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1972 T150
#612913 08/14/15 1:30 pm
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1972 T150

nice original bike, only 5500 miles, finally got it running well. A real pleasure
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Re: 1972 T150
towdoctor #612929 08/14/15 3:50 pm
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Not really, looks like a mixture of 150 / 160 parts.

Re: 1972 T150
Adam M. #613025 08/15/15 11:13 am
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How so? I know a few things have been changed, exhaust, mirrors, rims. Tank appears to have original paint, side covers not. Please share with me what you see as 160


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Re: 1972 T150
towdoctor #613028 08/15/15 11:53 am
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Good looking bike, but if a 1972 bike it should have the conical frront brake.
not sure about the tank, as they were different for the U.S market.
Difficult to see on your picture,although it looks like that the side covers have the original color (regal purple).

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Re: 1972 T150
Peter R #613038 08/15/15 1:22 pm
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Thanks for the positive comment on the bike. This is my first British bike in over thirty years and I am really enjoying it, but am really clueless about the authenticity. The side covers are plastic and obviously repainted, are the originals steel? The rims are aluminum, handlebars are probably aftermarket. Im sure the exhaust isn't stock and it sounds great, better than my old shovelhead with drag pipes and sweeter than my H2 triple Kaw. I'll post a few more pics and would be pleased if you guys would pick it apart.


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Re: 1972 T150
towdoctor #613039 08/15/15 1:32 pm
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The side covers look right to me, rims would originally been chromed steel, aluminum is a sensible upgrade as is the flatter bars, I never liked the chimp hangers on U.S models. Disc brake front end is better than the Conical brake. Someone has shortened the rear fender, originally it was maybe 10 inches longer. Nice bike, enjoy it. Nothing sounds like a triple at full song.
The sound of them flat out down the long straight at Mid Ohio is what made me think I needed one. I, m not a real stickler about originality

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Re: 1972 T150
towdoctor #613140 08/16/15 10:50 am
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Hi tow doc, it looks like I wrote it fast and dirty, what I meant was nice - yes, original - no.
What I see non original parts are rims, exhaust and front end from a later model.
At first I believed your tank looks like 160 tank, but perhaps this is just a picture giving me this impression.
But I'm also not a stickler for originality so mine 73 when finished will look mostly look like yours or shel's bike smile.

Re: 1972 T150
shel #613153 08/16/15 11:41 am
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Hi,

Originally Posted by Peter R
Good looking bike,

+1. :bigt

Originally Posted by tow doc
Tank appears to have original paint, side covers not.

Tank's original US-market, with one of the patterns Meriden supplied during '72; bike also appears to have the correct matching US-market seat - no unsightly gap between tank and seat. :bigt

Not surprised the sidepanels aren't original; they were always grp and rubbish, as is the mounting. mad Risking telling you something you know already, the sidepanel badge is for a 4-speed, there's a slightly different version (big "V" under the "Trident") for a 5-speed.

About the only non-standard part not mentioned so far is the rear grabrail; as standard, it had a passenger grab loop up behind the seat, with mounting for a reflector on each side in the angle.

I notice it's missing the front fender. When/if you go looking for one, I advise a T160 or late Co-op twin one, with its completely different mounting; Meriden did fit the '73/'74 disc-brake triples and twins with a wider versions of the pre-'71 three hoops but, because the single disc twists the sliders relative to one another, the fender mountings on the hoops crack. frown

Originally Posted by shel
Someone has shortened the rear fender, originally it was maybe 10 inches longer.

Mmmm ... I'd have said that's right for a US-market '71/'72/'73 S1; there was a longer 'UK & General Export' one 'cos, particularly here in GB, we have larger rear registration/licence plates.

Hth.

Regards,

Re: 1972 T150
towdoctor #613158 08/16/15 12:05 pm
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I think Stuart's right about the fender, it just seems my 74 was quite a bit longer than that before I took the chop saw to it.


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Re: 1972 T150
shel #613162 08/16/15 12:32 pm
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Hi Shel,

Originally Posted by shel
74

Ah, that would've been longer, 'cos it has the '73 S2-on big oblong rear lamp and ally mounting; '71/'72/'73 S1 has the small beehive/t1t rear lamp on the long thin bent-tin mounting, that the rear indicators also screw into.

Hth.

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Re: 1972 T150
Stuart #614736 08/27/15 5:31 pm
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Thanks for the replies and info. If it is not the original front end, that makes sense of the fender that came with the bike not able to mount. I finally got the registration in the mail and took it for a good ride today. Just my luck that there's a huge Barclays golf event down the street from me and I could barely get out of my neighborhood due to all the unusual traffic. well I had a blast on this thing and I found it has an extra gear! Excellent handling and plenty of power. Now if I can only get used to the right side shift and stop downshifting when attempting to brake. I also found it leaks oil like an old Harley when hot. I welcome more comments and help in identifying exactly what I have here. I took a couple of more pics and will try to post them


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Re: 1972 T150
towdoctor #614737 08/27/15 5:33 pm
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and Shel, I really like what you have done with your bike, great pic


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