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- Aug 23, 1967 (Age: 56)
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- Brighton, UK
I live near Brighton in the UK.
- Principal Consultant for a large software company.
Songwriter, Pilot, Petrolhead, Scrapheap Challenge Captain & founder of The Aston Club (www.TheAstonClub.com)
I've owned 46 cars, 7 motorbikes, 3 Aircraft, and a boat.
Currently have an Aston Martin DB9 Volante, a 35-year-old Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit (late father's car), a custom made Harley Davidson Hardtail Springer and a beautiful Triumph Bonneville (which is documented by Triumph as the 4th Bonnie to come off the production like at Hinckley).
I brought my bonnie with the aim to have something old that looked like a classic 60's bike but had better reliability and rode with the performance of a more modern bike.
So far I've done this:
Added Rev counter from later models (keeping the original speedo in place)
Removed the secondary Air injection system.
Uprated and balanced the carbs with 41 pilot jets set to 3 and 128 main jets
Fitted Thruxton Carb needles with a .5mm shim to give more mid-range
Removed the baffle & snorkel from the airbox
Fitted a K&N Air Filter
Changed to a Blue Flame coil and leads
Fitted a hi flow bell-mouth
Upgraded the exhaust to a pair of Norman Hyde Togas with the mutes removed
Fitted larger (110 & 150) A40 Adventure tyres
Upgraded the brakes to EBC HH slintered steel
Change the gearing ratios with a 19t sprocket for higher top speed and a more relaxed cruise.
Added larger exhaust fins to help cooling
Upgraded the clutch to an EBC heavy duty to cope with the extra power
Added a grab rail
Changed the seat to a British classic two-tone
Added a headlight guard.
Fitted original knee pads from a 1968 bike
Changed to smaller bar-end mirrors
Fitted fork gaiters.
Changed to smaller indicators
Added a chrome chain guard
Fitted smaller indicators
Added a 1967 Tax disc with period holder
Upgraded the warning lights to brighter LEDs
Fitted a Quad-lock wireless charger with a dampener
and finally, assigned my private reg with a black pressed number plate on the rear and a front plate to complete the early 60's look.
It rides very well, and dam near keeps up with a Ducati 696.
SignatureThe 4th Bonneville to come off the Hinckley line.
Hinckley Triumph Owners Club Member: 2751