Sunday, 10 July 2011

Checking all the parts

Today we printed out a parts book and checked that we have all the right parts. We seem to have most of the parts but we still have some missing, or some of them are a bit messed up

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Some History On The Triumph Bonneville

The original Triumph Bonneville was a 650 cc parallel-twin (two-cylinder) motorcycle manufactured by Triumph Engineering and later by Norton Villiers Triumph between 1959 and 1974. It was based on the company's Triumph Tiger T110 and was fitted with the Tiger's optional twin 1 3/16 in Amal monobloc carburettors as standard, along with that model's high-performance inlet camshaft. Initially it was produced with a pre-unit construction engine which enabled the bike to comfortably achieve 115 mph without further modification, but later (in 1963) a unit construction model was introduced which was stiffer and more compact, including additional bracing at the steering head and swing arm. The steering angle was altered and improved forks were fitted a couple of years later, which, together with the increased stiffness enabled overall performance to match that of the Bonneville's rivals. Later T120 Bonnevilles used a new frame which contained the engine oil instead of using a separate tank; this became known as the oil in frame version. The T120 engine, both in standard configuration and especially when tuned for increased performance.

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This Blog is dedicated to the restoration of a Triumph T120R, that has been in the family for over 20 years. The bike was aquired for R350.00 form a motorcycle repair shop, when the owner defaulted on payment. The frame and engine topend was stripped, frame was sandblasted and epoxy painted. Due to other commitments the bike was crated up, where it remained, surviving several moves. In the process of moving the rocker covers and cylinder head bolts went missing. The engine when stripped, had a set of 40 Thou oversize new pistons, with no carbon on them, so we assume the motor may have been overhauled. There are a few bits missing, such as speedo and rev counter as well as the timing cover and other odd's and ends.  When disasembling the front wheel, the bearing retaining ring snapped off, this will have to be repaired with welding.

My father had a 55' T110 in pieces, which my sister is busy restoring,
My son is taking a keen interest in the restoration, I guess he has aspirations to ride the bike one day soon!!!