60th Birthday Ride (for The Bike...)

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  1. ianyonok

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    My bike, Trevor, is a 1959 model, 6T Thunderbird 650 and was 60 years old on Saturday 27th October 2018. The new model year started in August of the year before, to coincide with the Earls Court Motorcycle Show in London. I had bought a certificate from the Vintage MotorCycle Club in England, to guarantee it's provenance. They hold copies of all the British motorcycle factory records, so the date is exactly correct.
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    Frame 021714, Engine 6T 021714 and Gearbox 104219. The three are still together 60 years later.
    Many other parts have changed, after having broken or just worn out. I have changed both wheel hubs and rims, barrel and cylinder head, gearbox cluster, nacelle, forks, seat and many more.
    I have owned the bike for the last 25 years and it won't be sold in my lifetime.
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    After the bike was built, 4 days later it was shipped to Williams brothers in Bangkok. This must have been a major dealer in the late fifties. There is an original 1959 T120 Bonneville 650 in Isaan, that was also shipped from the Triumph factory to Williams Brothers, in February 1959.

    So, for my bike's birthday, Memsahib and I were going for a ride with the Chiang Rai Triumph Club. We rode down to the super new Triumph showroom on the south side of the city.
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    It's a huge facility and they always have about 30 new bikes for sale. Plus an extensive workshop area at the back.
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    The new T120s are a superb bike in the traditional style, with the 1200cc engine.
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    The Thruxton R's look the dog's bollow's too.
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    Nigel from Chiang Kham was there on his Street Twin, but he is also considering buying a Bobber as well. Here trying the Speedmaster with his son.
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    The T100s are the traditional style too, with the 900cc engine.
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    The showroom manager asked me to bring my bike inside the showroom. Luckily it didn't drip too much oil....
    Of course I had to wear the "Spirit of '59" T shirt they had given me earlier.
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    They had provided drinks, pizza and chips for all going on the ride that day.
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    Then to my surprise, Khun Kay, the Triumph Showroom manager, produced a birthday cake for my bike!!
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    How very kind of them indeed..
    They are super guys in there and have a fantastic showroom full of quality bikes and top quality accessories.
    I may have to buy a Bell helmet there, when my old Davida finally dies.
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    "Happy 60th Anniversary" for the "Triumph Man" from "Triumph" "Chiang Rai".
    Even the cake bike looked like a '61 Bonnie. This whole cake is edible.
    Wow, someone went to a lot of work to make that.
    We shared the cake around, but I couldn't bring myself to eat the bike, even though it was made of sugar... Fantastic.
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    Then after a briefing, we rode off in in a very organised convoy. We had a lead rider on a Tiger, another rider on a Tiger was the marshall, another rider as sweep at the back and a support truck. It was all being filmed and I expect they will put a movie on the Triumph Chiang Rai Facebook page, at some stage.
    We passed Singha Park on the 1211 and then turned off west at Huai San on the shortcut and newly surfaced road to Doi Chang.
    Briefly parked up before doing the water crossing, prior to heading up the mountain.
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    After the steep road up, you pass over the mountain and then steep drop down the other side into Doi Chang itself.
    With the wife on the back, my old bike was on it's limit of power going up and braking limit going down.
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    We passed the Doi Chang coffee factory and rode on a couple of klms further, to a new coffee shop restaurant.
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    It was perfect, exactly what my bike wanted for it's birthday. A ride with a group of other Triumphs.
    Even though my bike was older than the other 8 bikes all put together. Let's hope they all last as long!
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    These guys have a great scene going on and do group rides most Saturdays and Sundays.
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    After coffee, the group was going to ride the 3037 south down to Mae Suai and back to Chiang Rai. They were also going to the big Muay Thai Fight Club night in the city.

    Madam and I decided to head west across to Huay Krai on the 3037 and then north up through Wawi to Thaton, then east through Mae Chan and home.
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    On the road to Wawi, fantastic views all around that area.
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    So, what a great day, the old bike performed faultlessly for it's birthday and everyone was happy.
     
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  2. Kiwi Cruiser

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    That's brilliant, and very touching that the Triumph guys would go to such effort to produce such a wonderful cake! Glorious photos... I could see a T120 in my future - immediately, if I found myself in possession of a winning lottery ticket... 555
     
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    DSC00624.JPG Wonderful gesture from Triumph CEI, & if they treat their customers the same way - I wish them success.
    Your old bike would be the "grandad" to all the youngsters - magical old machine! Photo shows my first meeting with "grandad" in November 2004
     
  4. ianyonok

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    Guys,
    Yes, absolutely, I was knocked out by how kind and thoughtful that was of the guys to make a cake for my bike. Just brilliant. Such nice people in there. I haven't even bought anything more than an umbrella!.
    They have some great reviews on their Facebook page. But I will buy my next pair of gloves there....
    Any of the Triumph range have standout quality and look superb.
    I read an article by the respected motorcycle journalist Alan Cathcart, when Triumph allowed him to tour the factories in Thailand. He gave them a glowing review and noted their serious attention to quality control.
    The T120 sure seems a great machine with a real grunty 1200cc engine.... haha..
    The T100 with 900c engine is powerful already. The T120 is 578,000 Baht and T100 is 456,000 Baht, but they give discounts off that and 30% discount on accessories.. The Street Twin is cheaper than that too, under 300,0000 Baht.

    It's well worth a visit to their showroom..... if only window shopping..........

    I will probably join them for another ride sometime. It's a good scene.

    David,
    I do remember that day. My clutch fell apart on the way back from Chiang Khong and I got stranded on the road in the dark for about 3 hours...... the next day.... I discovered Loctite...! Haha...
     
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    Too bad I did not know as I passed through Chiang Rai that morning, on a bike that is approaching a age of a third of the T6.
     
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    ianyonok Ol'Timer

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    Yes, sorry I missed you that day, Oddvar. Oh well, next time matey.
     
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    Great stuff Ian,

    You really gotta love this country.

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    Top report mate.

    Moto-Rex
     

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