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What I did with my classic Triumph today?

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As a Hinkley triple owner (don't hate me guys!) I sometimes also read the threads on that section of the Triumph Rat forum and they have a long running thread "what I did to my classic triple today" or something very similar. Posters put up a few lines about what they did with their 'bikes that day..... polished it, rode it, rebuilt it, crashed it, etc etc you get the idea, anything goes really.

Anyway, thought it might be worth starting a similar thread here as I'm selling the "modern" 'bike and concentrating on my classics.
I'll start it off....

Today I got back my speedo which I'd sent to the UK for repair. It was working but had a lot of needle "flutter". Looks like new (still) and can't wait to try it out....

OK who's next?

Richard
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Sorry to see you're selling the old girl, Bill. Looks like you still have plenty of stuff to still tear around the neighborhood though.

Good luck on your sale.
Ron
Of course! Been my practice for carb engines for almost 50 years......

My curiosity was - how did she get flooded??? Never happened before on a cold start attempt.
I suspect that you either have a leaking petcock or you left one open and your float was stuck. Or your float needle leaks a tad and overnight she just slowly filled up with gasoline.

This is not good because as you know, if it gets too much it just runs into the sump where it dilutes the oil and overfills the system.

Might want to pull off your fuel line and put it in a dry pail to see if the tap leaks gas when in the off position.

Probably want to check your float, too.

regards,
Rob
I installed a new (repro) spider in the clutch center - splines on the old one were getting bad. New hub to match, no radial play when fitted together.

Installed race into the repro clutch basket/chainwheel with retaining compound. Pretty disappointed with the quality of the reproduction chainwheel. Not sure if the race will hold but worth a try I guess.
I installed a new (repro) spider in the clutch center - splines on the old one were getting bad. New hub to match, no radial play when fitted together.

Installed race into the repro clutch basket/chainwheel with retaining compound. Pretty disappointed with the quality of the reproduction chainwheel. Not sure if the race will hold but worth a try I guess.
What's up with the repro chainwheel?
Today I polished my Tiger and parked it at the end of the drive with an AV (for sale) sign on it.
Bill.
That must be a very sad day for you Bill, but good luck with the sale Have a look here http://www.legendmotorcycles.fr/index.php?p=moto_detail&im=205 to give you a rough idea of what old Triumphs go for in France (did you register the bike in France?)
If you ever need a Triumph fix, give me a shout, the Bonnie is currently in Belgium and the Speed Triple is in Bordeaux.

All the best

Webby
That must be a very sad day for you Bill, but good luck with the sale Have a look here http://www.legendmotorcycles.fr/index.php?p=moto_detail&im=205 to give you a rough idea of what old Triumphs go for in France (did you register the bike in France?)
If you ever need a Triumph fix, give me a shout, the Bonnie is currently in Belgium and the Speed Triple is in Bordeaux.

All the best

Webby
Hi Brian, I am currently in the process of French registration, but as it is only 110 euro plus the cost of a new plate I thought I would test the water and see if I can tempt someone as is, the bike is going on Le bon coin later today, no rush,did I actually type that!! I must have been here in France to long, as you rightly said in your email last week old Brit bikes are changing hands in France for very good money at the moment, it would be foolish of me to miss the boat, I hope your house move went well,
regards,
bill.
Hi Bill,

It might be worthwhile posting an announce here on the motos anglaises web site http://www.motos-anglaises.com/

As for the house move, what a PITA! Hope I don't need to do it again soon!
The up side I've ended up in a old bike friendly street with next door owning a classic 78? Guzzi V50 and the bloke across the road is an ex Triumph owner. I'm back to France this weekend for a couple of weeks, so it will time to dust off the Speed Triple.

Webby
Pulled primary cover on the T120V, adjusted clutch springs, chain tensioner, pulled stator to check & clean.

Going to polish cover again while it's off, make a "Plewsy" type new gasket, and put her all back together tomorrow as it's supposed to rain all day.
What's up with the repro chainwheel?
Repro chainwheel, made in England. The bearing race is a loose slip fit in the housing (hence the retaining compound); the overall thickness is about 1/16" greater than the original (machined the excess off); the outer edge is not chamfered like the original and the strengthening band was installed slightly crooked. Also the material seems soft - the slots are already getting chewed up pretty bad but that could be because of too much play in the hub/spider splines.

Maybe should just try to refurbish the original but I like a challenge ;-)
I suspect that you either have a leaking petcock or you left one open and your float was stuck. Or your float needle leaks a tad and overnight she just slowly filled up with gasoline.

This is not good because as you know, if it gets too much it just runs into the sump where it dilutes the oil and overfills the system.

Might want to pull off your fuel line and put it in a dry pail to see if the tap leaks gas when in the off position.

Probably want to check your float, too.

regards,
Rob
Rob - Petcocks do not leak a drop; bowls set to spec. 1st and only time it's happened.....
Hmmmm.... are you sure it was flooded? Were the plugs wet? My normal starting procedure if the bike is cold and set for at least 12 hours is to tickle the carbs, then set the choke fully closed and kick the bike 2 or 3 times to prime it. Then I turn on the iggy and it normally fires on the 1st or 2nd kick. At least for my bike, I don't think it is possible to flood it when it is cold.

Are you sure that it was not just bone dry instead of flooded??

I've had situations where I thought I had flooded an engine only to pull the plugs and found they were bone dry.

It's a Brit bike, Gator. Part of the personality. I tend to think that while we are sleeping, they are out in the garage thinking of new ways to screw with us.

regards,
Rob
Probably wasn't flooded. Probably just being bitchy that day.
Installed new carb parts; needle,needlejet,airfilter,. Fixed slow flow from gas tank,wrestled the tank back on. Now waiting for dry weather to fine tune the carb.
Hmmmm.... are you sure it was flooded? Were the plugs wet? My normal starting procedure if the bike is cold and set for at least 12 hours is to tickle the carbs, then set the choke fully closed and kick the bike 2 or 3 times to prime it. Then I turn on the iggy and it normally fires on the 1st or 2nd kick. At least for my bike, I don't think it is possible to flood it when it is cold.

Are you sure that it was not just bone dry instead of flooded??

I've had situations where I thought I had flooded an engine only to pull the plugs and found they were bone dry.

It's a Brit bike, Gator. Part of the personality. I tend to think that while we are sleeping, they are out in the garage thinking of new ways to screw with us.

regards,
Rob
Pulled plugs, they were wet. That's why I said it was flooded.

BTW, I've never had to use choke to prime. Even after sitting - sometimes over a week - it usually starts on 1st kick with no priming kicks, no choke. Sweet. I'm spoiled. My Trumpy mechanic friend Ray says he pulls the chokes off of 650's as they aren't needed and only cause problems because folk (like me) forget and leave them on!
Today I put all the bits of the tach drive back together and put it back on the bike.Then I put the carb back together with a new floatbowl gasket and new o-rings on the adjusters,now if only I could remember where I put that ring that goes around the carb mouth to seal against the intake rubber.
Boiled my clutch plates in water w/degreaser as per MoBe's post; waiting for them to dry out and re-install Monday.

Yes, MoBe, lotsa oil got flushed out.
I happy to be able to post something here after a long cold winter. Pulled the '76 T140V out of winter mothballs today and put the battery in her. Had zilch for power. No lights, no horn, no nuthin'.

Checked ground connection and it was fine. Pulled the fuse out of the silly stereo fuse holder and it was fine. But terminal in the holder looked a little shabby. Quick hit with the wire brush and juice was flowing again. For a minute there I was afraid all the smoke had leaked out of my Lucas system over the winter due to a breach in the wiring insulation. Glad that did not happen.

Been meaning to replace that POS K-mart Audiovox fuse holder with something more reliable. Guess that goes on the to do list. Gotta clean up the wires on this bike anyway. PO had it rewired by a blind man with hands full of thumbs.

I opened up the petcock, closed the choke, tickled the carbs and kicked her twice to prime her. Turned on the ignition and she fired up on the first kick. Closed the choke and she settled into a nice idle.

I've been dying to get the bike fired up to see if the revving method would free up the clutch after sitting all winter. Once warm I revved her 4 or 5 times with the clutch pulled in and shut her down. I pulled in the clutch and kicked her and it was still stuck. So I fired her back up and this time gave her two good revs, the kind that makes the exhausts roar. Shut her down and clutch was free.

Fired her back up, pulled in the clutch, gave her a rev, then once she was back at idle, put it in first. Went in with a "snick" smooth as pie. This convinces me that the rev method, if done with a firm hand on the throttle is a sure fire method to free up my chronically sticky and stubborn clutch plates. Maybe I'll clean them this summer. We can have a lobster and clam boil with the neighbors and I'll drop my plates in the pot when nobody's lookin'.

Took her for a quick spin down the road and she ran like a raped ape. Forgot how solid and good this bike feels between your legs when she's pulling hard.

It's officially spring, lads.

regards,
Rob
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Took her for a quick spin down the road and she ran like a raped ape.

Rob
Jeez, that made me laugh Snake :D:D:D..great post! Isn't it just great to get out of hibernation??

Ride safe everyone...;)
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