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Old September 5th, 2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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Triumph identification help needed

I seen a couple pics of cafe racers lately and really starting to enjoy the look and starting to make me want one myself. So I have this bike sitting in my garage which is the neighbors and I have no idea how to identify it there is no vin under the seat, and if it's a good year/ model I will try and pick it up off of him but I can't even start to identify the year or even the motor size any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old September 7th, 2012, 05:18 PM   #2
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looks like a 70's 650. vin should be on the neck. some better pic's would help. what kind of front brake does it have?
looks like the bonneville model

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Old November 15th, 2012, 06:20 AM   #3
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ok thanks ill be home next week and check it out and take some pics
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Old November 15th, 2012, 06:42 AM   #4
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looks like a 70's 650. vin should be on the neck. some better pic's would help. what kind of front brake does it have?
looks like the bonneville model
yes. bonneville model had dual carbs.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 07:04 AM   #5
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Please don't chop up that nice Triumph up to make a cafe racer. Try riding one first. My neighbor did it to his old Yamaha. We went for a ride and he was in agony after about 50-60 miles.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 07:28 AM   #6
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Does he want to sell it????????
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Old November 20th, 2012, 07:31 AM   #7
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Is it a triple. Looks like a trident.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 08:35 AM   #8
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Looks like a bonneville to me. I love it. I've got a newer Rocket III but have always loved the classics from them. Neighbor has a Norton he's building up like you are talking. You won't regret picking that bike up regardless of what you plan on doing with it. Restore or mod it, great bikes.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 07:10 PM   #9
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no solid plans yet. like i said i just put 2 and 2 together and gave it a quick thought. its been sitting around for years and if nothing else just getting it back out and running again would be sweet. ill be heading home tomorrow so any specific things i should take pics of? to help identify. thanks for the input guys
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Old November 20th, 2012, 09:46 PM   #10
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just some nice clean side pic's will help. just get it running correct before messing with it, from the look of it, the carbs need a good rebuild, clean gas tank & petcock, dress & set points, clean the oil trap ! and so on

maybe a pic of the vin number, it's on the neck.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 11:16 PM   #11
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looks like a 750 bonneville. check to see if its 4 or 5 speed trans. 5 speed is more desirable. the 750 trident looks similar, but is a 3 cylinder engine. they are fast, but have vibration issues, and often vibrated bolts out of them.
the bike will be all "old english standard" fasteners. fasteners will be pricey and hard to find. cool bike though. fix it up, leave it stock, and ride!
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Old November 21st, 2012, 06:07 AM   #12
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I have the same bike in the single carb...



What that is, is a 71-72 650 Bonneville.

Remember- Brit bikes are Positive ground, the + side of the battery goes to the frame. Get it wrong and you cook a $75 zener diode and the bike won't run.

Fun to ride, but a rather tall bike. Brakes suck, leave lots of room. Oil in frame, doesn't hold but about a quart and a half, don't idle in traffic as it will heat up fast.
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