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Old 09-05-2003, 04:40 PM   #1
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Terrific article - I had a blue/silver '65 Bonneville that I sold when I was drafted in '66, then bought a used '66 TR6 when I returned from the land of green t-shirts to go back to school. It's hard to believe how cool those bikes were back in the day - beautiful, fast, and (in my experience) pretty reliable (I did have a Lucas coil fail once). I'd love to have the opportunity to ride one again, but I'm afraid I'd be disappointed after riding modern scoots (currently an Aprilia RSVR and KTM Duke II). When I see an occasional TR from that period these days, they look tiny - times have sure changed.



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Old 09-05-2003, 06:20 PM   #2
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I certainly enjoyed this article and hope for more of the same.
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Old 09-06-2003, 03:02 AM   #3
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Great article MO. Walt is a class act.
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Old 09-06-2003, 07:45 AM   #4
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Beautiful bikes, The attention to detail and quality of work show Walt to be a true craftsman.

Theres a special something about '60's and 70's era Euro-bikes and Sportsters that goes right to the heart.

I admire Japanese bikes for the technology they represent but they don't seem to grab me in the same way.
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Old 09-06-2003, 08:53 AM   #5
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MO's best article of the year so far. More please!
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Old 09-06-2003, 09:41 AM   #6
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Thank goodness for folks like this! A fine article.
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Old 09-06-2003, 12:10 PM   #7
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Oh, sure. He's pretty good, but can he solve the voltage regulator problem on my VFR?

Can he fix the surging on my BMW?

No? Well, then The Head says he's a bum.



By the way, those Triumphs are very nice.

How would they compare to an accurately restored SV650? Or a classic, mint condition Concours?
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Old 09-06-2003, 04:37 PM   #8
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Wow! Mr. Riddle should write a book.



Can I buy one of his bikes?
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Old 09-08-2003, 04:36 AM   #9
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He gives you good advice too. All you need to do is go through your Triumph's wiring harness with a crimping tool and recrimp all the connections. You should be able to leave that basket full of Zeners at home.



Now if he only had an answer to that oil consumption......
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Old 09-08-2003, 07:43 AM   #10
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Today, those old Triumphs wouldn't hold a candle performancewise. In another 40 years, when those 60's Triumphs are pushing 80 years old.... those Triumphs will be prized collectors items. The VFRs, SV650s and Concours (and most everything else built today) will be less than worthless piles of rust.

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