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72 TR 6- what to look for?? #252592
05/08/09 2:05 pm
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I am going to look at a 72 Triumph Tiger this afternoon. Being a BSA guy primarily, any hints of what to look for, listen for, etc would be great. This is advertised as complete, original except for paint, with a rebuilt motor some years ago.

Can any of you Triumph guys help me out?

Thanks

Zimm

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Re: 72 TR 6- what to look for?? [Re: Zimm] #252628
05/08/09 5:21 pm
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1)All people selling used motorcycles are liars.
2)What's the limit on your credit cards.
3)If you like it, buy it.
It took 8 years and $12,000 to get my 72 right and the seller swore every nut, bolt and gasket was new.
Been working on my 68 for 7 years now and it's still not right and it was "As close to museum quality as you can get for this price". I paid $7,500 for it.
When they are right they are wonderful.


1968 T120R
1972 T120RV
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Re: 72 TR 6- what to look for?? [Re: desco] #252637
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Pretty basic bike much same issues as you would have with BSA . If you can ride it check the transmission my 72 had a clutch / tranny issue . There is a lot written on the brakes on the 71 & 72 triumphs mine were never awe inspiring .

Re: 72 TR 6- what to look for?? [Re: desco] #252664
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Ain't that so Desco. Mine looked picture perfect but had lots of problems. Trouble is the old Triumph mechanics are gone and the new guys just don't know them and/or are simply after a quick buck.

Thank God for this forum!! RR


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Re: 72 TR 6- what to look for?? [Re: desco] #252701
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Originally Posted By: desco
1)All people selling used motorcycles are liars.
2)What's the limit on your credit cards.
3)If you like it, buy it.
It took 8 years and $12,000 to get my 72 right and the seller swore every nut, bolt and gasket was new.
Been working on my 68 for 7 years now and it's still not right and it was "As close to museum quality as you can get for this price". I paid $7,500 for it.
When they are right they are wonderful.



Makes me smile Desco, a very similar story for me too, it was certainly not all smiles on the way.

There must be good readily usable bikes out there but they seem not to be for sale.


1969 TR6R
7.62 x 51 is not a maths puzzle.

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