crankwalk SuperDork
5/31/18 1:14 p.m.

I figured I'd throw this in this section too after concluding my Road Trip/adventure thread with my Land Cruiser.

I sold (or traded rather) the Land Cruiser for a pair of old British motorcycles this past weekend. The '73 Triumph Tiger with dual carbs from a Bonneville is a very clean runner that is fun to cruise around in and the '67 BSA 441 Victor Special is one of my favorite bikes of all time and so hard to find up here. The BSA has a recent engine build but I'm in the process of putting in a new Boyer ignition and clutch springs.  The compression on the BSA is SKY HIGH and will rip your leg off starting it if you aren't careful. I'm thinking about shimming the head to lower the compression for the street but who knows I may just get used to it.





I have a new Ecodiesel Ram as a daily driver with an honest to God bed, 4x4, and 3 times the fuel range of the 60 that we will be taking out for further trips this year.  Before moving here, I sold my bikes and I've missed riding but now that my daily driver isn't pulling double duty, I can get some more toys that don't need to be available to take me to work 12 months out of the year.


 Riding a bike in AK isn't the most practical year round but for our short summer, it's better than anywhere I've done it for sure. wink

stafford1500 HalfDork
5/31/18 1:21 p.m.

The BSA should have provisions for a decompression lever, to make starting easier. A roommate in college had one, 40mph felt fast.

crankwalk SuperDork
5/31/18 1:26 p.m.

In reply to stafford1500 :


It does and it mostly works but it's still pretty tight.

ddavidv PowerDork
5/31/18 6:00 p.m.

The much lamented OIF Triumph. I don't hate on them like most people, I just don't like the 'thing' where the oil tank used to be. Just looks wrong. That is a very pretty machine.

Having ridden Triumph, BSA and Norton from that period I can't say I have much love for the BSA. Worst vibrations of the three and the handling and brakes were all 'meh'. Yours is earlier and somewhat customized so it is probably better than what I rode (OIF Lightning).

Shortcomings aside, I like British bikes so much better than the Asian offerings even if they were better.

Appleseed MegaDork
6/2/18 10:06 p.m.

Wait till you go to kick it, and she throws you over the handle bars. wink

Apis Mellifera
Apis Mellifera HalfDork
6/4/18 8:51 a.m.
ddavidv said:

The much lamented OIF Triumph. I don't hate on them like most people, I just don't like the 'thing' where the oil tank used to be. Just looks wrong.

There's a kit for the OIF bikes that fixes most of the looks issues.  Here's my '71:

crankwalk SuperDork
10/14/18 8:48 p.m.


A few updates:


Cleaned up the BSA a little.


Fixed that eyesore airbox

Next will be the seat cover but that's where I left off with it.




Pazon/Podtronics electronic ignition goes on the Triumph:

Goodbye points!:


Hello reliability:


Now, spark is great in the Triumph and it's making more power than ever but unfortunately, the right side spark plug blew out and stripped the threads. Off with it's head.

Soaking the pistons in the meantime to try and get a little more carbon off.  A little more carbon on the left side which makes sense because before I went to the electronic ignition, that side always had a weaker spark.


crankwalk SuperDork
11/3/18 9:20 p.m.



Aaaaand after reassembly........drumroll......the Triumph runs!:


About 11 inches of snow on the ground already so no riding this year but she has earned her keep in the garage until next year.



crankwalk SuperDork
11/17/18 7:28 p.m.

As some have mentioned, the factory airbox on the OIF bikes aren't that pretty. Now that she runs better, I got her a present.


Luckily, easy enough there is a retro side cover option that I've been waiting to fit on. Since our riding season is short and our air is clean, I opted to ditch air filters and just run the screened velocity stacks.


The wiring from all the electronic ignition and regulator are kind of ugly when they're not hidden by something.




I took advantage of the warm spell we had this week to take the first ride after the work was performed on the Triumph. This is almost unheard of to have clear enough roads in my neighborhood the week of Thanksgiving.


crankwalk SuperDork
3/24/19 8:13 p.m.

First ride of the season was a success. Once the heating Gerbing gloves come in, I'll be taking her out exploring further. 

crankwalk SuperDork
6/13/19 9:05 a.m.

Finally summer is here. I added a new side stand and exhaust hardware and other than that the Triumph has been a champ so far this season. 

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