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Triumph T20M Cub Restoration

Triumph Cub 

Restoration of a Triumph T20M Cub was Andy Granovsky’s most challenging project to date. 

I just bought your November/December 2012 issue and had to write you. I have a 1966 Triumph T20M Cub that I got a few years ago and finally got around to restoring. It turned out to be more expensive and time-consuming than my 1969 Bonneville or my 1969 TR6C Trophy. I’m still working on the tuning. It turns out to have a Harmon-Collins street/drag cam with way more valve overlap then the Triumph R sports cam and a 10.5:1 piston. It is the hardest-starting bike I’ve ever had! It looks so innocent.

I also own a 1971 BMW R75/5 that I restored 15 years ago. I installed R90/6 cylinders and heads, and a 5-speed transmission. It is the perfect weekend cruiser. — Andy Granovsky/via email 

george higdon
8/12/2013 12:53:45 PM

Looking for a Triumph cub. any help would be appreciated. George 859-816-4522


bill
3/8/2013 5:55:28 PM

I have this same bike except a 1967, supposedly totally restored by Baxter. And yes, hard to start. I can jump on the kick start and it doesnt move sometimes. However, the engine just came apart, with the rod bearing completely gone. The cylinder was painted to look like it was restored, but not touched at all inside. Someone lied. If anyone knows anyone in Southern CA who can rebuild this, please let me know. Thank you, Bill