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I’ve been riding for 30 years on a variation of sports and naked bikes. I started with fast bikes like my old Ducati 996 SPS and Fireblade, then as the older I got, the slower they became, and now I’m in my mid 50’’s I ride a Triumph Bonneville (4th Bonneville to come off the Hinckley production line).

Last week I purchased my first hardtail to go along side my Triumph. The weather has been bad all week which means that I had time to work on the bike and I’ve done this:

Fixed a charging issue I had (bad earth on the regulator).
Cleaned out the carb and adjusted mixture.
New Iridium plugs and performance silicon leads.
Replaced the rose joints on front brake
Adjusted chain and wheel alignment.
Welded a bit to the bottom of the side stand so it does not lean over as much
Adjusted the side stand spring so it does not wobble about when shut.
Welded an extension arm to the side stand.
Made a new throttle stop inside the brass throttle so the slack can come out of the cable.
Made new nylon bushes for the pegs so they sit straight and the nylon helps against vibration.
Re-wrapped the exhaust with a double layer near the pegs to stop your boots catching fire!
Painted the battery black.
Increased the size of the air vent in the lid to help with vacuum starvation at full throttle.
Fabricated a stronger seat base to stop wobble.
Removed the seat springs and fitted Air-ride system.
Made a brass double dome nut fitting for the seat.
Adjusted the preload on the front forks.
Adjusted the brake and clutch take up positions.
Cut down the fork lugs so they don’t foul the hub.
Welded the numberplate holder.
Padded out the battery holder so it sits flat and works better.
Added more brass bolts.
Re-routed some of the cabling for a cleaner look.
Fitted wireless quad lock.
…….and ridden 200miles testing the changes 😉

Compared to the Triumph, its like riding some vintage farm machinery…. But I still love it.

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Howdy. The bikes look good.
"Replaced the rose joints on front brake"... what is a rose joint?
I like the front fender license plate on the Triumph. Aren't they called "pedestrian slicer's" or something?
Who manufactured the hardtail frame?
 

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Very nice and clean. Love the brass details.
What is a "wireless quad lock"?
Also, what is the round, black item mounted in the middle of the handlebars?
I have never seen a fuel level gauge like yours. Very unique. I like it.
Since you painted the battery black, I have to ask... What color was it?
And, since the questions are coming at you... What vehicle is that in the garage?
 

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Very nice and clean. Love the brass details.
What is a "wireless quad lock"?
Also, what is the round, black item mounted in the middle of the handlebars?
I have never seen a fuel level gauge like yours. Very unique. I like it.
Since you painted the battery black, I have to ask... What color was it?
And, since the questions are coming at you... What vehicle is that in the garage?
The round thing would be a rotary friction steering damper.
The fuel gauge is a really old design.
Not sure but guessin' an Aston Martin maybe?

Another question for the OP: Is that a DNA springer? If so, keep a sharp eye on it for stress cracks and loosening fasteners.
 

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I’ve been riding for 30 years on a variation of sports and naked bikes. I started with fast bikes like my old Ducati 996 SPS and Fireblade, then as the older I got, the slower they became, and now I’m in my mid 50’’s I ride a Triumph Bonneville (4th Bonneville to come off the Hinckley production line).

Last week I purchased my first hardtail to go along side my Triumph. The weather has been bad all week which means that I had time to work on the bike and I’ve done this:

Fixed a charging issue I had (bad earth on the regulator).
Cleaned out the carb and adjusted mixture.
New Iridium plugs and performance silicon leads.
Replaced the rose joints on front brake
Adjusted chain and wheel alignment.
Welded a bit to the bottom of the side stand so it does not lean over as much
Adjusted the side stand spring so it does not wobble about when shut.
Welded an extension arm to the side stand.
Made a new throttle stop inside the brass throttle so the slack can come out of the cable.
Made new nylon bushes for the pegs so they sit straight and the nylon helps against vibration.
Re-wrapped the exhaust with a double layer near the pegs to stop your boots catching fire!
Painted the battery black.
Increased the size of the air vent in the lid to help with vacuum starvation at full throttle.
Fabricated a stronger seat base to stop wobble.
Removed the seat springs and fitted Air-ride system.
Made a brass double dome nut fitting for the seat.
Adjusted the preload on the front forks.
Adjusted the brake and clutch take up positions.
Cut down the fork lugs so they don’t foul the hub.
Welded the numberplate holder.
Padded out the battery holder so it sits flat and works better.
Added more brass bolts.
Re-routed some of the cabling for a cleaner look.
Fitted wireless quad lock.
…….and ridden 200miles testing the changes 😉

Compared to the Triumph, its like riding some vintage farm machinery…. But I still love it.

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Nice to meet you, your bike is actually amazing!
 
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