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Very useable, and easy to ride, early post-war Triumph 350 twin. In good condition, with a nice

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07 Oct, 2013 19:01:04 BST
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MILTON KEYNES, MK13, United Kingdom


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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: Very useable, and easy to ride, early post-war Triumph 350 twin. In good condition, with a nice patina of age.
Reg. Mark: Get the Vehicle Status Report VSR Manufacturer: TRIUMPH
Previous Owners: 3 Type: MOTORCYCLE
Model: 3T Colour: BLACK
Mileage: 69 Year: 1946
Gears: Four-speed manual Reg. Date: 14/06/1946
Start Type: Kick start Engine Size: 348 cc
Drive Type: Chain Fuel: PETROL
V5 Registration Document: Present
Reluctantly for sale is my 1946 Triumph 3T, 350 twin. I bought this bike a couple of months ago intending to do some summer miles on it, but apart from three local shows I have barely ridden it. With several other classic bikes and no garage, I don't want it sitting under a cover over winter, as that would do it no favours, so I have decided to sell it and just keep my 600 Panther. The previous keeper (who knew the original owner) had done a sympathetic restoration on the bike before his death, and it has barely been used since.

1946 was the first year of Triumph's post-war production, so this bike still has the rigid frame and iron 3T engine from before the war, but benefits from telescopic forks, which work pretty well. The engine starts easily and pulls well, the brakes are surprisingly good, the clutch light and the gears (four-speed foot-change) all engage nicely. The bike cruises comfortably at an indicated 55mph, which my wife tells me is actually nearly 70mph on her modern speedo, and is oil tight, except for a couple of drops under the gearbox after a 20 mile run. Apparently, the petrol tank is off a pre-war bike, but is the same as the 1946 model, complete with the console on top, with the light switch, oil pressure gauge, ampmeter and original Bakelite inspection lamp. The chrome on the tank is not great, but acceptable for the age, and there a couple of shallow dents too. The bike has been re-painted black with white pin-stripes in the past, and although not great, it all adds to the character of the bike, in my opinion. The wheel rims are painted black and some of the spoke nipples are rusty, but the tyres are nearly new. The paint on the frame and forks is good. The speedo shows only 67 miles, so I suspect that is how many miles it has done since being restored (I have done 40 of them), so I suspect the speedo was replaced then, possibly with one of an incorrect ratio, which is why it says I am doing 55 when I am actually doing 70. The bike had apparently done just over 50k miles before that.

There are a couple of minor issues that I was going to correct over winter. One is that the carb (Amal 275) sometimes floods, or runs rich while riding, the other is that the right-hand pot smokes on start-up, but seems to clear when running. They might be related, or it might need a valve guide seal replacing. The compression is good though, so I don't think it is the rings. I rode it to a local show yesterday and it ran fine.

Details given to me by the previous owner's widow state that it is running  +20 oversize pistons, and had a new inlet valve at the same time. The restoration included replacing the headlamp shell, front mudguard and back section of rear mudguard. New parts fitted included both exhaust pipes and silencers, seat, rear wheel bearings and sprocket, brake shoes front and rear, battery, wiring harness, handle bars and levers and the complete clutch.

So there you have it. A handsome but physically small classic Triumph. MoT and road tax exempt, and cheap classic insurance (obviously). Great to use as is, or an easy restoration to concourse condition if you chose. Personally, I think it would be a shame to restore it any further, and it gets a lot of comments and admiration as it is.

Usual eBay stuff applies. No dreamers or tyre kickers, thanks. I don't want any trades or deals unless it is for a running Commando, Vincent or Square Four (I live in hope). Viewing is recommended, but no test rides for obvious reasons. Cash on collection preferred, or cleared funds before release. I could possibly deliver the bike locally (for £1 a mile, one way) once it is paid for, but please ask first. I have also advertised by 1957 Ariel NH350 for sale (see my other items), and also have a 1956 BSA C12G, which I will be listing shortly. Thanks for looking.

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