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TRIUMPH T 120 TT / T 120 C .

Discussion in 'Triumph (Classic)' started by Matt Spencer, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. skipsoldbikes


    Jun 3, 2011
    That is particularly true on Harley Davidsons, A friend of mine works for the State Hghiway payroll & they ALWAY run the frame numbers when they pull over Harleys.

    Americans are not the only ones deceiving buyers, its not at all unusual in the UK either. I have several friends over there that have told me horror stories with restamped bikes, then trying to work with their government to get the paperwork right.
  2. acotrel


    Jun 30, 2012
    I always believed Evel was an idiot, but watching that video, credit where it is due - he is a very smooth rider. I don't believe I ever got a 650 Triumph up on the back wheel, the back wheel used to spin first. I think the triples were easier to stand up, because of the different weight distribution and increased torque. I note the cam timing of the '59 Bonneville - we bought t he E3134 cam with the points extension (different number) for a '63 Bonnevile, and it became much quicker,
    In one of those last photos, it looks as though the bike was fitted with an 8 inch brake, and the backing plate was SLS with no air scoop? Was that standard on the T120C dirt bikes ?
    I thought my '58 Thunderbird had full width hubs with a similar backing plate , however they were 7 inch diameter ?
  3. Rohan


    Aug 26, 2010
    For those race bikes, 'deceiving' is not the right word ?
    That is simply how they operated then, and if thats what happens down the road decades later, who are we to criticise.?

    Indeed, in the UK there was that age-related number plate shemozzle, where number plate Dealers were stamping frames
    with old numbers to retrieve (and sell) old number plates. ClassicBike Magazine, was it, showed that 16H Norton frame that
    had 35+ different frame numbers stamped into it !!, to reclaim 35 different old number plates. The UK rego system has a lot to answer
    for, thats the only place on earth that has that crazy system ??
  4. skipsoldbikes


    Jun 3, 2011
    Sorry, I was not referring to the race bikes, I meant to say publicly sold bikes. The only reason it "seems" like there is more debauchery with re-stamping bikes in the USA, is because we have much larger quantity of bikes than say, England. We have over 9 MILLION registered bikes in the USA, & that doesn't include non-registered bikes, such as off-road bikes & unfinished projects (not that any of us on this forum has one of those :D ). That is 9 times the bikes registered in England (1 million), & 12 times the bikes registered in Australia (3/4 million).
  5. Time Warp

    Time Warp .......back to the 70's. VIP MEMBER

    Dec 3, 2012
  6. Matt Spencer

    Matt Spencer

    Jul 25, 2010
    Then theres the TR6 S S .


    Though the Bonne Engine did win Barcelona a few times , and set the World Land Speed Record more than once .



    And the T. T. / C would appear to predate the Thruxton . :p 8)

    The specification would be the equivilant of the curent ' Super Sports ' . Cutting Edge , no point in going any further , youd only compromise some area .

    [​IMG] :?

    http://www.hoppybikes.co.uk/frame.htm Thruxton componentry .

    " George is a leading Triumph Thruxton specialist and makes special parts for these very desirable bikes. From his early days of using a Thruxton for cafe racing on the A20 George progressed to proddie racing with the late Peter Butler. Their success is nowadays reflected in the quality of preparation coming from the Kent workshop.
    Complete restorations, engine builds, and DIY supply is all available.
    Thruxton parts are usually off the shelf and priced reasonably. Advice and quotations are free. "

    Though some of those Beezers arnt to bad . :) :wink:


    TT trash http://triumphbonneville120.co.uk/service-sheets.php
  7. andychain


    Jul 1, 2013
    For htose interested there are a lot of people dealing in Triumph 120 bit and
    many parts are at best budget quality.

    Ged at Skye Classic Motorcycles, yes no triumph in the title knows more than
    anybody about T120s and T140s. plus many other Brits and his quality is good.

  8. Britfan60


    Jan 5, 2014
  9. pantah_good


    Jul 17, 2015
  10. auldblue

    auldblue VIP MEMBER

    Nov 20, 2012

    Read this article about Ace Classics TT resto somewhere but just posting this photo cos I think the stick on plate on the mudguard must be legal and its what I wanted on the back of my Combat build bike. See what you think ( daytime MOT) I love the look!
  11. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie VIP MEMBER

    Oct 4, 2013
    Jimmy, yes it looks great and yes you should do it!

    Not strictly legal though, and now that number plates are part of the MOT, it wouldn't pass an MOT like that.

    So you'll have to do what I do: have special MOT plates made that get dusted off once a year and used for the round trip to the MOT station before being put back on the shelf!

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