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Old 01-27-2010, 08:07 PM   #16
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Thanks fellas. Provided the frame and wheels are salvagable, what do you think it's worth with the few bits you can see?
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:58 PM   #17
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Bring a case of beer or a good port (Ramos Pinto Colheita ), bring some cash, but don't offer too much, less than $100, say $40 for the whole lot or $50 if he helps you load it up. Don't go over $100 no matter what that first time. With such a mix of parts, it will cost you quite a bit to get a good runner.

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Old 01-27-2010, 09:23 PM   #18
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yep, its either an Amen Savior frame (so called because it would 'save-yer' ass)
or maybe a Santee, who also made em back then. they both made complete frames, or bolt/weld on rear sections.
I cant see the neck, so I dunno if thats a factory front section.
Mounts look like triumph unit twin (63 & later) fork trees look like triumph also.
It was common 30-40 years ago to add the rear section, & put 'slugs' in the forks. these were just thread in extentions for the tubes that went into the top to make em longer.
Never sounded very safe to me, I'd never run them. (I have never seen a set of tubes that were broken from them tho)
I love findin old stuff like this thats been stored for years.

take some more pics next time your over there

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Old 01-28-2010, 04:32 AM   #19
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Amen frame for a unit 500 Triumph
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:46 PM   #20
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Thanks for all the help with this fellas. Looks I'll get the lot of it for around $150. Includes a complete Triumph motor as well. I'm going down this weekend. I'll take detailed pics once I get it all home.
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:50 PM   #21
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Thanks for all the help with this fellas. Looks I'll get the lot of it for around $150. Includes a complete Triumph motor as well. I'm going down this weekend. I'll take detailed pics once I get it all home.
Heck you should be able to sell the spoon foot pegs for that much.

If it's got a Bates seat in the mess you're golden.
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Old 02-05-2010, 04:24 AM   #22
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It was kind of hard to match those rear plungers exactly. From what I learned tonight, if the axle goes through the plunger it's an Amen; if it mounts to the rear it could be a Santee. Does that sound right?

Here are a couple mid sixties Triumphs with what appear to be similar frame combos.



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Old 02-14-2010, 10:44 PM   #23
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The owner has turned out to be a bit of a recluse; he's very hard to pin down. I'm going to try to get down there next week sometime. My buddy was able to sneak a peek in the garage. Apparently there are a bunch of parts in there as well, including a stepped type rider/pillion seat and a fairly heavily chromed Triumph motor. I can't wait to start digging through the stuff.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:39 PM   #24
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$150 is a good price

Don't forget the beer

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Old 02-16-2010, 07:58 AM   #25
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I'd pay 150 only for the motor. But then what do I know.

Good grab !

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Old 02-16-2010, 01:42 PM   #26
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Those soft tail rear ends were one of the worst I've ever ridden. IMHO you are better off going with a hardtail. Rougher ride but at least when you go into a corner you have a good idea where you are coming out.
For 150 it's not a bad deal. Parts are still pretty easy to find. Good luck.
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:13 PM   #27
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Old 02-17-2010, 05:28 AM   #28
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I think whoever butchered the bike in the first place needs a good slapping.
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:56 PM   #29
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It was kind of hard to match those rear plungers exactly. From what I learned tonight, if the axle goes through the plunger it's an Amen; if it mounts to the rear it could be a Santee. Does that sound right?

Here are a couple mid sixties Triumphs with what appear to be similar frame combos.



Ha! Both those pics are the same bike, mine! I think that description of the axles sounds right, and that one looks like the exact same rear frame set up as I had on mine. Not a real Amen, could have been a Santee but I never really found out for sure. Front was a stock '70 Trump hoop. I sleeved the springs with chromoly tubing so the "suspension" on the rear was locked out and rigid. Rode much better that way, I didn't care for the sloppy feel in hard cornering when it was sprung, even though the travel was minimal. I rode it like that through NYC and Baja and loved it. Good luck with your find, it's not terribly valuable or collectible but can be fun nonetheless.
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:08 PM   #30
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Hey billdozer, that's funny! Your first post too, welcome. I LOVE your bike. I'm still trying to pin the guy down. I think it's going to happen but it's taking a little longer than I wanted. I guess it has been in there for 10 years, what's a few more weeks. I'd love to hear some more history about your old ride.

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Ha! Both those pics are the same bike, mine! I think that description of the axles sounds right, and that one looks like the exact same rear frame set up as I had on mine. Not a real Amen, could have been a Santee but I never really found out for sure. Front was a stock '70 Trump hoop. I sleeved the springs with chromoly tubing so the "suspension" on the rear was locked out and rigid. Rode much better that way, I didn't care for the sloppy feel in hard cornering when it was sprung, even though the travel was minimal. I rode it like that through NYC and Baja and loved it. Good luck with your find, it's not terribly valuable or collectible but can be fun nonetheless.
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