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British Bikes / Re: 66 Bonneville
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:57:25 AM »
Could the tenth hole be a well made plug rather than a cast in blank. Come to think of it, for that size hole I doubt it would have been incorporated in the casting.

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British Bikes / Re: 66 Bonneville
« on: September 12, 2018, 04:43:42 PM »
Have you got two studs with nuts on between the two rocker covers in the middle web of the head.

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British Bikes / Re: 66 Bonneville
« on: September 12, 2018, 04:30:29 PM »
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That oil feed was pre T140, from about 67/8 if I recall.
I donít remember it on my Ď72 T120V. But then just because I donít remember it, it doesnít necessarily mean that it wasnít there.

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but is it feasible to fit a T140 head on a T120 barrel from a 66?
Fitting and fitting properly are two different things. As, I think some one has pointed out there will be too many holes in the T140 head, or not enough studs on the T120 barrels.

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British Bikes / Re: 66 Bonneville
« on: September 12, 2018, 12:54:39 PM »
Whether 750 barrels will fit or not I donít know, going by local urban myths from the Ď70s the 750 T140V barrels will fit the 650 T120V crank cases though I never tried it. I do know that the 750 has an oil feed through the right hand side front flange to the exhaust tappet block. Without major work to the crank case the tappet block wouldnít get this extra oil. One check to see if they are 750 barrels is to look for this oilways blanking plug on the front right hand side of the barrel flange.

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British Bikes / Re: ES2 progress
« on: September 01, 2018, 07:09:30 PM »
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Ive only had it fifty years and its plumb wore out.
They donít make em to last like they did in the old days.

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British Bikes / Re: triumph t 100
« on: August 05, 2018, 08:46:24 AM »
After seeing the wild one clips I googled ďUncle Bunts Old Don BloxidgeĒ. It was all too much for me and Iíve had to have along lie down.

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British Bikes / Re: triumph t 100
« on: August 04, 2018, 08:32:17 AM »
Dexion, that wasnít much good for making shelving with someone had to find a better use for it.

Chrome shower hose over fuel pipes has to be quite high up on the list of things that were cool for a week or so.

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British Bikes / Re: triumph t 100
« on: August 03, 2018, 12:49:02 PM »
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Never seen a yorkshire man sweat, none of them move fast enough
Itís nowt to do with movement, most sweating is wallet related.

No bodyís mentioned highway pegs, I had a lump of steel pipe clamped to the frame with U bolts but still couldnít get a girlfriend.

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British Bikes / Re: triumph t 100
« on: August 03, 2018, 09:47:31 AM »
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you can tell by the grit in them.
Thatís not grit, itís a Yorkshiremans sweat.

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British Bikes / Re: triumph t 100
« on: August 03, 2018, 01:21:29 AM »
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PS My tomatoes are better than yours.
Wait till you see the size of my plums.

In Old Bike Mart a while back the editor responded to a letter asking where the cobbled together Tritons where and how he misses them. Iím waiting for a letter that explains how the riders died while riding them or if they had any sense scrapped them when they failed the MoT.

My other bike is a Rocket Three in a Featherbed. I bought it ready made in the early 80ís and always preferred the Bonnie, it was quicker and handled far better. Being of an impressionable age in the late 70ís and 80ís Tritons were the bike to have if you didnít like Jap stuff and couldnít afford Italian, you were a super hero if you had a Trident or Rocket Three. I had a few tritons in the days when I didnít know any better, they were all chuffin Ďoribble. I remember one had a central oil tank held in with a big rubber band, it fell off while entering the works bike sheds, the oil tank locked the back wheel up and I skidded sideways into a ruddy great row of Honda 90ís knocking them all over like dominoes. My mate who was behind me on his 550 Suzuki reckoned Iíd picked them all up and was pretending nothing had happened before he got his side stand down.

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British Bikes / Re: triumph t 100
« on: August 02, 2018, 10:05:26 AM »
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That's a nice one, but to me the 1968-70 Bonnies and Tigers are the ultimate for looks in units.
I have to agree on that one. But I reckon you could put a unit engine in anything and it would look good, just one mind.

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headlamp supports broke,
been there bought that, Wilemans must have made a fortune out of me.
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switch gear crap
Double jointed thumbs help.
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owners would remove the tank strap  because they couldn't figure out what it did and tanks would split;
Thats why mines not the original tank, not because I didnít know what the strap did but because the bike developed a self adjusting tappet and I had to take it off that often I never got round to putting it back on.
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those silencers were too heavy for their supports;
I found the silencers fell apart at about the same time the brackets bust.
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front brake not a patch on the previous one
I donít think there as bad as the internet experts say they are. I had a 1200 bandit with twin discs and god knows how many pots per disc. I find the Bonnie front wheel locks up at roughly the same speed the Bandits back end went in the air doing back yard stoppies.
You didnít mention into head exhuausts, indicators pointing in any direction but the the right one or clutches that either did or didnít depending on how strong your left hand was, and if it was very strong you couldnít get neutral until you switched the engine off. And they occasionally fell of the gearbox shaft.
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but washing lines are only interesting when the totty next door has done her washing, :o :o
Thatís why my smalls are there, so you canít see next doors totty washing.

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British Bikes / Re: triumph t 100
« on: August 02, 2018, 06:18:14 AM »
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...ugly as sin with it's breadbin tank, conical hubs and flat-back headlamp...
I rather like them I bought this one in the late 70ís mainly because of the larger U.K. tank, flat backed headlamp, conical hubs and the air scoop. The triumphís the one in the front, if you donít like tractors or triumphs thereís some washing to look at in the background.

Years ago Bike Magazine printed a photo of a twin engined Triton with the caption ďNot one oil leak but twoĒ.

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British Bikes / Re: Norton prop stand
« on: July 26, 2018, 08:33:31 PM »
I canít weigh up why reproís can be so expensive, but at 7 quid for a Kawasaki one you canít go wrong.

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British Bikes / Re: Misfire on Triton
« on: July 14, 2018, 09:21:05 PM »
Iíve got Lucas Rita electronic ignition on my Rocket Three. Iíve not had it running for years but the memory of it misfiring has still remains with me. All it was was the rotor Furring up with ally corrosion. Iím not sure itís likely to be this though if itís  a recent rebuild.

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European and Other Bikes / Re: Griffon G80 (Peugot P108)
« on: July 10, 2018, 01:29:49 PM »
In one of my Ďcareersí I worked in a local college, Iíd say the vast majority of students werenít aware there was anything other than metric, so much so they didnít know it was called metric, and a lot of them didnít know which way to turn a nut to undo it. How I hate the Ďrighty tighty lefty loosey í saying. Next theyíll be making up a saying to wipe their arse.

As for the Kawasaki, itís being sold as street legal when it obviously isnít. Mudguards may not be MOTable but they are a legal requirement.

 I think the southern Ď70ís rozzers were as bad as the northern ones. Mind you we probably got what we deserved most of the time.

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