Those 7 plate clutches are great, aren't they? It seems like when one fixes (updates) something on these bikes, it really affects another area, (starting usually). Mine starts with no choke. But then, I I have to depress the lever right away. Go figure.Well, if it's got genitals or handlebars... you probably get what I'm driving at... I got sick of the diabolical clutch action on my 1980 T140E, so put a 7 plate clutch kit in it. Took lots of care, scrupulously clean workshop practice etc etc, and it feels great now, and seems to work without grinding and horrible action. Only thing is - she will no longer start reliably. Sooo...the old story: "I fixed my Triumph (and now it doesn't go anymore)" Anyone been there...?
Well, did all the usual (as well as searching this forum and noting lots of good stuff by such as Stuart Mac, Rancid Peg, Tiger TR7RV and Kadutz), and finally thought I'd try new coils, leads and plugs. How hard can it be, there's only so much can go wrong (and I've owned a few T140s before)? Still no go yesterday despite a faint chuff initially, plenty of spark, fuel, no kill switch or obvious nastiness in wiring, and I didn't even bother kicking it 73 times 'just in case', cos when it won't go it just won't.
Well, today tried it and thought I'd just try a different routine - taps and ignition on, free clutch, and NO CHOKE. She fired right up and burbled away quite happily at about 900RPM.
So my question/observation: why would a bit just change its starting routine preference after a clutch rebuild? Before it was always the usual free clutch, ign and petrol on, choke lever depressed and bang! Now it seems to hate the choke... Weird bike...nearly ended up being chucked off the wharf at the bottom of the street into the harbour... cheers (I think) - Pat