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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-14-2010, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings. Short recap ...

My bikes (history, not current inventory, and not counting basket cases):
* 1958 BSA Gold Star DBD34GS - bought in 1965
* 1963 DU507 Bonneville T120C - 1966
* 1966 Bonneville T120TT - 1967
* 1972 BMW R75/5 - bought new in Germany in 1972
* 1979 BMW R100T - 2002
* 1982 BMW R100RT - 2006
* 1988 BMW R100RT - 2009

While an undergraduate at UC Berkeley I worked at both Mother's Motors and TT Motors as a mechanic and machinist.

I have, because of my brother's death, recently inherited my old 1966 T120TT. in the '60s and very early '70s I had "tricked out" this bike:
* Nickel plated frame
* Ceriani forks
* Sonicweld Swing Arm
* Koni shocks
* Sifton 390 cams
* Mikuni carbs
* Mahle 11-1 slipper skirt pistons
* Lightened R tappets
* P&M pushrods, lightened and polished rockers, titanium keepers
* Kosman oil tank with spin on oil filter

and other stuff I really don't recall.

http://www.moragafalconers.org/photo...C/IMG_0315.JPG has a picture.

Anyway, the bike has come back to me and it is, through some 30 years of neglect and riding, in need of a lot of love.

So ... I've come here to see what shops/sources are good ones for getting parts and discovering sources that didn't exist 40 years ago (I still have my Hap Jones catalog from the mid '60s but that won't help much).

I do all my own mechanical work and just found, in a drawer, the Sifton 390's - most of the other stuff is still on the bike but needing teardown and repair.

I'm a full-time worker so the project of bringing this bike back will be a slow one - probably years ... and I may not start it this year at all but am interested in at least starting to think about it.

John Falconer

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-14-2010, 12:16 PM
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Welcome John! You have an amazing history with bikes. The T120TT looks like it needs a little TLC to be perfect, but you obviously have the skills to transform it back to the beauty it once was. Good luck! (Check out the various forums in the Classic and Vintage section.)
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Howdy John, interesting story. I'm a newbie, have a 66'T120TT Streetable, moved from Walnut Creek 8 years ago to Bishop, Ca.
My bike is presently at Rabers Motorcycles in San Jose for a complete rebuild- best place around for maintenance and repair. Lucky's the mechanic, and the best.
I'll be picking the bike up in about 2 weeks.
Looks like you gotta lotta fun to look forward to with yours.
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Howdy John, interesting story. I'm a newbie, have a 66'T120TT Streetable, moved from Walnut Creek 8 years ago to Bishop, Ca.
My bike is presently at Rabers Motorcycles in San Jose for a complete rebuild- best place around for maintenance and repair. Lucky's the mechanic, and the best.
I'll be picking the bike up in about 2 weeks.
Looks like you gotta lotta fun to look forward to with yours.
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Bishop is a beautiful location for riding - easy to hit the desert and easy to hit the mountains. I especially like riding up past Lone Pine and into the Sierra from there. It may be a couple of years before I get the TT back in shape - I also have 4 BMWs and work full time. I think restoring the Triumph may be a "retirement present" to myself.
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