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Old 12-20-2009, 10:54 AM   #1
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i want one, but i'm cheap...

so after watching too much tv while snowed in i've got an itch to build a "clone" of the TR6 from The Great Escape... which i think was supposed to be a replica of a WWII german bike... but not...

anyhow, as i said, im cheap...and i dont plan on jumping 65 ft through the air over barbed wire anytime soon... so when i say clone i dont mean it in the strickest sense of the word... perhaps loosely inspired replica bike would be more appropriate...

so what bikes have similar frame/rake angle setups to the triumph TR6 used in the movie? i just want something similar for $hits and giggles. I'll probably end up painting it OD green or german gray. i just need to know what i can look for in the local paper/craigslist that will suffice.

again, i'm not looking for perfect... im a big fan of "close enough"

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Old 12-20-2009, 12:41 PM   #2
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Look for a Yamaha XS650 (not the special) or a Kawasaki W650. You can find a nice XS for $1500 or less and the W650's are around $3k. Either will be less expensive than a triumph especially in the long run, but have a similar look.
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:23 PM   #3
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thanks! i was thinking W650 but honestly they're too hard to find... and too expensive when you find them

from looking around it seemed that some of the XS650's look triumphesque (to include the tank knee pads...which i like) but some look, in my opinion, awful. perhaps those are the "specials"?

what year range XS should i be looking for? any problems to look for?
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:53 PM   #4
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from looking around it seemed that some of the XS650's look triumphesque (to include the tank knee pads...which i like) but some look, in my opinion, awful. perhaps those are the "specials"?

what year range XS should i be looking for? any problems to look for?
Late 70's (not sure the exact year) specials had a smaller rear wheel and a different rear subframe which lent it a more cruiserish look. These are less desireable, but more available. Depending on where you are in the country, XS's are being snapped up by "customizers" which may lead to price gouging. Parts are readily available and they are fairly bulletproof bikes. Good luck!
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:28 PM   #5
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interesting.

FWIW i'm outside of DC.

I got excited when i saw a 1980 xs850 in the paper the other day for dirt cheap... but it was a more cruiseresque special model vs the triumph looking straight framed one.

i assume i should be looking for an earlier/mid 70's XS
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:21 PM   #6
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What you want is a Standard or Special II. They have spoked wheels. The Special has cast mag wheels...
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Old 12-21-2009, 04:34 PM   #7
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gotcha.

looks like the mag wheel versions also have different shaped tanks... and perhaps a different frame angle?
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:25 PM   #8
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I saw a coupla suweeeettt W650's at the Rock Store yesterday...one had been bobbered out, and the other had been made to look like a Triumph 650...don't know if that's how they come, as I'm not familiar with that model, but man...I was impressed...
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:47 PM   #9
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the stock W650's are pretty cool. read somewhere that they were a better bonneville than the new bonnevilles. ;)

as far as the XS's.... what years have the tanks with the knee scallops?

what about CB550's and 750s? how do they compare to the xs650s?

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Old 01-01-2010, 12:27 PM   #10
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ok... i think i found a 74 that will fit the bill...

now, where to find fenders that look like this bike.... and any idea what bend bars are similar?

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Old 01-01-2010, 01:21 PM   #11
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Heres my 1968 TR6R engine in a 1970 Bonnie (oif) frame.... with a few other mods..





I also love that film, and wanted my own take on the Great Escape bike... within my budget.
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:33 PM   #12
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nice bike! just not the look im goin for. ;)
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Old 01-07-2010, 05:08 AM   #13
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anyone know where to get a fender that looks like that front one from my last post?

any other bikes fenders bolt right up? i would be tempted to use a Ural GearUp fender if i knew it fit... its not 100% but close

i'd rather not glass up my own if i can avoid it. what a pain that is!
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:42 AM   #14
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Pigford, What a great bike can you tell us more about it?

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Heres my 1968 TR6R engine in a 1970 Bonnie (oif) frame.... with a few other mods..





I also love that film, and wanted my own take on the Great Escape bike... within my budget.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:52 AM   #15
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Heres my 1968 TR6R engine in a 1970 Bonnie (oif) frame.... with a few other mods..





I also love that film, and wanted my own take on the Great Escape bike... within my budget.
Love that license plate! Does this bike ride as good as it looks?
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