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Hello all.

After a slew of Japanese bikes in my past I'm a proud new owner of my first Triumph, and I couldn't be happier!

My fiancee recently bought me a 1970 Triumph Trophy 250 "barn find". The seller told her that it has some electrical problems but otherwise was running just fine this last summer although I'm hesitant to crank it without making sure everything is up and working.

I've done some light work on motorcycles before, but I no longer have the tools and I'm getting married in less then a month so I definitely don't have the time to get it up and running right now.
I would love to have it going for the wedding... a week at the beach.

I'm hoping that someone could recommend a good mechanic in Raleigh, North Carolina who has experience with vintage Triumphs and can help me out!

All help is appreciated and thanks for your time!

My apologies if I posted this in the wrong forum.
 

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Congrats on the 250. I would love to have one myself. I'm not in your area, just wanted to say,haave fun with the bike, and don't get in a hurry. If you can afford to farm it out, great. Some folks will tell you the 250s are not worth the investment, but I would,'t pay 100,000 dollars for a dumb hand writtin song by John Lennon. I would slurge on the 250 though!!!! Good luck, from Dayton Ohio
 

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Thanks, Red.

Most of my riding life I've had track inspired and more powerful bikes but this looks like a fun, little "round town" bike. Maybe it's just my age, but power and speed aren't always everything (although they can be pretty damn fun!). Sometimes just riding town can be a kick in the pants.

I wish I had the time to tinker and do all the work myself and an old school single doesn't seem too intimidating to really get my hands dirty. I think you have a better connection with the bike when you known all its "ins" and "outs". Once you completely break it down you just have a feel when things are going a bit awry.

Having said that, with an impending marriage I do not have the time right now and it would just be a kick to have it to ride around the Outer Banks for the week leading up to the wedding next month hence my search for a good local wrench who knows their way around this bike.
 

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Thanks, Red.

Most of my riding life I've had track inspired and more powerful bikes but this looks like a fun, little "round town" bike. Maybe it's just my age, but power and speed aren't always everything (although they can be pretty damn fun!). Sometimes just riding town can be a kick in the pants.

I wish I had the time to tinker and do all the work myself and an old school single doesn't seem too intimidating to really get my hands dirty. I think you have a better connection with the bike when you known all its "ins" and "outs". Once you completely break it down you just have a feel when things are going a bit awry.

Having said that, with an impending marriage I do not have the time right now and it would just be a kick to have it to ride around the Outer Banks for the week leading up to the wedding next month hence my search for a good local wrench who knows their way around this bike.
Red,

Since you are in NC I have only one question with this "barn find",
Do you have the title? If yes fix it. If no sell it out of state.
Applying for the title is a year long job in NC and there is no
way to say that after you have rebuilt the bike and have gotten
to the point of passing inspection, that the State will give you
a title for the machine. Or even worse take the machine and
call it stolen.

I currently have on machine just rotting my basement because
of the title thing.

Do a Search on titles you shall see past posts.

Pookybear
 

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Red,

Since you are in NC I have only one question with this "barn find",
Do you have the title? If yes fix it. If no sell it out of state.
Applying for the title is a year long job in NC and there is no
way to say that after you have rebuilt the bike and have gotten
to the point of passing inspection, that the State will give you
a title for the machine. Or even worse take the machine and
call it stolen.

I currently have on machine just rotting my basement because
of the title thing.

Do a Search on titles you shall see past posts.

Pookybear
Thanks for the advice but it was actually a guy in Michigan found it in his neighbor's barn and solid it to my fiancee, title and all. So its completely legal and actually in pretty good shape.
Just need a mechanic around here to get it fully up and going.
 

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Thanks for the advice but it was actually a guy in Michigan found it in his neighbor's barn and solid it to my fiancee, title and all. So its completely legal and actually in pretty good shape.
Just need a mechanic around here to get it fully up and going.
Wow Averylen,

A barn find with a title, super sweet deal. So often it does not
work out that way. Keep that title in a safe place untill you are
ready to put back on the road. Everything that is 35 years or
older now has to go through the inspector before you can get
a new NC title. But since you have a title from another state it
should go pretty smooth. The local DMV can give you the
contact information for the inspector when the time comes to
get it back on the road.

Good luck with the new ride,

Pookybear
 

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Coolio for sure!

I am not exactly in your back yard but if you have occasion to make it to Cleveland TN (North of Chattanooga on I-75), I will work on your bike for free (you just supply parts). I am pretty good electrically so maybe you will just need some gremlin chasing and fluid changes.

Where in Michigan did the bike come from? (I am from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area).

Joe
 

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Coolio for sure!

I am not exactly in your back yard but if you have occasion to make it to Cleveland TN (North of Chattanooga on I-75), I will work on your bike for free (you just supply parts). I am pretty good electrically so maybe you will just need some gremlin chasing and fluid changes.

Where in Michigan did the bike come from? (I am from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area).

Joe
Thanks for the offer!

I hope it is as simple as a loose wire here and there and some fluids. Unfortunately, I haven't been riding much since I moved to NC (stolen bike :mad:) so I don't know any "backyard" mechanics around here and I just don't have the time for a road trip right now with my impending nuptials.

I found through a search on this board someone who mentioned Rod-o-Rama, a hot rod shop in town. I talked to a friendly guy down there who says that although they work more on custom hot rod cars they also do bike work. In fact he was working on a newer Triumph as we spoke. He is going to take a look at mine it next week. I don't have a trailer and he even offered to swing by my house to pick it up.

I'm not thrilled to pay shop prices on this, but considering the time frame I have, I want to get it up and running ASAP and I have no spare time right now, it may be my best option.

Again, thanks for the kind offer and making a newbie to Triumph and this board feel welcome.

Edit to add: I'm looking at the title right now and it's addressed Kalamazoo, Michigan so it looks like it's from your back yard. Small world.
 

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Wow Averylen,

A barn find with a title, super sweet deal. So often it does not
work out that way. Keep that title in a safe place untill you are
ready to put back on the road. Everything that is 35 years or
older now has to go through the inspector before you can get
a new NC title. But since you have a title from another state it
should go pretty smooth. The local DMV can give you the
contact information for the inspector when the time comes to
get it back on the road.

Good luck with the new ride,

Pookybear
Didn't know about the inspector.
Is it a long process?
 

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There are two groups that you might want to talk to:
Brit Iron Rebels
and the
Ton Up Boys

Both have active members in and around the Raleigh/Durham area. I can vouch for the Brit Iron Rebels. Great guys.

If you need contact info, PM me.

-simpson
 

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There are two groups that you might want to talk to:
Brit Iron Rebels
and the
Ton Up Boys

Both have active members in and around the Raleigh/Durham area. I can vouch for the Brit Iron Rebels. Great guys.

If you need contact info, PM me.

-simpson
PM sent.

Thanks!
 

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There are two groups that you might want to talk to:
Brit Iron Rebels
and the
Ton Up Boys

Both have active members in and around the Raleigh/Durham area. I can vouch for the Brit Iron Rebels. Great guys.

If you need contact info, PM me.

-simpson
I've heard of the Ton Up guys here in Raleigh, but heard theres only about 7 people in the group.

Never heard of the Brit Iron Rebels but their websit looks very cool. Do they lean Hinckley or Meridan?
I might contact them once I get my 68 Bonnie running.

Thanks for this info.
Cheers.
 

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Thanks for the advice but it was actually a guy in Michigan found it in his neighbor's barn and solid it to my fiancee, title and all. So its completely legal and actually in pretty good shape.
Just need a mechanic around here to get it fully up and going.
I hope he asked his neighbour if he could have it first, otherwise it would be stolen.

Jewel:)
 

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Thanks for all the help!

I've talk to guys at Rod-o-Rama here in Raleigh who can look at it the beginning of next week. They are a predominantly a hot rod shop (cars) but do work on bikes. Friendly guys.

Also, the guys at Capital BMW (formerly a Triumph dealer) gave me the name Joe Rankin of 2wheelconnection. His bikes look very nice but I'm worried he may be overqualified to help.

Anyone know of either of these outfits and have any experience or know their reputations?
 

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Was this bike the one thats on Craigslist in the N. Michigan section? If not there is one there at present. Its the trail 250 model


Thanks for the advice but it was actually a guy in Michigan found it in his neighbor's barn and solid it to my fiancee, title and all. So its completely legal and actually in pretty good shape.
Just need a mechanic around here to get it fully up and going.
 

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What kind of bike do you have with no title ?
I'm in Burnsville and have triumphs as well as other stuff. Possible trade.

Red,

Since you are in NC I have only one question with this "barn find",
Do you have the title? If yes fix it. If no sell it out of state.
Applying for the title is a year long job in NC and there is no
way to say that after you have rebuilt the bike and have gotten
to the point of passing inspection, that the State will give you
a title for the machine. Or even worse take the machine and
call it stolen.

I currently have on machine just rotting my basement because
of the title thing.

Do a Search on titles you shall see past posts.

Pookybear
 

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Was this bike the one thats on Craigslist in the N. Michigan section? If not there is one there at present. Its the trail 250 model
Fiancee bought it as a gift off of Ebay is all I can tell you.

Having some electric problems now. Someone rewired the thing with all the same colored wire. Scott at Rod-a-Rama replaced the condenser unit that seemed to be shorted out with a generic one he had at the shop. He tells me its getting much better and consistent spark now but the thing just won't kick. Tells me gas is getting where it is supposed to go and there is spark but maybe the timing is off... but he says it shouldn't be. He checked the wires and all seems pretty good there. Checked all connections and resistance. Checked the compression. I thought Spark + gas + air and I thought we'd be in business. Guess not.

I'm not pretty skeptical that this thing was running last year like the guy who sold it to my fiancee said it was.

It looks like I won't have this going for my wedding this week. Fiancee would have looked nice sitting on that with her wedding dress.
 

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Averyln,

I looked around for someone to work on my 68 Bonnie in this area. I had no luck either. So, I wound up taking a deep breath and doing the work myself. In fact, Ive now stripped off every single nut and bolt, had the frame powder coated, and am in the process of rebuilding the bike and doing an engine rebuild.

This was NOT the plan when I bought the bike. My original idea was to do a minimal amount of work to get the thing running. But, when I got into it things just got away with me and now its a complete nut and bolt resto job.

The only place relatively close that specializes in this sort of thing is Randy's up in Virginia. I may be wrong but thats all I could find within a 3 hour drive. There's also a bloke down in S. Carolina by the coast - but I think he's a BSA specialist.

Check out the links from VBMC:
http://www.virginiabritishmotorcycleclub.org/new_index.html

Maybe you could shoot for getting it restored for you 1 year anniversary?
 
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