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1959 Triumph 5TA Speed Twin
1959-Triumph-5TA-Speed-Twin
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Used
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14 Oct, 2011 14:22:48 BST
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£2,300.00
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Item location:
bridgnorth, Shropshire, United Kingdom

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Last updated on  13 Oct, 2011 16:29:05 BST  View all revisions

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Manufacturer: Triumph
Model: 5TA Speed Twin Number of Previous Owners: --
Type: -- Engine Size: 500 cc
Mileage: 2200 Power: --
Model Year: -- Colour: --
Date of 1st Registration: -- Metallic Paint: --
Gears: Four-speed manual MOT Expiration Date: Oct 2012
Drive Type: Chain Warranty: --
Start Type: Kick start Independent Vehicle Inspection: --
V5 Registration Document: Present Road Tax: --
Customised Features: -- Extra Features: --
Performance Upgrades: -- Previously Registered Overseas: --
I am selling this beautiful bike on behalf of the family of a deceased friend. He bought it within the last two years after a painstaking restoration by its previous owner. I have been around bikes all my life and this is the nicest 5TA I have ridden. As far as I can ascertain, the only non-standard items are the alloy guards.
I have since been told by someone far more knowledgeable than I (or sertainly appearing to be) that certain parts have been painted the wrong colour. Yes - the guards are wrong - but it is, nonetheless, nicely restored. My earlier description stated that it was a "pre-bathtub model". My learned advisor also informs me there is no such thing. I have since checked, and all Speed Twins of this period had the nacelle and bathtub, so he was right.
Presumably. the bathtub was removed and alloy guards fitted.
Nonetheless, Whilst I'm perfectly certain that there is a lot of junk out there grossy misrepresented, this 5TA is not one of them.
Someone devoted huge amounts of time and effort to complete this restoration and they did a damned good job, despite what any purist
might think.
I do have a file containing all receipts, many old tax discs, original instruction book and a detailed history of the restoration.
Today (monday) I rode it about six miles to a local dealer for a new battery and MOT. It ran nicely except it appears not to be charging, but I'm confident that is battery related and will be sorted by the same dealer.
The front forks also seemed stiff to me on the road (probably the new bushes) but I have asked him to sort what needs doing for the MOT and for sale.
As of today (wednesday) it now has a new MOT and battery. He is still looking at the charging and I expect to collect the bike friday morning ready to go.
It is also 12 volt, which I presume is a later conversion. Almost certainly it would have been 6 volt. Doubtless, someone out there will know for sure.
This really is a lovely bike and to be honest, had I not got several projects of my own, I could be tempted.
As of today (Thursday morning) the repairer tells me he found some bad connections from the alternator and replaced them. The bike now charges and holds its own. It is not, however, in his opinion, putting out as much as it should when the lights are on. This could be simply that because the battery is brand new, it does not need much output.
He has also advised of a slight oil leak between the left-side cylinder head and the cylinder itself. It could well be that the head needs pulling down. I'll give it a tweak tomorrow.
It should be assumed therefore, that further investigation of these minor items might be required. The bike will be sold with this advice. I will collect the bike, ride it home, and it will be here at my house from 10am tomorrow.

It is currently on SORN but I have the V5. Engine and frame numbers are original and as they should be. This bike is about as good as you will find if you want a 5TA. Viewing can obviously be arranged by appointment except three days this weeks it will be with the dealer in Bridgnorth for the MOT, new battery and the charging.
A deposit of around 10% through Paypal is applicable on completion and the balance to be paid before release. All cheques will need to clear first.
I cannot be more honest, and I am selling this with the very best intentions.
Please note - UK Bidders only please.

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