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  1. rbirkey

    2002 Bonneville Gas Tank Refurb

    Here is a side cover after spraying the silver base coat.
  2. rbirkey

    2002 Bonneville Gas Tank Refurb

    I've decided to go in a different direction, by adding a silver stripe down the center of the bike... fenders, tank and side covers.
  3. rbirkey

    2002 Bonneville Gas Tank Refurb

    One of my project bikes is a 2002 Triumph Bonneville in that Sky Blue / Metallic Silver color combo. This one had a dent in the tank on the right side what I have decided to try to fix on my own. At first, I used a dent puller kit which worked to an extent. Then on one last attempt, some...
  4. rbirkey

    1981 Yamaha XS650S (Special) - Project Bike #5

    I'm thinking about adding the second caliper and rotor to the front fork like these Specials had when they were sold in Europe. I will probably keep the original metallic silver paint, and either just buff it out, or possibly clear coat and then buff... leaving the imperfections and age spots...
  5. rbirkey

    1981 Yamaha XS650S (Special) - Project Bike #5

    After completing the 1977 Yamaha XS650D project bike #4 for my friend Scott, I decided to purchase a similar bike from the same seller. It is a slightly newer 1981 Yamaha XS650S (Special) with under 9,000 miles on it. I have torn it down pretty far, assessed things, and ordered parts, etc. So...
  6. rbirkey

    New Bonneville owner from TX

    ILeftNJ, Looks like you are having fun! The Dunstalls you installed look good. They look very similar to the Norman Hyde Toga's, which I have used on some Bonneville's and like the sound of. Since your Bonneville is a 2015 model, it is electronic fuel injected (EFI) and does not have...
  7. rbirkey

    New Bonneville owner from TX

    ILeftNJ, Looks like you are having fun! The Dunstalls you installed look good. They look very similar to the Norman Hyde Toga's, which I have used on some Bonneville's and like the sound of. Since your Bonneville is a 2015 model, it is electronic fuel injected (EFI) and does not have...
  8. rbirkey

    1977 Yamaha XS650D - Bonneville Copy - Project Bike

    I just bought a 1981 Yamaha XS650S myself! Next project!
  9. rbirkey

    1977 Yamaha XS650D - Bonneville Copy - Project Bike

    The Yamaha 650 project bike is now running and being ridden by my friend. It is safe and reliable with new tires, chain, lights, ignition, etc. There are still more small projects we'd like to do as time goes on, but it's ready to roll! I've learned a lot in this build process. Although the...
  10. rbirkey

    1977 Yamaha XS650D - Bonneville Copy - Project Bike

    I have a friend who was able to purchase a 1977 Yamaha XS650D from a neighbor. I have volunteered to help him get it running. I've always been curious about these bikes because they have been called "Bonneville Copies" having a parallel twin engine and a similar frame, gas tank, and overall...
  11. rbirkey

    Quick Release Screen - Securing ??

    My guess is that if you Google these part numbers you will find many Triumph dealers who offer them online and may still have one in stock. With a little persistence, I bet you can locate one. Or look on eBay.
  12. rbirkey

    Cause It To Be Quicker

    I have a 2008 Bonneville that I had Bill Gately of Bonneville Performance (https://bonnevilleperformance.com) rebuild and upgrade for me. It went from the stock 865cc to 1100cc, and from 65 HP to 105 HP. I weigh 185 lbs. I've had it up to 115 MPH, and chickened out at that point. It was still...
  13. rbirkey

    PRICE DROP! 2006 Scrambler for sale - VERY CLEAN & LOW MILES!

    Nice... where are you located?
  14. rbirkey

    First mods for my Bonny.

    Looks good. I agree regarding the amber lenses.
  15. rbirkey

    First mods for my Bonny.

    I don't remember if these wire colors matched, but I've had many other experiences where they did not. Usually, there is a diagram with the products I get from NewBonneville which helps sort things out. If there isn't, then trial and error usually finds the right combination.
  16. rbirkey

    First mods for my Bonny.

    Dave, thanks for sharing your experience here. I have done this mod on a few bikes as well... however the kit I purchased was from NewBonneville.com and it is not branded as Motone. It looks exactly the same though.
  17. rbirkey

    FS: Service Manual (OEM & Haynes) '01-'12 Air Cooled 865

    What other items do you still have for sale... anything?
  18. rbirkey

    I'll show you mine if you'll show me your's! PICTURE THREAD

    Nice! I've done that job before! After you do it once, the next time it goes a lot faster! How do you like the exhaust note change? I like that nice low thump it provides!
  19. rbirkey

    Thruxton 900 as first bike?

    Those are solid bikes and if you don't buy it, I will!
  20. rbirkey

    I'll show you mine if you'll show me your's! PICTURE THREAD

    Thanks for sharing your photos!
  21. rbirkey

    Steering lock key

    I just went through this on a 2004 Bonneville project bike. There is no way to know what key your lock needs unless you have the key code that came with the bike. If that and the key is lost, you will need to replace the lock and key. I purchased replacement lock from my local Triumph dealer and...
  22. rbirkey

    Senior rider from So.Cal

    Very nice... good for you! And, welcome!
  23. rbirkey

    865 best performance mods

    Dan, I've seen this question many times from new Bonneville owners and riders. And, I asked it myself in 2008 after purchasing my own Bonneville. Based on everything I've learned over the last 11 years, here is my prioritized list as to prioritized things that will give you the most bang for...
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