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In a strange set of circumstances that can ONLY be lady fate caressing my face (or kicking my butt the wife's not sure which yet and she may want to step in to help, but I digest...), yesterday I fell into a '71 Triumph Bonneville 650 ... I've always wanted a Triumph. It will have to sit in the corner of the garage while I take care of some other bills that I keep forgetting about... (useless health insurance) but any who... the affairs of state take precedence over... the affairs... of state. I predict by storage time 2009, I will have taken my first jaunt around the block on the old girl.



Here's my new Bonnie Lass... all in all she is in MUCH better shape than the Honda when I brought it home... and I love the way she turned out. So as you all know with some blood, sweat, tears and a healthy out lay of cash... I will have her up and running and looking good in less than 12 months... give or take a few... cause you know life happens.

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lucky lucky!

i'm still waiting for one to find me!
 

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It's pretty rough, supposed to have a fresh top end but I'll prolly rebuilt the engine from top to bottom... I got it cheap and it has a clear title. The guy parked it in 02, had the top end done and was trying to ride it to the Harley (boooo) anniversary thing but couldn't do it. I actual passed him on my way home from Bills house. I tried to flag him down but he didn't see me. He had it in the back of a pick up and I figured he either just bought it or was trying to sell it. Told my uncle I was looking for a late 60's early 70's Triumph, he's driving down a street in my home town and see an old triumph in the bed of a pickup truck it ended up being the one I has seen. So price was discussed and debated and he delivered it... title in hand... Woo Hoo.

I'm going to see what it will cost to do a total restoration compred to a mild custom like my Honda. I have no idea what's out there for these, it just happened...

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from my experience the parts are a little more and little harder to find, but there's plenty of them out there.

keep us abreast on it's status.
 

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I really want to do a bobber. A triumph bobber is my dream top of the cool chart etc... has it been done yes... but not by me. I bought this bike because it's just rough enough, and missing just enough parts that it should be an easy decision to make. But the old bikes do look cool... So I'm going to reasearch, research and research some more. I've had the bike in my garage less than 24 hours... hell less than 12, all I've done is washed it... I've got 5 spots on the floor underneath it in a pefect chevron... I've always wanted a triumph puddle in my garage... sniff. :oops:
 

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Novafrk said:
I really want to do a bobber. A triumph bobber is my dream top of the cool chart etc... has it been done yes... but not by me. I bought this bike because it's just rough enough, and missing just enough parts that it should be an easy decision to make. But the old bikes do look cool... So I'm going to reasearch, research and research some more. I've had the bike in my garage less than 24 hours... hell less than 12, all I've done is washed it... I've got 5 spots on the floor underneath it in a pefect chevron... I've always wanted a triumph puddle in my garage... sniff. :oops:
i like triumph bobbers. And I agree it would sweet. there's a lot of restored bikes out there ... might as well do something unique with it ..

attached are some bobbers i like :)
 

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Oh yeah! Those all look sweet. I've got a couple of friends of friends, that collect these old girls... they may have all the parts I need to resore it to original for cheap... since they are friends of friends. Either way I'm pretty happy about it, they look great done both ways.

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Lovely bike! It'll be a fun project whichever path you decide to take with it.

A Bonneville build has been on my wish list for a long time now, and I may have found a lead on an old one...
 

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Lovely bike! It'll be a fun project whichever path you decide to take with it.

A Bonneville build has been on my wish list for a long time now, and I may have found a lead on an old one...
That's cool, and thanks. I'm still collecting parts and money... I will be starting on it soon.
 
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