From Bob. I started on bikes in 1954, on a Matchless. I then went into trials and had a Greeves and also had an ex army BSA 350 – which i converted to trials. Then I purchased my first Triumph Tiger, and never wavered from Triumph after that.
Richard’s bike. A few lines about my Trident 750.
A lockdown project – dragged out of a garden where it had sat for a year being used as goalposts by two kids (if you hit it that was a goal!), no cover on it, snails in the airbox, usual stuff. It was advertised as a 1994 bike, but clearly wasn’t as it has a silver engine. Once home I started investigating – thanks due to Richard Wheadon and to the Triumph aftersales department – it has an interesting history.
It seems that it was one of the first of Triumph’s new exports, this one to Malaga in May 1992, where it was bought by an English guy and subsequently brought back to England in 2015. The DVLA in their wisdom gave it a ’94 registration.
It has taken four months to sort out all its problems – essentially it really just badly needed a decent service, plus fitting with the correct cans and repairing a damaged side panel, unseizing callipers etc etc
It ran for the first time this morning, so I had a quick whizz round the block to celebrate – it is a delight to ride, handles really nicely, plenty of power – I am impressed with my first Triumph!
Derick’s Thunderbird. Here is a photo of me with my Thunderbird which a bought from fellow Berkshire TOMCC member Brian around 6 years ago.
I first joined the TOMCC in 1969 when I owned a Thunderbird 6T.
Unfortunately my membership lapsed until I re-joined around 7 years ago.
I bought this new in November 2019 after trading in my old Tiger 1050. During my first year of ownership I managed around 5,000 miles on various ride-outs.
During one ride-out a car tried to enter the same lane as me, resulting in a bent footpeg and bruised foot. Luckily, I managed to stay upright!
As a result of this mishap, I decided to fit a dashcam system in the shape of a Innovv K2 system with front and rear cameras running constantly.
From Scott. This is my 2001 Bonnie, somewhere in the west of Mull a few years back, coming back from Orkney by the west coast with a bit of a diversion through the Hebrides. There’s not much I’ve changed to make it good for touring – flat bars, a flat gel seat from a Scrambler, Givi boxes, screen, and a bored and ported engine. Torque is flat as an ironing board from 2000 to 7000, so it’s great for just rumbling along in top gear all day
Scott’s Bonneville on the Mull
Of course when I get in to the south of England, I have to be more careful about securing the bike, so here is the TankDog™ Security System.
TankDog on a Bonneville
Steve’s bike. I have owned this for 3 years. It was in pieces when purchased but had been carefully restored by the previous owner. I have assembled and replaced a number of parts, most recently the front valenced mudguard, difficult to find and an expensive item.
Entry number 29 in the 2020 Online Old Motorcycle Gathering Show. From Derek.
Finished restoring the bike in 2015 (in my front room) – stove enameled frame, new forks and exhaust – lots of elbow grease and a fresh coat of paint.
Entry number 043 in our 2020 Online Old Motorcycle Gathering
This Thruxton Bonneville is the very first one of the 52 that Triumph built in 1965 . So can be considered to be the first Triumph named Thruxton model. This bike is owned by my brother Richard. And I had the pleasure of restoring it for him . I was lucky enough to take the bike to the Manx with Digger and reunite it with Ray Knight, the TT winner of the 1968 500 class, won on a Daytona. Ray did two laps around the Jurby circuit. Truly a very rare and very special Triumph.
Entry number 34 in our 2020 Online Old Motorcycle Gathering.
Original unrestored UK MOD bike still with matching numbers.
Bill’s Bike. Entry number 40 in the 2020 Online Old Motorcycle Gathering Show.
Most of this bike was acquired by my Dad in the 1960’s and had been used for scrambling so was in rather a sorry state. Over the years I managed to find all the parts to put it back into road trim and completed the restoration some 10 years ago. It is a lovely bike to ride with quite good performance and decent brakes for an old-un! Has done great service on VMCC runs over the years.