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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-26-2018, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys, I just joined this forum after reaping the benefits of your knowledge by lurking for a while.

I recently bought a 1996 Triumph Adventurer that needs some work but I like working on bikes so that's fine. My dream bike has been a Bonneville ever since I was a kid but this is close enough!

Previously I've had several bikes, most recent one was an Ural Wolf which I sold and bought this instead. I will never come near Ural again. I also have a 1981 MS TS150 driven only 1000km which is a nice conversation piece but I never really use it. I had another one back when I was studying at a university in Denmark that I used to drive to school every day.

Anyway so far I've identified that it has the following issues with my Adventurer:

* Cracked intake rubbers between the head and carbs (already ordered)
* The seat is torn. Iíve always liked flat seats so if you guys know about any seats that fit easily Iím all ears. The current one is bolt on and there is no key lock so that is not important.
* On that note, I'm not a big fan of the fender so I will probably be removing it but not sure what to put instead to keep the mud away. I don't want to chop it so I wonder if some plastic sheets would be sufficient?
* Strange engine sounds, might be a broken alternator bolt which I read about on this forum can be an issue. But I haven't investigated this much.
* The second airbox is cracked badly. From what I read it should be fine to just glue it since it is not so important.
* Apparently the oil drain screw split in half when the oil was changed recently, just before I bought the bike. It was replaced with some spare bolt and washer they found lying around. So I need to take a look at that. I already bought the correct one.
* Unclear when the last gear oil change was done so I should probably change that.
* The gasoline hose looks like it won't last much longer.

I'm still getting to know the bike. I've only had it for a week and haven't investigated much. Are there some things I should definitely check to make sure are in good condition?

I should try to take some better pictures but here it is one at least:
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The engine and Gearbox share the same oil sump. Unit Construction.

I'm not so sure what is available for a replacement rear fender. Hopefully some of the Adventurer guys will give you some suggestions.
I think there are some universal plastic dirt bike fenders that can be utilized, but I don't know specifics about that.

If it's the alternator bolt that holds the impeller onto the alternator, that noise will usually go away at idle if you turn on the high beam.
Or if you reach about 2500 to 3000 rpm's.

There is another bolt in the alternator drive that causes similar problem it bolts the other impeller to the drive mechanism in the engine.
That one is a little more difficult to remedy, but not too bad from accounts I've read here.

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That's a beautiful bike as she sits, and I like the rear fender. Just sayin'.....
I agree. The Adventurer fender doesn't seem to get much love, but I respect it for its uniqueness. Might lose the highway pegs, though. One man's opinion.
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Welcome axes, how's the weather in Iceland? Airboxes are apparently made out of the cheapest plastic known to man- the front one is meant to be disposable so I get that, the primary airbox is just as poor though. you might not have much luck gluing it, maybe try welding it with a soldering iron. That's what I did and you can also use something like a cable tie as filler rod.

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I will never complain about riding in the cold again, Iceland. What is your riding season over there approximately 30 minutes? I too own an Adventurer, a 1999 in the same color scheme. As I understand you can bolt a regular Thunderbird rear section on if you want to change the fender style or run without one using an elimination kit. I thought about it, but I am sticking with the Harley look, the Adventurer is somewhat unique and I like riding something that doesn't fall in the "cookie cutter mode." All the best on your restoration and repairs, some very knowledgeable folks on this site that are more than willing to share they expertise freely....
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The engine and Gearbox share the same oil sump. Unit Construction.

If it's the alternator bolt that holds the impeller onto the alternator, that noise will usually go away at idle if you turn on the high beam.
Or if you reach about 2500 to 3000 rpm's.

There is another bolt in the alternator drive that causes similar problem it bolts the other impeller to the drive mechanism in the engine.
That one is a little more difficult to remedy, but not too bad from accounts I've read here.
Ah right, I hadn't realised it was the same oil sump. Good to know.

I'll try out that alternator rpm diagnosis trick once I got the new intake flanges. It wasn't idling very well at all before and when I took off the carbs to diagnose I completely ruined them I guess, since the rpm went through the roof when I put them back together due to vacuum leaks.
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I agree. The Adventurer fender doesn't seem to get much love, but I respect it for its uniqueness. Might lose the highway pegs, though. One man's opinion.
Some days I like that fender others I don't. I can't make up my mind about it. But the seat has tears that you can't see on this picture so I will have to do something about that one way or another.
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Welcome axes, how's the weather in Iceland? Airboxes are apparently made out of the cheapest plastic known to man- the front one is meant to be disposable so I get that, the primary airbox is just as poor though. you might not have much luck gluing it, maybe try welding it with a soldering iron. That's what I did and you can also use something like a cable tie as filler rod.
The primary airbox seems to be in good shape, I took it apart to check the airfilter and put it back together without any problems. The airfilter was a K&N one that had tons of black dirt that was kind of like plastic moss or something over everything. I'm surprised it got any air through at all.

Oh and the weather is **** most of the time. This whole summer while the rest of europe was dying in a heatwave we had 72 hours of sunlight total for all of June.

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I will never complain about riding in the cold again, Iceland. What is your riding season over there approximately 30 minutes? I too own an Adventurer, a 1999 in the same color scheme. As I understand you can bolt a regular Thunderbird rear section on if you want to change the fender style or run without one using an elimination kit. I thought about it, but I am sticking with the Harley look, the Adventurer is somewhat unique and I like riding something that doesn't fall in the "cookie cutter mode." All the best on your restoration and repairs, some very knowledgeable folks on this site that are more than willing to share they expertise freely....
Yeah those 30 minutes are spread over 3 months, so you can only go out for 5 minutes at a time.

I had read about that thunderbird rear section swap but I don't think I will bother with that. It is so expensive to ship things to Iceland so I try to avoid it as much as I can, especially for big things. And there are not enough Triumphs in Iceland to be able to find parts here unfortunately. How do those elimination kits work?

I might keep the rear fender, I haven't made up my mind indefinitely but I will have to do something about that torn seat though. It looks so trashy with a torn seat
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