BSA or BMW?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by georgej, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. Dr. Breedlove

    Dr. Breedlove Been here awhile

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    I've had very good experiences with OIF T140 Triumphs. Well, the engine at least. Mine has always started in less than 5 kicks cold. Most people I know who've had trouble have modified the bike in some way.
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  2. Scoozi

    Scoozi Been here awhile

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    I'd like to see a picture of that. The XS650 is a tall engine and as I remember they had trouble getting the unit Triumph 650 into that frame. Having said that the OIF was a much better frame than the one they used before (runs and hides)...
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  3. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    As a refugee from Photobucket, I haven't got a photoserver again...I seem to be dragging my heals on that. The bike is just a project and no where near anything, and I have no money to make it anything either. The bottom rails have been cut out to get the engine sprocket in the right place, and there is clearance to the top tube. I have an '81 XS650 as a base to start with, and the frame, slimline tank. I keep clearing my build table to start on it again, and it gets cluttered up with something else.

    I prefered the early unit frame, I like the flex...the OIF feels a bit Featherbedish to me...which is a bit Airheadish too.
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  4. georgej

    georgej Been here awhile

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    My OIF 750 shares the garage with my Airheads.She usually starts 1-2 kicks, never left me stranded.
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  5. zzzak

    zzzak Been here awhile

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    No oil drips.
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  6. Rich B

    Rich B Long timer

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    A well sorted T140 is a damn nice motorcycle. I had one, wish I had never gotten rid of it.
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  7. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

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    Of all the bikes I've owned over the years I think my 64 t120r gave me more pleasure than any of them. I fitted mk2 amals, electronic ignition and even a Suzuki gt550 front end for a while.
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  8. georgej

    georgej Been here awhile

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    I like the T140 a lot. This is my second one.I sold the first one to buy a Norton Commando that I had to have.I have to say I like the Triumph better.So I sold the Commando and got another T140. Mine is all stock except the mufflers and handlebars.She runs nice,is fun to ride.Different than the Airheads,but in a good way.
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