:skull: So it begins... :skull:
My wretched whore of a bike has fucked me over for too long now and there's hell to pay for such transgressions...
The time has come, my dear friends, to show the bitch who's boss... and I need your help to do it.
Let's get things started with a little introduction. I'm a 19 year old second year business admin student who had never altered anything with an internal combustion engine prior to violently ripping the fairings off of this bike. I am doing things as I learn them and so far it has worked relatively well. (i.e. nothing is on fire yet ) But enough about me; let's get to the accused, shall we?
This here is a 2000 Triumph TT600 in the "Tornado Red" colour scheme.
Seems harmless, doesn't she? Well at some point she may have been, but it looks like somebody has abused her to the point of psychosis. When I picked her from Coleman Powersports in Woodbridge, VA earlier this month she was a dream bike. I'd never been on anything above a 250cc prior to purchasing her, I was desperate to get on a decently fast pair of wheels while riding season was still around, and I was naive/inexperienced enough to believe everything the salesman told me at the time of purchase. I was told that despite the scratches, cracks, and other superficial blemishes the bike worked fine and everything was sound mechanically. At $2500, I thought she was a steal too! Well, let's just say she was worth every penny. There's a mean coolant leak that likes to kick in once the engine gets to around ~180F, there's the fact that the radiator fan is constantly on once it hits ~195F, there's gunk all over the bits closest to the ground (not too sure that I can fault anyone on this... let me know if I'm overreacting), the throttle has a mind of its own, the engine stalls if given any throttle when below 140F and bogs down no matter what the temp looks like, and the transmission never quite knows whether it's in 3rd or 4th at any given moment. I thought the shop would take care of these issues considering the fact that I had just bought the bike. Turns out that their policy is they will fix any issues with used bikes older than 10 years, but they want to split the costs with the customer. Infuriated, I gave the manager an earful before coming to my senses and deciding I don't even want to bother with them. A friend of mine's dad owns the local Triumph dealership, so I popped by to have him take a quick look at it. He wasn't there so I spoke with the service guy there. Everything looked to be ok by his standards other than the coolant leak. The issue with that was he wanted $96 an hour to fix it when it looked like it could be done fairly quickly on my own. I talked with my friend over the phone and he recommended I look online for a forum where I could get some help fixing the bike. I saw twr3cks' TT build on here and was instantly inspired to fighter my bike. It was the perfect solution: the fairings were all scratched and cracked to shit, it would expose the coolant leak, it would alleviate the issues with the mirrors being awful... So here we are now. As it stands I have done this to her.
This has uncovered some unsettling discoveries.
Some gunk I found near the left rearset
Results of coolant leak
My basic mission here is to get the bike working above all else. The coolant leak is my biggest issue right now. I will be looking a bit further into it later on once I get a chance. As far as the fightering goes, I have a few ideas in mind. Right now I want to stay more old school. I'm thinking one or two bugeyes up front, a black coat of paint over the engine and frame, and that's about it right now. I want to keep this a bit low key for now as I still need some experience before I can venture into the more "creative" stuff. Like I mentioned earlier, my experience is next to zero and I am learning as I go. Any and all help and input is appreciated here. I would love to go for a modern look in the future, but that would require more money and experience than I've got on hand at the moment. Still, I think simple can look good and what better way to gain experience than by doing some work, eh? I'll keep posting as I do things to the bike and hopefully something will come out of this mess.