PM
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I'm pretty sure you are corect Rob, one story i heard was that the U.S dealers complained that the white and grey grips were imposible to keep clean while pushing the bike around the showroom/workshop.

Both my bikes are roughly mid season (32 and 37) and should have two idiot lights in the headlamp shell and i'm sure black grips. My reason for looking for white grips was more too piss off the muppet know it all's at the local bike show that winge about it every year. I'm sure you have come across the types.

Appreciate the conformation.
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Heard your story, Rod as well as customers did not like them.

Not sure what "winge" means, but I'm assuming whining, pissing and moaning, etc.. Guess I learned a new NZ term today.

I've never done a show with my Triumphs or had them judged. Might consider it now that I'm retiring. But when I run into self-proclaiming know-it-alls, which you can usually spot immediately, I like to come with something that will drive them nuts for a significant period after the initial encounter. You know, something like,

This bike was in the first James Bond movie. You only see it for a very short period and some TV edited versions don't have that scene. I bought the bike from a British gentleman that had an extensive Bond collection and it came with all the appropriate paperwork and proof of authenticity. It was pretty rough when I got it because of... well I'm not going to spoil that scene for you if you don't remember it. Anyway, I had to do a lot of work to bring it back into rideable shape.

Of course, this sends Mr. Know-it-all off to get a copy of said movie and look for that scene, which of course is not there. But since I set him up that certain edits took it out, it might have him searching for other copies to watch.

Old age and treachery are a dangerous mix.

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I'm still chuckling to myself Rob, i got to remember that one!

Yes winge is to mank and moan, but is a British term (my homeland).

I enter my bike to make up numbers for the Triumph club, i use the old girl to much to go trophy hunting and she's a little rough around the edges. I can live with constructive criticism but some of these guys were just plain petty!

Keep up the treachery
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Had a beautiful day in the mid-70's. Checked the plugs, adjusted the chain, and went out for a long spin. Won't be too many more riding days like this.
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Picked this Tiger up thursday and yesterday was mid 70's. WHo could resist?

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post #1190 of 2617 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 09:26 AM
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Nice ride through the park this morning. 0* C. with lots of dew.
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