Diagnosis
21 June 2009

Dan came over to help with my Triumph diagnosis this weekend and I think we figured it out that it might be the regulator. Some more testing may be done, or I'll just order a replacement. They're only about $50 USD so that's not as crazy expensive as I thought it might be

I decided that I'll put the bike back together and ride it until I get it fixed. I can't just let it sit there. As long as I charge the battery in between short rides it should be ok.

Disappointed
17 June 2009

I am a bit disappointed in the Triumph. It turns out that it isn't charging and it's fouling plugs very quickly. Tonight I hope to finally have time to take a look at the charging issue. I didn't want to have to do any work on the bike - just ride. At least not have to do anything in order for it to be road worthy. I guess that is always a risk when buying used, especially 36 years used.

Wish me luck.

I found the replacement for the the Suzuki Tempter I sold earlier this Spring. A 1973 Triumph Tiger 750. It is something else. It's an inline 2 cylinder, single carburetor engine. Recently rebuilt (~100 miles ago) with electronic ignition replacing the original points. Kick start only. And it sounds great! It has 7100 original miles - which is less than I have put on the Tempter in a single season.

There are a few things I would like to do on it. One is install some inconspicuous signal lights. Second, track down and fix some of the oil leaks. There are at least 2. And next season I might get new tires front and back.

I hope to get some pictures up soon.