I just purchased a 1968 TR6C Trophy and have a question about lights. In my past bikes, BSA and Triumphs, there was always a light switch on the headlight bucket. On this bike, the lights go on as soon as you turn the ignition on. It could be that the previous owner replaced the headlight and because there was no hole, wired the lights direct to the ignition switch, but I don't know. The other strange thing is the fork "ears" that the headlight mounts to. These are chrome, but the actual ears are black and there is a rubber "gasket" between the ears and the chrome cover. Is this an after market thing? Regards John
Hi John, Yep, the previous Guy did it. There should be a switch. Also, just my opinion here, the OEM Lucas switch is overly complex inside, and I have had bad luck with them lasting. I started using parts house "paddle" style switches, and they look almost factory, are less cost, and last. be sure to get something rated maybe 5 amps. The headlight ears are from a later model bike. I had a set that came on a '71 500 Triumph fork I bought. The fork was used on my '70 TR6C, but didn't use the ears. If I recall, the EAR part bolts on to the upright. The rubber likely saves the bulbs, I'd say use them unless you have others you like better.
Thanks for your reply. I figured the same. The previous owner did some pretty funky rewiring and the elimination of the switch may be due to Ontario laws which require headlights to be on at all times. One thing about having the lights wired as soon as the ignition is on, is that you cannot leave the lights on when shutting the bike off during the day. However, the lights do not work and when testing, I have no power to the wires, so maybe the headlight draw burned something out. Regarding the fork ears, yes the ears bolt on, however, I don't like the look ... it does look like a later model style. Regards John