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Two Triumph kinda guy
#777774 07/02/19 2:39 pm
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Well , when a deal that too good to pass up comes along you must take it right..... So now I have two Triumphs... But worry not, Im still a BSA guy !!!

So I picked up a job for Hugh out in the Hamptons . A 72 Bonneville that has been sitting since at least 2004. Rusted to hell ... Or so it looks. Motors not locked up or anything. I loaded the bike and told the guy that I liked it because it was all original. And I always liked that gold paint scheme . So low and behold the guy calls me a few days later and asks if I wanna buy it. I talked to Hugh cause I didnt want to jeopardize a great friendship by stealing away possible profit for him... Although I assured him that he could still do the job as intended.... Im sure he would have bought the bike and flipped it so I needed to ask.... He gave his blessing and now it's at the shop getting it's intended service.

So the bike is a one owner with 7700 miles on it. 650 with 5 speed trans. Bought at Cardinal Motors .. Long out of business.... Owners name is(was) Don Green . born in 1953..... I say this because the next day after buying it he called me to tell me that the dealer stamped his initials and birthday in the vin number. That had me seriously worried!!!! I immediately went to inspect the numbers.... Sure enough right there in the middle of the vin number is DG 53.... We all laughed and laughed.... Surely this had to be a coincidence because they looked to be legit untampered with correct numbers .... laughing But Im sure Don told and believed that to be the case all these years.... Maybe the dealer even told him it was true?

Well here she is in all her rusty glory.... Yes I have some polishing to do.... After I hear it run wink

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800 bucks was just too hard to pass up. It looks to be all correct except for the mufflers.... Now I need one more BSA to keep the ratio correct shocked


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wadeschields #777775 07/02/19 2:46 pm
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That’s a LOT of motorcycle for .8K. Well done!

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wadeschields #777782 07/02/19 4:08 pm
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Looking Good Wade man dude.... grin


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wadeschields #777791 07/02/19 5:22 pm
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SCORE!


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wadeschields #777810 07/02/19 9:53 pm
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I had 72 back in 73. I think mufflers are correct for that year ! Or at least similar style!
I’ll give you $1,000! Ha!

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wadeschields #777812 07/02/19 9:58 pm
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Similar bikes imported from the USA end up on UK eBay for GBP2000 or more. A bit of a gamble, it might start and run. Sludge trap!

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wadeschields #777823 07/02/19 11:42 pm
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Super score !! The mufflers look correct to me.


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Re: Two Triumph kinda guy
wadeschields #777831 07/03/19 1:26 am
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good to know thanks


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wadeschields #777833 07/03/19 1:31 am
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Cool score, Wade! clap

OK so a buddy of mine had the same year bike. He happened upon it I think, but there was a story that went along with it. It was a "home market" model bike with the square-ish home market tank. My friend bought it from an older guy who had been in the military either in England or Europe and was getting discharged in 1972, The bloke decided he wanted a Triumph 650, but by the time he got around to it, it was very late in the game, and he had to search far & wide, finally finding his bike, which must have been one of THE very last. 650s around by then. I'm not sure my buddy ever did have his heart in it- the fuel tank leaked a little and for some reason my friend never could get it fixed. He eventually sold the bike on, never did ride it too much over the time he owned it.

This was, of course, long before I ever had a computer and maybe even before this website. Too bad he doesn't still have it, I'd love to run the numbers on it to see if it was indeed a very late production 72 and it'd be fun to compare it to your bike too!


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Sure thing Tom .... If you still know him then we'll compare notes


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I like the handlebar ornament - or will that get tossed?. I call those custom exhaust clamps "clown collars". They look like the frilly collar that you see on some clowns. I devised a way to trim the clown collars to have a less exaggerated shape. It involved mounting a clamp to a sliding 90 degree panel fitted on the slot on my table saw. The saw was fitted with a metal cutting disc for non ferrous metals. I tilted the disc and made passes, rotating the collar one fin at a time. They came out perfect. There's a photo here somewhere...
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Thats super nice Al


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Just FYI while the 750 Bonnie started production in 1973 the 650 Bonnies were still produced in 1973 and 1974-- although in small numbers.
In fact these very last 650 Bonnies are very nice bikes.
They have the front disc brake, the triplex primary chain and the 6 bolt tappet inspection covers introduced for the 750.
Perhaps no coincidence that I have a couple of them!

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Wylie Coyote, too cool


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Tridentman #777916 07/03/19 11:46 pm
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Originally Posted by Tridentman

In fact these very last 650 Bonnies are very nice bikes.
They have the front disc brake, the triplex primary chain and the 6 bolt tappet inspection covers introduced for the 750.
Perhaps no coincidence that I have a couple of them!

The last of the '72 bikes also share some features of the 750. My T120V EG features push-in pipes and the 6-bolt valve covers.


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