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Old 03-07-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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How reliable are modern Triumphs?

Wife has her heart set on a Triumph Speedmaster.

I am all for it as long as it gets her out of the house. I have the cash, I found a bike in good condition. (2010 with 4500 miles.)

I was talking with my dad about her choice and he warned me off of it. said "There are only 2 bikes you see dead on the side of the road Harleys and Triumphs."

So my question is. Is his information outdated? I have asked a few other places and everyone has nothing but good to say especially after they swapped to FI. but i figured the hardcore nuts here might have a better real world view point.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:31 PM   #2
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"There are only 2 bikes you see dead on the side of the road Harleys and Triumphs."
Well I used to run a 98 Triumph Legend 900 (Not FI)
I toured all over France and Spain with it.
I never has any issues with it at all.
But what do I know my wife also runs a Harley....


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Old 03-07-2013, 12:34 PM   #3
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His information is outdated.

Modern Triumphs are as dependable and durable as any other major brand. (So are modern Harleys, for that matter.)

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Old 03-07-2013, 12:44 PM   #4
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42,000 miles on 2 different Hinckley Triumphs over a 7 year period and I've never had a lick of trouble.

The days of oil leaks, finicky carbs and troublesome lucas electronics are long, long in the past.

I wouldn't hesitate to ride my Scrambler across the US. In fact, I'm preparing for exactly such a trip!
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:49 PM   #5
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The 865 in that bike is bulletproof. Change the oil and go.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:54 PM   #6
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Between my son and I, we've had four modern Triumphs. Two were '06 Scramblers (same motor as the Speedmaster), a Tiger 800, and he still rides his '07 1050 Tiger. Never a bit of trouble with any of them. FWIW, I've never had a problem with my modern Harleys either. It's actually pretty difficult to buy a bad bike these days. All the major brands are pretty reliable.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:16 PM   #7
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I was talking with my dad about her choice and he warned me off of it. said "There are only 2 bikes you see dead on the side of the road Harleys and Triumphs."
Welcome to 1972, my friend.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:22 PM   #8
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Wife has her heart set on a Triumph Speedmaster.



I was talking with my dad about her choice and he warned me off of it. said "There are only 2 bikes you see dead on the side of the road Harleys and Triumphs."
Actually the only bikes I see on the side of the road are for sale.

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Old 03-07-2013, 05:18 PM   #9
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..Modern Triumphs are as dependable and durable as any other major brand. (So are modern Harleys, for that matter.)
Current - Tiger 800 Roadie, 18 months/20k sweet as can be, actually most trouble-free bike I can remember? Only issue is that the top nut on the steering head loosens up (loctite now).

Previously - HD XR1200, 24 months/24k. Most troublesome bike I've ever owned (first and last HD for me ... wicked fun though). In the shop on warranty repairs 10 weeks spread over 2 yrs - had to unload it when the warranty was up - ticking time bomb.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:39 PM   #10
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I had to get rid of my 2006 Tiger.

I totalled it last year.

It was great.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:32 PM   #11
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This is the second (third?) thread to ask this question. Please do a Google search so we don't have to reinvent the wheel ... again!!!
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:24 PM   #12
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My Triumph Sprint was a nightmare and I was glad to be rid of it. I love the bike but the build quality is questionable, dealer service and knowledge (at least at the 2 dealers I visited) was lacking and parts were expensive with long lead time.

With that said - most Triumph owners love their bikes and claim that they're trouble free.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:01 PM   #13
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98 t595 (955). 60,000 trouble free miles , I'd probably still have it if my brother had not gotten it impounded. He has a 955 Speed Triple now, pretty trouble free, except right now it needs a throttle position sensor. Minor shit. Good bikes.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:17 PM   #14
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Very - I've ridden speed triples & tigers on multiple occasions (weeks at a time) and I've never had any problems. Neither have I ridden with or come across anyone else with problems.

They're made in England where it rains half the year so their electronics are usually very well sorted and protected from that sort of thing.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:34 AM   #15
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I've had my '06 America since '06 and only had to change the oil and replace the battery. The tires are way overdue, but...

Seriously though, they're troublefree. Take a look over at www.bonnevilleamerica.com
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