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Old 11-22-2013, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This summer I inherited my father in laws 1969 trophy. It's in pretty good shape, he was tinkering with it so it's partly taken apart. This winter I'm going to order a new carb from Amal since my is missing parts. It was suggested I replace the coil by a local bike guy. I'm wondering if I should replace the whole wiring harness? Any suggestions on the best place to get one. The bike has been sitting in a corner of there garage for at least 18 years, and no one every recalls it running. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like your looking to spend money without a plan or knowing what is good or bad. suggest you first get a parts & service manual. Also maybe just get the parts the carb needs not a complete new one.

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Old 11-23-2013, 07:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would be inclined to get it put together with cheap parts and see if you can make it run before spending big money.It is likely the wiring is fine.Coils rarely fail,my own coils are 42 years old so far.If a lot of the carb is missing,a new one may be less costly that the parts.Most important is wether the fuel tank leaks.Give it an appraisal,make lists,cost it out.You need a plan and a parts book and manual is the starting point
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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How many miles? Detailed photos would help forum members assess the condition of your bike.

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Old 11-23-2013, 09:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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with a Trophy you need to be realistic. I like cubs.
Neither are money making projects.

It costs as much to fully restore a low value machine as it does to do a 59 Bonnie. But you'll get naff all money back if you sell.

So I'd try to run it as is and only replace the minimum. If it's an "heirloom" then by all means spend the money on it for you. Not someone else. They were a little fragile so try to see how bad the bike is first before spending loads of money.
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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At first I thought this was a TR6 Trophy. But now see it is a 250. It's not a valuable nor a very desireable bike. There are people who are into them, as their are folks into 441 Victors. But there are also people who collect door knobs.

The suggestions given here are right on the money. Get the manuals for the bike, clean it up, inspect all the key bits and pieces and see if it will run before you worry about anything else. Even if you have to make a temporary direct wiring system between the battery, switch and the ignition system, which you probably will not have to do.

Then, if it runs and you really like it and plan to keep it forever as a family momento, spend what you want on it. But never expect to get your money back when you sell it. If you decide it's not the bike for you and nobody else in the family wants it, a running bike sells better than a non-running bike.

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Old 11-23-2013, 10:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Are you familiar with eBay ? eBay just became your best friend. Get on eBay, go to eBay motors, click on Motorcycle Parts, select Triumph under brands and search for 250. With little luck you'll find what you need. Also remember , don't throw anything away. If you buy a new carb, sell the old one on eBay to help pay for it, etc. squirt some oil in the cylinder and crank it over. Just to be clear , the parts manual and the workshop manual are two seperate books. You really need them both.
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone for the info. I understand this isn't the best bike in the world, I think It's a great bike for around town. I do have a few pic's on my profile, if that helps. I will definitely track down some manuals and a few carb parts before I invest to much more. The plan is to keep it in the family. The motor is free, the tank is good, and it has good tires. Looks like I have a good place to start, Thanks again.
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I reviewed the pictures in your profile and, in my humble opinion, I agree that you have a good place to start. The best thing is that you know how the bike was kept over all the years. Really man, it looks very good. 2,500 on the clock means that the bike is basically like new. The tires are shot for sure just because of age. Clean the tank and carbs and I'd bet she starts right up. Your dad will smile down upon you when she comes to life like he knew her back in the day.

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I agree with Henry. That bike is in really nice shape. A lot of the corrosion will go away with a little chrome polish and some elbow grease.

Change the oils before you make any attempt to start.

Because it sat, petcock will probably leak. Might even break when you try to open because stem is probably plastic. Replacements are cheap.

You can probably open up the carb and not need any parts. Bowl gasket will survive if you are gentle. Need to clean out the bowl. See if slide moves freely. If not, you might have to clean with solvent or clean gently with 0000 steel wool or Scotchbrite. Same for carb slide bore.

I think you will have a nice little bike with only a little TLC.

Remember, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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