Pattern Parts and Fettling To Perfection

Pattern Parts and Fettling to Perfection By Dave Porter, Customer and Technical Support at The Bonneville Shop Occasionally I receive inquiries from customers stating a part that was purchased from The Bonneville Shop does not fit correctly. I typically query the customer about the application, including make, model, and year. Sometimes it is revealed that the part was ordered in error, and the result is a simple return of the…

Using LEDs with Traditional Turn Signal and High Beam Indicator Lights

By Mike Grage, Customer and Technical Support at The Bonneville Shop We didn’t have LEDs when I started professionally wrenching on motorcycles over 30 years ago, but I most certainly wish we did due to the low power requirements.  Done right LED lighting can make riding a battery less bike at night much safer.  People of all skill and knowledge levels tend to have difficulty making LED turn signal lights…

Dave’s Building a 10-Footer: A 1970 Triumph TR6R – Part 2

Next in the series shows me checking the air gap of .009” between the rotor and stator, in various positions. I rotate the engine while moving the feeler gauge around the circle, ensuring there is no tight spots. The rotor was in good condition, no “runout” on the end of the crankshaft, and the stator studs are not bent, so this procedure passed with flying colors. “𝙄 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙙𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚…

Dave’s Building a 10-Footer: A 1970 Triumph TR6R – Part 1

Have you thought about getting an old barn bike to fix up but feel like you don’t know where to start? Are you thinking that you have a smaller budget to get it back on the road? No worries, mate. Sometimes it’s great to restore these Brit bikes to their original glory but sometimes you just want a cool bike to enjoy the roads on. Dave has picked up his…

How the Tiger 100 Became the Daytona

How the Tiger 100 Became the Daytona By Dave Porter, Customer and Technical Support at The Bonneville Shop It was brought to my attention recently while updating Triumph 500 valve product descriptions in our catalog, that there should be a blog to help illustrate some of the history and evolution of the mighty Daytona Tiger 100. Bert Hopwood and Harry Sturgeon were becoming increasingly concerned in 1965 about the forthcoming…

A Farewell to Real Chrome

A Farewell to Real Chrome By Mike Grage, Customer and Technical Support at The Bonneville Shop I remember a line in the movie Mad Max: Fury Road “…You shall ride eternal. Shiny, and chrome!”, and then the silver paint is sprayed into the guy’s mouth. That silver paint might be the near future for motorcyclists and gearheads (petrolheads) like me thanks to government bans. When I started riding motorcycles on…

Electronic Ignition System Diagnostics

By Mike Grage, Customer and Technical Support at The Bonneville Shop Here at The Bonneville Shop we walk people through electronic ignition diagnostics on a regular basis, after all there are very few professional shops willing to work on a motorcycle more than 10 years old.  Since anything electrical can be controversial I want to give the reader a brief overview of my background and qualifications before I get into…

Triumph Service Bulletin 64/1 – 1964 Forks – Eliminating Oil Leaks

1964 Forks – Eliminating Oil Leaks By David Porter, Customer and Technical Support at The Bonneville Shop One topic that comes up occasionally when discussing the early unit-construction Triumph B and C-range telescopic forks is the fork oil seal holders, or “dust excluder sleeve nuts”, as termed in the Triumph parts catalogs. The new external spring forks introduced on the 1964 models replaced the internal spring forks, as used on…

Tri-Spark Triples Ignition Kit Installation Guide

TECH TIPS Tri-Spark Triples Ignition Kit Installation Guide By Mike Grage, Customer and Technical Support at The Bonneville Shop So, you bought a TBS-0002 Classic Triple Electronic Ignition kit and you’re having a tough time wiring it up and/or setting the timing. Well don’t worry, I got your back. This ignition system is a little different, but in a good way. This is the ignition system I will use if…

Tips on Fitting the Girling Stainless Floating Brake Disc Rotor

     We have recently taken delivery and sold through our initial shipment of Girling’s new 37-4275G Stainless Floating Brake Disc Rotor. The reception in the marketplace has been favorable and the increased performance characteristics of the nearly 2 lbs. of rotational weight savings have been reported on various social media sites and forums. The beefy 6mm thick stainless steel rotor allows the drilling pattern and cooling slots to contribute…