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by Irish Swede
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Two sets from Britain are currently listed on EBAY'S United States site: BEWARE of them.

154885556581 - Triumph 650
Triumph TR6SR 650 DU24178 Crankcases

154881899884 - Triumph 650
1963 Triumph TR6 650 Crank Cases

Both cases have had numbers ground off, area "dappled' with punch or pointed object, and re-stamped with non-authentic stamps.
Study the pictures. See how this was done.

Mere POSSESSION of such items would be considered a crime in most of the United States. Maybe not so in Britain, but certainly so HERE.

These items have been reported to eBay (for what good that may do!)
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by Deadstiffcatt
Interesting to note that the same numerals are on the cases, just rearranged: numerals 1,2,4,7,and 8
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by OriginalScott
Mere POSSESSION of such items would be considered a crime in most of the United States. Maybe not so in Britain, but certainly so HERE.

This is not true. Most misdemeanors and felonies have a statute of limitations of 3-5 years. Possession of motorcycle engine cases with doctored numbers fit into this limit. You might lose the item without compensation if the original person who reported it stolen made a claim but to have or sell them is not a crime.

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by Jon W. Whitley
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Originally Posted by Irish Swede
I stand by what I wrote.

Even if the cases were recovered by an insurance company, re-sale of them to an honest customer may put that person in the cross-hairs of the
next police officer who takes a close look and decides the bike was stolen.
The buyer/owner may have to go through HELL before he is cleared of any charges.

Better not buy them in the first place. Destroy them instead.


This isn't the '60's,1970's and 80's. I highly doubt your standard LEO is checking old Triumph motorcycles or any other marques' engine and frame numbers at a normal traffic stop unless you are a known or suspected outlaw club member.

If a state uses the frame number for title and registration purposes and they are legit, then nobody of importance cares what the engine numbers look like.

Destroy a good set of cases or any other classic bike part? Let's just say, that I'm glad you aren't in charge of anything that relates to this subject.
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