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Re: T65 1973
gavin eisler #758077 12/04/18 6:42 am
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Originally Posted by gavin eisler
The earlier TLS brake has wider shoes, a good thing. And it has a sturdier looking front mudguard mounting. Not a bad brew. Plus point for taking the ignition switch off the side panel, thats a pain if you use panniers, I wonder how the switch plays with the air box?

I shouldnt try to second guess TT, maybe he meant something to do with the rubber mount theory?

The BSA script on the strobe cover is a unique item. Same as a Rocket 3?
I dont see why someone would fake all this, looks genuine to me, wonder what the nos are?


if you mean frame engine numbers they match and are as above.

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Re: T65 1973
r.bartlett #758078 12/04/18 6:58 am
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Originally Posted by r.bartlett
Originally Posted by triton thrasher
Originally Posted by L.A.B.

Something odd about that front engine mounting?
Looks like it could be an attempt to rubber-mount the engine?
The long lower engine mounting bolt also looks as if it could be missing?


Wonder what they did with the rear mounting.

is that a question or a statement -ie have they done something as I can't see anything untoward?


As Gavin says, it’s about the knicker elastic. I suppose it’s a statement that I was wondering about it.

The reason for my wondering was that the front mounting appears to be in a pair of Metalastik bushes, probably meant to allow the the front end of the power unit to oscillate vertically, isolating the frame from engine vibration.

That incurs a requirement for flexible mounting at the rear of the gearbox as well, or you can expect loosening studs and/or broken lugs. A rigid head steady would be ruled out as well, I think.

I know there isn’t much radial movement in a Metalastik that size, but I bet there’s enough to cause problems.



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Re: T65 1973
r.bartlett #758093 12/04/18 11:33 am
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"if you mean frame engine numbers they match and are as above."
oops missed that. All kosher then.


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Re: T65 1973
trevinoz #758103 12/04/18 2:45 pm
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Originally Posted by trevinoz
It looks OK.
It has the 8" front brake from the earlier models, no patent plate and the primary inspection plate which is exclusive to the model.
I own number 135 which I believe to have been a South Australian Police bike.

does it have a solid front engine mount?

Re: T65 1973
r.bartlett #758176 12/04/18 11:47 pm
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About 500 of these were built from JH15101. The first 265 were built as the BSA T65 and the remainder were bulit as Triumph TR6RVs. I have owned examples of both including an ex SA Police one (they had around 30 although mine wasn't delivered until May 73). Police spec is believed to be single seat and chonometric speedo (no tacho), the ones I owned had speedo and tacho. Other differences as pointed out are the alternator cover, plain timing cover, tank (to fit the BSA badges) and the special bolt to adapt the TLS brake to the alloy forks. It is also possible that the earlier ones used up stocks of the high frames, later ones were low framed, based on the two that I owned. They were sent to many different overseas destinations from Europe, the Middle East to Hong Kong although I believe only a few remained in UK. Trevinoz has a register as do I, although I think his is more complete. I still have an original handbook and parts book for the T65. Get a dating certificate from Triumph Owners Club or VMCC to verify more details.

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