Grand Prix 250
Main Motorcycle: Tiger Sport 1050 (2016)
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Liverpool, UK
Other Motorcycle: T140D Bonneville (1979)
My 2010 S3 was an utter pig from new! Below 3000 rpm in heavy traffic it was jerky and the throttle was either on or off. When I closed the throttle even a small amount it was almost like applying the brake. It was awful to ride every day to work. It would only ride at lowish revs in 1st or 2nd gear. On the same ride on my previous 955 S3 I made the trip in 3rd and 4th at the same revs (up to 4000prm in heavy rush hour traffic). The 955 engine was much smoother. I have regretted changing to the 1050 every day for 18 months now. My dealer, who supplied the bike new, rode it, as did his mechanic and both said it was fine. Eventually I had enough and wrote a snotty letter and the dealers rode it again and said it was fine....BUT....they took some diagnostics and sent then off to Triumph who said that certain things needed fine adjustments. The throttle bodies and throttle position sensor needed adjusting and they asked that they check that an air box pipe wasn't pinched under the tank. There were some others but I forget what they were. The adjustments were made and it has been much better ever since. I can now use 3rd and 4th gear at lower revs in heavy slow moving traffic. It is not perfect though and the thottle is still like an on/off switch. I am now resigned to the fact that the fuelling as standard is sh**te and as soon as it is out of its 2 year warranty I am going to get it properly set up at a local dyno race tuner who worked on a Suzuki Bandit I used to have....now there was a smooth runner if ever there was one....carbs....much better and easier to adjust at home! In my personal experience fuel injection is a green con....all my FI bikes and cars have perfomed poorly at low revs.I remain disappointed that Triuph supplied me with a new bike that was so poorly set up and that the dealer simply fobbed me off for so long and was still unable to get it to run properly or maybe that really is just how they are....crap runners at low revs. It will be my last Triumph!