Main Motorcycle: Triumph Thunderbird Sport
Join Date: Jun 2011
Can't start my on '03 TBS
I attempted to start my 2003 Thunderbird sport the other day. It had been sitting for about 2 months, but at the beginning of those 2 months I had the carburetors cleaned. I put the key in, and it started up, though it was having a little difficulty. It wanted to choke itself out, and it did after about 2 minutes. I started it up again, and it started a little slower, but still wouldn't run without the choke off. Started up quite reluctantly a third time, then stalled out again, and after that it just plain wouldn't start. To me it felt fuel related, but as it started up fine, and the carburetors had just been cleaned, I want to doubt that. I next checked the spark, and it doesn't seem to be getting one now (which stumps me again as I may have actually witnessed the exact moment when something crapped out). I hooked the (new) battery up to a charger to recharge it after it's exhausting task of trying to start for the last 15 minutes, but seem to still not get a spark. Does that leave me with just the ignition coils as the culprit? Those had just gone out on my brothers bike and the thing I don't like is that they really need you to take it to the dealer to be sure it's the coil, but at $97 an hour labor, that really hurts the pocket. I haven't checked them with a multimeter yet, but that's my next step. Just thought I'd check here to see if anyone else had any ideas. Thanks.