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post #1 of 118 (permalink) Old 07-01-2015, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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SimplyJ's 2010 T100 "Special" build

Ok guys, it's time for another build thread. Picked up a slightly crashed 2010 T100 a few weeks ago for pennies and have been trying to figure out what to do with it. It had been sitting outside for over a year while the previous owner also tried to figure out what to do with it and he never got it running. I figured the first task was trying to get it to run and go from there. After charging the battery and throwing on some parts from the spare parts bin and about $45 in ebay purchases (new left control and shift lever), I turned the key and hit the starter. Seeing that it had sat for over a year and the previous owner never got it running, I wasn't expecting much, but to my surprise it started right up on the first crank. Now that I had a running bike, I of course decided the best course of action was not to sell it for profit, but rather, to strip it all down and build another custom. I'm calling the build a "Special" because there isn't a standard theme I'm going with (café, scrambler, etc.) and I'm just going to build the bike I would have liked to seen Triumph build if they actually tried to compete with Ducati's GT1000.

As the bike sits now:

Plans include stripping the bike down completely for a frame off build utilizing:
- thruxton front forks with Ricor intimators
- tapered steering bearing conversion
- thruxton length rear shocks
- thruxton front wheel/brake assembly
- alloy wide rear wheel kit
- frame chopped and looped + alloy rear mudguard
- oil in frame downtubes conversion
- slimmer retro style custom seat (using vintage basketweave material)
- mini speedo
- various doodads and doohickeys

Plan on doing basic engine performance mods including 2-2 exhaust, airbox mods or pods, and a tune. This is my first EFI Triumph and only my 2nd EFI bike I've ever owned, so it will be a learning curve.

And, in my usual style, this build is going to be on a shoestring budget. Thankfully, since I got the bike very cheap and will again be doing all the work in my NYC backyard and selling off spare parts, I'm hoping to stay under $3500 for this one. Wish me luck and stay tuned!

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$3500 that is a tight budget, I spent that on a frame alone.
Good luck with it SJ
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You might also consult the "little fella" standing behind the bike, about what to do!!!

The "village idiot" always consults his cats on these things: Jim

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The older I get, the faster I was....until lately!! (Speed IS the fountain of youth)!
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$3500 that is a tight budget, I spent that on a frame alone.
Good luck with it SJ
yeah, it sure is going to be tight and not entirely sure how close I'll stick to it.

Keeping an excel sheet of everything and right now at $2159.25 including:
- bike & spare frame
- wheels/tires/rotors
- thruxton forks
- custom frame loop (part only)
- tapered bearings
- handlebars
- folding shift lever
- replacement clutch side control

I'm not counting things that I already had in my spares pile that I've used or am planning to use, such as the kickstand, headlight, mini speedo, various grips, and seat pan. Also planning on selling parts to recoup some costs.

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You might also consult the "little fella" standing behind the bike, about what to do!!!

The "village idiot" always consults his cats on these things: Jim
"Shop Dog" Whisky loves hanging out back while I work. She's on board. Also on board, is my girlfriend who "helped" by snapping this pic of me rolling the bike through my narrow apt hallway under the cover of darkness.

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>>Also on board, is my girlfriend who "helped" by snapping this pic of me rolling the bike through my narrow apt hallway under the cover of darkness. <<

Not only is she supportive, she's also an accomplice!? She has my vote for girlfriend of the year award.
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>>Also on board, is my girlfriend who "helped" by snapping this pic of me rolling the bike through my narrow apt hallway under the cover of darkness. <<

Not only is she supportive, she's also an accomplice!? She has my vote for girlfriend of the year award.
^^^I couldn't agree more! Although, she did look at me like I'm crazy when I was out back yesterday staring at the new-to-me wide rear wheel.




stock front wheel will be painted to match
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"Shop Dog" Whisky loves hanging out back while I work. She's on board. Also on board, is my girlfriend who "helped" by snapping this pic of me rolling the bike through my narrow apt hallway under the cover of darkness.
The only thing my fancée would snap is my neck if I did this!
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The only thing my fancée would snap is my neck if I did this!
I simply tell her that I need a hobby to keep me out of trouble and that but for motorcycles, I could be spending this money on strippers and drugs.
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I simply tell her that I need a hobby to keep me out of trouble and that but for motorcycles, I could be spending this money on strippers and drugs.
That's an excellent approach. Nothing like setting the bar on expectations low. That way you're always impressing folks. Works for me.
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Sold the front wheel and rear rotor so got in a little wrenching time early this morning to mock up the new wheels and get the old stuff off to its new owner. Already starting to look like a different bike. Front wheel will be painted or powder coated black to match the rear. Front forks will be built with thruxton bits to allow mounting of the front caliper.

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