1956 Triumph 650

by Tim
(California)

Hi Andy,

Not sure if you would be reading this first, but anyways.....i have a 1956 pre unit Triumph 650. I purchased back in 1972 for only 50 dollars ( i was able to even find the original bill of sale ). Yes, back then, i was only 18 years old with very little amount of money. I had owned other motorcycles before including honda 350 that i chopped.....haha....maxed extension tubes with harley sporster tank.. At the time i purchased the 1956, i had also viewed some knucklheads and panheads but knew that the fixer upper would have costed me around 700 bucks leaving me no more money to do anything with the bike. So, i settled for the 50 dollar Triumph and decided to get it running and chop it. I had bored it with a 750 kit, installed a bolt on rigid hard tail, chromed parts, the front end extended to 14inches, Harley 16 inch rear, peanut tank, cobra seat, tt pipes, octagon oil, pull back handle bars, molding etc. The engine only has about 40 miles on it.....drove it out to San Francisco beach and back for trial run. It took me many hours in friends garages to get this where i wanted to with the limited amount of resources i had at that time. I went off to college and havent driven it since....it would be rediculous to drive it now. I almost sold it. Currently it is in my house now. Im in dilemma now....now that i am 60 years old with 2 kids in graduate school and more resources, i cant decide if i should undo lots that i had done when i was about 18 to 20 years old. my body is kinda beaten up now after all these years of sports and activities.....i can not do the work myself anymore :( :( if i choose to change the looks of my 56....such as lowering front end, possibly raking front end and adding a 2 under or stock springer, changing paint, gas tank, putting back shocks on etc.

I would like to send you a pic of how it looks now and ask for your opinion and where you would recommend me to have it done. Can you please confirm reading this letter and then i will send the pic.

Thanks and excuse my grammer and misspellings.......typed this in a whim,
Tim

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