Archive for ‘Maintenance’

October 13, 2019

Props

Stand Up | One thing the Tiger didn’t come with was a centerstand. Handy for lubricating the chain; makes tire changing a simpler task; and useful for changing the oil. The latter of which I’ll be carrying out soon for the first service. So today I acquired a purposeful stand that allows me to get the bike upright and off its rear wheel. 40 bucks at Harbor Freight. It’s certainly a handy addition to the workshop!

September 23, 2019

Ads

39 Years Ago | Recently my family acquired a stack of old Classic Bike magazines from the Eighties. A few made it back to the States from our recent trip to Scotland. Here’s a typical classified back page where information on parts, repair, sales were a key part of vintage motorcycle restoration and maintenance. Remember this is a generation before the all seeing and doing InterWeb. The monthly magazines were essential reading for the enthusiast.

September 16, 2019

Luddite not I

Technology | Now that we are well into the Twenty First Century everything gets fettled with Apps (applications). The Tiger being such a technologically inclined machine you can plug in your laptop with an ECU reader and delve into the program gubbins. Here the throttle bodies can be balanced – a far cry from balancing a pair of Amal carbs! Error codes checked, service intervals set, ABS brakes bleeding, sensor readings, instrument testing… it’s magical!

August 14, 2019

No. 9

Grunge Band HQ | just signed a lease for a garage space for the bikes. Instead of the subterranean offering which sometimes gets a tad dank I will now have an above ground secure space off an alley. It’s securely tucked away from prying eyes.

May 15, 2019

Gripper Stebson

Knobby Clarke | You can conjure up long forgotten or invent new creative curse words when changing a tire. Four ‘tar arns’, soapy water, elbow grease, and the job gets done… in 1 1/4 hours. I’m sure the front should go quicker now some semblance of a technique is being learned.

May 11, 2019

‘Gin ‘n’ Tonic

Tri-Umph | Three in the garage. Rainy day spent changing the oil and filter on the Bonnie. Getting it ready for some short outings in the coming season.

April 29, 2019

Breakdown

Roadside Maintenance | Three biker gals take care of a Bonnie needing a little attention to keep it roadworthy. Those knee high boots are serious attire befitting these badass women.

April 28, 2019

Orange Crush

Marmalade | Ongoing tweaking and fettling of the old Bonnie saw fruition today. New headlight and front indicators working; standard pegs and ‘normal’ bars will get me back on the road vintage style in no time. Kicked over and purred along nicely.

April 7, 2019

I am the Light

Illuminating | Off-season project for the Bonnie. Replacing the headlight to clean-up electrics and lighting. The cafe look has gone with the low bars and rear-sets replaced by more standard fare.

March 31, 2019

Zzzzzzzz

Nessun Dorma | The aria from Puccini’s opera Turandot was famously used for the BBC coverage of the World Cup in ’90. Sung in true maestro style by Pavarotti it was also used by Pirelli tire manufacturer in their late 80’s advertising campaign. Direct translation from the Italian is “None shall sleep” so using it for a tire seems appropriate. So, back to the matter at hand: these are the two tires I got for the Tiger from old new stock at Motoworks yesterday. Knobbly treads for a bit better traction on gravel. I need to go look for some back roads now! Heidenau K60 Scout up front and Continental TKC 80’s in back. This combination is meant to be a good balance for compromise between asphalt and loose dirt.

February 17, 2019

Yours Economically

65 years ago – a page in one of the periodicals of the day. The Thunderbird and Speed Twin extoll their fuel saving worthiness; especially in a Post-War Britain coming out of rationing.

February 11, 2019

Wrenchin’

Oily hands and a 10mm socket – just read about the passing of the creator of the global mechanics phenomenon, known as the Haynes Workshop Manual, John Haynes (1938-2019) aged 80. The step-by-step photographic and illustrative descriptions of dismantling and reassembly was conceived whilst he was a public schoolboy recording the renovation of an Austin Seven into an Austin Seven ‘Special’. The first published book in ’66 was for an Austin Healey Sprite. Hundreds of manuals for cars and motorcycles later the library stretched from the Solo’s Millennium Falcon, Kirk’s Enterprise to NASA’s Space Shuttle, and Apollo.

February 6, 2019

Bookworm

D-I-Y Sometimes you need some ken to be familiar with your interest. A ubiquitous Haynes Service & Repair Manual is an essential reference tome for any self respecting biker.

February 2, 2019

Groundhog Day

One Two Three – here we are in midwinter and the riding season is months away. A plan needs to be put in place to get each of my Triumph ready for their particular outing requirements. The Cub to take to some off road trails in Wisconsin; the Bonneville for some local riding and vintage shows; and the Tiger for long stretches of American highways and backwaters.

January 6, 2019

Do or Do Not… there is no Try

Resolute – It is typical of the New Year for us to put on the mask of Janus and look back at what we achieved (or not) the previous year and thus look forward to the coming twelve months and make a determination of what we want to achieve. Usually in an effort to better ourselves; and, in a way, make this time we have count. Me? I’m not a big one for ‘resolutions’ but it’s fun to think of things that you would like to try and do. A list you ask? Well, here goes:

  1. Write/Illustrate a children’s book.
  2. Ride the Triumph Tiger more.
  3. Sketch more.
  4. Ride the Lake Michigan loop.
  5. Fettle the Bonneville for occasional vintage runs.
  6. Get the Cub out onto some off-road shenanigans.
  • There… all fairly straight forwards and all that can be incorporated into this blog…