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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Old Trimph rider returns to the fold

Hello to all from Alabama. I've been ridding Triumphs since 1966 when I bought my first one when I came home from the Nam. I still have two old Triumphs, an original unrestored 1968 TR-6R that is still in beautiful condition and a 1970 TR-25W 250 that has had a ground up restoration.

A couple of months back I traded my 05 KLR-650 for a lightly used 2007 Triumph Speed Master with 4800 miles on it. The bike has a new battery, new tires and a Corbin seat along with lots of chrome the original owner installed. The bike is candy apple red and is breathtakingly beautiful.

I also have four Kawasaki KZ-1000LTD's plus one Kawasaki KZ1000 standard. The KZ's are two 77's, two 78's and one 79 model. One of the 78's is a spoked wheeled standard model. All of them run and are in excellent condition. I also have a 79 Yamaha SR-500 thumper that is an absolute blast to ride. It has a MAC megaphone pipe on it and that bike will talk to you when it's on the pipe.

I know a good deal about the old Triumphs because I've been ridding them since the 60s and have always done my own wrenching on all of my bikes. I really love the old ones and for years would not buy a Hinkley Triumph but I was wrong, they are good bikes.

The previous owner installed short turn out pipes on the Speed Master and the bike sounds good until you start backing down on it and it backfires and shoots flames out of the pipes on both sides. The header pipes haven't started turning blue yet but it's only a matter of time. The majority of the Hinckley twins that I've seen, mostly in pictures, have header pipes that have turned blue. There is not a Triumph dealer in the Birmingham area, which means Triumphs of any description are kind of rare. I guess without a dealer that makes my Triumph something of an orphan.

I've been reading on this forum for a while now, though I only just now signed up, that there's a kit you can buy from British Customs that allows you to remove the air induction system from the Triumph twins, which will stop my Speed Master from back firing. Does anyone have an idea where I might be able to buy one of these air induction removal kits other than from British Customs? IMO, the shipping from British Customs is prohibitive from them for such a small item.

Thanks again for listening to my story and it is good to once again be back in the saddle of a late model Triumph...


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