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July 15, 2004, 09:00:13 AM on

Offline Thrax (OP)

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Hi All,



well I was yakkin to a local bike shop proprietor a few weeks ago and mentioned that I was leaning towards purchasing a new Triumph (Sprint/Tiger) later this year. In short, he seemed surprised that I would do so because of two major flaws he saw are apparent with the triple engine. 1- the design is crap as the middle cylinder does not get enough cooling. 2- the head material is too soft.



Now, as you blokes and chicks have experience with this engine, you would know if this bloke is F.O.S. (full of s**t). Any feedback? Has any of you who read this had any probs possibly associated with either of these 'issues'.



Cheers

Anthrax :twisted:

July 15, 2004, 10:14:48 AMReply #1 on

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Quote from: "Thrax"
Hi All,



well I was yakkin to a local bike shop proprietor a few weeks ago and mentioned that I was leaning towards purchasing a new Triumph

1- the design is crap as the middle cylinder does not get enough cooling. 2- the head material is too soft.



Cheers

Anthrax :twisted:



What bike is he trying to sell you?



there are posibly two explanations for what he said.

1 he is stuck in a time warp and thinking the NEW Triumphs are the air cooled 1970's bikes 750cc triples (trident)

2 he is FOS



the NEW engines are water cooled if any cylinder was not to be cooled properly it would be the RHS

the head is Aly and have hardend inserts for valves, they run fine on unleaded fuel.
Robbie and Mohan the original silver Tiger

July 15, 2004, 12:09:35 PMReply #2 on

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Oops... I forgot to add that the Proprietor was of a Bike Parts business specialising in HD racing parts.

July 15, 2004, 01:52:03 PMReply #3 on

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Quote from: "Thrax"
Oops... I forgot to add that the Proprietor was of a Bike Parts business specialising in HD racing parts.



...speaking of designs which have one cylinder inadequately cooled :roll:
The Red Menace

July 15, 2004, 05:18:02 PMReply #4 on

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I'd heard from a fellow that "those british bikes are either dripping oil or out of oil".  



I'm hoping he was talking about the older triumphs.  I was playing down around the bash plate last night and found a drop of oil hanging from a bolt (bike's on it's side stand) over on the left side.   :shock:



S'funny because, when I bought the bike, there was some seeping around the neutral sensor/switch that had to be dealt with before I took posession of the bike.  I didn't do much except swear and go back upstairs.  I'd just finished removing the bash plate to work out a dent that the prior rider had left in it.  I think I'm going to fashion a new one that does a better job of protecting the oil/coolant lines.  



Best,



echoyankee

July 15, 2004, 09:00:01 PMReply #5 on

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Thrax...your local buke shop proprietor is living in the dark ages. The triple is one of bikings best kept secrets.
Chris

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July 15, 2004, 10:15:05 PMReply #6 on

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The triple is the perfect assimilation of V-Twin (low rev = high torque) and 4 cylinder (high rev = torque).  Plus it is totally unique without the need to wade into debates that the "mainstreamers" seem destined to defend, my V-Twin is better than your V-twin or similar arguements at the liter class of cylinders.
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July 16, 2004, 09:12:31 AMReply #7 on

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Also, don't forget how good the 955 triple sounds!

July 16, 2004, 12:09:06 PMReply #8 on

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Quote from: "Thrax"
Oops... I forgot to add that the Proprietor was of a Bike Parts business specialising in HD racing parts.



So answer 2 then :P
Robbie and Mohan the original silver Tiger

July 20, 2004, 05:46:28 PMReply #9 on

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Quote from: "BP_LONDON"
Also, don't forget how good the 955 triple sounds!



I've never cared for the 955s sound. Too flat, even flatulent, for my taste. My 885 Steamer sounds much better.



John Mikes

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July 21, 2004, 11:16:12 AMReply #10 on

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Quote from: "jmikes955"
Quote from: "BP_LONDON"
Also, don't forget how good the 955 triple sounds!



I've never cared for the 955s sound. Too flat, even flatulent, for my taste. My 885 Steamer sounds much better.



John Mikes

2000 Sprint RS

1995 Steamer Tiger

1994 Duc 900SS

1979 Yammie 750 Special

1964 Bonnie





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August 03, 2004, 03:30:13 AMReply #11 on

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Speakin of sound, I test drove the 'O5 Tiger last Sat and have to say that it's is the sweetest and most unigue sound on 2-wheels.  Also, anything sounds better than HD crap.
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August 03, 2004, 06:20:37 AMReply #12 on

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The Tiger with the stock can doesn't make enough sound to even hear yourself shift.If you want the real triple sound,get a can from Riders of the Lost Empire...Guaranteed...Tell em the Trashmaster sent you...

August 03, 2004, 09:14:26 AMReply #13 on

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Now the new girl's cracked 1,000 miles, I've just fitted the Race can and had the efi re-mapped. I'd almost forgotten just how good that engine sounds when it's unrestricted by all those baffles. What a sweet, sweet sound she makes. Oh, lordy...I'm in love again...
Chris

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August 05, 2004, 02:52:52 AMReply #14 on

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Speaking of good sounds, I've got a Guzzi, and it sounds very sweet, the Tiger has the stock pipe, so I don't know yet how it will sound, but a pipe is last on my list of goodies, after a tank bag, center stand .........and a few other mod's. 8)