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Gundy
08-26-2011, 10:30 AM
I have the chance to purchase a 750 Bonneville.
Black and re-built. Looks fantastic. Fires on the first kick.
Wife consents.
$3500.
How does this price sound?

elrey
08-26-2011, 10:34 AM
:thumbsup:

Gundy
08-26-2011, 12:56 PM
It has been sitting at the shop for a few months.
Guy drives it a couple of days each week.
It's not a show resto but more of a nice rebuild.
I offered 3k today. He wants 4. I've done a bit of looking around and I think 3.5 is fair to all.
I'll wait a few days and make that offer.
Guess I should of asked what year. :jester:
I've looked and kicked the tires plopped my butt on
the seat. Kick fired it. Never thought to ask the
model year. I'll ask out next week.
We started a few moons back at 5.
They had some nice bikes there and a Triumph chopper.
A couple of BSAs too. A Triumph 250 dirt deal as well.
Harleys, of course.
I like that black 750.
I'm trying to be patient.....but I like that black beast.
:devilgrin:

TRMark
08-26-2011, 01:09 PM
I paid $3500 for my 78 Bonneville a few years ago. The engine was overhauled at 28000 mi. The rest of it was in nice condition, probably more maintained than restored. I replaced the tires, got rid of the peashooter mufflers and installed EMGO reverse cones.

Gundy
08-26-2011, 01:16 PM
I paid $3500 for my 78 Bonneville a few years ago. The engine was overhauled at 28000 mi. The rest of it was in nice condition, probably more maintained than restored. I replaced the tires, got rid of the peashooter mufflers and installed EMGO reverse cones.

Lord don't get me started with modifications.
This bike is probably more maintained than restored.
Tires are recent replacements.
Bad....influence....I gotta go goggle EMGO.
:thumbsup:

AngliaGT
08-26-2011, 01:51 PM
What year?I've still got the '78 sitting in the garage.
Maybe you guys will get me motivated.

- Doug

TRMark
08-26-2011, 03:26 PM
Continuing to be a bad influence.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6073/6083222557_db3fd0d51f_z.jpg

I also designed and built a small frame for some saddle bags. Windshield is a GIVI.

SilentUnicorn
08-26-2011, 04:28 PM
a little bit more influence..
http://i815.photobucket.com/albums/zz79/SilentUnicorn/Triumph%2078%20Bonneville/DSCN0489.jpg

Gundy
08-26-2011, 05:05 PM
Man, those things are beautiful. I've been Youtube surfing and
laughed out loud at the # of "starting my Triumph" videos.
My favorite was the dude starting a custom without mufflers
and just down tubes. After it fires...finally....one
of the down tubes fall off of the head. Cracked me up.
I love the simple nature of the things.
Still on the fence. Need more bad influence.
potato,potato... varooom ... potato,potato

SilentUnicorn
08-26-2011, 05:17 PM
I have the chance to purchase a 750 Bonneville.
Black and re-built. Looks fantastic. Fires on the first kick.
Wife consents.
$3500.
How does this price sound?

Well i am sure we can post some more teasers if you like. 35 sounds like a good price. I paid that for mine. It seems to be the "nice deal" price. But for that i would expect a clean looking, well running , road-able bike. Sounds like that may be just what you have found.

Good luck with your offer, and post some pics when you get it.

m

Gundy
08-26-2011, 05:21 PM
Continuing to be a bad influence.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6073/6083222557_db3fd0d51f_z.jpg

I also designed and built a small frame for some saddle bags. Windshield is a GIVI.

That is the type of seat on this one. Wife says one condition
is non-negotiable : She ain't going to ride it...alone or
on the rear of that seat.
She and Hap's wife planted the seed a couple
of years back at CMP. After watching some rocket bikes
go round the race track : "Well, we can be thankful they aren't into bikes!"

I haven't owned a bike in about 35 years.
Hmmmmmmm....quietly I've been thinking ever since.
:jester:
Good to have support for a foolish endeavor.
Thanks guys!

:thumbsup:

drooartz
08-26-2011, 05:24 PM
Bikes make a nice compliment to the old cars and trucks. I've had a bike in the stable for the last 15+ years, and won't be without one for very long if I ever do sell mine. I'll be riding until I'm too old to balance it. Then I'll bolt on a sidecar.

Truth told, I like riding better than driving if it's just me, a clear morning, and a great stretch of road.

Get it. Ride it. Enjoy it. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

TRMark
08-26-2011, 06:40 PM
a little bit more influence..
http://i815.photobucket.com/albums/zz79/SilentUnicorn/Triumph%2078%20Bonneville/DSCN0489.jpg



Where did you get your seat. I really like the look. Nobody is going to ride with me on mine so......

SilentUnicorn
08-26-2011, 07:02 PM
Its a Corbin. Very comfy. A little pricy. But very worth it.

http://www.corbin.com/triumph/vintlist.shtml



m

TRMark
08-27-2011, 12:16 AM
About the same deal here David. I have never owned a bike until a few years ago when I bought the Bonneville. A room mate in college 40 years ago had a 650 that I used to ride. Figured if I was going to do this I better get on with it cuz time is not on my side. Wife does not ride with me, don't think it is a good idea. I always wear protective equipment, it can happen.

elrey
09-01-2011, 12:40 PM
AND?... Didja?

Gundy
09-01-2011, 04:27 PM
AND?... Didja?


Our gap remains. I'm being patient.
Buyer's season approaches.

Gundy
12-16-2011, 12:07 PM
It's mine! Patience pays off.
He came around to my terms.
He needed a lawyer for some stuff and I needed a bike.
Varoom.
Taking delivery early next week after a complete service.
Pics to follow.
:thumbsup:

drooartz
12-16-2011, 12:15 PM
WOOHOO! :cheers:

aeronca65t
12-17-2011, 07:29 AM
Very nice bike! :thumbsup:

Gundy
12-21-2011, 04:44 PM
Rain, rain and more rain. I am not driving it home in
the rain.Looks like rain until the Monday AFTER Christmas.
Sigh.....I'd really hate to get it and ME wet.
Patience ....
Man I hate delayed gratification.

drooartz
12-21-2011, 06:05 PM
Patience, grasshopper, patience. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

Gundy
12-28-2011, 08:59 AM
Brought my riding gear to work today.
Riding the Triumph home today.
Pics this evening.

drooartz
12-28-2011, 10:11 AM
Gonna be a long day at work I think... <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

Gundy
12-28-2011, 03:05 PM
Gonna be a long day at work I think... <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

Don't forget I'm the boss.....left at lunch after
five real estate closings.
:jester:

Here she is in all her nasty blackness.
It was fun riding the 9 miles home.
I'll shine her up and give it some TLC
this weekend.
Then....I ride!

drooartz
12-28-2011, 04:14 PM
Excellent -- it's good to be the boss!

Looks like a very nice ride indeed.

Gundy
12-28-2011, 05:04 PM
Thanks Drew.
It has been bored w/ custom head and 2 into 1 performance exhaust. Corbin solo seat.
I love that it is a kick start. Real old school.

drooartz
12-28-2011, 08:34 PM
Good chance for a real old school broken ankle with that kicker too. :devilgrin:

That's a great addition to your little collection of interesting machines. Bugeyes, MGB, Land Cruisers, Triumph motorcycles... we have similar tastes.

TRMark
12-28-2011, 10:04 PM
Looks good David. I like the seat and lower handlebars. As far as kick starting I always wear heavy boots.

Like these (http://www.bamason.com/product/Work-America-Mens-8-Waterproof-Logger-Boot-Black-607459/)

SilentUnicorn
12-29-2011, 10:55 AM
Nice!
Like the pipes
Is that a 74?
Corbin seat too!


m

PAUL161
12-29-2011, 11:28 AM
I always liked British bikes, but the Aerial square four is my favorite.


http://i816.photobucket.com/albums/zz87/PJ161/800px-Ariel_1000.jpg (http://s816.photobucket.com/albums/zz87/PJ161/?action=view&amp;current=800px-Ariel_1000.jpg)

Gundy
12-29-2011, 11:32 AM
Nice!
Like the pipes
Is that a 74?
Corbin seat too!


m




It's a 1977.
I have some boots with steel shanks in the sole
that I'll be using for those kick starts.
:devilgrin:

I've already ordered some stuff for the thing.
New rubbers and such.
60s this weekend. I was born to ride!
I'll have to get some practice before I take the motorcycle license test.
:crazyeyes:

SilentUnicorn
12-29-2011, 01:00 PM
That looks like an earlier tail light.
should be able to kick that over barefoot with out a problem. is it still points? or been swapped to electronic? 650 or 750?


m

Gundy
12-29-2011, 01:41 PM
That looks like an earlier tail light.
should be able to kick that over barefoot with out a problem. is it still points? or been swapped to electronic? 650 or 750?


m

Electronic. It's a 750 that has been bored out a bit.
The fenders and handle bars are not original.
I'm going shopping this afternoon for me leathers.
:devilgrin:

toysrrus
12-30-2011, 01:51 AM
Gonna be a long day at work I think... <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

Don't forget I'm the boss.....left at lunch after
five real estate closings.
:jester:

Here she is in all her nasty blackness.
It was fun riding the 9 miles home.
I'll shine her up and give it some TLC
this weekend.
Then....I ride!



Hey David,

"COOL"!! I`ll stop by this Sat. to see her or give me a call &amp; scoot her on down "Table Rock Rd" to my house. Should the "Buggy Barn" get too crowded; I have room (LOL)!!

Gone Golfin` @ "Southern Oaks" today.

See Y`All Later,

Russ

drooartz
12-30-2011, 11:07 AM
I'm going shopping this afternoon for me leathers. :devilgrin:
I'll leave the whips-and-chains jokes out of this... <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

Gundy
12-31-2011, 11:36 AM
Bonnie shines up nicely. Kicked the old girl over this morning in 38 degrees. Yup....she's a driver. Wonderful low lope sound.
LOUD pipe...Mimi approves.
:devilgrin:

SilentUnicorn
12-31-2011, 06:08 PM
She cleaned up nice. Does she have a name yet?


m

Gundy
01-04-2012, 05:57 PM
She cleaned up nice. Does she have a name yet?


m


I don't know her well enough for a name.
Got my parts book and manuals this week along
with some new side cover decals and rubbers all around.
It has been too cold to ride. 17 degrees last night.
That has slowed my need to go get the permit and tags.
Maybe next week I'll be able to get some seat time.
Till then it's just the 750.

toysrrus
01-05-2012, 04:15 AM
Bonnie shines up nicely. Kicked the old girl over this morning in 38 degrees. Yup....she's a driver. Wonderful low lope sound.
LOUD pipe...Mimi approves.
:devilgrin:

Hi There David,

I thought you named her "Bonnie" as quoted above.

Russ

Gundy
01-06-2012, 04:04 PM
Bonnie shines up nicely. Kicked the old girl over this morning in 38 degrees. Yup....she's a driver. Wonderful low lope sound.
LOUD pipe...Mimi approves.
:devilgrin:

Hi There David,

I thought you named her "Bonnie" as quoted above.

Russ

It is a Bonnie. That isn't going to be her name.
I fired her up a few times this afternoon.
It helps with start up to increase the idle speed a bit.
Just a smidgen made a big difference.
I rearranged the barn and put the 750 at the back
which gives better access to my tools.
The wife doesn't have to worry about dinging her B
backing out now. Well...to be frank she'd run the Bonnie over
and call it an accident if I'm not careful.
She tells EVERYONE "It's for sale".
:jester:
Got my book to study for my beginner's permit today.
Saw the driving test track. Uh oh....
I can use the permit for 180 days. Maybe give me time to find or rent a scooter for the test.
:devilgrin:

SilentUnicorn
01-07-2012, 11:47 AM
I am by no means a skilled and experienced rider. Here in Vermont the test track is pretty similar to yours. I had absolutely no trouble putting the bike thru that test track with out anything more than some practice rides. The triumphs of this vintage handle pretty well. Practice some low speed handling, quick stops and learn to flick the bike side to side for the obstacle avoidance test. If you have not seen them check out "A Flick of the Wrist II" on you tube. Some very good pointers there. just dont do what this guy did-


http://www.youtube.com/v/oBTGgT_V5F8&amp;list=FL_eoRlrRwnChPPbLrZlX3wQ&amp;index=2&amp; feature=plpp_videogT_V5F8&amp;list=FL_eoRlrRwnChPPbLrZ lX3wQ&amp;index=2&amp;feature=plpp_video" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"> </embed></object>


Oops it is a "Twist of the Wrist"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2URRulpDQWM


m

Gundy
01-07-2012, 04:12 PM
I am by no means a skilled and experienced rider. Here in Vermont the test track is pretty similar to yours. I had absolutely no trouble putting the bike thru that test track with out anything more than some practice rides. The triumphs of this vintage handle pretty well. Practice some low speed handling, quick stops and learn to flick the bike side to side for the obstacle avoidance test. If you have not seen them check out "A Flick of the Wrist II" on you tube. Some very good pointers there. just dont do what this guy did-


http://www.youtube.com/v/oBTGgT_V5F8&amp;list=FL_eoRlrRwnChPPbLrZlX3wQ&amp;index=2&amp; feature=plpp_videogT_V5F8&amp;list=FL_eoRlrRwnChPPbLrZ lX3wQ&amp;index=2&amp;feature=plpp_video" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"> </embed></object>


Oops it is a "Twist of the Wrist"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2URRulpDQWM


m





Thanks for the tips and the link!

Gundy
01-10-2012, 06:36 PM
Tags and a permit. Now if the weather would just cooperate.
Yo Russ.....ya'll get that title straightened out.
It was nice seeing you and Jerry at the DMV.
Misery loves company.
:wall:
I had to go back today because Joe signed the title as Joe
instead of Joseph. I had to prepare a same name affidavit for the DMV Nazi. NO tags for YOU. NEXT!
This after waiting nearly an hour for my cue yesterday.
:devilgrin:
Today I missed 3 questions and one more miss and it would have
been...NO permit for YOU. NEXT.


All legal now, baby.
:cooler:

drooartz
01-11-2012, 08:21 AM
Y'all don't live in the right kind of small town I guess. Our local DMV never has a wait (maybe on person in front of you) and they're really easy to work with. Didn't even flinch when I brought the MGB in from Canada to get a Utah title.

Good that you're all legal now.

billspit
01-13-2012, 09:04 AM
South Carolina has to be one of the worst states in which to title a vehicle.

toysrrus
01-23-2012, 04:01 AM
Hi There David,

I`m considering (?) trading my `57TR3 Small Mouth or an outright buy to a gent in GA. who has an early `69TR6 with "Wires &amp; OD" trans. After speaking with the SCDMV; He`s going to have to come up with a Title in his name. End of that story.

I`d rather simply sell my TR3 outright cause there are quite alot of options avail. to me. There is a really nice `73TR6 I`m very int. in. There is also an `60MGA that would be an exc. buy.

There is a "Barn Find" of a `68TR250 (Orig Owner) locally that I would "Love" to have but the "Little old lady from Pasedena" can`t decide on what she wants to do. Please, Anyone reading this &amp; having an orgazim; Don`t ask where it is, How much etc. as this info. will not be disclosed.

On the other hand; Should you have an int. in my TR3; PM me or Email me to discuss finishing a "Show Quality" Restoration.

Regards,

Russ
PS: David, Sharpen up your pool cue &amp; join in on the fun @ "The Rock". Be there before 5:30pm. The 1st. rack breaks promptly @ 6:00.

toysrrus
01-26-2012, 09:03 AM
David,

Sorry you could`nt make it to the Rock for the Pool Tourn. We had 12 people there &amp; randomly picked partners. Lucky guy that I am; I got probably the worst player there for a partner.

Anyways; We will be playing there ea. Wed. We also will be playing ea. "Sat" beginning with this Saturday. This will be a "One on One" competition &amp; will begin @ 4:00pm. Should you decide you`d like to join in on the fun; Please be there by 3:30pm.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Regards, Russ

toysrrus
02-04-2012, 12:41 PM
Hey David,

Today, Sat 4th @ 2:00pm at "The Rock"; Singles "One on One" play on the Pooltable. Come on down &amp; test your skills.

Russ

Gundy
03-21-2012, 08:23 AM
What a beautiful day for a ride yesterday.
The Bonneville 750 was a hoot to ride.
I've done some tuning and such and it
really is quick.
Some kid on a rice rocket tried to pick a race.
Good sense prevailed and I just let him go.
Man, bike riding is fun.

drooartz
03-21-2012, 09:47 AM
Man, bike riding is fun.
Sure is. :thumbsup:

Always best to just let the squids go on by when they get racy -- safer for you and them. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

Gundy
03-21-2012, 08:19 PM
I get a chit eating' grin every time it fires with a kick.
A front tube is leaking. That will be the next leak
I tackle. I've fixed a couple of leaks so far.
It is so Brit.
Rode without a face shield helmet. I won't do that
again soon. Lord knows what pelted my face.
Hard not to smile riding but dem bugs in the teeth
made me shut my mouth.

drooartz
03-21-2012, 09:29 PM
If only the Brits had discovered proper metallurgy and gasket technology before it all went south... such amazing machines just a few steps from being brilliant all around. Even my 2007 Bonnie leaked a bit.

Full face helmet (and full suit) here all the time. Can't keep my eyes open in with no shield, and that's not a bright way to ride... <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

Gundy
03-22-2012, 09:39 AM
I have a full face helmet but thought I'd give the non shield one I have a try. I also wear riding leathers.
rain for the next few days. Bummer.

drooartz
03-22-2012, 09:46 AM
rain for the next few days. Bummer.

That's the worst part about a new bike in the Spring -- variable weather. You just want to ride every day, all the time.

Gundy
04-24-2012, 01:49 PM
Varoom. Great afternoon for a bike ride. Upper 60s.
Sunny and breezy. took her on a 20 mile jaunt.
FANTASTIC!

drooartz
04-24-2012, 05:24 PM
Excellent! I've had my F650 out a few times this year, great to be out on the bike again.

Gundy
04-25-2012, 09:55 AM
I guess I do need to mention a couple of things.
More oil leaks...duh. Seal one and two more spring up.
Blew the baffle out of my 2 into 1 custom exhaust.
Found it on the road....right where the bike got REAL loud.
Dropped the bike. Thankfully it was in the barn at the time.
I had kicked her over and forgot I had put the kick stand up.
Once she was warm and thumping along I went to lay it on the stand while i put the proper attire on.
OOPS! She went down like Frazer while still running!
No harm...picked her back up while STILL running.
No damage and I re-installed the baffle with lock nuts and locktite.
Wiped her down after the ride. Rag is a mandatory Brit bike tool.
:cheers:

reddsprite
09-06-2012, 06:44 PM
I grew up on Triumph motorcycles-good find!
I have seen restored examples in the 12K range-
It takes some getting used to the vertical twin thing,but early Triumphs that have been sorted out are a great handling machine. I think $3500 is fine-