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#257016 - 06/03/09 2:23 am Triumph Bonneville colors  
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I just got me a nice 1968 Bonneville , it looks like it hasn't been messed with too much. I'm looking for what colors were on these and try to figure out if mine still has the original paint.Thanks.

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#257026 - 06/03/09 3:00 am Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: MCJim]  
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Hi Fi Scarlet over bright gold base, a 2 1/8" silver sheen stripe down the center of the tank top with a gold pin stripe down each side of the silver stripe. If I could figure out how to post a picture of mine it would knock your socks off.


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#257029 - 06/03/09 3:03 am Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: desco]  
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For what I can tell; although it may be argued-mine is 100% original paint for US models. Hi-fi Scarlet w/silver stripe and gold pinstripes.

#257033 - 06/03/09 3:58 am Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: theageofindustry]  
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well, I guess that mine is not original. Was scarlet the only color? What the hell do I have?

#257046 - 06/03/09 6:02 am Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: MCJim]  
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Hi Fi scarlet was/is applied over a silver sheen base. Not sure from the pic but looks like a home market or 3.5 gal TR6 tank. Also has 69 front brake plate.
All the best
Rod

#257085 - 06/03/09 12:42 pm Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: R Moulding]  
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I got my paint from Don Hutchinson, the U.S. authority on Triumph paint schemes. Even if he was wrong on the gold base it looks hot. If you can explain how to post a photo in photobucket without using the words copy, cut or paste and without computer jargon that makes no sense I will show you. Your tank is fine, I would kill to have map rack.


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#257086 - 06/03/09 12:50 pm Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: MCJim]  
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Hi,

Originally Posted By: Redmoggy
Hi Fi scarlet was/is applied over a silver sheen base.

Ime, certainly by '68/'69, this is more likely, for a number of reasons:-

1. By then, almost all Triumph (and BSA) colours were 'candies'. As a minimum, any candy consists of a translucent tinted lacquer over a 'ground coat' (as Candy Apple term it), and the 'ground coats' then available were Gold, Silver or White ... the three colours which also happen to feature most as 'second colours' in Triumph and BSA schemes of the period. wink

2. While Triumph did sometimes have a 'second colour' that obviously wasn't the main (candy) colour's ground coat, the production difficulties inherent in the additional masking and drying time meant it was very rare, and I would've thought especially so on the range (650's) Triumph produced and sold most of in the late 1960's.

3. Also, everything else being equal, any given translucent lacquer over a Gold ground coat will give a slightly duller and darker finished shade than the same lacquer over Silver. I know of at least one scheme where Gold was specified in the parts book but actual production was Silver.

Originally Posted By: Redmoggy
silver sheen

Finally, be aware that, afaik, there are (at least) two different paints Triumph called 'Silver Sheen'. The first was a metallic used before the mid-1960's, the second was the Candy Apple Silver ground coat; at the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, they shouldn't be confused. wink

Originally Posted By: MCJim
What the hell do I have?

A p.o. fancied what looks like the 1960 Bonny scheme?

Hth.

Regards,

#257100 - 06/03/09 1:42 pm Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: Stuart]  
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Nothing to add color-wise, I just wanted to mention that I love the look of the parcel rack on the tank.

Carry on. smile

#257123 - 06/03/09 3:17 pm Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: justrob]  
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The 1968 TR6R had the larger tank with the parcel rack and the blue and white color scheme. You may have a TR6R that has a dual carb head or a T120 that has the TR6R tank or you may have something completely different. Check this website out for original brochures and ads that show the differences in the models and paint:
http://www.classicbike.biz/Triumph/Brochures/Brochures.htm
Scott

#257156 - 06/03/09 5:46 pm Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: OriginalScott]  
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That's also not the right seat for a 68 bonnie; sorry, but I do love the look. I have a slimline bonnie tank in need of paint I would trade for that sweetheart. I'd even cough up the badges that a fellow member just painted for me in the stock white/black over chrome.
PM me if that's the route your planning.

#257163 - 06/03/09 6:33 pm Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: theageofindustry]  
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Thanks for the replies;it is a matching numbers (DU674XX) Bonnevile.Yeah , the seat has been recovered.I will post some better pics later.Any critiquing is appreciated.

#257198 - 06/03/09 8:23 pm Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: MCJim]  
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Here are a couple more pics for you.




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#257367 - 06/04/09 4:25 pm Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: theageofindustry]  
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Here are a couple more pics. Any advice?


#257430 - 06/04/09 11:30 pm Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: MCJim]  
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It's not right but it is pretty. Just chock it up as a sweet, sweet daily driver.

Wrong seat

Wrong Exhaust

Missing air filters

Missing shock covers

Tank

Just because it's wrong doesn't mean it's not right. I like it.

Somebody chromed the passenger peg mounts

Finned aluminum points cover is suppose to be chromed stamped steel

Oil breather tube on wrong sid eof rear fender

Front brake right side dust cover is supposed to be square slotted; although mine has that same one.

#257432 - 06/04/09 11:32 pm Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: MCJim]  
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Yeah, replace the mufflers, velocity stacks and cables with the correct parts, get new tires and ride the heck out of it! Or, if you feel like a complete restoration, it shouldn't be very hard. You've got a great starting point.


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#257453 - 06/05/09 4:54 am Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: MCJim]  
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From the ground off left foot peg it looks like it handles OK.
Mines got stainless fenders front and rear and yours has the wrong hi/lo beam switch/horn button. How "correct" do you want it? If it doesn't bother you it doesn't bother me.


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#257592 - 06/05/09 9:02 pm Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: desco]  
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I'm not that corncerned about it being 100% correct,just want to learn more about it.Did they come with aluminum fenders? I think mine are.
I initially got it to resell but have second thoughts as I really like it more than my other bikes. I need to get it registered and get a new rear tire; then ride it before I decide.

#257605 - 06/05/09 10:23 pm Re: Triumph Bonneville colors [Re: MCJim]  
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Fenders are more likely polished stainless which were original on some year/models.

The front wheel assembly is 69 or 70 including brake linkage and knave plate (pie tin).

I'll bet it doesn't run as well with the open stacks and cocktail shakers as it would with the original straight-through absorbtion mufflers and pancake air filters with original jetting. Plenty of folks did those mods but never properly re-jetted the carbs to compensate, so lost power.

I certainly don't think it's a bad look; I'd make sure it's jetted right WITH SOME KIND OF FILTERS (your pistons, rings, cylinders, rod bearings, crank journals, valves & guides will thank you) and ride the heck out of it and enjoy it. If anything, do one or two restoration steps every winter if you feel the need.


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