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Old 11-06-2012, 06:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1967 TR25w, should I sell?

Hello everyone, just wondering what you think a running clean TR25w is worth. I got this bike a little while ago and got it clean and running and I'm ready for another project. Everything on it works perfectly. Only planning to sell if it's going to be able to get me another bike.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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From "Tales of Triumph & Meriden",

'The ill-fated Small Heath manufactured Triumph Trophy TR25W'
'Disliked by all at Meriden, it took huge chunks out of the warranty budget'

Somebody out there must like it?

The more you ride it, the more somebody will decide they need it, or tell you of the next 'Vincent in a barn'.

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Old 11-06-2012, 08:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well, it would make a nice Motogiro bike. It does look to be in nice shape and if it runs as well as it looks, you might want to advertise it as such. You could always throw it on eBay. People will pay silly money for a bike in really nice shape. I was watching Pawn Stars last night and Rick the owner is on his way to Sturgis in his motorhome and buys a restored CB160 for $5000. I really liked my CB160 before, but now I truly love it!

You might want to haul it to Vegas and see if you cannot sell it to Rick.

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Old 11-07-2012, 12:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Cool advice, was worried it might be a lost cause because there is almost no info on how much it is worth.

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Old 11-07-2012, 11:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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As a new poster with only 3 posts, you are violating the forum AUP.

Let's see if you actually stick around and become part of the forum, or are just using this venue to sell a bike.

I won't delete this post, but admin might...
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I am not planning to sell the bike here just asking if I should. I like the bike, and I don't know why more of them haven't survived. Plus I am around triumphs a lot so having access to this forum is something I plan to take advantage of.

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One of the possible reasons for not many of these bikes being around today is they were for the most part, entry level bikes bought by kids. Kids as a rule, have poor maintenance practices. I understand that the oil capacity in these bikes was small so not tending to the level and/or changing it regularly, led to many an engine failure. This in turn led to a rotten reliability reputation.

I know 3 riders who brought back 250's of this design from the dead, at least one from pieces of other bikes, and all three complete the two day Motogiro last spring. One suffered several problems along the route, but I blame that on poor prep work by the owner. The other two were prepped right and ran fine for over 300 miles of riding, pavement and dirt.

I like that 1966-ish paint scheme. Was that an original paint scheme?

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Old 11-07-2012, 02:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I like that 1966-ish paint scheme. Was that an original paint scheme?
I'm quite sure it is not, but it does match nicely.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Im also new to this forum,also have a 1969 tr25w,i have read that the big-end is weak and oil pump is not appropriate,i read MAT industries makes hi-performance parts,what upgrades do you recommend,i love the looks on the bike and i will keep it.thnx
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:22 AM   #10 (permalink)
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If you can ship it to England you can expect $3000 on ebay! Check out BSA B25s on ebay uk (there are a lot more BSAs than Triumphs of this design, they are the same bike beneath the cosmetic surface).

On build quality and why you don't see many around, how many CB250 Hondas do you see these days? Hardly any. And they were very reliable. B25s were not! They did suffer big end failure frequently, I'm not sure why: must be some design flaw as the oil capacity was fine (at least as much as a T140). The slightly earlier C15G engine was miles stronger - the only difference was a roller big end and of course the C15 top end with iron barrel and conventional tappet adjusters.

This is just my personal speculation (based on having owned quite a few B25s and a B50 in my youth), but I think there was a serious quality control problem at the Small Heath factory where I believe these engines were made. I've seen several with castings that look like they should have gone straight in the reject bin - blow holes everywhere, clumsy, coarse-edged fins and machined way off, so that the fins on the head overhang those on the barrel by several mm. The B50 engine, in contrast, is extremely strong and very much better made even at a glance. The B50's oil pump is of similar design but made from steel instead of die cast pot metal like the B25s. I don't think it was higher output but I could be wrong.

The 250s can be very nice little bikes, and they can be made to go pretty fast, but without serious modification they won't take thrashing kindly - and what 17 year old with their first 250 didn't engage in constant thrashing!
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