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

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anything issues I should look for in bike like this?

http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/mcd/3456972333.html

Until I found that listing, I wasn't even aware that the Adventurer was a bike that Triumph produced.

I'm not too hip on the triples really and am just looking for some insight/caveats I could be made aware of when considering this for purchase.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Check for basic stuff like you would any other bike... tires, brakes, chain/sprockets.

Ask for any maintenance records etc. 24,000 miles was a major service due so try to find out if it was done.

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Check the known issues thread you'll find at the link above.

By 1998 all of the major and annoying issues were resolved, like sprag and alternator
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks so much for the reply!
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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oooh mannn!
That thing looks bone stock and mint. I have the same bike but a little altered....if you'd like a more cushioned passenger seat I'd love to swap with you if you get that thing.
Check if simple things work, like the tach (could be a very big issue), does the neutral light work when you put it in neutral, does it run in neutral with the kickstand down, any oil leaks. those are just a couple minor things that can be a big pain.
If you ride it and it feels like the rpms are high, it just takes some getting used to. I have a 18/43 gearing and love it (forget what stock is). bought mine for 3k with 30k miles. it has over 40k after one summer. One bad thing about these bikes; if you're not experienced with working on a bike, they are not good to learn on. there are a lot of tight spaces and peculiar things about them.
But they are an incredible ride, and solid bike. If it feels too cruiser just get rid of those big bars, get some cheap bikemaster ones, i liked the daytona's.

Denny, remember how we debated about my paint being stock? that one is the same, except my fenders have stripes on them.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a Legend and love it, kinda hard to find aftermarket parts, so get used to making your own stuff if your into customizing your stuff
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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got to the dealer only to find the bike sold, pretty bummed.

I did get to see it however and I pretty much fell in love with it on the spot, sounded amazing too.

I'm not scouring the internet for another one, but they seem to be hard to come by, and understandably so
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Man that was a pretty bike. Good Luck on your search.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Why not keep looking?
I agree. They aren't a dime a dozen but they pop up on ebay fairly often. Hang in their man.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Why not keep looking?
Oh I haven't lost heart

Figured out how to search all of craigslist earlier so that's going to help in the quest.

But as time goes on, the new white/blue 2012 Bonneville SE at a local dealer grows more and more tempting...
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