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    Default So What Would You Buy?

    Imagine you have up to £10,000 in cash to spend on a bike to just keep in your garage in the hope that it will be "a good investment" and to ride it once in a while. It must be from the 1940's to 1960's, can be any make or model and have a good spares back-up. What would you buy? I'd fancy a 1940's Triumph Speed Twin with sprung saddle and either a rigid or sprung hub frame, or perhaps a Norton ES2 single with a sprung saddle.

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    Triumph trophy tr6 bought it a couple of years ago 1961 same model used in the great escape.
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ID:	11498Nice bike, but no sprung saddle! Earlier model had one though so it's in the running.
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    I wouldn't mind another BSA Gold Star but £10,000 wouldn't buy one these days. I'd maybe settle for an A10 Road Rocket but to be honest I've had enough of old British bikes, I'd rather spend the money on nice elderly Ducati, something like a 250 Mach 1 or a Mk3.

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    So what do you ride to the Classic Bike Club meets nowadays Derek?

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    The 907ie and later this year (if the weather is good ) the Pantah 500SL.

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    Well, I had another thought and decided that it might be better to hedge my bets (is that what a hedge fund does?) and buy two bikes rather than have all the money in one so have bought a Norton ES2, in fact, this one. I haven't done anything to it yet other than give it a quick clean, but have a sprung saddle to fit and have ordered a new exhaust system to replace the "racing black" one.

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    This still leaves me with another bike to find, does anyone have or know of an early Triumph Thunderbird or T110 in decent condition, and for sale, so I can complete the set?
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    Nice bike ( like the walker chopper on the front)
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    Well, I finally completed the set. Not quite within the £10,000 budget, but not too far over it, what do you think? (For the ES2 and the Bonneville)

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    1969 Triumph Bonneville T120R Export Model, originally registered in Denmark and has done less than 17,000 Kilometres.
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    Very nice! I've always wanted a T120R but sadly they are so expensive these days. I had to settle for a T140, which is quite different, but still a great bike. Now I have a Ducati, it will probably be ridden even less. My worries with buying Brits is that there are lots of engines badly built, but with very shiny chassis, so I always buy wrecks and rebuild them. Probably costs me more in the long run, but better the devil you know. Hope you get to enjoy your investments!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domenico View Post
    Well, I finally completed the set. Not quite within the £10,000 budget, but not too far over it, what do you think? (For the ES2 and the Bonneville)

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    1970 Triumph Bonneville T120R Export Model, originally registered in Denmark and has done less than 17,000 Kilometres.
    I like the Norton better. I've never liked Triumphs but I'm sure you will enjoy it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Britcyclerider View Post
    Very nice! I've always wanted a T120R but sadly they are so expensive these days. I had to settle for a T140, which is quite different, but still a great bike. Now I have a Ducati, it will probably be ridden even less. My worries with buying Brits is that there are lots of engines badly built, but with very shiny chassis, so I always buy wrecks and rebuild them. Probably costs me more in the long run, but better the devil you know. Hope you get to enjoy your investments!
    Thanks for the good wishes, now is the time for fettling and polishing in the hope that I'll get to use them on club nights and meets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek View Post
    I like the Norton better. I've never liked Triumphs but I'm sure you will enjoy it
    I sort of agree with you Derek. I've never owned a Triumph but did build a few Tritons back in the day. The Bonneville will remain more or less as it is but I intend to modify the Norton to look a bit more like my old Enfield Bullet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serious Black View Post
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    I agree, I've got one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek View Post
    I wouldn't mind another BSA Gold Star but £10,000 wouldn't buy one these days. I'd maybe settle for an A10 Road Rocket but to be honest I've had enough of old British bikes, I'd rather spend the money on nice elderly Ducati, something like a 250 Mach 1 or a Mk3.
    Just noticed you've got rid of your Hunter S. Thomson quote Derek, got to say I'm a bit disappointed in that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cactus View Post
    Just noticed you've got rid of your Hunter S. Thomson quote Derek, got to say I'm a bit disappointed in that.
    Ach. I just fancied a change

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