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    1998 955i.. help needed!

    Hi,

    Just bought a 1998 Speed Triple 955i!. It seems to have come with a bit of a fault (of course not mentioned by previous owner). When stopped, on random occasions, the temperature gauge hits the top, the engine management light comes on and the bike dies, no electric whatsoever, horn, indicators, nothing! Then for no apparent reason, the temperature drops to normal and the bike starts. I thought it might have something to do with a pain in the ass aftermarket immobiliser, but a mechanic removed that, carried out a full service, and low and behold, just as he was carrying out the last checks, the same problem raised its ugly head.

    Does anyone have any experience of this, or any ideas..im gutted that I've bought a bike with a rogue problem... was so looking forward to my first triumph!.. its a beautiful bike in such good nick, less than 20k on the clock and spotless..

    Hoping someone can brighten my day!

    Kind regards,

    Ian

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    I haven't had that specific problem, but your description sounds like a classic ground fault to me. I'd start checking from the battery and look for loose connections and/or corrosion on both the negative and positive sides. I'd also look for corrosion or critters in the connection to the ECU, and inside the instrument cluster. It would probably be a good idea to pull each of the fuses and check for corrosion. Finally, build a small fire by the side of the road somewhere and sacrifice some wire and connectors to the Lucas gods.*

    That's a great year of bike (one of the best looking, IMHO) and I hope you get her going.


    *(Your bike's electricals are not made by Lucas, but it couldn't hurt. Right? Right?)
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    Thank you crashmasterd!.i will investigate and post results!

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    have to agree with crash,on my 955 i under the battery was a connector plug full of earth wires they didnt go anywhere,had a small plate/end stop
    that joined all the wires together,this held water and rotted out,design fail on triumphs part for sure

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    I agree it's an intermittent electrical gremlin. Those can be a bitch to find. I agree with the above. Might start just taking every connector apart and putting back together. That wipes and cleans all the contacts. Any that look corroded should be cleaned with contact cleaner and possible a little scrubbing. Also add some dielectric grease to all the connector seals. Good luck.

    Crash - Lucas and SAGEM had a joint venture at that time. I would sacrifice a goat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_gallup View Post

    Crash - Lucas and SAGEM had a joint venture at that time. I would sacrifice a goat.
    Sheesh. As if a goat would satisfy the Lucas gods. A brindle calf in the pale moonlight at least. A redheaded stepchild is better.
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    Just when you think it can't get worse, Crash comes along and informs you that not only is the glass not half full, but it is stolen and contains a mix of horse semen, urine, laxative and viagra, right after you swallowed a mouthful...
    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Houle View Post
    ...no ink and going baconless on your bacon cheeseburger is about the most rebelious thing you can do these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inthewilds View Post
    Thank you crashmasterd!.i will investigate and post results!
    And post a bloody picture! That's the fee for advice around these here parts.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Santa 1050 View Post
    Just when you think it can't get worse, Crash comes along and informs you that not only is the glass not half full, but it is stolen and contains a mix of horse semen, urine, laxative and viagra, right after you swallowed a mouthful...
    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Houle View Post
    ...no ink and going baconless on your bacon cheeseburger is about the most rebelious thing you can do these days.

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    That's my new baby!... hopefully that's the appropriate fee paid.. 😂

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    Nicely done. Pity it's the slow color.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Santa 1050 View Post
    Just when you think it can't get worse, Crash comes along and informs you that not only is the glass not half full, but it is stolen and contains a mix of horse semen, urine, laxative and viagra, right after you swallowed a mouthful...
    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Houle View Post
    ...no ink and going baconless on your bacon cheeseburger is about the most rebelious thing you can do these days.

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    Thanks very much for everyones help and contributions! It was a burn out connection in the earth (ground) block!.. its now fully serviced and just taken it for a blast... its running like a dream!

 

 
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