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post #1 of 11 Old 08-09-2017, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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As a teenager the Bike to be seen with was the Triumph Bonneville, however most of my generation ran the Triumph 5TA Speedtwin or the lesser 3TA.
My best friend at the time exchanged his 150cc BSA Bantam for a 200cc Triumph Cub, then on to a 750cc Royal Enfield.

I should imagine that an original 650 Triumph Bonneville would cost an arm and a leg these days?

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Yes it would cost you an arm and a leg to buy one. I think it would cost you the other arm and leg to keep it running ... It would be considered a "show" bike, no desire to own such a thing, I like "go" bikes ...
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Yes it would cost you an arm and a leg to buy one. I think it would cost you the other arm and leg to keep it running ... It would be considered a "show" bike, no desire to own such a thing, I like "go" bikes ...
Exactly right, what used to be a fairly common bike is now just $$$$ investment.
Maybe in the future my 1988 KLR650 will be worth 12K
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1970 or prior year Bonneville's are a "collectors" choice. 1971 to 1978 one might call "special Interest" bikes. The former in pristine condition ~$10,000 USD +/- The later can be found for ~$6,000 USD, but most of the bikes you come across are not pristine in spite of the price their current owners are asking for them.

FWIW they aren't all that unreliable for bikes of that vintage. You do need to keep on top of things. The application of newer adhesives; For example: RTV Sealants, Hylomar and Red Loctite have greatly improved the half life of these machines. My '71 shown below.
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Sounds about right; you had me worried that you'd be expecting 12K EUR ;^).

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My '71 shown below.
Very, "sanitary" (as hip motorcyclists once said in approval) machine, Bh!

Now, know why England has no computer industry?

Word is, the Brits couldn't figure out how to make computers leak oil!

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Very, "sanitary" (as hip motorcyclists once said in approval) machine, Bh!

Now, know why England has no computer industry?

Word is, the Brits couldn't figure out how to make computers leak oil!

Thank you!

Ah yes . . . if they're not leaking oil, it's because there probably isn't any oil in it.

Also please note that when a For Sale advertisement for a British bike states that it is in "average running condition;" one should understandably interpret that to mean that it will not start!

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