Tiger at 6000 miles


Basting trays as catch trays. You need two.


Never has a chap been so happy (within a front brake master cylinder context)


Coolant.  Used 20:80 with distilled water.


Bastard fucking thing on the right is the sprocket that wouldn’t come off

That’s 6000 miles on this trip, 49000 miles on the clock.

Engine Oil
(hi ho) Silver has been leaking like a proper Triumph for some time.  With Mobil 1 inside, I wasn’t planning an oil change at 6000 miles but the word on the Internet was that leaks are due to non-Triumph oil filters; in my case a K&N filter.  The leak was getting bad enough to warrant concern with oil collecting on the main stand then dripping onto the rear tyre.

Did guerilla oil change at campground using improvised catch tray(s) from Walmart (pay your taxes) and was really careful not to leave a mess.

So (hi ho) Silver now has 15 w50 Mobil 1 (previous was 0 w40) ready for hotter temperatures of Mexico and C.America.  And no oil leak!

Leak was, indeed, due to K&N oil filter with recessed o ring. OE Triumph filter has much bigger, prouder rubber seal and I’ll endeavour only to use these in future.

Brakes
5/8″ front master cylinder now replaced with rough hewn Chinese 14mm job from eBay.  We’ve had the replacement since Nashville but I had no confidence in the thing so we’ve just been carting it about with us.

Did a rodeo change (unbolt old, bolt in new, don’t bother bleeding) and I’m really pleased with results.  We haven’t ridden far, yet, but lever remains firm (without bleeding!) but I can now stop without use of King Kong forearm.

Tankbag
Super expensive part for tankbag fitted with no immediate improvement to charging system. It usually responds well to bike being ridden (I think it likes the vibration), though, so we’ll see.

Coolant
Leak appears to be forward hose. Coolant replaced with 20:80 longlife and header tank seems to be working.

Front Sprocket
I committed the cardinal sin of changing the chain but not the sprockets way back when we were in Gunnison.  I maintain that the rear sprocket is fine but the front…

To remove the old sprocket:

  • 36mm socket with breaker bar – nope
  • add 1m steel tube as lever – nope
  • heat with propane – nope

This was all done with me sitting backwards on the bike like some terrible parody of a cowgirl, applying the rear brake with the bike on its side stand and me putting as much weight on the bike as possible.  Rear wheel still turns instead of sprocket nut loosening.

In the end, I heated the bugger one more time but put the bike in gear (this is discouraged but by this point I had tried everything except praying).  Nut moved, new sprocket now on.

What’s Next?

  • Oversize rear sprocket
  • Rear brake pads

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