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  •  hey, that's a Triumph! (4+ / 0-)

    TRUST ME....it says on the tee shirt, and the movie helped the rep of the Tri 650 single carb TR 6 that was well suited for long desert races..if you think that 3" of suspension, 50 hp, and 330 pounds is suitable for desert races...well. in the 60's you would be wrong.

    Triumph Tr6 Trophy

    Appearance in The Great Escape

    The motorcycles used during chase scene in film The Great Escape were 1961 Triumph TR6 Trophy models disguised as German BMW R75 motorcycles.[20][21] The star of the movie, Steve McQueen did much of the riding for the film himself although Bud Ekins performed the famous jump scene as McQueen's stunt double.[19] Pin-striper and artist Von Dutch converted the motorcycles for the movie while working at Ekins' shop.

    Electrics by Lucas, Prince of Darkness.

    I haz one.

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    by KenBee on Thu May 09, 2013 at 11:03:30 PM PDT

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    •  My cousin had a rather rare Bonneville 500. (3+ / 0-)
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      It always seemed to have carb & elecrtic issues, but a sweet ride regarless.

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      by jwinIL14 on Thu May 09, 2013 at 11:54:47 PM PDT

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      •  a sleeved down 650 (2+ / 0-)
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        or a Bonnie head sqweezed onto 650 barrels or a 650 destroked..that is most likely.

        Triumph made a 2 carb version of the Bonneville out of their 500 twin, the tr5...called it,   TaDa:  The Daytona.
           Most likely what he had..

          I haz most of one of those too.

        The single carb gave more effective hump because it was more tractable and actually ran rather than the twin carbs...once they were tuned they were good, but...ugh.

           Triumph got a couple of boatloads of sales from the success Gary Nixon had with the 500 Daytona that he had...which finally was revealed to be the really specially tuned and tweaked version it was..and very few riders were as good as Gary Nixon, especially during the time road racing on pavement was beginning in the us. The National Championships were decided from road racing and the TT  which was a combination of high speed road racing and track racing on dirt tracks..with jumps, big ones and feet up 100+ mph slides.
              Gary consistently won  at both, and for a time the AMA ran both types of events..maybe they still do..

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        by KenBee on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:12:52 AM PDT

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        •  I said it was rare. There were only a few of those (2+ / 0-)
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          with the small Daytona motor special ordered only for US export.  His widow is still having it sadly poorly restored for the umteenth time, but she still knows better than to sell it for some serious tempting large change that has been offered.  Thanfully the dark candy cinnamon tins were repainted spot on.

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          by jwinIL14 on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:36:47 AM PDT

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          •  made from 68-74 or rarer early 50's even (2+ / 0-)
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            and pretty rare, unless she has some rarer model ..there was a twin carb version of the tr5 early in the 50's, it was a kit head the factory sold to some racers, very fewer of those kits and bikes.

            They weren't called Daytonas, but were also very cool,   the Daytona T100T were developed from their nice safe , semi reliable 350, whereas the 500 engine from the early 50's seperate non unit engine and transmission design and was later tweaked to be the 650 that became the Bonne.Triumph Tiger  T100

            The early 39- 50's 500 twins were really neat, there was a 'generator' version people can go crazy about as well, it was also highly developed for the ...the...tictictic...International 6 Day Trials...grrr, and is where the 'Trophy' name got in to the lineup, cause they won. Single carb there iirc.

            The generator engine used the alloy barrels from an airborn Triumph made generator set that was air dropped if I remember my britbike history here, haha, the exhausts went straight forward, very distinguished. And a special factory twin carb head and racing camshaft.

            Aha, the Triumph GP model! Now that is a rarity unlike the relatively easily found Daytona, and was the road racing version..well, read it here.

            During the war Triumph where bombed out and the move to Meriden was made, military twin production was undertaken with the 350cc model 3T they also had contracts for portable generator sets for aircraft use and for these square alloy barrels where made, as soon as the war stopped the privateers got hold of surplus barrels and fitted them to Tiger 100's, Triumph made them a close ratio box and a new cam was fitted to the inlet which together with larger valves improved their already impressive performance, the Triumph GP model was born.
            and also the even perhaps rarer 1953 T 100C:
            Even so the close ratio gearbox and light alloy mudguards where still listed extra's, the last fling came in 1953 with the one year only Tiger 100C. This was a Tiger 100 with the race kit already fitted although it retained silencers and not open megaphones, only 560 of the Tiger 100C's where made and then things changed.
             They had a very finely pitched finned barrels, distinctive...whereas the generator engined T100GP fin pitch was wide and slightly squared off as well.

            And of course you can buy reproductions that are engineered to very much higher standards than the originals for many of the popular 40s-60's brit bikes. New Vincents even, complete! Cwazy money, but...

            I had a non unit engine from 1959 TR6 converted to a twin carb that was used to win the calif road racing championship for sidecars..the last four stroke to win it for a long time too. It made a great street engine, crammed into a BSA frame and gear..a Tribsa! It was great...now I just have the unit version.

            There was a Triumph GP languishing in a shed in Isla Vista in the early 60's, converted to be a chopper, with the square barrels and the forward exhausts. I hope it's that model she still has..I have all the Triumph books which are squirreled away pending moving.
            And moving my bike collection, to, ugh...to tweekerville usa.

            anyway....gnite!

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            by KenBee on Fri May 10, 2013 at 01:41:48 AM PDT

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          •  here's a great pic of the T100GP (2+ / 0-)
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            and it is about 40 miles away.
            T100GP

            I hope that looks familiar!

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            by KenBee on Fri May 10, 2013 at 01:44:14 AM PDT

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            •  Minus the seat design/color, that's near & dear. (2+ / 0-)
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              Had no idea the model stretched so many years, but still will testify what his title and purchase documents (window sticker minus the car window) say.  Rare. but factory issued.  You certainly are well versed about all this, and suspect yet one more suitor Tanya may be courting?  I'll give you a good Orange Satan recommendation, for what it's worth.  She's a democrat.

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              by jwinIL14 on Fri May 10, 2013 at 03:06:13 AM PDT

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              •  BTW, a special order late Trophy - you called it. (2+ / 0-)
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                Sold as Bonnie  - thus rare as a bare hairless hare, or an unsleepy hibernating any bear.

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                by jwinIL14 on Fri May 10, 2013 at 03:16:32 AM PDT

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              •  well, geez, if that is what it is, check this out (2+ / 0-)
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                it has always been such a cool version of Triumphs,ne of the very coolest.

                Here's another blog entry about it, notice the '6 figures' remark.

                Rich people may not be paying silly money for these at the moment, but they haven't made any since 1950ish either so...
                I think the date says it was sold 2010.

                Just so she knows what she has and what it's worth,   these collectors are merciless and ethics are a forgotten word..mostly.

                I was arm wrestled to sell one of my collector bikes way to cheap,once, Nixon was the one to blame then, and I never got over it :>

                Heh, Tanya was my first GF's name, and a really sweet one too, and smart.

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                by KenBee on Fri May 10, 2013 at 03:21:16 AM PDT

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                •  If our Tanya's ever meet ... lol. Will pass along (2+ / 0-)
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                  all great info. you shared, and thank you sincere for the great information.  I'm almost tempted to shave off my evil opposite universe goatee, but the lifetime almost invisible blonde moustache stays! (Annual Winter beard still bit missed.)

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                  by jwinIL14 on Fri May 10, 2013 at 04:29:44 AM PDT

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