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Hello all! First post...

I've assumed ownership of a Triumph but it's in pieces and all not there. Decoding the VIN reveals that it is indeed a 1996 Speed Triple. By the dirt in/on some of the pieces, I would think it was wrecked. But I didn't see any scratches or damage to the frame or engine covers, although the front wheel has "bent" written on it in chalk.

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I'm not sure if it is worth rebuilding or should just be parted out to finance some other heap. Either way I would like a running bike, and the supplier of the heap would like a riding partner.

Where do I begin?

What is missing?

Who/where are some good resources for used parts, and other essential supppliers? I know nothing of the Triumph, or for that matter, motorcycle world.

I have a few hundred to spare immediately if there are any ebay/cragislist type of deals I should jump on right away. Ultimately I would just like to see it run and serve as a weekend toy/occasional summertime commuter. It by no means has to be perfect, e.g. I'll happily accept a dented tank for a fair price.

Help!!
 

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Welcome to the forum DYS.

It's a bit hard to tell at this point just how good a score your Speed Triple is. You really need to start putting it together to find out how much is missing and what needs replacing. I couldn't see a pair of forks or a cylinder head in there for starters. Parts for these can be hard to find and expensive depending on where you are but a healthy Speedy is a great looking bike and rewarding to own and ride.

There are plenty of guys here to help with what you might need. Good luck with it.
 

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I agree with Syd, it would rely on having all parts available, they can be a little hard to find at times, depending on which country you are in.

If you go down the rebuild path, I would be concerned as to why the motor is open and how long has it been laying around like that. The bent front end could be easily replaced with parts from other models such as Suzuki and Kawasaki if genuine bits are not available. At the end of the day, a well sorted Speed Triple is a gem of a bike and one that a lot of people cherish and will never part with! Be aware though, it won't be a quick build, there is alot of work there and some serious dollars to spend. Most of the expense could well be with the mill.

If it all looks a bit too daunting, I don't think anyone here would be critical of you parting it out and funding a running bike. Those parts would be snapped up pretty quickly and you would make some good dollars.

Let us know which way you go, you will get all the help you need here!

Cheers,

Roden
 

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Personally, I would sell the parts and buy another runaround. The amount of money it would cost to get that bike up and running would get you another hack.
Unless of course you're the sort of person who likes to tinker and source parts. In which case it'll be something to get stuck into.
 

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it looks mostly there.the parts are quite easy to source from atoher t3 models.
you could have quite a project there, and depending how deep you want tyo go into this you could come out with an absolute gem.
personally, i would get the frame, and all the brackets powder coated, while the engine is stripped i would have all of that freshly painted too.
replace all the wheel bearings, and suspension bearings and bushes
get rear shock refurbed.
new front wheel.
new big end bearings (quite cheap and easy to change.)
check for the upgraded sprag clutch on the starter.
reseal the calipers (can be costly)
then you should be about ready to put it all together, and it should be good as new.
others will probably post things that i have missed, but regardless, if it was my project i would jump in with both feet.time should really not be an issue when taking on a task of this size, so if you were to do as i suggested, take your time, and only buy the best bits and you will finish with an enviable machine!
 

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If you have the time & money to throw at it, it could be an extremely rewarding project. Starting with a missing cylinder head, though, says it would probably require a fair amount of both to get sorted.

Best of luck whichever way you go....

Cheers,
-Kit
 

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Looks 90% there to me....if your keen bolt together the rolling chassis, you could get the front wheel straightened maybe..?

As a rough guide towards cost you will need to price up tank, forks and engine & seat...the reason I say engine is because it would probably be cheaper & easier to get another lump and keep that for spares or sell on.

Another thread is also detailing the idea of bolting a Busa forks end on...so you have options.

If selling you have some good saleable parts there too..seat cowls go for good money, so too do coils & ingniter boxes, the front brake set up (including discs) are sort after by trident owners wanting to upgrade, clocks also go for good money (rev counters are £200 new..and they all break at some point !!!!).

So good news is it's worth something..good luck with it ;-)
 

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Thank you for your input everyone!!!

So I guess this is the manual I will need. Are there any other, more comprehensive shop manuals I should be aware of before I drop the hammer on this one?

http://www.amazon.com/Triumph-Triples-carburettor-engines-Service/dp/1844256278/ref=sr_11_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1239550213&sr=11-1

I know some manufacturer's parts counter software is available on the net, complete with exploded parts diagrams and such. Anything relevant to my interests to be had?

After a bit of poking around the net for all things Speed Triple, I have deduced that I have a T300 series Speed Triple with an 885cc engine, six speed trans.

So far the major parts I require are:

Six speed trans
885cc top end
Forks
Tank
Seat
Bodywork

I'm located in Albany, NY and the nearest offical Triumph dealers are a fair distance from me, should I bother or stick to scrounging on the net? Are there any specialist Triumph breakers or other folks who miraculously produce difficult to source Triumph parts I should get cozy with? I know that the BMW car club sponsors track days and gives discounts on parts, anything like this for Triumph?

Fortunately for my checkbook, I'm fairly handy. Currently a certified welder and have the materials and facilites to fabricate most anything that does not require a lathe or mill. Though I do have access to a CNC router table that can cut aluminum. I'm fairly certain I could cut and bend up some brackets, pegs, whatever, even handle bars. Not so sure I would want to try and pound out a gas tank though.

There is precious little on the net regarding hopped up internal engine components and valve trains. I'm sure I'm missing something, are there any uprated parts I could be throwing in there when I rebuild this mill? Any talkative tuners around? Cheap bore/stroke swaps with other motors possible?

I also see that there is some talk of fork swaps. Worth looking into? If I can more readily source forks from another bike that are cheaper and perform better, why not?
 

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Oh, and can I go to the dealer and order a new key, or is it more cost effective to buy a used ignition w/ key somewhere?
 

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Sounds like you're in it to win it. :D

If you have no forks, you may as well go with a set of the USD Zooks.

I was thinking about pistons & cylinders/liners from a G1 955 engine when I was going to rebuild my dead Trident.

Stick with the 'net for parts. There's a whole thread in the Mods & Shop forum about suppliers:

http://www.triumphrat.net/modifications-and-workshop-talk/8149-used-parts-suppliers.html

You may be better off with a used ignition set. I may have a set available, but I won't know for sure until I start packing in earnest. If you have the key number, it's only $55 from a dealer. If you don't have the number, a new lockset is $450.

Good luck, & keep us posted!

Cheers,
-Kit
 
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