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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-13-2008, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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New Trophy owner with a couple of questions

Hello everyone,

I just fulfilled a lifelong dream with this:



A fully restored 1970 Trophy - not 100-percent concours original, but a very usable and great-looking bike. (I anted up for a restored example because I already have a project Series III Land Rover in pieces, and I'm not crazy enough to tackle two british project vehicles at the same time.)

Several rides have shown it to be a one- or two-kick starter. It idles perfectly with a sleeved Amal, and runs strong with a Boyer/Brandsen ignition. I love it.

I do have a couple of questions.

Due to some damage, the reach on my right hand is very short, and it is a stretch for me to operate the front brake quickly. Does anyone know of a set of shorter-reach levers that will fit this bike? At full lock the stock lever is still most of an inch from the grip, so I feel there's room for a shorter-reach lever.

Also - I live down a rough dirt road. When the front suspension unloads - i.e. hits the end of its rebound travel - over a slow bump, it does so with a pretty loud bang, as though there is little or no bump stop to cushion the fully extended fork. Is this a normal thing?

Thanks for any help.

Jonathan
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-13-2008, 12:27 PM
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That's a BEAUTIFUL bike!

Magura and Thomaselli, as well as others, make levers that have an angled blade that might help, look in the dirt bike section of your local bike shops.

The clunk on the forks is due to insufficient hydraulic rebound damping, either because of low oil level or too thin oil.

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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-13-2008, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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I have to go to the dirt bike section?

Seriously - thanks for both answers. I'll go look for those brands, and I need to check the fork oil, as it really does hit pretty hard.

The Triumph will be sort of a project bike for a magazine I edit. It will be used on several overland trips for stories, including a circumnavigation of the Grand Canyon all on back roads. That will be a fun trip.
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Welcome , that is one perty bike .

by chance is it this one ? http://www.amr-of-tucson.com/70tr6d~1.htm

If you love it , let it go . If it comes back to you , you've highsided ;-)
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That bike is just beautiful....

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thank you and you suck


thank you cause you bought it and you suck because you bought it and i didn't

that bike is sweet . congrats !

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You're welcome!

It has a loving home, I assure you. Plus it will get to do some cool trips and have its picture taken with pretty backgrounds.
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found it interesting that yesterday it was listed at $7995 and today it's still listed and the price is $8995

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Great lookin' bike!
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