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I need to learn how to own it

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' started by Meyerhoff, May 2, 2016.

  1. #1 Meyerhoff, May 2, 2016
    Last edited: May 2, 2016
    Not my first bike but I just bought an old triumph daytona 600 with 30000ks. This bike also has some aftermarket mods. I don't believe there is any manual available for this model.

    I don't know how to ride it. I don't know how to change any of the customisable features like suspension. I don't know what possibilities there are for further customisation or improvement. I don't know what special maintenence is required. I don't know how to recognize developing problems. I don't even know if I bought a lemon or not. It would definitely be fair to call this bike temperamental and quirky. Because of its Age and service history i feel like i need to Pay close attention to maintenence. There's so much to learn I feel like just owning this bike is going to be a hobby.

    I know there are books out there that teach sport riding techniques. I'm already working my way through total control by lee parks. But can you recommend any accessible books or resources that cover the subject from a more maintenence or hardware oriented angle?

  2. You could do worse than try here.
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  3. #3 Dime, May 2, 2016
    Last edited: May 2, 2016
    Book called "sport riding techniques" by Nick Ienatsch' obviously twist of the wrist by Keith Code for riding. Not sure about maintenance sorry.
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  4. Welcome to netrider and riding.
    For an older bike with a questionable service history I would find a friend and do a complete service yourself for starters which doesn't need anything more then basic tools and know how.
    -oil + Filter
    -Replace sparkplugs and clean up all the grounds
    -Replace air/fuel filter
    -inspect sprockets & clean the chain out well
    -Change brake fluid and clean/inspect the braking system
    -Lube all the cables and joints
    -Go around the bike checking for loose bolts.

    If your feeling brave and have a knowledge friend then do a valve clearance (the bike uses shims from memory) and sync the throttle bodies.
    You will need the service manual for this and some specialist tools, it will be available online somewhere.

    You will slowly learn the bike mechanically as things fail on it!
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  5. Check the tyres too. The bike is 12 years old and has only done 30,000 km, that's an average of 2,500 km per year. Not exactly racking up the miles, were they. As tyres age they get hard and lose grip, but wear slower. I doubt very much that they'd be original, especially on a Daytona, but the tyres on there could still be past there use by date. They can go hard but can still look pretty good.

    Unfortunately the manufactuers don't put a use by date on the tyre, but they usually have a DOT code on the side wall which ends in four digits the first two are the calendar week, the second two are the year. If the tyres are more than 5 or 6 years old I would seriously consider fitting new rubber.
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  6. Have you tried calling in at a triumph dealer to see what they may be able to help you with?

    If it's 2003 on then there are manuals on eBay. Just search....
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  7. Yeah. That forum was top of the google list when I was researching this bike and I'm sure I'll spend a lot of time there (though that site is cancer for mobiles) I was hoping for a more centralised and structured source but maybe I'll have to make do with lurking and gleaning info from forums.

    I know there are websites that pupport to make manuals available but I'm worried that they are dodgy virus honeypots. Haynes at least doesn't seem to publish a manual for this bike but doing basic maintenence sounds like a good first step. The bike actually has a detailed service history but it is long and colorful which is why I was worried it might be failure prone but I knew buying an old highly strung bike was not going to be smooth sailing.
  8. Most manuals are just .pdfs of the original, put up by genuinely caring souls who've asked the same question you are.....
  9. There's an original on eBay if you want print. It's ok'd and tatty and they want (wait for it), $121 or something stupid like that for it!!
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  10. probably want one of these on the shopping list too...

    oil drip tray.

    just kidding, though patience and a good tool set won't go astray...good luck with the project
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  11. I'm enjoying the dramatic reality tv show feel of this topic, a bit like Married At First Sight (I must admit I've only seen the ads but it feels the same to me)

    did you have the same trepidation with your R80?

    best of luck with your voyage into the unknown, I hope you are 'Triumph-ant'
  12. tbh the r80 is my dads. But i ride it. Its been a nightmare to work on.
  13. Tyres brand new. Stator, regulator, fuel pump new. Seems to have been an absolute money pit for the previous owner. Its recommended to have batlax tyres but the previous owner put pilot power 3's on instead becuse he said he thought they were better for the wet.
  14. I bought it. It looks like the right one. Many thanks.
  15. No worries man, Glad to help. It only took 30 seconds anyway.
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  16. Congratulations on your new bike. Sounds like you got a good one.
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