Main Motorcycle: 1972 T100R Daytona
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Oxfordshire, UK
Just thought Iíd update this thread as Iíve had the bike for 5 months now and though a lot of that has been garage time over the winter I was surprised to see that Iíve covered nearly 800 miles in the saddle. These were mostly short journeys to begin with, usually to test a fix, but they got longer as I grew more confident in its reliability. Itís a standard spec bike with the only deviations being Boyer EI, Tympanium rectifier/regulator, aftermarket fuel taps and Amal Premier carbs.
Overall the riding experience is very good, the bike is capable of keeping up with (and overtaking) modern day traffic and could be used as a daily rider provided you stay away from motorways. At 4000 rpm the engine is very smooth and speed is about 50-55 mph. On the few occasions I have tried motorways itís proved willing and capable of maintaining 75íish mph but at that speed wind noise, a tingle through the Ďbars, exhaust noise and the ergonomics make it an uncomfortable experience..and I do wear ear plugs. 60 mph would be fine but then Iíd be jousting with the trucks.
Ergonomics were a surprise. At first the high, forward pegs and high bars make for relaxed cruising but as time goes on you realise that all of you weight is on your backside. This does become a literal pain after about an hour and my hips certainly let me know when I get off the bike.
The controls are better than I thought theyíd be. The clutch doesnít slip or drag now though it can grab when cold, this goes away once thereís some heat in it and after that itís light and predictable. The front brake is good, has plenty of feel and will lock the wheel at low speed if I grab a handful, at higher speed it just does the job well, I canít fault it. The rear brake is less good needing a firm press for serious slowing down, it does work but thereís no feel to it so Iíll be trying new shoes. Throttle response is still WIP. Iíve done a lot of trial and error work on the new Premier carbs without posting questions on the forum and I believe Iím nearly there, Iíll update the Premier thread when Iím sure Iíve sorted it. One thing Iíve learnt during carb work is that a quick start up and rev in the garage will often make you think youíve solved the problem only for it to re-appear out on the road when everythingís fully up to temperature. Change one thing at a time and then go for a good ride.
Speaking of temperature it doesnít like sitting in a queue of traffic for 10 minutes on a hot day idling. The engine got very hot so I switched off thinking that it would be a one kick start when the lights went green. No chance, it wouldnít start until I tickled the carbs at the side of the road. Very embarrassing and lesson learned.
The inadequacies of the charging/lighting system I know about and chose to stay with the standard setup when I replaced the stator. This was the first job I undertook days after picking up the bike and at the time I wasnít confident enough to do anything but replace like for like. For my daytime riding with the pilot light on the system is fine keeping the battery above 13v easily, Iíll try a few rides with the headlight on to see how it copes, this job is still in the ĎInboxí.
The suspension is pretty taught with the rear shock springs in particular being on the firm side of firm even on the softest setting. I weigh 15 stone so it has a lot to cope with but even so on rough road surfaces it can be a jarring ride. The plus side to this is the way the bike handles on good surfaces. A new rear tyre and aligning the wheels correctly improved matters greatly and I feel much more confident on this bike than I ever did on my previous two (Kawasaki W800 and RE Bullet EFI).
Oils leaks, a subject in itself. Early ownership showed everything to be dry except the primary cover joint. That was fixed but as I started to explore the upper limits of the rev range (it really does fly above 7000 rpm) weeps developed from the front rocker box and the bottom of the rear push rod tube or possibly the base gasket, not sure yet. At the moment Iím riding and enjoying the bike so donít want to pull it apart but I know this canít continue long term.
So would I have bought the same bike given the above experiences? Yes absolutely is the answer. Iíve always liked the Daytona of this year and this bike ticked all the boxes, truth be known I was expecting just to buy and ride but I know now that was unrealistic. Whether I can get used to the frantic nature of going fastíish remains to be seen, it can be tiring and sometimes I think an extra 150cc would be nice but then the cost shoots up significantly.
Most importantly I look forward to riding it more than most bikes Iíve owned. The W800 was a good efficient machine but once the novelty of new ownership had worn off it wasnít a very exciting bike to ride.