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PL1957 wrote: Sat Oct 09, 2021 8:46 pm
richtel wrote: Not sure how I missed this. Lovely old GS thou! About '79/'80? One of the original superbikes. Any foibles keeping the old girl running with unleaded and E10?
It was first registered in May 1980, I bought one (not this one) exactly the same colour brand new in June 1980. I picked this one up in boxes about 10 years ago and spent a couple of years restoring it. Lovely old thing that unlike some classics you could use every day if you were so inclined
Japanese bikes have been designed to run on unleaded since the early 70's. As for E10 I just put "Super" E5 in all my bikes now and don't leave it in there for extended periods.

A nice alternative to these other two.
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Great looking stable you have there. Very cool. I'm sure they all ride beautifully, yet so different. :thumbup:
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Managed a 27 miler on The Focus today making the most of some decent weather.

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Did our annual end of the season ride last week. End-to-end through the city on singletrack. 44.4 km, with 650 m elevation gain.
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The G-Shock was along for the ride.
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Out for a ride this afternoon with my best pal. We've been friends since he came to my primary school aged 8, and we learned to ride motorcycles together as young teenagers around the hop gardens and apple orchards surrounding the village we lived in. 50 years later and we are still doing it :D
Mine's the red one (1974 Commando Mk2A) his the the black one (1975 Commando Mk3)

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^^ Two lovely bikes- delighted to see they still get onto the roads to convert petrol into noise, speed and smiles. I bet they get attention wherever you go!
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Nipped up to North Yorkshire today - a 250 mile round trip. The weather was as you might expect for late October but I enjoyed the ride and some scenery...
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Not so much a picture from my last ride, more a picture of what I hope to be riding soon 😁.
I've just finished building this after 4 years work and I'm currently in the process of trying to get it registered.
Loads of self made parts I have made in my workshop at home.
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PL1957 wrote: Wed Oct 27, 2021 9:31 pm Not so much a picture from my last ride, more a picture of what I hope to be riding soon 😁.
I've just finished building this after 4 years work and I'm currently in the process of trying to get it registered.
Loads of self made parts I have made in my workshop at home.
Miss F just posted a thread about "Simple Beauty". The thread was in relation to watches, but your bike captures the aesthetic perfectly. She's a beauty for sure. Everything you need, nothing you don't.
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Miss F just posted a thread about "Simple Beauty". The thread was in relation to watches, but your bike captures the aesthetic perfectly. She's a beauty for sure. Everything you need, nothing you don't.
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Thank you for your kind words!
I had a vision of what I wanted to achieve that is a little different to a traditional Triton and I'm quite pleased how it's turned out.
If you are interested this is what I started with, as you can see it took rather more than a wipe over with an oily rag :lol:
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Do you have any more pictures/description of the renovation ...that is absolutely stunning :thumbup:
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I love the look of shorter exhaust and the simpler rear fender. Looks like the front brakes got a pretty major upgrade as well!
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kiter65 wrote: Sat Oct 30, 2021 6:14 pm Do you have any more pictures/description of the renovation ...that is absolutely stunning :thumbup:
I bought the bike as you see it in yellow complete with the obligatory mouse nest plus quite a lot of spare parts including the front brake upgrade. Unfortunately the elderly gentleman I purchased it from was seriously ill and clearing his garage etc. to spare his wife the job when he passed (which he now has :( ). I heard about it because he also sold a Citroen 2CV van to my brother in law. Like so many he had bought it intending to restore it but never got round to it and then ill health prevented him from starting.
I've been into bikes my whole life and am a retired engineer working on automation projects in the medical device industry for 30+ years, also fortunate to have a lathe and milling machine at home (all manual no CNC). I had previously restored a couple of Suzuki GS1000's and was looking for a new project that would allow me to use my engineering design and manufacturing skills.
I've designed and made loads of parts myself including the engine and gearbox plates, fork yokes, headlamp brackets, footrests and gear / rear brake levers, modified the rear hub to mimic a Manx Norton, laced the wheels myself with alloy rims and stainless spokes and made my own wiring loom. The engine is a standard 1959 Triumph Bonneville and the gearbox has been upgraded to 5 speed; the fuel and oil tanks I purchased, the exhaust I had made in stainless steel to my specification.
Currently I'm in the process of getting it registered and reclaiming the original number plate.

With apologies to those who find this stuff boring! :oops:
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PL1957 wrote: Sun Oct 31, 2021 1:40 pm With apologies to those who find this stuff boring! :oops:
Are you kidding me :shock:
Stunning Triton and a great story :thumbup:
This is absolutely amazing and I know, from first hand experience of restoring motorcycles (XS1100*), that nothing is ever straight forward and is a labour of love.
I also admire the fact that you have made all those parts :clap:
Did you document, with photos, the restoration?


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You can post as much as you like, I find stuff like this brilliant :thumbup:
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^^ Wot he said :D

Huge admiration for the skill and determination needed to create such a beautiful bike.
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