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Sorry I still don't get it
« on: 14 January, 2019, 01:16:54 PM »
Final item on the service list today and I wimped out and got the workshop to replace my headstock bearings. Nice day so thought a rideout would be a good idea depending on what they gave me.


So they added a disc, put on decent suspension (albeit very firm), added heated grips  :187:, put in a 1200 lump and then got John Deere to tune it. Bit of a shame really because its rather a nice bike if that's what you're into and can ignore the miniscule gap between seat and pegs if you happen to be 6'4". So I restrained myself to a couple of trips to the shops. Great bike for that but may as well have stuck a 500 or 350cc single in there. Oh they added a gear too, perhaps they have finally run out of 5 speed boxes.

On the plus side my bike feels lovely. Head bearing wear is insidious and creeps up on you so you don't appreciate how bad it is until you replace them. Took the long way home  :001:
« Last Edit: 14 January, 2019, 01:21:18 PM by seangee »
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Re: Sorry I still don't get it
« Reply #1 on: 14 January, 2019, 01:28:16 PM »
Nice bike Sean, but deffo not for anyone over 5 ft 10", bet your knees were up around your lug-oles  :033:
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Re: Sorry I still don't get it
« Reply #2 on: 14 January, 2019, 01:59:17 PM »
*Originally Posted by seangee [+]

Great bike for that but may as well have stuck a 500 or 350cc single in there.

I have heard so many people say how they would love a lightweight Triumph 350 single for knocking about on & short winter rides. I'd have one t'morra. Criteria: 150KG, 35bhp, 80mpg, 6k road spec. 7k trail spec. Simples innit.  :084:
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Re: Sorry I still don't get it
« Reply #3 on: 14 January, 2019, 02:46:36 PM »
I like the look of most of em, more the Scramblers though. If I could find a cheap enough Street Scrambler maybe, the 54 BHP can be liberated to 70 odd quite easily apparently. Read an interesting article that hints that 100bhp is quite possible(Though expensive) with the 900 and that Triumph actively strangled the motor so as to encourage people onto the 1200. Only recently realised the later 900's and 1200's are SOHC now.
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Re: Sorry I still don't get it
« Reply #4 on: 14 January, 2019, 02:48:18 PM »
Probably why the simple T100 is so popular! (to P2B).

I'm surprised you've worn out your head bearings already though SG. I know you ride all year round, but I'd have thought they'd last longer than what, 32K?
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Re: Sorry I still don't get it
« Reply #5 on: 14 January, 2019, 02:55:43 PM »
*Originally Posted by Paullie [+]
I'm surprised you've worn out your head bearings already though SG. I know you ride all year round, but I'd have thought they'd last longer than what, 32K?

Wheelieing down the Edgeware road?  :062:
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Re: Sorry I still don't get it
« Reply #6 on: 14 January, 2019, 02:58:09 PM »
My First 955 Tiger needed head bearings at 30K when 6 years old
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Re: Sorry I still don't get it
« Reply #7 on: 14 January, 2019, 03:00:33 PM »
My old BMW R80 needed new head bearings at 12k. But I'd been riding it in north Africa, and the sand from occasional dust-storms (even minor ones) got everywhere.

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Re: Sorry I still don't get it
« Reply #8 on: 14 January, 2019, 03:06:49 PM »
They must be fitting Cheap bearings nowadays. My ST955 still had original bearings at 60k miles, only greased once. The Gen1 was designed by Engineers. The Gen2 was screwed up by accountants.
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Re: Sorry I still don't get it
« Reply #9 on: 14 January, 2019, 03:19:38 PM »
*Originally Posted by Paul2bikes [+]
They must be fitting Cheap bearings nowadays. My ST955 still had original bearings at 60k miles, only greased once. The Gen1 was designed by Engineers. The Gen2 was screwed up by accountants.
Mine was checked at 23k - found to be correctly adjusted and OK, but a little bit under-greased (so now sorted, hopefully).