Want A Project Bike - Need Advice

Discussion in 'Builds & Projects' started by Saltare, Nov 18, 2017.

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  1. Saltare

    Saltare New Member

    Nov 8, 2017
    Austin, Texas
    I previously posted a picture of my 1979 Triumph Bonneville in the Newbies Forum that was restored by someone else. Now I want to do my own project bike. Maybe not restored to original condition, but one that runs and handles well, and at least looks good from 20 feet away.

    I almost mis-stepped already, bid on a Triumph Tiger on Ebay, then it dawned on me that it has been severely been altered, and was missing a lot of parts . I want a complete bike, with all the original parts, I like the classic look of Triumph unaltered.

    My mechanical ability is OK, nothing to brag about, I have maintained old autos to some degree, took a class on auto engine rebuilding and auto electrics. Reading all kinds of literature to bone up on Triumph mechanics and nuances . Also got a copy of "Building budget brit bikes" book. In a perfect world, I will do this in my retirement years (maybe 5 years from now) but I may not have the patience to wait.

    I am in Austin Texas, I don't see any Classic bike sources like swap meets etc. but haven't really looked that hard either. I used to go to swap meets on used Harley stuff, there are plenty of those around.

    I am looking for good sources for Triumph parts and or bikes for sale, and if buying online, someone I can trust. I would welcome any advice to steer me in the right direction
  2. stevethegoolie

    stevethegoolie Elite Member

    Oct 16, 2014
    East Riding of Yorkshire
    Try to find a bike, as you say, that is basically all there. Cosmetically or mechanically challenging is your choice. Exhaust systems on most British bikes are pretty much readily available over here and not too expensive, although everything is relative! Meriden Triumphs are well supported as far as parts availability goes. UK bike mags such as Classic Bike Guide, Classic Bike, The Classic Motorcycle (slightly earlier machines), and Classic Motorcycle Mechanics (slightly later and often Japanese bikes), if you can find them over there, are useful for sourcing spares, as are the various owners clubs.
    Also have a look at www.realclassic.co.uk which is a subscription only magazine but has much info online.

    Have fun looking.
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