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What I did with my classic Triumph today?

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As a Hinkley triple owner (don't hate me guys!) I sometimes also read the threads on that section of the Triumph Rat forum and they have a long running thread "what I did to my classic triple today" or something very similar. Posters put up a few lines about what they did with their 'bikes that day..... polished it, rode it, rebuilt it, crashed it, etc etc you get the idea, anything goes really.

Anyway, thought it might be worth starting a similar thread here as I'm selling the "modern" 'bike and concentrating on my classics.
I'll start it off....

Today I got back my speedo which I'd sent to the UK for repair. It was working but had a lot of needle "flutter". Looks like new (still) and can't wait to try it out....

OK who's next?

Richard
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I fitted new rear shocks to my Bonnie, I hope they work, the ones I got with the bike were cheap rubbish with sod all damping, just rock hard!
I hope the new ones are an improvement, I haven't had time to try them out yet.

Webby
Me too!! I settled for Hagon but Koni would be a better bit of gear I think. RR
Me too!! I settled for Hagon but Koni would be a better bit of gear I think. RR
I agree that Koni would be better ,but for the fact that Koni no longer makes bike shocks.

When I went looking for them some months back I learned that they were not making twin shocks any more,what a dissapointment.
I agree that Koni would be better ,but for the fact that Koni no longer makes bike shocks.

When I went looking for them some months back I learned that they were not making twin shocks any more,what a dissapointment.
Koni production continues under the name "IKON" in Australia. I recently bought a pair for my Guzzi SP (Identical to the old Koni "dial a ride" shocks). Same excellent quality, not cheap, but worth it.
Koni production continues under the name "IKON" in Australia. I recently bought a pair for my Guzzi SP (Identical to the old Koni "dial a ride" shocks). Same excellent quality, not cheap, but worth it.
Why is it everthing from Oz costs so much,the Trispark ignition is more than double the cost of a Boyer and almost double as much as the others?As soon as I have the extra cash I`ll be getting a Trispark,I`m desperate to know if they are as good as some say.
Why is it everthing from Oz costs so much,the Trispark ignition is more than double the cost of a Boyer and almost double as much as the others?As soon as I have the extra cash I`ll be getting a Trispark,I`m desperate to know if they are as good as some say.
Firstly, Australia is often referred to as the "lucky country".

When economic times are hard, we dig another hole in the ground (minerals), and all is well. Subsequently we have learned to live beyond our means, and will not work for a reasonable wage. Therefore anything made here will not be cheap. That's the sum of it.

Save yourself some money and buy a Pazon EI unit from NZ. RR
Got myself a '62 Slimline Featherbed rolling chassis so trying to decide 'What Motor' This one will be a Cafe Racer for sure......
Unit Triumph? Norton Atlas? Big Beezer A65? A10??
Hope i don't die before i get the chance to kill myself on it!
Sounds like fun NickL,
There's a bloke on the accessnorton forum selling an atlas lump, that would bolt straight in :)

Webby

Here's the link http://www.accessnorton.com/post96224.html#p96224
Firstly, Australia is often referred to as the "lucky country".

When economic times are hard, we dig another hole in the ground (minerals), and all is well. Subsequently we have learned to live beyond our means, and will not work for a reasonable wage. Therefore anything made here will not be cheap. That's the sum of it.

Save yourself some money and buy a Pazon EI unit from NZ. RR
What do you know about the Trispark that you`re not telling?

Fess up!
Tri-spark

I have tri-spark on my Trident and am very happy with it. I inquired about the rev-limiter model for my TR7, but those are made for racing only. I suppose that would include an advance curve appropriate for racing but not street riding. I think Tri-spark is on the leading edge of technology, but all the others now have the idle-calming feature too. Bob
So I don't commit the great sin of double-posting - see my "72 Bonnie....." thread for all that happened in the last 2 days...... :D
I have tri-spark on my Trident and am very happy with it. I inquired about the rev-limiter model for my TR7, but those are made for racing only. I suppose that would include an advance curve appropriate for racing but not street riding. I think Tri-spark is on the leading edge of technology, but all the others now have the idle-calming feature too. Bob
How do you describe the idle-calming feature,I`ve read that users report a better idle with this system?
Gator stopped by and rode my bike. Bob
Bob - missed this! You shoulda posted on the '72 Bonnie..." thread! I think everyone there would love it!

I never knew Alberta was a biker or that she loved Triumph's like I do!

I woulda let her ride in the back seat of my '51 Ford Crestliner instead of the trunk if I knew that! And then maybe one of the charges against us - "cruel transportation of an animal", with a 2 yr. max sentence and $2,000 fine wouldn't have been filed!

They pulled the law from around 1900 when people would truck around horses, pigs and cows in trucks in freezing temps and kill them 'cause they didn't know anything then about wind chill factor.......
idle

How do you describe the idle-calming feature,I`ve read that users report a better idle with this system?
I think it's a marketing thing. Back when points were the only option, it was a matter of pride to get the idle as low as possible, believing that this was a sign of a well-tuned engine. If you could idle slower than a loping Harley, you could gloat. The only thing the EI knows is your engine speed and the only thing it can vary is the advance and possibly duration of the spark. I can't think of how the duration or strength of the spark would vary, once the field inside the coil collapses, it sparks. All of this happens downstream from the ignition box. In a points system it either makes contact or not assuming your condensers work. If it works, it's a wonderful thing. My newest EI is 4 years old. I'm curious too. I haven't varied the timing after strobing at high RPM and don't remember the effects of timing on idle speed. It's been set-it-and-forget-it and I forgot. Bob
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kidnapping

So Gator: What did you plea bargain your gator kidnapping down to? I've never been in the trunk of a 51 Ford , but who got to open the trunk and let the gator out?
Triton

Got myself a '62 Slimline Featherbed rolling chassis so trying to decide 'What Motor' This one will be a Cafe Racer for sure......
Unit Triumph? Norton Atlas? Big Beezer A65? A10??
Hope i don't die before i get the chance to kill myself on it!
Tritons command a high price lately. The weight and vibration of the Atlas motor would be a negative factor. I expect the motor that is closest to running condition would be a plus. Old school choppers seem to be the most common source for running motors. For a true cafe racer, the unit Triumph would be fastest and therefore the best. Bob
So Gator: What did you plea bargain your gator kidnapping down to? I've never been in the trunk of a 51 Ford , but who got to open the trunk and let the gator out?
Bob - how about we move this matter to my '72 Bonnie thread ..... don't want anyone think that we'd like to hijack this one........ :)
Last weekend I did a rattle can job on the BSA side panels, today the sun came out so I fitted them to my Tiger, oh yes the wife found cans of Sheperd Neame Spitfire in the hypermarket 1.30 Euro per pint can, happy days indeed !
Bill.

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Nice job Bill! Those look great, very professional looking job. Did you ever paint your tank, or still polished?

The best thing I've done for my bike recently is buy a 55 gallon drum of Phillips 100 octane race fuel. Street legal, no metals like lead, so I can use it in my new bike too, and zero ethanol so I can store it longer.

Everyone ride safely,

Ron
Put about 50 miles on the T120V, ran out of gas after my reserve only lasted for 4 miles (????????) and pushed her a short 2 blocks to a station on flat roads......
Put about 50 miles on the T120V, ran out of gas after my reserve only lasted for 4 miles (????????) and pushed her a short 2 blocks to a station on flat roads......
Same thing happened to me on my T140V. Turned out it had two reserve taps, because you are supposed to run with both taps open. I fitted a main tap, because I don't do a lot of 'vigorous riding' (aka racing).

Cheers,
Neil.
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