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Triumph Tiger T R7V AA Patrol

Triumph Tiger T R7V in Minder, TV Series, 1979-1994 IMDB Ep. 1.10

Class: Bikes, Road — Model origin: UK

Triumph Tiger T R7V AA Patrol

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JCB UK

2018-11-15 10:53

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Remember these been featured in Bike mag and felt sorry for the AA men having to ride around all day on such archaic rattly bikes.
Think they soon moved on to BMW R80's

johnfromstaffs EN

2018-11-15 13:00

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What about the Chater Lea outfits?

the sad biker UK

2018-11-15 15:47

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Not as vibratory (and slower) than a period Bonneville but a little more torque, essentially the same bike but with the self destruct dial turned down a bit.

I like big 360deg twins, the odd blown bulb and the need for Nylocs and a couple of drips of thread lock is a small price to pay for characterful grunt.

Maybe a T 140 D someday, or that US spec SII Interceptor I've been dreaming of since I was 14? The pension lump sum is less than 5 years away!

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JCB UK

2018-11-15 17:00

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I wanted a Tiger few years ago despite my comments ( but to only use it for odd run out not work !)
Apparently the difference in performance is miniscule and undetectable in normal use.
However a good disc brake 650 Bonnie T120V came up which I bought it and I really like, quite rare as the Meriden boys only made one months production in Sept 1973 before having a sit in at the factory and going on strike for two years. Those were the days not ! Often wonder that if that strike had not happened NVT may have survived.

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the sad biker UK

2018-11-15 18:20

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JCB wrote Often wonder that if that strike had not happened NVT may have survived.

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Tidy, I like it (although my preference is US spec peanut tanks on Bonnies).

Interesting comment on NVT, unless they'd managed to progress the 350 Bandit/Fury to a workable production bike (and a 500 version which was modular to 750 triple & 1000cc 4?), they had nothing left otherwise, the Bonnie, Trident & Commando were all end of life developments of prehistoric engines.

The Japanese couldn't keep up with demand for hotshot 2 stroke 250's, are you going to buy a Trailblazer or Starfire? Rotary engines are a technological dead end and they manage to bring out a (Morini engined) Sports Moped, just as the market is collapsing.

In my alternative history, what was left of the British bike industry did an Austin/Rover and got into bed with a Japanese manufacturer (probably Yamaha, NVT Rambler/Tracker anyone?) and Tony Benn spent our money on a viable business model, not political theory, although that was the Sanglas route and look how that ended?

Nope, the industry was rightly dead by the 70's and didn't deserve to survive, Harley were in the exact same situation and only managed to hang on due to trade protectionism and the T shirt, baseball cap and belt buckle revenue.

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JCB UK

2018-11-16 08:51

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I have a US tank but need to get it painted in that purple which was the only colour for the disc braked T120V's .

The Bonnie was still a big seller in 73 specially in US so I do think two years lost sales must have been critical to NVT.
Plus the money from selling the Meriden site for housing ( enter John Bloor stage left )

No doubt all of the range was outdated , but if they had survived into the 80s and with better management could NVT have caught the retro/heritage new wave ?



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JCB UK

2018-11-24 20:06

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AA man and his Tiger lurking in 3.13

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