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Old 09-30-2009, 06:20 PM   #781
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I love my Triumph Sprint that I bought in May.



I just rolled 10k miles today, but in all fairness my mileage was restricted this year as my wife just decided to take up riding which curtailed me from taking a lot of long rides...

Here is my Sprint ST and her 2010 675 SE




Here she is doing the Parade Lap at Grattan Raceway on Labor Day

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Old 10-01-2009, 06:15 AM   #782
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Hoorah!! Picked up motorcycle.

Drove to Aldershot to pick up my motorcycle today.
I was so excited about riding a motorcycle again I hardly slept the night before, however mixed in with the excitement was a nervousness about my ability to handle riding the motorcycle here in England let alone London. The drive to Aldershot started out ok but quickly turned ugly and was not what anyone would call confidence building. I couldn't follow Tom Tom's directions and got lost trying to leave London, people were driving really aggressively and I had a very hard time understanding how the lanes were changing. It didn't take long for all the ingredients to be cooked up together to cause a fight in the car. Neither one of us slept the night before or for that matter, many of the nights prior and we were both excited and knackered. I would like to be able to tell you that I have learned to slow down and think rationally, unfortunately I have a long history of being aggressive and easily angered behind the wheel. Add in confusion, being cut off and getting lost and I am right on the edge of my sanity. To our credit, on the M25 we somehow sorted it all out and enjoyed the rest of the trip.
We were going to leave our flat 9ish however, the time we actually left was 10ish. It wouldn't have been an issue if we were not trying to make it back to get to the Camden parking office before they close at 2:00pm on Saturdays. We got to Aldershot at 11:30am and were met by Shawn(the guy I was buying the bike from), his three-legged dog(who I don't remember being told his name) and then of course Shawn's wife (again names not my strong point). Shawn was an absolutely lovely man who seems very intelligent and kind. He gave me a bunch of extra stuff such as the chain adjuster, a repair and maintenance manual, and left over parts that he no longer had a need for. By the time we signed the paperwork, had a cup of tea and got the gear on it was 12:30pm. It was so completely awesome to feel the motorcycle under me with the engine running and ready to pull away. It felt so natural to me to have the clutch pulled back while throttling up the engine, the potential energy that is transferred through the engine, up a cable, into the handle of the clutch and into my hand was electrifying.
Finally, we left and headed home or more accurately to the Camden parking authority. As we approached the last rest area just outside London, Rachel pulled in, to my delight because I had to wee so badly. We parked the vehicles, Rachel in her Mini and me on the Triumph, Rachel said a red light had come up on the dashboard and she was concerned, hence the reason we pulled in. I looked at the light and it appeared to me to be the tire pressure warning light. We don't own a tire gauge so I thought that after I went to the loo we would go the petrol area and check the pressures with their machine. While I was inside, I was reminded that I was hungary so I bought us some food from the Burger King. The food was recieved with much joy and we decided that we were not going to make it to the parking authority so we chose to relax and enjoy the sunshine. A side note to this is I didn't expect to eat there so I only bought two double cheese burgers for £7.50, one for Rachel to eat on the way and the other for me when we got to our destination. Rachel then decided that she wanted chips and a drink, normally this wouldn't be a problem, I went back inside and ordered two regular fries and drinks for a total of £7.35. The helpful man behind the counter tells me I should have ordered value meals, thank you is all I dared to say.
Back on the road, we go into West London and it takes an hour to get through Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush, what a nightmare getting through there on a Saturday afternoon. We finally get home just after 3pm and I am so relieved to be home in tact with my new motorcycle.

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Old 10-01-2009, 07:06 AM   #783
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Congrats on the new bike.
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:58 AM   #784
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Here's my recently completed (ground up restore) Triumph Bonneville 1969.
It was worth the 3 years it took
Very nice indeed.

Was that a stock color combo for that year? I don't know as much as I should about the older Triumphs.
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:23 AM   #785
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Originally Posted by Paragon68
I love my Triumph Sprint that I bought in May.



I just rolled 10k miles today, but in all fairness my mileage was restricted this year as my wife just decided to take up riding which curtailed me from taking a lot of long rides...

Here is my Sprint ST and her 2010 675 SE




Here she is doing the Parade Lap at Grattan Raceway on Labor Day

Two of my favorite bikes.. Wooohoo.. :P
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:54 PM   #786
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Trumpets are cool......

Here's my latest project. Got if from eBay in Feb this year - a non running, loosly tacked together, rusty heap. managed to get it all sorted, wired, running, powdercoated, swingarm & rear wheel sorted.. etc for July







Its a T120 Bonny frame with a TR6T Trophy 650 4-speed motor. The tank & seat unit are from www.thetankshop.com - front end is off a TDR250 and the arse end a DR650

Just love toodling around on this old gurl
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:59 PM   #787
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Your blue Sprint is a good looking bike...



My buddy has the same bike...

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Old 10-01-2009, 02:57 PM   #788
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Factory tour:

It may require it's own thread:

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Old 10-01-2009, 04:16 PM   #789
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Pigford, your bike looks great! Congratulations on a fantastic job!
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:09 PM   #790
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This one is great too:



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Old 10-02-2009, 05:15 AM   #791
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This is a promo for the new R3 Roadster. It sold me.

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...oadster-promo/
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Old 10-02-2009, 05:22 AM   #792
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Thanks mate. My heart skips a beat and I get a huge smile on my face everytime I catch a veiw of it out my kitchen window
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Your blue Sprint is a good looking bike...

http://ericdickinson.files.wordpress...2405.jpg?w=757



My buddy has the same bike...

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Old 10-02-2009, 10:45 PM   #793
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Here are my two bikes. First off is the '08 675SE that sadly enough I just posted up for sale on Craigslist:


And then there is also the object of my ever-depleting checking account:
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Old 10-03-2009, 08:29 PM   #794
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depleting....or depleted?

I feel the pain, and the joy
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Old 10-03-2009, 08:30 PM   #795
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Tell me about depleting the checkbook!

Yea, but you have a Paul Smart, so it's all good. ;)
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