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Old 10-05-2013, 09:34 PM   #11
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F150, what kinda Triumph do you have? I'm kinda looking again......... would like to get a Bonnie.
Bought a new then 78 Bonnie, had lots of bikes since.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:40 PM   #12
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I have a 1954 Terrier, 1967 Bonneville and a 2005 Bonneville America. Needed at least one with electric start.
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:15 PM   #13
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:15 PM   #14
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Bikes

The Yamaha in my pict was my last bike.......... I'm in between bikes right now
My 78 was the black tank with the red stripe on the side just beautiful. I coulda bought a Jubilee that spring and didn't I see a few of them on Ebay,
I didn't care for the colors...
Don't know if they hold all that much value?
I had a 68 Lightning that I traded in on the Bonnie. Them's the only two Brits I had, had every other since. I still think the Triumph is one of the most beautiful bikes out there! Their tanks were art, and the whole bike just "looked like a motorcycle"
This one woulda looked just like mine.....jdadoug
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:31 PM   #15
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If you really want the top-of-the-line experience of British bikes, find a decently restored Norton Commando. I worked for them for a couple of years before we emigrated in 1968. The company was badly managed and almost in its death throes when I joined, but actually getting paid to ride that bike all over England was worth the grief.

There were two prototypes, ridden by four guys in shifts. One of us (for each bike) would start work at 04:00 and be back at the factory by 12:00. The other one would start out at 16:00 and be back by midnight. Once we got confident with the reliability, we could cover 500 miles per shift. The four hours between rides was for the shop guys to fix anything we broke and to generally keep things in top shape.

We also did high-speed endurance tests at an industry association test track - a banked tri-oval. Running at 100 mph for as long as a tank of fuel lasted, then switching riders for another tankful (and adjusting the drive chain) was quite an experience, and we did it for 10 hours a day per bike. We had very few problems. The most exciting was when a final drive chain broke at 105 mph. The engine over-revved enough to bend the tachometer needle against the stop, then it came apart, big time! It was good for a boat anchor.
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:13 AM   #16
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Norton's

So was just one off the "line" for testing or was it for new models?
Norton's is one bike I can say I have not owned........... Wouldn't mind owning one though. I check out all the bikes for sale on Ebay all the time and then save the pictures and burn them to a disc........ I've got hours and hours of bikes to look at and ogle over.......... 99% are Brits
(mostly Bonnies) My brother had a 71 Tiger with that beautiful blue and white tank! He's mostly into Moto Guzzi's right now.
I'm 56 now and been riding since grade school....had a little Italian built 125 Harley Davidson then. jdadoug
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If you really want the top-of-the-line experience of British bikes, find a decently restored Norton Commando. I worked for them for a couple of years before we emigrated in 1968. The company was badly managed and almost in its death throes when I joined, but actually getting paid to ride that bike all over England was worth the grief.

There were two prototypes, ridden by four guys in shifts. One of us (for each bike) would start work at 04:00 and be back at the factory by 12:00. The other one would start out at 16:00 and be back by midnight. Once we got confident with the reliability, we could cover 500 miles per shift. The four hours between rides was for the shop guys to fix anything we broke and to generally keep things in top shape.

We also did high-speed endurance tests at an industry association test track - a banked tri-oval. Running at 100 mph for as long as a tank of fuel lasted, then switching riders for another tankful (and adjusting the drive chain) was quite an experience, and we did it for 10 hours a day per bike. We had very few problems. The most exciting was when a final drive chain broke at 105 mph. The engine over-revved enough to bend the tachometer needle against the stop, then it came apart, big time! It was good for a boat anchor.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:55 PM   #17
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Don't know how the subject changed to bikes. I had a 69 Bonnie back in the day. She looked and ran great. I even rode her with a cast on my right leg. Yep, the shifter tore up the cast, but I still rode. Great Days back then.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:08 PM   #18
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Hijacked

So sorry for the hijack guys.....since I'm the one that did it
I guess there is a motorcycle spot somewhere here??

So back to the driveway camping.........yes we are still in the camper. But I'm making progress with the house. We will be able the use the shower when we get to town to get a shower curtain. But we can at least us the toilet and sink.
So its only a day or two before we can get into the house. Now all we got to do is finish mudding and painting, then call the flooring guy and get the floor down.
Once all that is done, we could roll the furniture back into the kitchen and we would be back in the house.

This mornings little debacle was a reminder of to me that that the time is running out. I had a water leak at the hot water tank. Couldn't find the leak until the thing fired up and that's when I saw a little drip, just a twist on the plastic nut fitting was all it took.
Ole Jack Frost is going to here in Ks. soon so its time to get the Cardinal winterized.
Again, sorry for the hijack..........jdadoug
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:32 PM   #19
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I did the "driveway camping" thing last week. I friend of mine who lives in another city had back problems, and I went over to help him out. This friend had a 30 amp RV plug installed on his place just for me.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:49 PM   #20
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30 amp

That's the second thing I did after I put up my shed..... ran the cable under ground over to the plug in. I do most of my own work around the house...... I've done all my wiring over the years in the house remods and out buildings.
All I did was go to the Home Depot and buy a Electrical book and sit down and read it cover to cover. It had some real good diagrams on how to do the different types of "electrical runs".
Now I'm thinking about turning it into 50 amp.
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