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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 09:50 AM
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I agree with Capt. Kirk, if you choose the bike closest to stock, you get to make the modifications that suit you best. Those are both good looking rides. I too am looking to buy and find myself drawn to the clean, stock versions of the bikes I'm looking at.
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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 10:11 AM
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I would buy the creamsickle in a heartbeat. I LOVE almost all cafes, but running a stock looking seat with Ace bars and no fender does make a bike a cafe, just a rolling visual fail. Just my opinion...

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So I drove to Jackson, MS to check out the creamsicle. I test drove it and enjoyed the ride immensely. The bike appears to be in excellent shape and is owned by a nice gentleman who happens to own an auto shop. I did notice some oil leakage right under the cam covers. It appears to be the cam weeping that seems to be prevalent, but I'm not sure (i've attached a pic). I will go back with a truck tomorrow and probably purchase the bike. So close....
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They all leak under the cam covers. The other one probably does too, or did.

I'd take the Creamsicle.

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... owned by a nice gentleman who happens to own an auto shop.....
That is the equivalent of a used bike factory warranty. I pay a lot of attention to what kind of person previously owned a motorcycle. That plus the low mileage makes this a clear winner.
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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Yep, bought the creamsicle this past Sunday. It is a pleasure to ride. It needs new tires and the cam covers appear to have a leak, but those seem to be minor issues. I am very happy with the purchase. Unfortunately I flooded the carb yesterday, but eventually got it working again (mostly). I guess I still have many many things to learn. But this will be my baby, so I have plenty of time to figure out all the quirks and the personality of my new (to me) bike. Hell, I'm even going to leave it painted that "interesting" creamsicle color for a while.

Question for y'all. Is the cam cover gasket something I can do myself. I can follow instructions easily enough, and have turned a wrench a few times. Is this repair something I can do or should I bring it to Triumph and let them do it (they quoted me $150 to change the gasket)? Also, does any one know where I might find some instructions on changing it?

And lastly, thank you everyone for your help. This is my first bike, and motorcycles are new for me. I appreciate everyone who took time out of their day to give a rookie your opinion and some information. You guys are a huge reason that I bought a Triumph.

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Buy the four sealing washers that go under the cam cover bolts. Don't buy a gasket yet. Remove the tank, then the cam cover bolts, replace the sealing washers, make sure the gasket is seated correctly, then torque carefully and evenly to 10NM, no more. Do not overtighten them.

See if that works. If not, repeat the process but replace the cam cover gasket.

If you need more detailed instructions, the forum has plenty of discussion about this subject.

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