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Hinckley Classic Triples 885cc Classic Styled T3's: Legend, Thunderbird, Thunderbird Sport & Adventurer.

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Old 03-13-2009, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I am searching for a dependable mechanic who truly takes pride in their work. My local Yamaha dealer (former Triumph dealer) will do work for me and they are okay but I have issues with their attention to detail.

So if anyone knows someone near Redding California please let me know. I need to get this bike running smoothly, at the moment I just want to sell it as it is my daily transportation and I need a bike I can trust for some long trips.

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Old 03-13-2009, 03:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What bike are you talking about? The classic triples are pretty standard designs that any motorcycle mechanic should be more than comfortable to work on. Easy access (okay, forget the airbox design, and maybe even plug #2), and pretty standard engineering. If you are at all handy with a wrench yourself, get a factory manual and/or a Haynes manual and don't be bashful! Honestly, one of the most appealing features of these models is that you can perform most of the work yourself, and aside from the pleasure of doing the work and saving money, you also know that the work was done to your satisfaction. Good luck!
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Old 03-13-2009, 03:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It is a 1995 Thunderbird. Between work, house, and family I really do not have the time to add one more project. It would be much better to be able to have someone I can trust work on it.

My experiance so far is mixed with Yamaha dealer. They did a tune up, replaced the airbox and balanced the carbs. It was running great, low speed travel no longer surged and sputtered, almost no backfire. Within a day gas started pouring out of the airbox after running. Took it in and they said the floats and needle were damaged and replaced them on all 3 carbs. Okay... get it back.... surges and backfires... the mechanics view you ask? Live with it, after all it runs great at freeway speeds.

That is NOT taking pride in your work.
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It is a 1995 Thunderbird. Between work, house, and family I really do not have the time to add one more project. It would be much better to be able to have someone I can trust work on it.

My experiance so far is mixed with Yamaha dealer. They did a tune up, replaced the airbox and balanced the carbs. It was running great, low speed travel no longer surged and sputtered, almost no backfire. Within a day gas started pouring out of the airbox after running. Took it in and they said the floats and needle were damaged and replaced them on all 3 carbs. Okay... get it back.... surges and backfires... the mechanics view you ask? Live with it, after all it runs great at freeway speeds.

That is NOT taking pride in your work.
That Yamaha dealer is full of you-know-what. Live with it? I'd say their work or attitude is not good at all. Really, only you can do the work that will be satisfactory to you. I have pulled, rebuilt, and reinstalled the carbs on my '96 Adventurer and honestly, it's a simple machine to work on. You ought to give it a try. You might not think you have the time to work on your motorcycle but once you get into it and have some successes, you'll probably want to make your own repairs as often as you can.
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It sounds like that mechanic couldn't pour piss out a boot if the instructions were written on the heel! He out to work at the DMVI don't have any experience with dirt bikes, but my feeling is that your location might have many of these, and it seems like these guys are always fixing something on their bike, and so would have some experience. Try looking for a shop that specializes in working on bikes as opposed to selling new ones, and especially a shop that has a mechanic over 50. Again, these just aren't that difficult to sort out, and anyone with decent intelligence should be able to read a manual and put things right for you.
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Maybe one of the experienced members could make a video of pulling and maintaining the carbs? Videos are easy to make and upload and this would be a fabulous resource to the membership here.

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Thanks for the advice all. I have found an ad for a mechanic nearby that specializes in restoring "older" bikes.

I just want to get her running well and then I can take over from there.
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The carbs in our bikes are nothing out of the ordinary and any competent mechanic that works on motorcycles.
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I'd be asking what he means by older bikes.
If he's a really old fart like me, CV carbs might be too new for him.

Al's right though if he is competent they are not difficult to work on.
Just fiddly and a tad tedious.
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