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Custom Triumph 500
#766785 02/28/19 10:31 pm
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This may be a long shot, but on page 17 and the back cover of Mike Brown's "Building Budget Brits" are pictures of a yellow custom Triumph 500 that I think is just awesome. I like it so much I would like to build something similar. Does any one know any thing about that custom bike? The forks are definitely not Triumph. The front brake drum is so small I wonder how effective it is. There are two antenna like things sticking up on each side of the rear axle. I'm curious what they are. For now, what time I get is devoted to rebuilding a 69 BSA Thunderbolt. But I'm keeping my eye out for a 69 or later 500 project bike. Most have already been restored and cost too much for such a project. If I can find a survivor in reasonable shape, and affordable, building something like the bike pictured just might be my next obsession.

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Re: Custom Triumph 500
Tracey Spear #766867 03/01/19 10:10 pm
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The forks look to me like Betors off of a Spanish trials bike (Montesa Cota?). Likewise for the front brake (which would be useless and dangerous on the street) and likely the entire 21" front wheel. All I see coming off the rear axle are spokes, but your eyes are probably better than mine. Too bad we are, like, 1500 miles apart, because I have a 500 Triumph that I built 30 years ago and should sell ... after I put the engine back in the frame, etc. It is a '67 T100SS (Daytona) frame with a '74 TR5T engine. I have titles for both the frame and engine. It is a mild custom (Marzocchi forks, "Mojave" tank, custom seat, different fenders, "superbike" bars, etc.).

Re: Custom Triumph 500
J. Charles Smith #767362 03/06/19 2:59 pm
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That sounds like a nice 500- those late engines are the best.


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