Main Motorcycle: 2014 RT1200
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Calgary, Canada
Other Motorcycle: 1970 Triumph T120R
How to restore and what not to do
New to the forum. Recently purchased 1970 Bonneville from second owner, who started taking it apart, then decided the project not for him. Story seems legit, stored inside for last 49 years, not run for 20-25, odometer shows 8000 miles. Everything looks original, and in very good condition, though of course it needs a lot of things by now. It will arrive later this week.
I intend to restore it to make it regularly drivable around the city. I do not intend to show it. I have lots of questions about how to best do that, beginning with is there a manual or youtube series anyone would recommend? I saw one for a 1972, and at present that is my best option. I have the 1970 Triumph Workshop Manual.
Second, this bike is in great condition, but it is 49 years old. Obviously, I am going to replace all replaceables, rubber, bearings, etc. Weird (Triumph after market) high rise handlebars on it - I have already bought an OEM replacement for. But are there things people would not do? For example, the paint is good, but a little faded. Would you replace or rebuild the Amals? Electronic ignition? Re-chrome the wheels or just live with a little rust?
Picture below. Thanks in advance.