How reliable are modern Triumphs?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by cory89123, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. cory89123

    cory89123 n00b

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2013
    Oddometer:
    4
    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 Is his information outdated?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.
    #1
  2. Stray Dog

    Stray Dog Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2013
    Oddometer:
    148
    Location:
    France
    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....:huh


    Dog
    #2
  3. PhilB

    PhilB Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,331
    Location:
    New Hampshire
    His information is outdated.

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

    PhilB
    #3
  4. ZappBranigan

    ZappBranigan Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2007
    Oddometer:
    470
    Location:
    Englewood, CO
    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!
    #4
  5. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2010
    Oddometer:
    926
    Location:
    Western New York
    The 865 in that bike is bulletproof. Change the oil and go.
    #5
  6. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,415
    Location:
    Just north of Dallas
    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.
    #6
  7. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2004
    Oddometer:
    16,247
    Location:
    The Trans-Mississippi
    Welcome to 1972, my friend.
    #7
  8. andoulli

    andoulli CAJUN

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,114
    Actually the only bikes I see on the side of the road are for sale.
    #8
  9. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2003
    Oddometer:
    2,525
    Location:
    Fairfield County, CT
    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 :puke1... 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.
    #9
  10. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Oddometer:
    13,445
    Location:
    In the Mustard Booyah. Whooop!!
    I had to get rid of my 2006 Tiger.

    I totalled it last year.

    It was great.
    #10
  11. Gryphon12

    Gryphon12 Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,360
    Location:
    Carnation, WA USA
    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!!!
    #11
  12. Mordgier

    Mordgier Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2009
    Oddometer:
    16
    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.
    #12
  13. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,281
    Location:
    Santa Maria, CA
    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.
    #13
  14. Blue&Yellow

    Blue&Yellow but orange inside...

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010
    Oddometer:
    754
    Location:
    Sweden
    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.
    #14
  15. MiniBike

    MiniBike Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2010
    Oddometer:
    339
    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
    #15
  16. Eyore

    Eyore Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2013
    Oddometer:
    133
    Location:
    Ireland
    The very best thing about modern (Hinckley) Triumphs is their superb engines. They are great bikes and in my expeience of Triumph ownership 33k miles over 4 years I would have no hesitation in reccomending one.
    #16
  17. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2005
    Oddometer:
    4,975
    Location:
    Asheville NC
    Yeah, but if those longhairs would stop puffing on the cheeba long enough to do some maintenance, they could ride to Montrose from Downer's Grove without so many breakdowns.

    Biggest problem I have is getting my bell bottom pantleg caught in the chain. Ok, maybe I have trouble kicking it after a few pull tabs are on the ground, but it's not my fault the Anals need to be tickled so precisely! Stupid piece of junk! :lol3


    The Speedmaster is a great bike, dude. I have a hankering for one right now, in fact. I'm trying to resist and hold out for a Honda, but it's oh so difficult. Those bikes are a little odd on the used market and come in at bargain pricing with low miles and farkles. They have a great attitude, and the engine is practically faultless, except that it doesn't make 150hp and 75mpg. But that's advrider for you. :lol3
    #17
  18. cory89123

    cory89123 n00b

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2013
    Oddometer:
    4
    Thanks for all the replies I appreciate the input. She is definitely getting that bike as her first then. Now to choose between the America and the speedmaster.
    #18
  19. DRGNHTR

    DRGNHTR Dragonhunter

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2004
    Oddometer:
    500
    Location:
    Castro Valley, Ca.
    How old is your dad ?

    My 69 Bonny is a pain in the ass but it never made me walk and it's still in the garage. :D
    #19
  20. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2009
    Oddometer:
    5,069
    Location:
    Chandler, AZ
    I had a '66 Bonnie, it only left me stranded a couple of times, but there were no cell phones back then. I always carried plenty of tools and the spare parts I knew it would need, and learned how to fix it beside the road. Harleys of that era were the same.

    But not now. Newer Triumphs and Harleys are some of the best built bikes in the world. If only BMW had the reliability record of modern Triumphs and Harleys. They are the only mainstream brand I would highly recommend staying away from. I prefer the look of the standard Bonneville to the America or Speedmaster, but mechanically they are all the same.
    #20