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Good day. I'm new to the triumph community. Figured I should introduce myself first. Name is Thien. Living outside of Boston. Been riding since 09. Previously owned a gsxr600 and gsxr750. Last year, I decided to take a break and sold my last bike. Recently, traveled to vietnam and Thailand. Had a blast on scooters and decided I need to get back on two wheels. Long story short, I purchased the new T120 a couple weeks ago.

The ride is very much different than a sport bike but I've been enjoying it thus far. However, I do have a couple concerns about the new bike.

1) I noticed a clear liquid dripping out of the pipe connecting to the cat while the bike idling. Right at the connection. First time observing that tonight. It doesn't have any smell or oily texture. I'm assuming it's just water. Maybe I'm over thinking it.

2) Whenever I turn the bike on, I'd need to try for a second time to get it running. The first time sounds like the bike is choked on something. Kinda reminds me of starting your bike after a lengthy period of storage. For those with the new T120, are you experiencing this also?

Any insight will be appreciated.



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Is this considered "normal" for a triumph? Lol
I apologize since this is my first time dealing a non- Japanese bike.

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Starting issues seem to come up a bit on the water cooled models, here're some threads from the last few weeks:

http://www.triumphrat.net/water-coo...s-off-unless-i-blip-at-start.html#post7829810

http://www.triumphrat.net/water-cooled-twins-talk/706418-street-twin-starting-issue.html

http://www.triumphrat.net/water-cooled-twins-talk/694434-t120-sluggish-engine-start.html

http://www.triumphrat.net/water-coo...-street-twin-hard-starting-2.html#post7950922

The liquid dripping from the exhaust will be just water from condensation inside a cold system. All vehicles do that, look at a car's tail pipe starting on a cold morning. There maybe a small drain hole to ensure that liquid drains out, as in some Yamahas, specially important on bikes with upswept systems. The water may contain some acids and other combustion products, so it's best that it drains out rather than left to start corrosion inside the silencer.
 

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How many miles on the bike? Had the first service yet? I wouldn't worry about No.1, but I would mention the engine not starting on the first try to the dealer when you bring the bike in for the first service. How many cranks on the first try with no firing of the engine? For a new FI bike, not starting right up is not really normal for any bike. Maybe normal for my '98 Daytona, but not for your bike in my opinion.
 

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How many miles on the bike? Had the first service yet? I wouldn't worry about No.1, but I would mention the engine not starting on the first try to the dealer when you bring the bike in for the first service. How many cranks on the first try with no firing of the engine? For a new FI bike, not starting right up is not really normal for any bike. Maybe normal for my '98 Daytona, but not for your bike in my opinion.
I got 400 mi on it. Waiting next week for the first service. Will definitely bring this up. I was thinking along the same line.

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A lot of us are having the issue with it taking two tries to start from cold. I took mine in to the dealer at about 200 miles and just got the break in service at 550 miles today. My dealer is mystified. He tried a bunch of different ECU mappings today, but the problem persists. He sent a message back to Triumph HQ about it.

I think we all just need to be vocal about it until they come up with a fix. Until then, I just accept that I have to blip the starter once briefly and then start it for real, and it starts up no problem.
 

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I take it you let it completely cycle prior to starting. This means giving the fuel pump enough time to pressurize they system. I find if I'm too quick it needs a second go. Wait an extra couple seconds and it fires straight up, especially from cold. ps: good color bike yer got too.
 

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I take it you let it completely cycle prior to starting. This means giving the fuel pump enough time to pressurize they system. I find if I'm too quick it needs a second go. Wait an extra couple seconds and it fires straight up, especially from cold. ps: good color bike yer got too.

That isn't the issue that many of us seem to be having. I could wait 10 minutes after turning the key, or 1 minute, it doesn't help. It takes two times with the starter to start from cold. Every time. And I always use the key or the kickstand to shut it off. Never the kill switch.
 

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I'm seeing neither of these concerns.

The humidity here is generally under 5% for most of the year, so I'm not expecting condensation on starting.

So far, my T120 has willingly started on the first touch of the button.
 

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I've experienced both - quick starting and not so quick starting.

My T120 would fire up immediately (after the gauge dance and the fuel system pressurized) - traded the T120 after I got a test ride on a Thruxton while waiting for my T120 500 mile service at the dealers. That's probably another story ...

Anyway, the Thruxton (base model - Competition Green) - does not start as quickly as my T120 did. Requires quite a bit more cranking, or, two attempts, as others have said. Other than that, no other issues (and I wouldn't really consider that an 'issue').

Love the Thruxton by the way. Don't test ride one unless you're ready to buy ... as much as I liked the T120 - it seemed too bland after riding the Thrux, and that by no means is meant to diminish the T120 which is a great bike and leap years ahead of my old T100 with all it's performance mods....
 

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Yes, I've put on 1200 miles on my T120 and am thrilled with my purchase. I've had my 500 service. It always takes two try's to start cold, sometimes I get a squeal when braking, and the chrome pipes have blue brown stains at the upper turns. I'm taking these as normal things and just enjoying my new ride.
 

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I've experienced both - quick starting and not so quick starting.

My T120 would fire up immediately (after the gauge dance and the fuel system pressurized) - traded the T120 after I got a test ride on a Thruxton while waiting for my T120 500 mile service at the dealers. That's probably another story ...

Anyway, the Thruxton (base model - Competition Green) - does not start as quickly as my T120 did. Requires quite a bit more cranking, or, two attempts, as others have said. Other than that, no other issues (and I wouldn't really consider that an 'issue').

Love the Thruxton by the way. Don't test ride one unless you're ready to buy ... as much as I liked the T120 - it seemed too bland after riding the Thrux, and that by no means is meant to diminish the T120 which is a great bike and leap years ahead of my old T100 with all it's performance mods....
I did considered the thruxton r briefly but settled on this bc I want to cruise for longer. Lol

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Yes, I've put on 1200 miles on my T120 and am thrilled with my purchase. I've had my 500 service. It always takes two try's to start cold, sometimes I get a squeal when braking, and the chrome pipes have blue brown stains at the upper turns. I'm taking these as normal things and just enjoying my new ride.
Just went to my dealer to sign up for the 1st service. Told them about it and they will take a look when I bring it in. Gunna be optimistic like you and hope it's just a normal thing. Lol

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If that's normal, I'm glad I bought a Ninja1000. Still have my Daytona, so no rock throwing please. At that price, 2016, no excuses from Triumph. Enjoy your rides.
 

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So the bike randomly fixed itself after I washed and hosed it down. Starts up on first try every time for the last week now.

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I've only had my T120 black for 3 days/150 miles, but I've ran into the starter issue a few times already. I'll keep an eye on it and report back.
 
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