- Apr 15, 2009
Fantastic job! That will make a dandy rider.
Awfully nice looking bike.Time flies. Nearly four years ago since I last posted here. I hope you guys will still speak to me!
I decided to do a (fairly) authentic rebuild of the poor old 1967 T120R you saw above. Here she is now.
Hi Nigel - The Motorcycle Paintshop in Tallaght, outside Dublin. Ken, who runs the shop, put a lot of love and care into it and it shows.VERY nice.
Gotta love a 60s Triumph eh?!
I particularly like your tank paint job and seat. Who gets the credit for these ?
Oh, and the seat I recovered myself. Like wrestling with badger or similar!Hi Nigel - The Motorcycle Paintshop in Tallaght, outside Dublin. Ken, who runs the shop, put a lot of love and care into it and it shows.
Can't wait to ride it again when the salt and shite have been washed off the roads! A friend bought a '69 T120 recently and I will post some pics when we get out for a spin together, most likely in March/April.
Awkward to get the very tight beading over the fabric and the sheet metal and at the same time making sure that the fabric is taut and that the beading doesn't crimp. Warming everything helps, like putting things on top of a radiator. That, and clothes pegs, impact adhesive, hair drier, scissors and made-up wedges to press the beading apart. A bit like Blue Peter! (for North Americans: A BBC children's programme).I’m impressed. Most DIY seats look like, well, DIY seats...!
You should take up badger wrestling !
Why thank you Nigel, here's a close up of the (imo) unbeatable paint scheme on the '68s (and early '69 before Grandpaul corrects me )Link works and bike looks sweeeet Wavey !
Wavey - VERY nice! What an adventure to get your steed in the US of A and bring it back home! IMO, the late 60s Triumph 650s were THE iconic bike, with a design that looked good for every angle. I fell in love with that look from when I first got into motorcycles. Working on them, they are so compact, everything tucked in and close together, making them a challenge to work on because there is so little room!Very very nice Dave. Console yourself with that 4 year delay, that I took my '68 apart 10 years ago to "touch up the frame". 3 house moves and 2 damp garages later, I got it all back together the week before Christmas after a full rebuild, balanced crank, megacycle cams and all! Started first kick and under lockdown, it has only done 2 trips (4 miles in total) to the local supermarket! To be fair, on the last 2 mile trip, an 80 year old (if a day) woman who had parked next to it thought it was new and a forty something driver wound his window down and gave it a thumbs up! Sixties Triumphs have still got it with the chicks and the cool guys.
Mine looks dead standard apart from exposed rear shocks (I have the originals which work better than the Hagons on it!) but just prefer the later look, oh and some "hot rod" tappet covers from Rabers in San Jose., who I visited on it. I bought mine drunk one night on eBay and flew over to California (I had a mate in Berkely) to ride it round for 2 weeks before crating it back to the UK, a trip not without incident!
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Yeah, the ‘68 is my favourite, the later ones got a little snazzy for my taste whereas the ’68 is a very ‘pure’ design IMHO.Why thank you Nigel, here's a close up of the (imo) unbeatable paint scheme on the '68s (and early '69 before Grandpaul corrects me )
I DO love that Aubergine though!