Sitting at the coffee shop... with the usual suspects. Tales... long and short.. some perhaps true...or wishful thinking. One of the guys.... service manager for a Triumph shop back in the day, got a phone call from a recent customer. His new Triumph's headlight... is leaking oil ! ! . Next day the bike rides into the shop. The manager checks under the rim of the headlight.. and sure nuf ...a drop of oil...?... He puts the bike on the center stand.. straddles the from wheel and unscrews the headlight... Plop.. barf.. and nearly a quart of oil pukes all over the wheel, the forks.. and his shoes. Investigation determined that the electrical wire from the oil sending unit to the " oil " warning light inside the headlight bucket is covered in a plastic sleeve to help protect it from "Lucas shorts".. the sending unit was allowing oil to get pass a internal seal.. the oil was pumped into the sleeve and worked itself into the headlight... Pip pip Hurray.... Jolly Good...
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Post by tomterrific on Oct 21, 2010 10:25:40 GMT -5
My Triumph leaked oil out of the coil! Even the electrics leak oil on a Triumph, sigh. To be fair, my Triumph has slightly more miles than my XS and the engines on both weep a little oil after a hard ride.
I couldn't agree with you more, we managed to build some fabulous machines (add S1 Jensen Interceptor & Royal Enfield Interceptor, my personal favourites).
The trouble is, the day the 1st Japanese bikes & cars landed on our shores should have been a wakeup call to both our industries, we had the biggest bike industry in the world and possibly 2nd or 3rd in the car market, where are we now?
The British bike industry was little more than a cottage industry from about 1975 until Triumph were resurrected in the 90's and our car industry is now just assembly shops for foreign manufacturers, Jag & Land Rover are Indian, even Rolls & Bentley are owned by the feckin' Germans
Post by mikebritton on Oct 26, 2010 18:19:56 GMT -5
So right! Compare the first CB750 to the same year Bonneville. Or the '69 TR6 to the '69 Datsun 240 Z. I had Morris convertibles, a Bugeye, and a TR6, and all of them were incredibly anachronistic in design. Mike
Pay no attention to the mess in the garage!! My best work comes from chaos! '75 Yamaha XS 650 '68 Triumph Bonneville '56 Triumph Thunderbird Flattracker
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buell88: Anybody have any idea who built the xs650 tracker used in the Draggin Jeans Ad on Pipeburn?
May 16, 2017 16:24:09 GMT -5
joshua: The regulator/rectifier unit I got from Mikes PMA has closer hole spacing than original. Are we supposed to mill the holes to fit?
Jun 7, 2017 19:25:58 GMT -5
joshua: My bad. I found the bracket they supplied to mount the rectifier/regulator... Uh oh. How is this meant to work? Which way is it meant to mount? Looks like I have to use some spacers or something. Good instructions would be nice.
Jun 7, 2017 22:09:52 GMT -5
craig8johnson: Not sure if this is the right spot or not but oh well...
Jul 11, 2017 18:04:15 GMT -5
craig8johnson: I'm checking the charging system. I'm afraid I might have fried the last battery. With the solid state regulator (after market) what should it be charging at. The book says, I think, 15 volts. I'm hitting 17 when revved. Is that too high?
Jul 11, 2017 18:06:19 GMT -5
gggGary: Yes 17 volts is too high, about 14 volts is max, sounds like you don't have the right regulator or it's wired wrong.
Jul 13, 2017 6:54:33 GMT -5
dean: Just saying Hello, new member who is going to fix up a 79 XS650 that has seen its better days. I will definitely have lots of questions coming up.
Jun 23, 2018 16:45:32 GMT -5
tt650: Trying to breathe life into a 1980 that's been stored (indoors) for 25 yrs. Air filters are dry rotted. Have cleaned carbs but she only runs briefly on choke then stops. Need jet setting info and other ideas that might help her idle and rev.
Jul 3, 2018 19:15:19 GMT -5
trix13: Hey everyone! New to the forum and am fighting those gremlins!! New charging system, ignition switch, coil and fuse box. Resistance is higher than normal on the ignition pick up so I'm trying to find one. No such luck yet.
Aug 16, 2018 8:50:48 GMT -5
trix13: Also, even though all of my connections are clean, I cannot seem to find out why , when at higher rpms, I hit the signals and the rpms pulse with the signals...hahah. same with the brake light. I appreciate all input!!
Aug 16, 2018 8:55:08 GMT -5
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adlpc: Hello all! Been enjoying your edifying posts and discussions - and as a fan of the XS650 since my early teenage years happy that I now own a 1980 Special which I plan to turn into a vintage half faired racer. Thank you all for being here!
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jimothyj: Hello everyone, I just joined & wish would have known about this site in 2014 when I brought my 1974 TX650A back from the grave. I have spent a good deal of $$ and alot of time on it. Just painted it and working on electrical, I will post pics soon,
Apr 10, 2021 2:14:13 GMT -5
louisvan: trix13 - I had a problem with my 1975 SX650. When I got to highway speeds, the engine lost power. The problem was in the connectors. At a certain vibration and the wind pushing on the wiring loom, the connector lost continuity. A bad crimp to the wire.
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