vintage bobber project questions... - Page 2 - Triumph Forum: Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums
Classic, Vintage & Veteran For Coventry and Meriden Models. Anything pre-Hinckley goes.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 07:55 AM
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: 2006 Scrambler
Senior Member
oldroadie's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Fort Payne, Alabama
Posts: 873
Extra Motorcycle: 2001 BMW R1100RT
No vintage or new retro bike is going to cruise at 85, that's a completely unrealistic goal. They'll all run that fast and faster in bursts but it won't be cruising; and you'll always be on the backside of torque curve and into the last bit of horsepower range removing any chance for a burst of power for passing. I have both a 1964 TR6 and a 2004 America and I know what they can do; they both make you grin ear to ear every time you ride them but they won't compete with a modern Daytona or Street Triple for speed. Just sayin'

2006 Scrambler
1974 BMW R90 sidecar rig
2001 BMW R1100RT
oldroadie is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 09:31 AM
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: 1971 T100C
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Posts: 425
Other Motorcycle: 2011 Triumph 1700 Storm
+1 to the above but if you change your goal to lets say all day cruising at 70mph then you would be looking at a new Triumph getting the job done for you.

toxic is offline  
post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 01:00 PM
Team Owner
Main Motorcycle: Triumph TR7
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Norwich, England
Posts: 4,174
Other Motorcycle: T140
Extra Motorcycle: Most of another T140
Originally Posted by toxic View Post
+1 to the above but if you change your goal to lets say all day cruising at 70mph then you would be looking at a new Triumph getting the job done for you.
Or an old one! 70 should be no problem at all for a decent T120 engine, given the right gearing. 80mph cruising is fine on a T140 with 21/45 gearing, unless the weather is really hot.
JohnA is offline  
post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 01:13 PM
Main Motorcycle: T140 E
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Reading Berks UK
Posts: 8,306
Other Motorcycle: 56 Plunger Tatty Cub
Extra Motorcycle: CZ winter bike
I'd agree but for he's talking about a 650 from 68 with a conversion and I'm not sure that he intends to rebuild the engine? Plus it will be a bobber
DAVE M is offline  
post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
Grand Prix 125
Main Motorcycle: none at the moment
New Member
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: NJ, USA
Posts: 25
I know that its unrealistic what I want, I think it's just because I like the older style bikes but I'm also 25 so I am still into the whole go really fast thing lol

What I think I am going to do though is buy a used daytona 675(go fast bike) and then also get an old triumph and bob it. That way I will have the best of both worlds.

Speaking of old bobbers, I posted a thread yesterday called "anybody have info on "lil saras" bobber?" I was looking for info on the bike so if you guys find the thread and could help me out it would be great.
soldier113 is offline  
post #16 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 03:12 PM
Main Motorcycle: 5T 1958 SPEED TWIN
Senior Member
pre unit Thruxton's Avatar
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Posts: 1,378
Other Motorcycle: 1959 Triumph Bonneville
Send a message via Skype™ to pre unit Thruxton
You will find most of the responses here are mostly negative to chop or bob a Triumph even thought it was very popular back in the day and that Triumphs were possibly the best to do it with. Even as a show and polish bike today they are not very popular and don't have much value but cost you an arm and a leg to build.

If you want to cruse the highway at 85 - 100mph your best bet IMHO is to get yourself a BMW Airhead they can be picked up dirt cheap, they run forever and they are all metric sized, very simple to change and modify. They BMW nut will go nuts for doing that, but turning them into cafe' racers and bobber’s and rat bikes attract large crowds and followers and believe it or not higher value than the original bikes.

Today the value of some triumph's just keep on going up and some part are like chickens teeth and you will pay top dollar for original parts especially pre units. A front fender can cost as much as $800 and a gas tank as much as $1000. See what this tank almost went for ebay listing 261128193081

Now what would the value be in a few years when most people today are trying to restore back to original?
pre unit Thruxton is offline  
post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
Grand Prix 125
Main Motorcycle: none at the moment
New Member
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: NJ, USA
Posts: 25
I'm fine with getting negative responses and I understand how some people feel about bobbers but I just want a bike that I am happy and I have no concern what the money value of the bike is, if it draws a crowd, or what other people would have to say about it.
If I can get a remanufactured motor, frame, fenders etc I would rather use that over using old original parts anyway because it would be cheaper to buy and I would rather give original parts to somebody who can use them instead of chopping them.

I will look into this BMW airhead bike that you are talking about though
soldier113 is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply
All posts must adhere to Forum Rules

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Triumph Forum: Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter your valid email address, that can receive an automated confirmation message. Otherwise, you won't be able to gain full access.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bonneville Bobber project o4petesake Air Cooled Twins Talk 32 04-28-2013 01:15 AM
'72 bobber project NEED ADVICE PLEASE jhuse86 Classic, Vintage & Veteran 5 03-27-2012 06:28 PM
my first bobber project jeffwpayne Air Cooled Twins Technical Talk 5 07-05-2011 01:29 PM
bobber project cade14000 Member's Restoration & Rebuild Projects 0 06-28-2009 09:39 PM
new project... bobber! tinhead Classic, Vintage & Veteran 1 06-23-2006 07:59 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome