Triumph Motorcycles

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by gatling, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. Yostwerks

    Yostwerks Been here awhile

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    Lovely bike ... I'm still grinning from a test ride on the Street Triple. I think there's room for one in the garage ... next to the Sprint :1drink

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  2. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    One off swinger I assume? That is pretty hot.


    ....and what is this bakes on a flattracker crap? I thought they didn't run any?

    Eitherway that should give the Harleys a nice run for their money.
  3. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Playing around a little to see what works best.

    Need a way to stop them in the pits.


    That's what we are counting on. Joe Kopp leading the team with Johnny Lewis riding. "Johnny Lewis" heck, he even sounds fast. :lol3
  4. Censport

    Censport Vendor

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    This '95 Thunderbird was donated to the museum where I work a couple of years ago. Owner bought it new. Running issues developed, apparently scaring him pretty good during a ride. That's all I know.

    The bike would start with starting fluid, but it was very rough. Only ran on the right cylinder consistently, the middle one occasionally, and the left one not at all. The airbox was rough and leaky, so we bought a new one. Carbs were funky, so I took them apart and cleaned them. Installed new o-rings under the floats. Blew out the passages for the idle circuit. Soaked the jets in carb cleaner.

    Now the bike runs on all three. But only when you're revving it. It will not idle, and it will still only start with starting fluid. It will not start on gasoline from the tank, and the moment you stop revving it, it dies.

    I've tried to register on TriumphRat.net, but cannot for some reason. Can't even contact an administrator. So does anybody here have any suggestions?
  5. PVRnick

    PVRnick Pennsy Flyer

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    Try cleaning the carbs again. Make sure the pilot jets are clean .
    Check and clean the enriching circuits for starting and be sure to
    check the emulsion tubes above the main jet as they are often
    overlooked during a carb clean. Also check for air leaks at the intake
    manifold.
    Hope this helps.
    Nick
  6. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    ^As Nick says - also I presume these carbs have the small holes in the top of the venturi near the throttle blades - these can be plugged - clean all these little holes with a guitar string, plenty of carb cleaner and compressed air, making sure that they are clear. That looks like a neat bike! The green is my favorite.
  7. PVRnick

    PVRnick Pennsy Flyer

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    I should also mention that these, and all, carbs from 1978 on have "tamper resistant" plugs pressed into the carb body over the idle mixture screw. These may or may not have been removed previously to you getting the bike. If they are still in place they are easily removed by drilling them out CAREFULLY. Use very light pressure on the drill and be prepared to stop the instant the bit breaks through the plug. Some people use a stop on the drill bit so it cannot go deep enough to damage the screw. If you are careless doing this, the drill bit can catch the screw and run it down into the tiny orifice the fuel flows through and damage the screw and the carb body. You do NOT want to go there ! A small bit works best, just a big enough hole to get the tip of a sheet metal screw started, then pull the plug out with pliers grasping the screw.
    These idle mixture screws are usually located on the top of the venturi just forward of the diaphram, or directly under the venturi just ahead of the float bowl. Be careful removing the mixture screw because it will have a very small spring and a washer and an o ring on it. Take note of the order they are positioned in. It is important.
    When all is clean set the screws at about 2 or 2 1/2 turns out from being lightly seated to start.

    Actually this whole procedure take about 2 minutes. probably took me longer to write
    about it than to do it. Very simple really.

    I have had very good luck with Yamaha Carb Cleaner. It used to be available, and I hope it still is, in quart bottles.
    I always poured some in the float bowl and put all the removed carb parts in the solution. Lightly clamp it in a vise and CAREFULLY heat with a heat gun. NOT A TORCH ! It is flammable ! Allow it to boil for a minute and then let is soak for a little while. Dump the cleaner into a coffee can through a strainer and rinse off your clean carb parts. A very light, small wire brush with brass bristles will polish the jets, etc. and they will look like new.
    Reassemble your carbs. Sync and adjust idle mixture and speed and go for a good long test ride on your Beautiful new Thunderbird !

    Sorry for being so long winded ! :*sip* Hope this is helpful.
    Nick
  8. wwestbrook

    wwestbrook Adventurer

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    Buy one. Trust me, buy one.

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  9. Censport

    Censport Vendor

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    Thanks for all the tips on the Thunderbird! It's back in rotation for the bay, so once hopefully I'll have an update soon.
  10. sailer

    sailer trained Cirus Bear

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    not a new bike but new to me as they say.

    needed a road bike, more for her then me, (two up riding) as she hates all my other bikes, but that is a story that could fill an entire other thread.

    I saw one on local CL, it had been down but no mechanical issue.

    not sure whether to invest in plastic, hard to find and big money, or go nake, turn it into a speed triple like look


    please share your thoughts and advice

    it needs right side and nose fairings

    2005 sprint ST
  11. sailer

    sailer trained Cirus Bear

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    ok, so we are going to put humpy dumpy back togather again

    thanks every one for all your feeback.

    found all but one of the fairing parts on Fea bay

    I now just need the nose fairing

    any one know of any other souce for parts for this bike or even a place that has the best price on OEM parts.
  12. TBickell

    TBickell Been here awhile

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    Picked up a slightly used ( 1400 miles) example with all kinds of extras for under 10k recently. What a great bike. I know it had its detractors here in the U.S but if anyone wants a true SPORTS/tourer with one of the best motors ever put on a bike there are a few new ones sitting gathering dust at dealers here in America. Yes.. its a tad on the porky side but for 10k you get a comfortable touring bike, great two up, fantastic panniers, ABS and center-stand.. all stock.

    Just sayin
  13. Halen

    Halen Suerte O Muerte

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    Just a few weeks ago I picked up a new 2013 Triumph Daytona 675R. This motorcycle has revived my love for riding. I actually sold a Harley Davidson Deluxe which was a fine bike, but simply not me. If it had not been a smoking hot deal, I'd have never bought the Harley.

    This motorcycle is so much fun I'm thinking about racing it later this year!

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  14. ikonoklass

    ikonoklass Kountersteering Krew

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  15. RAAD

    RAAD with Pierre LaCarve

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    Awesome bikes.. all of 'em. Figured I'd join in...


    Traded in my Harley and Victory and moved over to Triumph...

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    Although the Bonnie was a leaky bastard I absolutely loved the bike. Was eventually offered some good cash for it and decided it was time to move up to the real bike of my dreams, the Tiger 1050. Found a brand new 2010 at my dealer last year and got a few grand knocked off...

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    Haven't done much except new windscreen and Remus exhaust. Love this bike.

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    RAAD
  16. 2T2_Ryder

    2T2_Ryder Adventurer

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    Finally had a great Saturday so I pulled the bikes out and got in a good ride...decided what the hell, might as well snap off some pics before I go fire up the grill! And...it appears that a light pole has impaled my scram in that last pic, should buff (or photoshop) right out! :D

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  17. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    Interesting side by side pictures. I sometimes fantasize about replacing my Bonneville with a Sprint (horrors!) and then I realize that perhaps I'm not ready for the change. Your pictures reinforce that. I'm guessing the pole spearing the Scrambler isn't a subliminal message.
  18. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Son's Speed Triple, wife's Street Triple, and my Tiger. :norton

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  19. CDTSTR

    CDTSTR n00b

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    I saw your picture "bross" and thought I should put in my 2 cents. Nice collection by the way! :clap When I figure out how to put pics in I will add mine and my girlfriends.
  20. CDTSTR

    CDTSTR n00b

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    Here are our 3 Triumphs. The g/f rides the Roulette green Street and I own the Tiger XC and the Street Triple R. I had lent my Tiger to my friend Shawn to help him attain his m/c license. That day was a good day for a group ride. Sorry that the pic is a little over exposed. Cheers

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