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Man glad stolen motorcycle found after 46 years
Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Posted on 11/11/2013 9:34:11 PM PST by woofie

OMAHA, Neb.

— Donald DeVault wonders what kind of memories his Triumph motorcycle helped make in the 46 years since it was stolen, and he's looking forward to making more of his own when it's returned.

The 73-year-old Omaha man learned last week that California authorities had recovered his 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 at the Port of Los Angeles. The bike was about to be shipped to Japan when U.S. Customs & Border Protection agents who checked the vehicle identification number discovered the motorcycle had been reported stolen in February 1967.

DeVault said he is eager to get the bike back, but he thinks investigators may be even more excited than him about the motorcycle's recovery. DeVault had had the bike for only a year or two when it was taken from his fenced backyard.


TOPICS: Hobbies; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: motorcyclestolen
This article says its a Triumph Tiger Cub....I dont think so....

Around '67 I had a Bonneville....and hove owned several other Triumphs through the years

1 posted on 11/11/2013 9:34:11 PM PST by woofie
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To: woofie

Bump


2 posted on 11/11/2013 9:36:24 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: woofie

3 posted on 11/11/2013 9:38:00 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

4 posted on 11/11/2013 9:38:32 PM PST by woofie
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IIRC, the Tiger was a single carburetor 650cc in a mild state of tune compared to the Bonnie. Dunno what the 500cc single carb bike was called. Rode one once, very weak.

Tiger was said to be torquey and docile. I had one that had been stripped down to be a "desert sled". Got stolen before I could do anything with it. Not street legal anyway.

5 posted on 11/11/2013 9:39:28 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

You are right..... I owned one of those also
But I forgot it was called a Tiger T100?

I was thinking of a Triumph Tiger Cub (I also owned one for about 2 weeks)which was a small single cylinder trail bike


6 posted on 11/11/2013 9:44:26 PM PST by woofie
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Rode friends '64 Bonneville all through college 'cause my Harley was a piece of junk that was impossible to start and broke down daily. Triumph's have been my first love ever since. In current stable: '71 Trophy 500 T100C, unrestored, 6k miles, looks great since I cleaned it up after 20 years in unheated garage; '72 Bonneville T100V 650cc totally restored by moi, looks brand new and runs like new too; '73 Trident T150V, 3 cyl. 750cc (who needs a sport bike?), all start on first kick. 100mph on Trident is like half throttle.....  photo null_zpsc7d15d62.jpg
7 posted on 11/11/2013 9:44:39 PM PST by Arlis (.)
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Tiger Cub was a 250cc single - brother had one when living with me in Orlando in ‘68.......


8 posted on 11/11/2013 9:47:22 PM PST by Arlis (.)
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Very nice bikes....It brings it all back


9 posted on 11/11/2013 9:49:03 PM PST by woofie
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British bikes are bikes we have a love hate relationship with.

Still kicking myself for not buying a restored Matchless with side car ages a go for like $1,200.


10 posted on 11/11/2013 9:49:22 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: woofie
The Steve Gibbons Band~B.S.A.
11 posted on 11/11/2013 9:54:09 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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Actually the Tiger 650 single carb was faster 0 - 60 than the twin carb Bonneville - more torquey as you said. But the Bonnie would take over from there.......many loved the Tiger because of the simlicity of dealing with one carb and not two.

Rode one friend’s ‘64 Bonnie all through college and loved it, but rode another’s ‘67 Tiger 650 all over So. Cal in ‘68/69 and loved it just as much........best bikes on the planet in the ‘60’s hands down. Was ‘70 when the Honda CB-750 came in and took over the world with 4 cylinders.......oh, those days were fun. And to think, I’m still riding the same bikes some 40+ years later and enjoying the more.....


12 posted on 11/11/2013 9:54:15 PM PST by Arlis (.)
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To: mylife

In the 90’s I owned a Ariel Square 4 (58?) went to England and stopped at several ‘auto-jumbles” looking for parts

Too many bikes too little time


13 posted on 11/11/2013 9:56:21 PM PST by woofie
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Indeed.

I have friend that still brings them to life.


14 posted on 11/11/2013 9:58:28 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: woofie

I was gonna run the Himalayas on Royal Enfields a few years back.

Long story.


15 posted on 11/11/2013 10:00:51 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: woofie

http://enfieldriders.com/


16 posted on 11/11/2013 10:02:20 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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Am I too old to try something like that? well maybe.... or maybe I should go out with a bang


17 posted on 11/11/2013 10:05:25 PM PST by woofie
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4UsIn5QLxk


18 posted on 11/11/2013 10:08:39 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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Well, that became an issue for me too.

The back is to screwed up.


19 posted on 11/11/2013 10:09:22 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Arlis
Possibly the most satisfying bike I ever rode out of the several dozen or more I have owned and/or rode, was a Bonneville TT Special a buddy in the Marines had a local shop make "street legal".

I was ignorant of the electrics and how they rigged up lights, but it had them. The just stuffed some chicken wire home made baffles in the TT pipes to quiet it down. Don't think they bothered to re-jet the carbs.

That bike had the most perfect ergonomics and feel of any bike before or since. And since covers everything I owned from several Honda CB750s, a CB500, a Yamaha RD350, a Norton Commando, a Suzuki GS1100ES, a Yamaha FJ1100 and finally a FZR1100. None had that perfect bike balance and feel of the Bonneville TT.

That had to be the most soul satisfying bike of all I have ever ridden, and that has been a few.

Whew, that took me back a ways on memory lane.......

20 posted on 11/11/2013 10:15:18 PM PST by doorgunner69
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Forgot in my litany of old bikes: an ancient Honda 305, and a Harley 1000 Sportster. Sportster might not have been but for oil leaks that the several Japanese bikes had made me intolerant of, and the cheesy front drum brake that disc brakes had also spoiled me for.


21 posted on 11/11/2013 10:22:41 PM PST by doorgunner69
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Nice, dude. Have you been to the Triumph factory in Georgia? The British guy who owned Triumph settled in America after marrying a Southerner. There was an article on Forbes years ago and the dude loves the Southern lifestyle. Said there’s no way business-wise to build them in the UK even if he wanted to.


22 posted on 11/11/2013 11:14:25 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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Years ago when the neighborhood dogs (7 total) would start to irritate me I would fire up the old ‘68 “TR6R” with bobber frame and drag pipes. It was the loudest thing I’ve ever heard in my life and must have scared the daylights out of the dogs, never heard a whimper from them for a couple hours, LOL.


23 posted on 11/11/2013 11:14:39 PM PST by OftheOhio (never could dance but always could kata - Romeo company)
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Gosh, this means there’s still hope I might get my 51 Buick Special that went AWOL in 1968 back!


24 posted on 11/12/2013 12:50:45 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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Hmmmm...no oil puddles....


25 posted on 11/12/2013 3:45:07 AM PST by EricT. (Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Big brother is watching you.)
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Give ‘em time, bro....just give ‘em time.....I had just set them there for a photo shoot......

Actually, they drip little to none on the center stands, but a lot on sidestands........gear bushing out of tranny box to sprocket.....


26 posted on 11/12/2013 6:30:35 AM PST by Arlis (.)
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