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Old 11-27-2012, 09:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lucas, Prince of darkness....

The last bike I really put any real miles on was a Kawasaki Nomad. I rode that bike to Death Valley several times and more. It was just as reliable as any modern car. My 76' T140 Triumph, I have already hundreds of hours in dealing with it. And yet, 200 miles later, as I take it for a late spin, first the turn signals gave in, and then the headlight...in full 9:30 PM darkness. Thanks LUCAS.
I finally get home, open the headlight bucket, and MIRACLE, the turn signal come back. But please look at my headlight bulb, it is GONE.





What is the replacement ? Where in the USA ?

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Replacement Bulb is #370 Lucas (12V 45/40W). What you have there is a replacement bulb as the wattage is incorrect for this bike. You should be able to get a new bulb at any Brit Bike shop or POSSIBLY at a brit car shop if that is closer.

When comparing bikes remember your Triumph has had over 30 years of use/abuse before you got it. Best of luck to you my friend.

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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"Purists" will hate me, but if you want to "modernize it", you can remove the lens and go to your local auto parts house and buy an aftermarket 6" round lamp assembly that uses either H3 or H4 lamps. Loads cheaper, and alot better lighting in my humble opinion. Just make certain your charging system is up to speed to run it on the high beam. You can also get LEDs in these style bulbs, but haven't tried running them myself.
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One other note, had to modify the bulb holder to fit in the shallow triumph bucket with all the harness connectors behind it. Not a big deal, just for "full disclosure"...
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The biggest issue with the so called Prince of Darkness is years of abuse. Have you taken some time to go over the harness and conections. Do you have a reliable working charging system and battery?
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:16 AM   #7 (permalink)
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, first the turn signals gave in, and then the headlight.[/IMG]

These things don't "give in." There is a fault, which you must fix so it stays fixed.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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These things don't "give in." There is a fault, which you must fix so it stays fixed.
Yep, agreed. A crook earth stopped the indicators, and an overvolt or vibration killed the headlamp. RR
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:17 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yep, agreed. A crook earth stopped the indicators, and an overvolt or vibration killed the headlamp. RR
Yes, could be. In fact, when a bulb is to die, it dies. Even on a Honda Civic. My battery is first notch. The harness is maybe 3 years old. And it does work really good. I think the vibrations are the faulty factor here. I had to rework the tail light twice as the " rivets " holding the " refractor ? "failed. In the headlight bucket, it seems all good and tidy. Yet, the turn signals went out. I just pushed back every single connectors..and the turn signals came back.
I am not really complaining. But when a bulb fails, it is just not a question of going down the next day to the local auto parts store.
It is a question of ordering from a vintage bike store an overpriced bulb and the extra shipping cost. Everything with vintage bikes does take more time and money.
When I die, my kids will be left with some bikes....and 10,000 lbs of various parts.
I love this Triumph. Every beat gives me pleasure, versus a modern bike. It just seems like there is a new topic to explore....every week !
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:11 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Yes, could be. In fact, when a bulb is to die, it dies. Even on a Honda Civic. My battery is first notch. The harness is maybe 3 years old. And it does work really good. I think the vibrations are the faulty factor here. I had to rework the tail light twice as the " rivets " holding the " refractor ? "failed. In the headlight bucket, it seems all good and tidy. Yet, the turn signals went out. I just pushed back every single connectors..and the turn signals came back.
I am not really complaining. But when a bulb fails, it is just not a question of going down the next day to the local auto parts store.
It is a question of ordering from a vintage bike store an overpriced bulb and the extra shipping cost. Everything with vintage bikes does take more time and money.
When I die, my kids will be left with some bikes....and 10,000 lbs of various parts.
I love this Triumph. Every beat gives me pleasure, versus a modern bike. It just seems like there is a new topic to explore....every week !
So, why the derogatory remark about Lucas products?
Given the number of vehicles, the range of electrical items
and the number of years of production, I fail to see why their quality is questioned.
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