Well, It’s time to turbo my 99’ Speed Triple.
I LOVE THIS BIKE! It has just over 65k miles on it, including several cross-country trips. I have a couple of Triumphs, or it would have more miles on it.
Last month, I let my girlfriend borrow it to ride to Arkansas to see family. While she was there, her step dad thought the battery was low, I have a small drain since I installed heated grips. He started bike to charge bike, and forgot about it. By the time they got back, it was overheating and coolant was boiling out.
Side note: This was not my girlfriend’s fault, She works on all her own bikes. She knows bikes. For some reason, some A-holes think they get to mess with girl’s bikes. DON’T! They are riders and deserve respect like any other rider! You wouldn’t mess with a guy’s bike without permission, don’t mess with a girl’s bike without permission! It was an a-hole guy that thought he knew better that [email protected] up my bike!
p.s. the guy who messed it up, is buying new engine, cases are wharped.
The silver lining? I’ve always wanted to turbo the bike, now I’m gonna.
First things first…. A good workspace!
I have a 2 car garage with a 6x12 room in the back. The room is too small for much work, and isn’t used much. So time for it to go.
I gave my 13 year old son and his friend an axe and a sledge and told them to get to work!
They where sooooo happy!
Then I bought some metal shelves from Home Depot and built the workbenches on top of the shelves. They are nice and sturdy!
Silly side note:
During this time, the transfer case on my land cruiser went out. I found one about 100 miles away, so here is my Tiger 800xc with the transfer case strapped on it about to ride from Tulsa to OKC
So now the garage has the work space I need.
Crash hates folks with cars, motorcycles and garages
So now to taking the bike apart.
I have it on my bike stands, and took of plastic, then removing the engine.
It is not terribly hard to disconnect and take out. especially since i'm not worrying out how to put it all back in. (more on that later)
Here is a pic of my bikes before I started teardown
Don't forget to drain oil and coolant before you take out engine.
Anyone want to guess what I forgot to do before I took out engine?
There are 8 star bolts to take out, 4 on either side. don't forget the ones by the swingarm pivot.
I uses ratchet straps to hold it in place, then to lower gently to the ground.
That pic keeps loading sideways. sorry.
But out the engine came.
That is a heavy lump of an engine!
Next removing wiring and headlights and dash!
Nice workshop and write up.
Might be the thread of the year.
I’m envious of the Porche.
This is the wattle, the symbol of our land.
You can stick it in a bottle, you can hold it in your hand.
Australia, Australia, Australia, we love you, Amen.
Crack a tube.
Next was the headlights, dash and the wiring.
Dash and lights where easy. Everything is connectors, disconnect, remove bolts, easy.
Not to get rid of all the other wiring.
So you may wonder why I'm taking this all out.
when I put it all back together, I am putting in a new wiring harness. My bike fell over a while back, and since then, it had a short somewhere in the lighting system. I had to rewire the lights to make them work, and there where some other issues.
I also want to simplify the wiring to the custom controls I plan to use. I am also planning on using a new electronic dash. So new wiring will be needed anyway.
the other thing? I am replacing or repacking all the bearings for the swingarm. And while it is apart, I am going to powder coat the frame and swingarm. So it all has to come out anyway.
The rear shock reservoir and the rear brake have to be removed to get this out.
It looks pretty bare now
No turning back now!
Don't forget to upgrade to an 05-07 stator.
Anyone seen my 10 mm wrench?