Scott had gotten the 1973 Triumph Bonneville ready for a longer ride, after rebuilding the top-end, and testing out on local rides throughout the city. New overbore, rings, valves, valve guides and a whole lot more went into this refurb, and it was finally time to get it out on the open road for some fun…
We packed up the DLSR camera, GoPro video camera and some tools (just in case!), and headed up to Bear Mountain across the Hudson, for some open road riding, and testing out all of Scott’s hard work.
The Triumph Bonneville seemed great, and despite some oil leaks still showing on the cases, the bike performed well. It still seems to have some issues when overly hot (temps were in the high 80’s for the ride), but that seems par for the course at this point. A little smoking from the right muffler, but it seemed to dissipate as the bike got up to temp.
During a pit-stop, we ran into a nice guy and his son, out on the Harley for the day, enjoying the weather and some moto-bondng between father and son.
I got some great video of Scott on the way up the Palisades Parkway, but unfortunately, on the way home the GoPro mount snapped in half. The camera tumbled across the road, Scott narrowly avoiding it. We stopped as soon as we could, ran back up the road, and looked through the dense foliage on the side of the road. No luck. After a half-hour in the sweltering sun, we gave up, leaving it behind for some lucky hiker to find during the fall….