Featured Thunderbird 650 Electric’s

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  1. Kenbro

    Kenbro Noble Member

    Jul 9, 2019
    Manchester, UK
    #61 Kenbro, Jan 20, 2020
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2020
    Still plenty of time to get it running good before the Classic biking weather gets here.
    PS I still think those 650 Triumphs from the late 50s to the 60s (Especially the Bonnie with the twin down tube frame, Duplex?) Are the prettiest bikes ever, bar none.
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  2. Adie P

    Adie P Crème de la Crème

    Jul 7, 2018
    A couple of numbers for you from OBM. I can't say whether or not they
    Hi Ethan.

    I don't have enough knowledge or experience to advise directly on where to get slip rings but here's a couple of numbers from my OBM - they're magneto specialists so they should either have what you want or know how and where to get what you want.

    ARMOTO (CHESTERFIELD) 01246 826667 email :- [email protected]

    DAVE LINDSLEY (LEOMINSTER) no phone number email :- [email protected] [his ad lists slip rings ]

    D H DAY (SWINDON) 01793 812323 email :- [email protected]

    As I say, I don't have enough knowledge or experience to provide more than contact details but, I would say from some experience of a 1958 T110 many, many years ago, there comes a point where the mag. appears fine, can be set up carefully and provide a reasonable spark but just won't run reliably or well enough and, IMHO, it's at this point the windings need to be suspected and a reconditioning exercise is necesssary. You may not be there yet but do bear it in mind. All of these places offer magneto reconditioning services with varying levels of warranty.

    Good luck with it - that machine is a thing of great beauty and deserves to be running well!
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  3. Kenbro

    Kenbro Noble Member

    Jul 9, 2019
    Manchester, UK
    526CACBA-D21E-4D30-98BD-8A43DFA18AFD.png These people are very good and seem to have been around forever.
    PS. Screen shot.
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  4. Ethan

    Ethan Well-Known Member

    Mar 5, 2019
    Hi I appreciate you guys taking to time to try help me out with the suggestions, I found a website that sells the slip ring I need.
    Thanks for the other places you recommended il keep them saved in my phone incase I need anything else in the future ( no doubt I will).
    I ordered a slip ring and new bearings so il test that and see how I get on, I will keep in mind about the magneto needing reconditioning I’m just going to try the cheaper option first see how it goes,
    when I first Started learning about classic bikes and fixing mine I knew nothing really, it’s hard to find some information out and a forum like this really helps so thanks again il keep you updated.
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  5. joe mc donald


    Dec 26, 2014
    slough / burnham
    Glad you got out on the bike. Like someone else said here they were pretty bikes and real British Beef. And sounded great. Yes you will get it sorted and then the sun will come out for you.
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