im out in california. orange county to be specific. i actually just talked to a guy about a 68 ducati scrambler that's got a newer 250 motor bored out to a 350. clean and ready to roll. he's asking a great deal less than that triumph. all in all...im looking for reliability and a little go.
"all in all...im looking for reliability and a little go" this is your problem right here. As soon as you use the word reliability in connection with a vintage bike, forget brit bikes, american bikes, and italian bikes. I have seen few triumphs in my life that would last the abuse that I dish out to a jap bike on a daily basis. Ducs are more reliable but they get finiky, you have to keep your eye on tuning. For set it and forget reliability buy a good condition running jap bike and forget it, even most of the jap two strokes are more reliable than a triumph (not the kawi triples, but the suzukis, and yamahas are).
In cali, $1500 should net you a super clean, super nice K2-K6 cb750. Good looks, do the ton, and lots of aftermarket for it. As dead nuts relaible to be a daily rider, or an enduro, or a race bike, whatever you need it to do at that moment.