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optimistic or what #129502
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Re: optimistic or what #129503
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Re: optimistic or what #129504
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Can't see how he values it as he does- there are 1000s of 5-speed T120s - so what if this is a year early ?! confused

Better a later one when the 5 speed box was properly sorted out- earyl ones I read somewhere had chocolate cogs -really ! laughing


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Re: optimistic or what #129505
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Another one of those guys that's able to sleep inside the house instead of the garage because his wife gave him an ultimatum to sell the bike, and so he put it up for sale (at HIS price).

....well, it did have those rare "early blockade" black pipes with chrome mufflers, and the even more rare aqua paint job. Those rare features keep jumping out at me, including the ultra-rare "smooth-top" seat, I'm sure that must've been a one-year-only feature.

That's the first time I've heard of the "early 5-speed" model.


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Re: optimistic or what #129506
11/27/07 5:36 pm
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This is plainly another one of those 'stamp an additional letter onto the end of the serial number' (ala T120RT) and make a fortune type deals.

laughing


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Re: optimistic or what #129507
11/27/07 6:44 pm
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Lovely setting for the photos, eh? :rolleyes:


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Re: optimistic or what #129508
11/27/07 7:33 pm
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The only thing rare about that bike is the price!


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Re: optimistic or what #129509
11/27/07 10:34 pm
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I am beginning to think my T25T is rare. I mean, how many came with the factory peace sign sticker?

I think $10K oughta do...


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Re: optimistic or what #129510
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Although I am a BSA man now I did have several Bonnies back in the day.

I had a '71 4 speed and a '72 5 speed and can clearly recall the differences. No doubt others on this forum will have similar memories of the era, and obviously it has been covered in any number of books and magazines.
My recollection was that the '71 5 speed was basically just a standard bike but with the first of the new (weak) gearbox fitted. The RV suffix was indeed a little rare purely in that it didn't last long before the 'R' was dropped. My '72 was a T120V still fitted with the problematic gearbox,- ....who didn't have to replace 1st and 2nd cogs ?
Although the '72 was considerably improved on the earlier model again my memory tells me the gear box was strengthened only later, perhaps for the '73 models.
So I am thinking that the RV model was basically short-lived, purely because the designator was changed to reflect all the improvements incorporated on the revamped model released for the '72 model year.


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Re: optimistic or what #129511
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Triumph made 5 speed T120RV, TR6CV, TR6RV, etc. models in 1971. RF, one of your Georgia cousins, Dan Boyer, has one.

They were not plentiful, but certainly NOT rare.
John


Re: optimistic or what #129512
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Re: optimistic or what #129513
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I question the rarity of the Aussie '71 120RV. I bought my '71 Bonnie five speed, serial GE26194RV new in August of 1971 from Triumph Detroit, Bob Leppan's shop. He had the gearbox modified very shortly thereafter. I still own and ride the bike and after 25 years in storage it only has actual 8946 miles on it and it's all original. If I believe the guy's pricing logic, my bike must be worth a small fortune. Not! I found a great tuner and after cleaning and tuning it up, putting on new Avons,and some new riding gear, it's still a great ride!!!
I must be one of the lucky "200" so I'll just keep it and ride on.

George Gilligan
Ann Arbor, MI


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Re: optimistic or what #129514
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Quote:
Originally posted by GrandPaul:

....well, it did have those rare "early blockade" black pipes with chrome mufflers, and the even more rare aqua paint job. Those rare features keep jumping out at me, including the ultra-rare "smooth-top" seat, I'm sure that must've been a one-year-only feature.

That's the first time I've heard of the "early 5-speed" model.
yes but most importantly he caught himself in time from replacing the rare and prized leaf spring plunger, and it probably got the first issue original gears too, so obviously will fetch the small premium someone will be prepared to pay for this...rare early 3 speeder as !st & 2nd dont work....but if you cant quite afford this rare 71...


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Re: optimistic or what #129515
11/28/07 4:14 pm
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649: I got to e-bay too late, the bidding had already ended.

I have always wanted to have a bike that would let me proudly say it was the only one of it's kind in the world, then I realized I've got a dozen of 'em out back!


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Re: optimistic or what #129516
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its back again. but you'd better be quick...the price is lowered...$11000 reserve not met
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Very-Very-rare197...1QQcmdZViewItem


there shoild be a seperate eBay comedy hour forum on here


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Re: optimistic or what #129517
11/30/07 3:03 pm
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649 - Great idea about e-bay comedy hour thread.

Notice it is not just "rare", not "very rare", but "VERY VERY RARE".

Too bad I don't have extra space in the shed.

Everyone: If you had a very very rare T120, would you sell it to buy a T140?


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Re: optimistic or what #129518
11/30/07 6:08 pm
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eBay quote... "As I have a T140 to pick up this weekend so this bike has to go, so I have re-listed for a shorter time and lower price if you have any Questions contact me as it won't last!!!!"

"It won't last" as in "make it around the block" ???

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Re: optimistic or what #129519
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Quote:
with 3 offers over $9,000 and 2 days to go why would I worry about wankers that pretend to ride on the net
This is the reply I received to couple of my own questions and a couple that I 'borrowed ' from this thread.

NICE GUY!


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Re: optimistic or what #129520
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If I had an offer over $9,000, I'd be LONG GONE.


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Re: optimistic or what #129521
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Quote:
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with 3 offers over $9,000 and 2 days to go why would I worry about wankers that pretend to ride on the net
This is the reply I received to couple of my own questions and a couple that I 'borrowed ' from this thread.

NICE GUY!
same reply for me, but with a link to prove its rare...Im convinced...as a matter of fact Id say VERY VERY VERY rare
As I have 2 offers over $9,000 tell me why I would be interested in the view of some wankers on a forum now your turn to follow a link http://n5lkj.net/motorcycles/1971_Triumph_Bonneville_T120RV.htm
Dont forget you dont have to buy but if you want to just make an offer


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Re: optimistic or what #129522
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Down to $9500 no reserve...the reality check is happening


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Re: optimistic or what #129523
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Glad he is from Queensland, otherwise Nigel and I would have to cudgel some common sense into him. bigt


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Queensland eh? Obviously been out in the sun for too long...

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649-Saw the website you posted on the 71 from a couple of years ago. The guy wanted to know if anyone knew of another bike in original condition like his. I sent him my serial number which is T120RVGE26194, or 6 bikes earlier than his to show him I also have an original "rare" 71
five speed,to which I got no response. The difference in rare, more rare, and rarest is in the mind of the beholder and perhaps, the weed you're smokin' at the time.

George G.


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Re: optimistic or what #129526
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Ok, this guy is away with the fairies too

http://n5lkj.net/motorcycles/index.htm

he wants $25,495 for his Very Very Rare example.

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