T160 Christmas present to self

Esmerela

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Managed to find a gap between the downpours today long enough to roll the 160 project out of the workshop, warmed up the engine and set the timing and took a few photos for registration. Though I bought it a year ago It never arrived back in the UK until the end of May. After six months of busy evenings and spare weekends the end is in sight.

Some before and after photos below







T160 progresses after hours of welding and shaping the primary is repaired and back in place have fitted the triplex conversion sprockets with one of the Chain mans duplex chains, clutch

hub, plate and spring replaced. I also put a lot of time into repairing and riveting the Cush drive centre and spider . I have made a slave cylinder for the clutch now coupled to a Suzuki Burghman 125 rear brake master cylinder all working well with a good feel. Replaced gearbox bearings and 2nd and 3 rd gears on the layshaft. And the kick start quadrant shaft. Headers from Reggie straight through black caps from RGM (chrome is not the best) Mikuni carbs from Hinckley tripple and added an oil pressure gauge.


Replaced the stator with a high output T140 electric start item from TMS they still have some UK manufactured units topped the charging system off with a Yamaha R1 voltage regulator rectifier, while we are talking electrics I have gone with Boyer micro power ignition a Madigan starter motor and Suzuki switch gear I have wired the system negative earth. LED bulbs throughout.

Cycle parts : began with a new centre stand the bike came with T140d wheels the front was fine but the back was an atrocious lash up I bought a new Harley 19” Morris mag front and remade the bearing carriers and the through studs etc to adapt it to fit the rear of the 160, I think it looks much better. I bought a set of Ikons for the Commando and fitted the Commandos Hagons on the T160 not ideal but ok for starters.

I rebuilt the front forks with new stanchions seals and damper pistons I made piston rings from delrin af rather than use the std orings . Brake callipers are replica Lockheed with Harris rear master cylinder and Suzuki Burgman 125 x 1/2” bore on the front, powder coated the rear subframe , swing arm, foot rests plates and battery carrier etc all fasteners are now stainless every rubber replaced.

I cleaned out the tank using electrolysis with washing soda crystals then I had it shot blasted Apart from the one hole on the lower edge close to the seam the rest was in good shape I repaired the hole with a silver slodered patch.








Seasons greetings

Esme
 
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Hi Kate, your bike looks very nice. That's a lot of work you've done there.
The weather forecast looks good for Sunday and Monday. If you get it out for a spin, let us know how it goes.
 

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First ride today :D

There is still work to do but really impressed with the way the bike responds and it pulls like a train. Ground to an unresponsive halt at one point only to discover that two out of three vacuum caps (blanks for the balance gauges connectors) had gone awol once i realised what was wrong I plugged the holes with hedgerow fittings o_O(two twigs from a bramble bush) stabbed the button and it started:) headed for home and the end of the first ride hopefully get another go tomorrow.

Best regards

Esme

 

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Very nicely done. I had a T160 project for a while, but sold it to a friend instead of finishing it. They are great bikes.

Ken
 

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Very nicely done. I had a T160 project for a while, but sold it to a friend instead of finishing it. They are great bikes.

Ken
Thanks Ken

I guess that you are kept busy enough with out the 160.
 

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Thanks Ken

I guess that you are kept busy enough with out the 160.
True that. But I still love a triple, so I now have a modern Triumph Street Triple 675 that I'm treating as a rider, not a project bike (at least so far:D).

Ken
 
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