Main Motorcycle: 2008 Bonneville Black
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Pleasanton, CA
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The dealership in Pensacola, FL where I bought my 2011 Thunderbird Storm said I shouldn’t listen to the people that post in the Triumph forums. He called us all “a bunch of backyard mechanics.” Then he tells me I don’t know how to start a motorcycle. I’m 50 years old and have owned bikes my entire life. Granted fuel injected bikes are relatively new, I still believe I know how to start one. Mine has been hard to start whenever the temperature is cooler than approx. 60 degrees F. It starts without problem when the temperature is warmer. When starting cold I have to press the starter button as many as 5 times to get it to start and it smells flooded. If I touch the throttle even slightly while pressing the starter it fires right up the first or second time I try. The dealership said you have to press the button continuously until it starts no matter how long it takes. I asked about burning up the starter motor or draining the battery and he said the first won’t happen and if the battery fails I should bring it in for a replacement battery. The owner’s manual that came with the bike says to hold the button in no longer than 5 seconds and to wait 15 seconds before pressing it again to avoid burning up the starter.
What do you “backyard mechanics” think I should do?
I did the 12 minute adaption tune without any noticeable improvement. So I'm faced with a conundrum. The dealership is 2 to 2.5 hours away and the only dealership in NWF. The guy on the phone that tried so hard to insult me and everyone else that uses this forum picked up when I was put through to service. He used the same name as the owner and he sounded like the owner. I’d be happy to take my business somewhere else but there really isn’t anywhere else to take it. Either I go there or I do what I can myself. Can I download the TOR’s myself? If not, how do I get the dealership to do it when they have the attitude this guy has?
I've always considered myself a shadetree mechanic, too. Thanks for all the help.
My 2011 Storm also developed "starting issues" but only after a dealer service at 5800 miles. As reported on the repair order, the "tps and steeper motor" were out of spec. (Yes, steeper motor) I am at 6400 miles now and all has been good until I dropped the kickstand with the bike running AND in gear, tonight. The starter is labored and I am 15 minutes after an 80 mile ride. Could that kickstand thing put the engine brains out of sync??
If the bike needs a patch like so many computer applications, Triumph best get on it. Carburetated Kickers are looking sweeter than they know!!
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