Main Motorcycle: 73 TR7V TIGER
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: UTAH, USA
Other Motorcycle: 2015 TRIUMPH TBIRD 1700LT
Extra Motorcycle: 78 KAWASAKI KZ1000A2
As long as you have enough oil in there to avoid initial damage, the oil will happily find it's own level, I will be less paranoid and concerned in the future. It didn't help my confidence that originally when I tried to drain the primary through that silly little drain in the tensioner hole (having spent some time looking for the other drain it showed in the Haynes manual, that I don't have) there seemed to be no oil in there as almost nothing was came out until it had had all night to drain. I used a bit of diesel to flush things through so it will drain much better next time, that seemed to clear the passageway some.
I've been servicing and repairing my mostly Japanese motorcycles for over 36 years. My first complete motor strip down was when I was 17. Although the Triumph design is quite simple, there is definitely quite a difference in the concept and the procedure in tackling a number of tasks. However, now having done this first oil change combined with fitting an oil filter and having gone through checking the timing, including finding the TDC marks and the 38 degrees BTDC etc. there's nothing like some hands on experience to suddenly give you an understanding, as opposed to looking at a manual and trying to work out what they mean.
Next time a service comes round it will take a fraction of the time to complete and will be a lot more pleasurable now I understand what I'm doing.
Now, I just need to replace the oil pressure switch and I will be able to enjoy riding with the knowledge that everything's set up right, she's full of fresh oil that's being pumped around at the right pressure and filtered on top of that - I feel much happier with the whole thing than I did this time last week. Thanks again to everyone for their input.
Last edited by redhawk4; 12-13-2012 at 10:54 AM.