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Old 07-23-2014, 06:52 PM   #1
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1968 Triumph Trophy

So back in 2008 my dad talked to a patient who is also into cars and motorcycles and mentioned that he was selling an old Triumph. As my hobbies tend to rotate I wasn't that interested especially since I have had my 71 Bonneville since I was 16. Its not the most comfortable ride but it gets my riding fix when I don't own any newer bikes such as currently. We went to look at the bike and I was not super enthusiastic. Well when my dad said he would pay the $1200 for it then it didn't really matter what I thought. He had some pretty cool cars there and I have always wanted an XKE. In the two car garage on the left there was another XKE and an XJ120.











Loaded it up in our 49 Chevy. There was something very cool about rolling around with a vintage bike in my old truck.





When we just started to clean it up a bit I got more excited when I realized it was mainly just dirty. They are bad pics but you can kind of see in the last pic where we had started polishing the rims. We also have the original front fender which was never painted poop gold in the 70's like the rest of the bike. I am going to try and clean all that off and get down to OEM paint.





The bike came with a few boxes of parts. One thing in there was a brand new carb. I popped it on and the bike fired up and ran great. The issue was the front forks. When I hit the brake there was no dampening and the head tube was loose. When I tore it down it looks like someone tried to do some fork work. Gave up and then just slapped it back together. With the front forks off is how it has sat in my garage since 2008. I cant believe it has been that long.
About 9 months after my daughter was born I realized I wasn't riding my GS1150 at all and I sold it to a fellow inmate. I pretty much never had time to ride and I was resigned to four wheels for the last few years. Well about 6 months ago I came home from work and my wife told me she didn't love me anymore, was moving out, and wants a divorce. Well now that I am pretty much done being sad I realized I have time alone and can ride my bikes again. I got my Bonneville out of the garage and took a long look at the 2011 registration sticker on the tags to remind me how long it has been since I have ridden. Realizing that I have no money, remember that whole divorce thing, I knew I wouldn't be able to get a nice bike. I really want a Triumph Tiger 800XC but that is not in the cards. My Bonnie is all cafed out and is not a particularly nice ride for any distance. I took a look and the Trophy and remembered how smooth and great it rode for the brief time I messed with it. I thought about RTWDoug and how taking a trip on a bike is awesome but doing it on a vintage bike is even more bad ass. I decided the cheapest thing I could do would be to fix up a bike I already have and set it up as a vintage tourer. I think I have brakes and a chain that we ordered when we bought it but that was it. I knew it needed stanchions and tires.

New parts!!

I decided to start this thread to help keep me motivated.
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:56 PM   #2
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My Bonnie as it sits now

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Old 07-24-2014, 10:21 AM   #3
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WELL ..... SITTIN' ON YOUR ASS AIN'T GETTIN' IT DONE!!!!!!!









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Old 07-24-2014, 10:38 AM   #4
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:29 PM   #5
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:48 PM   #6
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I want the lotus!
You are not the only one. I have a coworker that wants it badly even though he just sold his mini to start an XKE project. He wants to pry the lotus of the guys hands but I don't think that will happen since the guy told me it took him 18 years to pry it away from the previous owner.
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:22 PM   #7
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WELL ..... SITTIN' ON YOUR ASS AIN'T GETTIN' IT DONE!!!!!!!


You're welcome ....Alan
See this is what I need. I probably wouldn't have gone out to the garage tonight without the motivation.

As it sits now


Upgraded stainless steel


So now I have a question. The head tube bearings are pretty bad. Its hard to tell in the pic but the race is pretty dimpled. The upper race/washer is pretty bent and the balls were spit out and jammed in the dust cover. I am missing two balls as well (hold the jokes )

Do I buy new ball bearings or install a tapered bearing kit? Being on a divorced budget I was hoping to reuse the bearing over the kit but it is what it is. EDIT: If I remember correctly I had priced out the roller bearing kit from British Only for like $120 but I found a kit for $40 http://www.lowbrowcustoms.com/p330/b...ph-motorcycle/ What say ye?



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Old 07-24-2014, 07:07 PM   #8
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Hey VW-I might have a couple of spare ball bearings if you need them quickly. I'm in Upper Marlboro. PM me if you're interested and I'll see what's in my parts bin.

Looks like a nice bike...looking forward to seeing it when it's done!
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:53 AM   #9
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"dimpling" is bad, and will cause noticeable handling issues. At least get new races.
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:27 AM   #10
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Thanks guys. Thanks for the offer Beezer but I think I'm going to go with the roller kit. I'm a mechanic by trade so I know the value of good parts but I figure for neck bearings Chinese parts are probably fine. I wouldn't use them in a wheel but I think they will be fine here.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:36 AM   #11
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nice looking bike.
Ive always got triumph parts laying around if you need something, just ask.
I designed a leather bag to fit on the tank rack, & my friend Gregory at bad&g custom leather makes them. they are nice, & handy for small stuff.
I cant say enough good things about lowbrow, buy with confidence from them.
If you would rather have a set of original exhaust clamps instead of those big finned ones, let me know :) (those bevel cut ones would look good on my '65 TT)

Have fun with it!
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:08 PM   #12
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I want the lotus!

I second that!
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:42 PM   #13
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This has awesome written all over it.
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:58 PM   #14
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In the pictures it looks like your missing your right side cover. I've got one I don't need, you can have it if you need it. Just PM me if you want it. It's a repop, but it's almost new.

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Old 07-27-2014, 12:17 AM   #15
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EXCELLENT - Lovin' the exhaust clamps

I have an OIF T120 with a TR6R motor - fantastic little bike....





.... only do 1000 mile/year but its such a great ride, so keep at it.
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