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post #41 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Toborone View Post
Thought I'd throw in my experiences. Got a '96 Sprint and whoever designed it didn't think much about access for servicing.

To change the front sprocket (or even look at it) you have to drain the oil! 4 litres worth!!

Centre spark plug - enough said previously.

Air filter change - have to remove carbs!!

Rear brake caliper - exhaust silencer is in the way, but it's just manageable to get the caliper off without taking the silencer off. For what ever reason I managed only 4000 miles on a set of rear brakes pads and also managed to ruin the caliper coz I wore them down so low without checking them! but 4000 miles!! I'll be keeping a close eye on them this time!

When I got it the centre stand was broken, probably due to the weight of getting onto the stand.

Finish is terrible, engine coating peeling, flaking.

But the reason I still have it...

I find the riding position comfy, pillion passengers like their seat too, cornering is excellent (tho top heavy as already mentioned), big petrol tank, 25 liters. Now get this... I did 3500 miles around Norway last year and when I couldn't find a petrol station for miles I ended up achieving 225 miles WITHOUT switching to reserve! 55 kph very strictly enforced speed limit and long open roads helped achieve this. Good front brakes, but i do have 'special' EBC brake pads in for the R&D Department of EBC.
I also have a 1996 Sprint.
As a motor mechanic I have seen some had to get at cars and bikes,trucks. As far as the centre spark plugs What is the issue. I use a long extension with a swivel and out she comes. As far as the air cleaner. I replaced the standard one with a K&N not long ago and I didn't have to remove the carbs. The box just comes out with a little twisting.
The centre stand, Now that is a joke. It is 55mm short on the right side and 50mm on the left. I had to cut the foot lever off to do the measurement so I could see why it doesn't lift the rear tyre off the ground. Why would you make a centre stand that doesn't lift the rear tyre off the ground? I have heard of saying money by using less steel but that is a joke.
I don't know about the rear caliper as I have an aftermarket exhaust and so is nowhere near it (Staintune)
Paint is all fine other than little chips. As we don't get snow here, we are luck if it gets below 0 degrees Celsius ( 32 Fahrenheit) so we don't have the salt on our roads.
For the seat I have a corbin seat fitted. Very comfortable even after 600km's (360miles) Only stopped for fuel. Only problem with it is it is cheaper to buy a new one than to get my old one recovered. When I had the rear tyre off to replace the tyre I had a look at the front sprocket and probably because it is nearly new I could see it was in good condition (with a torch). Perhaps I am biases as I love my triumph. Comfortable, classy, goes great and reliable, what more could you ask for?
Don't get me wrong I still want a new thunder bird! 1700cc and handles for a cruiser.
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