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Triumph T100 Bonneville

#1 Unread post by BonnieBabe » Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:51 pm

Hi all. I'm brand new to this forum and I thought I'd say Hi.

I traded in my Honda CB500 which even though it was only five years old, having been constantly ridden in all weathers looked and felt a lot older. Then two weeks ago I treated myself to a six month old T100. What a revelation, an inspiration! Im having problems stopping riding, I just dont want to get off. Then today my spotless chrome exhausts have turned blue, any ideas? Could this be the fuel injection? Any help appreciated.

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#2 Unread post by coffee_brake » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:05 pm

Hi Bonnie,

How many miles did your bike have when you got it? Almost all pipes turn blue to a degree within a few thousand miles of new (many cruisers have heat shields over the exhuast that hide the blue), maybe your new bike has so few miles that they hadn't turned blue yet until you got it and rode it so much.

Blue is much better than yellow. Yellow pipes indicate running too lean a fuel/air mixture, and that's bad for your engine.

If the motor is coughing and sputtering or backfiring and choking off, then yes your fuel injection might be at fault. But if it's running sweetly and hasn't been modified with aftermarket pipes...then blue is nothing to fear.

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#3 Unread post by BonnieBabe » Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:21 pm

Thanks Coffee Brake

The bikes only got 2000 miles on it but it does have aftermarket pipes. It doesnt cough or sputter and runs so sweetly.

Thanks for the :welcome: Its good to be here

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#4 Unread post by Social Distortion » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:54 pm

welcome
i love my 04 thruxton!
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#5 Unread post by jstark47 » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:59 pm

All Bonne's typically blue out the header pipes. They're notorious for it. The pipe is only single-walled, the bikes are set up to run lean to meet emissions standards, hence they run hot.

I take it yours is one of the new EFI ones? With the carb'd Bonne's, unless the air injection was removed in the first few miles, the pipes were going to blue out.
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#6 Unread post by BonnieBabe » Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:16 am

Thanks all

I feel reassured its normal, its a bit of a shame tho', but I still love my baby.

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#7 Unread post by coffee_brake » Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:57 pm

B Babe, just ride on down to the parts store and get yourself one of many products designed to polish out the blue. It won't take it completely away but it will help a great deal. And it will give you something to do when you're not riding your new baby!

Isn't it just fantastic to "fall onto" the perfect motorcycle for you? It's like an old friend before you ever shift into second.
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#8 Unread post by HYPERR » Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:16 pm

jstark47 wrote:All Bonne's typically blue out the header pipes. They're notorious for it. The pipe is only single-walled, the bikes are set up to run lean to meet emissions standards, hence they run hot.

I take it yours is one of the new EFI ones? With the carb'd Bonne's, unless the air injection was removed in the first few miles, the pipes were going to blue out.
I ripped the smog stuff off my KLX250S when I got it along with properly jetting it on the slightly rich side and my pipes never turned blue, just the slight light tan toast color which is really inevitable on a single walled pipe. And this bike has seen some slow tight technical stuff in 90+ degree weather. I know other guys with the same bike that did not rejet or kept the emission stuff on and the header pipe turned royal purple. :shock:
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#9 Unread post by BonnieBabe » Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:20 pm

Thanks to all of you - again. You've really helped me out.

Coffee Brake you are so right, I just fell into an addictive love the instant I rode it. I thought I knew what biking was, I was so wrong. I'll get a product over the weekend nd give it go. Have to get off some time - ha ha

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#10 Unread post by joolz » Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:38 am

Dont worry about the blue- my Bonnie's pipes went within 100 miles Mind you they matched the tank then so I wasn't really bothered :D
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#11 Unread post by coffee_brake » Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:52 pm

I just saw pics of a ratty old Honda whose header pipes looked new again!

The guy said all he did was wipe them down with oven cleaner "to dissolve the carbon," then he scrubbed them with aluminum foil and vinegar.

I'm going to try it on *my* ratty old Honda!
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#12 Unread post by BonnieBabe » Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:10 pm

Ive been told that there's a polish called 'blue job chrome polish' i havent tried it yet but I thought I might give it a go. Can get it on ebay.

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#13 Unread post by coffee_brake » Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:14 pm

Bluejob works well too.

BTW, don't let the oven cleaner get on anything but the pipes, it eats aluminum, paint, and rubber. Spray it on a rag.
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#14 Unread post by BonnieBabe » Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:18 pm

:D

Thanks again

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#15 Unread post by MZ33 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:22 pm

I'm hoping Triumph is going to be at the AMA Women's Conference--the T100 is high on my list of hoped-for demo rides.
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#16 Unread post by Ryethil » Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:40 pm

Social Distortion wrote:welcome
i love my 04 thruxton!
One of my dream bikes is a Thruxton. How do like yours? And would you suggest it to anyone else? Anything you would change on it.

I love Triumphs and have thought more than once about getting a new one. If I get to the AMA Women's show, I hope that Triumph is there glory...

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#17 Unread post by Social Distortion » Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:39 am

I've gotsay that the thrux was one of my dream bikes.
I love her so much- her name is Luna- short for Lunatic!!!
She's fast. Imma heavy boy and she pulls me like imma feather. On the highways, she pulls me w no problem.
She's so nimble too...I honestly feel so confident on her all the time.
I will say this- I am having some technical issues w her and when that happens, I'm emotionally upset. I won't take her to the dealer, which has made me a very good new mechanic. I'm doing things to the thrux that I never did w my older bikes.
So man old school guys come up to me and compliment the bike. Harley guys give me respect too. I see so many people checkin out the thrux cause they don't see it often.
Changes on her?? The handlebars do get some getting use to, but I've done a 300 mile trip and have been somewhat ok.
Fuel consumption is only ok, but I think its cause I open the throttle a lot...hehheee
Also, triumph clothing seems to be expensive too..
I'm 5'9 and sometimes I'm on my tip toes, so they are taller, but I heard the 09s are alittle shorter. Also, I'm a believer on fuel injection. Mine are carborators, but FI is superior...
Finally- 2004 thruxtons are the 1st and last year they are made in England, 05 and newer are made in taiwon I think so I honestly have British Iron!!
Asides that, I'm in love w my thruxton..I really am.
My other dream bike is a 2033 100th anniversary harley softail heritage springer in silver and black. That's what a bike should look like.
I'd also love to get a Street Bob....that's more of a realistic bike I can getin 5 years or so...
I love my thruxton!!
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Wow...

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Social Distortion wrote:I've gotsay that the thrux was one of my dream bikes.
I love her so much- her name is Luna- short for Lunatic!!!
She's fast. Imma heavy boy and she pulls me like imma feather. On the highways, she pulls me w no problem.
She's so nimble too...I honestly feel so confident on her all the time.
I will say this- I am having some technical issues w her and when that happens, I'm emotionally upset. I won't take her to the dealer, which has made me a very good new mechanic. I'm doing things to the thrux that I never did w my older bikes.
So man old school guys come up to me and compliment the bike. Harley guys give me respect too. I see so many people checkin out the thrux cause they don't see it often.
Changes on her?? The handlebars do get some getting use to, but I've done a 300 mile trip and have been somewhat ok.
Fuel consumption is only ok, but I think its cause I open the throttle a lot...hehheee
Also, triumph clothing seems to be expensive too..
I'm 5'9 and sometimes I'm on my tip toes, so they are taller, but I heard the 09s are alittle shorter. Also, I'm a believer on fuel injection. Mine are carborators, but FI is superior...
Finally- 2004 thruxtons are the 1st and last year they are made in England, 05 and newer are made in taiwon I think so I honestly have British Iron!!
Asides that, I'm in love w my thruxton..I really am.
My other dream bike is a 2033 100th anniversary harley softail heritage springer in silver and black. That's what a bike should look like.
I'd also love to get a Street Bob....that's more of a realistic bike I can getin 5 years or so...
I love my thruxton!!
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I've got a ride set up for the Thuxton. A person that just joined the sport bike club wants to ride my Buell and I get to ride his Thuxton for the day. Will see what it is all about. Don't really like my baby in someone elses hands but its worth it to test ride the Thuxton.

Yeah, I heard the same thing about them being made in Taiwan so tht's sort of a bummer. On the other hand, I've heard nothing but good things about them.

I do most of my repairs myself. Dunno why. I guess I like to be part of all and everything of my bikes.
Just got to wait till Sunday. 8)
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#19 Unread post by jstark47 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:10 am

Social Distortion wrote: Finally- 2004 thruxtons are the 1st and last year they are made in England, 05 and newer are made in taiwon I think so I honestly have British Iron!!
Ryethil wrote:Yeah, I heard the same thing about them being made in Taiwan so tht's sort of a bummer. On the other hand, I've heard nothing but good things about them.
Not Taiwan. Thailand. Triumph has two factories, one in the UK, one in a suburb of Bangkok (Chonburi) in Thailand. The Thai operation was begun in 2002, with final assembly of some models beginning there in 2006.
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#20 Unread post by Social Distortion » Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:09 am

Well- enjoy your Triumph ride. I hope it takes your breath away.
The downside is that I'm sure there's lots of expectation and it doesn't let you down.
I tried a new triumph sprint and I wanted it to work since I saw lots of great reviews and I was sooo bummed out it didn't fit me the way I was hoping it would....took me a few days to get over it.
Thruxton note- thanks for the update on Taiwan/thailand.....hehee. The joke is that they are made better over there thank England...also, note that the 09 models are fuel injected and they don't have clip on handlebars, they use risers and a handlebar similar to the bonneville- you don't lean as much and its closer to you. It just depends on style and such.
Also, you don't see as many used thruxtons for sale often. I was lucky and a doctor friend of mine just didn't ride due to his schedule so he sold his to me.
Being in Chicago, I usually only see 2 thruxtons on craigslist per year. On ebay, I see about 2-3 per week, but usually expect to pay stop dollar as 04's usually sell for $5200......
Good luck- despite my carb issues, tearing that bike apart, lack of luggage space and its odd quirks, I love Luna so much that its unhealthy....hhehhehee
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