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Restoring a 1970 Triumph TR6C

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Curt Haring's restored 1970 Triumph TR6C.  

At about 16 I badgered my dad into letting me buy a used CZ 125 two-stroke, then soon a 1965 Honda CB160. I rode that bike for a couple of years, then joined the big boys club when I bought a 1961 BSA 650 A10 Super Rocket. I hung on to that Beezer through a stint in the Air Force and an all expenses paid trip to Vietnam courtesy of Uncle Sam. When I returned to civilian life I entered college, met my wife and got married. Unfortunately, the BSA was an asset that was turned into cash as we started our new life together.

The demands of starting a career and raising a family took precedence over my motorcycle yearnings, so it wasn’t until my youngest graduated from college that I began to think about getting back on a motorcycle. Coincidently, in 1973 my brother-in-law traded a pickup for a chopped 1970 Triumph TR6C. He put it in his barn and there it sat. We both remained off the road for the next 34 years. My wife, knowing how long I had yearned for another bike, and knowing I was considering buying and restoring that Triumph, bought it for me as a gift in 2007. I spent the next two years restoring it, but with a great deal of help and advice from two long-time British bike enthusiasts, Bill Chedeville and Chuck Davis.

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The Triumph TR6C before restoration. 

I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. It is my first restoration, but may be my last on such a scale — I guess I never believed experienced restorers when they told me, “You’ll spend more money than it will be worth when you’re done.” Turns out they were right! But it was a great experience and I enjoy riding it whenever possible. Nevertheless, it seems that one bike is not enough; I’ve just picked-up a 1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport, which I became attracted to after seeing it featured in the November/December 2010 issue. It’s not the prettiest example out there so I’m prepared to do a mini-restoration (more like a spruce-up) this winter.

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1981 Honda CB900F