1971 Triumph T150 Electric Start Conversion

A reader wants to convert his 1971 Triumph T150 to electric start and wants to know where he can find parts.

Reader Contribution by John Damon
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Triumph T150 electric start

Q: I was reading your article in a recent copy of Motorcycle Classics about converting a Triumph T150 to electric start. I have a 1971 T150 and would like to do the same. Can you provide me with more information as to where I can buy the components (kit form?) or who might do the conversion for me?

John Damon

A: It used to be easier to find the parts from the 1975 Trident needed to convert the earlier models to electric start. Then the idea became popular and now parts are scarce. You need the clutch basket from a T160, or a late model T150 clutch basket and the ring gear that goes on it. L.P. Williams in England has the ring gear if you have the clutch basket. I believe you can have earlier clutch baskets machined to take the ring gear, which is an interference fit on the basket.

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