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New guy to this forum #130736 12/16/07 12:44 pm
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Let me introduce myself.
Bud Smith
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I acquired a barn fresh 1963 t120 Bonneville a couple of weeks ago. It had not been off the stand since 1989. I drained all fluids flushed all and refilled. Gave her less than a dozen kicks and she is up and running again (LUCK).
Please check out pics.

http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&gid=18441099&uid=4185567&members=1


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Re: New guy to this forum #130737 12/16/07 12:52 pm
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Great Bike..Knock the rest of the dust off and ride the heck out of it..Welcome aboard and ask away if you have any trouble with the bike..

Cheers

Mike Carter

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It will be a while yet as the clutch is still stuck. Have not worked on it yet.

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Is that the ghost of a former owner flitting about in the picture? Spooky!

Sweet bike!


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Re: New guy to this forum #130740 12/16/07 2:05 pm
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I never noticed that, could be.
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Nice looking bike (ghosts notwithstanding) laugh

Re: New guy to this forum #130742 12/16/07 4:41 pm
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Nice bike you have there.Is this your first project purchased?What did the family think when it came home?At a quick glance looks pretty original.How did you come about getting it?The bike I bought wasn't that complete 64 bonneville.Luckily the parts are coming in.No matter what you do with it,great bike.People will always tell you that too.Hope you don't want to chopper it is all.Have fun with it.

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Bud: These are getting harder to find, but with so little changed you have yourself a treasure. I would document as much of the bike as possible before you do anything with it. There are a lot of one year only bits on this bike and it shares a lot of bits from non-unit bikes it replaced. Obvisouly it has a bit of personalization, but none that cannot be changed.

Great find!!! and thank you for sharing it with us!
John


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Nice find ! This bike is special to me , as that was my first motorcycle . 1963 Bonneville , I've all but given up finding one to fix up.
congradulations , you've give me new hope of finding one !


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Tri-Hook I see that youīre from "over the pond", otherwise there is a decent 63 Bonnie for sale here in Denmark. Not completely original, needs some work and propably very expensive compared to American bikes anyway. Matching numbers though.
1963 Bonnie


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Nice find. Very cool indeed.



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Hello All,

I don't know if you all looked at my pics, my first big bike back in the early 70's was the 61 triumph chopper in the pics. The bike I just bought for 1 large was a riding buddies from back then. I have been trying to talk him out of it for years. I guess he got tired of me bugging him about it and said "come get it". So I did.
This 63 will be a project bike as I don't need a rider, have the Road King for that. I am going to take my time and but her back to as original as I can. I will go thru the mechanics this winter, and ride some next summer. I will do motor next winter and paint. Good luck to me. smile

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Re: New guy to this forum #130748 12/18/07 6:24 pm
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Originally posted by Ducknaldo:
otherwise there is a decent 63 Bonnie for sale here in Denmark.
I could be wrong, but didn't the '63's have the TS footpeg under the frame/exhaust? The bike pictured here doesn't.....perhaps it's actually a '64?

Steve


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Re: New guy to this forum #130749 12/18/07 6:40 pm
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It's easy to modify for later footpegs. If it is a genuine '63, tapered bosses can still be seen on the rear frame section. Later frames do not have them.


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Re: New guy to this forum #130750 12/18/07 6:42 pm
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JubeePrince.: That is correct and I wondered about that too when I went to see the bike. I also wondered about the tank. Itīs not original either. But the numbers say itīs a 1963, thatīs all I can say. These details and the price made me NOT buy this bike. I hope someone who will truly appreciate the special bike and bring it back to original comes by and buy it. Instead I bought a 69 Bonnie which may not be as rare, but I know for a fact that the engine on the 69 is restored. The 63 owner didnīt really know anything about his bike, which was really a shame, but he didnīt seem to care. He was acutally not aware that his bike had matching numbers and what it means on a bike like that.
I have checked it and it was first registered in Denmark in 64 and the VIN number says 1963.
For anyone interested in the bike I can tell you that the asking price is 8700$, which is quite normal for an unrestored bike in Denmark.
Thatīs why I bought my bike in The Netherlands:-)

John


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smile So why do people call us cheap Charley? We are nice!
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Originally posted by BADBUD:
Hello All,

I don't know if you all looked at my pics, my first big bike back in the early 70's was the 61 triumph chopper in the pics. The bike I just bought for 1 large was a riding buddies from back then. I have been trying to talk him out of it for years. I guess he got tired of me bugging him about it and said "come get it". So I did.
This 63 will be a project bike as I don't need a rider, have the Road King for that. I am going to take my time and but her back to as original as I can. I will go thru the mechanics this winter, and ride some next summer. I will do motor next winter and paint. Good luck to me. smile

BADBUD
THIS bike you bought for 1 large, 1k, one thousand dollars????

That there's a RIDING BUDDY!!!!

If you wanna make a quick $500 let ANYBODY ON THIS BOARD know.

Welcome!

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