Main Motorcycle: 2016 Speed Triple R
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Miami Beach, FL
Aw man I feel like I snatched up your bike, I picked it up in Queens! And sorry for the following rambling. But I think it’s all worth to beware of.
That one looks like a winner, if he’s willing to go down to 8500 at least. I’d ask;
1- Why the header wraps? (Covering perhaps a big asz dent or puncture) since that bike doesn’t have the mad max vibe at all to do that, hopefully it’s just bad taste. Also the wrapping promotes higher fumes temperature at the catalytic converter and mufflers burning them out prematurely. But no need to tel him that, just be on your toes on what he answers.
2- Did he do the maintenance himself or took it for the 500 mile service to the dealer? If he did it himself, what exactly was done and at what mileage. If he doesn’t know, not a deal breaker but that tells you something about his dedication.
3- Was the battery replaced? If so what brand. Batteries aren’t as easily accessible as the 1050’s so what you’re trying to avoid is to ride off with a $90-100 battery that WILL leave you stranded (bikemaster, autocraft, drag etc) if they went cheap, replace with a yuasa, wouldn’t recommend a lithium replacement since you live in jersey and the cold temps won’t let the battery warm up as easy greatly reducing cranking power.
Pretty sure the original battery is kaput if he still runs that.
4- Did he take it in to address the recalls? Rectifier/reg bracket must be replaced with a revised one or eventually will short the cables that go near it according to Triumph, and the alarm (if included) must be replaced straight up. If he didn’t, no biggie, just figure out how to get those cables out of the way of that bracket without compromising function. And alarm, (horrible, horrible alarm that goes off for anything) worked properly before I replaced it. I got the new one and put it in a box for sale. Up to you. No big deal.
5- Check all gaskets for leaks. Selling such a new bike for almost half of what he paid doesn’t make sense unless he impregnated a whole team of cheerleaders. I missed the leak at the valve cover gasket, but luckily mine was still under warranty. This one doesn’t, beware of real problems. Potential deal breaker here. Or at least he should go down to 8k not a penny more. The valve cover is kind of hidden, not plain to see. Gotta get in there under the red plastic cover with your phone’s flashlight. No shame in being extra curious at the sale.
6- Who installed the Akra’s? Did they change the map, was it a custom one or Triumph’s high mount arrow map? If he didn’t do anything and installed himself, you probably won’t notice anything wrong with it, but performance will be far from what those cans can offer.
Regardless, there is an updated version for that map at the dealer, they can load it up if not free for like 30min labor ($70?) triumph mechanic that this update makes the bike run better (HP and smoothness) since the original released had to conform with EURO4 and Cali emissions laws and wasn’t optimal for the engine. Now that they passed they can play around a bit more.
Btw my levers are also ASV, mistaken it with crg. They’re nice levers, they’re the “unbreakable” model I think, they bend out all the way to avoid snapping it off half way in case of a fall. Also have a rugged texture that feels great to touch.
If he’s throwing in the cowl and original mufflers etc. fine, you can sell whatever you won’t use and recoup a few bucks.
Get an OEM Daytona late model tailpack for $50 don’t forget the mounting harness! At the OEM section in bike bandit, if the bike is matte grey it is exactly that color and hard case expandandable with red liner. And yes exactly the same subframe red 😉
If the bike is not gray pretty sure fashion police will let it slide.
Triumph is so ashamed of the poor quality coating on that tailpack model that’s practically giving it away lmao.