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Triumph 500 Speed Twin

Unread post by Zunspec » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:42 pm

I just negotiated a deal on this litte beauty:

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Flickr slide show here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10638107@N02/sets/72157623635606837/show/

I am trying to nail down it's actual identity, the combination of shrouded headlight and non-bathtub rear etc. appears on a 1966 Triumph brochure as a 350cc so I might have a converted 350cc ?. The Tiger100 badge on the battery cover would suggest not but who knows if a past owner did a conversion including badges. It is a "D" registered bike (Feb 1966 on the V55) if that is any help, in my usual bike buying trance I did not think to record the Eng/Frame numbers but I'll get them when I pick the bike up.

The last time I worked on a Triumph was 34 years ago when I vowed it would be the last time I worked on a Triumph :D :D :D (T150), so I hope I can count on the collective wisdom, or inspiring piss-taking of the forum in the comming (many) months of the restoratiion.

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Re: Triumph Tiger T100

Unread post by DAM » Sat Apr 03, 2010 4:18 pm

This will let you confirm the year/model.

http://www.britishonly.com/tech/joust/t ... umphmf.htm

The frame and engine No should have the model prefix before it, my old Tiger 90 was T90 H47038 which was a 1966 bike reg JRP68D

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Re: Triumph 500 Speed Twin

Unread post by Zunspec » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:03 pm

I think it may be a 1966 Speed Twin vice Tiger 100. See page 6 of the attached link to a Triumph brochure:

http://www.fedrotriple.it/agg_2009_04/1966-cat-triumph.pdf

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Re: Triumph 500 Speed Twin

Unread post by jimmy » Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:39 pm

Hey Zunspec
As Dam says the model number will be stamped on the crankcase as part of the engine number.
Just for reference I highly recommend Wilemans Motors, Siddals Rd, Derby for Triumph parts and service.

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Re: Triumph 500 Speed Twin

Unread post by Zunspec » Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:01 pm

Thanks DAM & Jimmy,

I'm now pretty sure it is a 500 Speed Twin of 1966 vintage, why the Battery cover has a "Tiger 100" badge is currently not known. I'm going to pay for it tomorrow so I will have the V55 and old green log book, I'll check what the Eng./Frame No.s indicate.

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Re: Triumph 500 Speed Twin

Unread post by chilly » Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:53 pm

My 66 T Bird zunspec,its in TR6 mode at the moment,proper tinware is in the loft ;)


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Re: Triumph 500 Speed Twin

Unread post by Iand » Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:53 pm

Looks like a great project the zunspec, good luck!
1960 lambretta Li125 sold; 2001 Honda CG125 sold; 2006 Yamaha FZ6 sold; 1980 Kawasaki Z500 sold; 1967 BSA Bantam D10; 2008 Aprilia Shiver sold; 2010 KTM Duke 690R; 1954 BSA Bantam; 1980ish Kawasaki Z200

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Re: Triumph 500 Speed Twin

Unread post by Zunspec » Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:32 pm

Hi chilly,

Your T-bird looks a treat, seems there are various options I could go for and even convert it to Tiger 100 spec. I do like the look as standard though after finding those photos of one on the web. I don't have any issues with the chassis restoration as most seems sound. The engine is a another matter it will obviously need a complete strip an re-build, hopefully without too many horrors.

Thanks Iand,

It might take a bit of time but I think it will be worth it.

Cheers Zunspec

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Re: Triumph 500 Speed Twin

Unread post by jimmy » Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:49 pm

Hey Zunspec
You could do a lot worse than modelling it on a 58 t110

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If I come into money, this will be my first purchase

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Re: Triumph 500 Speed Twin

Unread post by Zunspec » Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:14 pm

Hi Jimmy,

That is a nice bike, Triumph really did produce some fine looking machines.

Cheers Zunspec

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