New Triumph Thruxton 900- any tech issues to be aware of?

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Sharkey, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. Sharkey

    Sharkey Guest

    Hi All,

    I am getting very serious about buying a new Thruxton. I am wondering
    what everyone here thinks about these bikes, reliability wise. The
    sales folks all say these bikes are reliable, but I bet they'd be happy
    to sell me some snake oil too.

    Additionally, the "new" bike that I drove to see recently had just over
    70 miles on it, and around the master cylinder looked a little moist,
    as if it was seeping a little bit of brake fluid. When I asked the
    sales guy about the milage, he said that just a couple of guys around
    the shop had test ridden the bike. He then stressed how important the
    500 mile checkup was, and that even if I was handy at working on bikes,
    to still take it in to a Triumph shop to be serviced for the 1st one.

    What gives? What is so important about the first checkup? Is a teeny
    bit of brake fluid seepage normal- or a definate sign of an issue?
    I've only had used bikes before, so I don't know what to expect/what is
    acceptable on a new bike.

    Sorry to ramble! I'd like to hear everyones opinion on these bikes,
    and new bikes in general.
    Sharkey, Apr 7, 2006
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  2. The most important thing about the first service is the oil and filter
    change. A lot of metal (relatively speaking) is worn off an engine in
    its first 500-1000 miles, and the oil gets contaminated very quickly.
    Other components bed in, and if there are any potential problems, the
    first service catches them early.

    It might just have been a bit of spillage. It shouldn't happen, mind,
    but it's ot an endemic Triumph problem.
    The Older Gentleman, Apr 7, 2006
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  3. Sharkey

    Gary Walker Guest

    Gary Walker, Apr 8, 2006
  4. If it was me i would walk away. No it's not normal. You seen it on there
    and the guys where testing it? 70 miles on it. I would think somethings
    up! Why test ride it for 70 miles if there was no issue? This is a new
    bike right? I would keep looking. But that's me, and good money being

    Good Luck
    ROBERT MILLER, Apr 8, 2006
  5. For heaven's sake - a possibly weepy m/cylinder seal isn't a sign that
    the entire bike is about to blow up.....
    The Older Gentleman, Apr 8, 2006
  6. Sharkey

    Sharkey Guest

    I see both your points-

    The fluid around the master cylinder REALLY bothered me. Why? Because
    I feel like, after owning and rebuilding 1 EX500, 1 CB750K, 2 CB750F's,
    and 1 CB900F, I'm getting really tired of working on bikes more than I
    ride them. This isn't to say any of the previously mentioned bikes are
    not reliable- they are probably some of the more reliable bikes around,
    but all of them were broken in some form or another when I got them.
    So, I feel like if I buy a new bike, I want it to be perfect!

    Now, the bikein question was a 2005 model year and the 2006's are now
    current. So, the dealer was offering to sell to me for a few hundred
    off the price- but still. I think I'm gonna wait, and yet it is still
    tempting. DAMNIT!! Why do bikes have to look so good! :)
    Sharkey, Apr 8, 2006
  7. Sharkey

    LJ Guest

    Got to the bmw motorcycle site> and post your
    question to the public message board there. A frequent visitor to that site
    has a Thruxton and loves it. He's got a fair amount of motorcycle
    experience and I'm sure he'll be happy to share his views on the bike with
    you, he might even be conjoled to send you a photo or two.
    LJ, Apr 9, 2006
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