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Old 01-30-2013, 08:57 AM   #1636
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Team Latus will be running AMA Pro Flat Track this season

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Old 01-30-2013, 10:40 AM   #1637
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2011 Sprint GT's on close out sale !

I am thinking about adding a Sprint GT to my flock. ( 2011 Multistrada, F800GS) because I love the triple motor and it seems like they are practically giving them away here in the US where they did not sell and are no longer being offered. There are a few new ( 2011's so not so new) out there for 10-11k. Seems like a lot of bike for that money. Question is why didn't they sell here and are there any big issues that I should be aware of. I am thinking of getting this bike as a stop gap until the new Trophy gets sorted out and more affordable.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:55 AM   #1638
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I am thinking about adding a Sprint GT to my flock.
Question is why didn't they sell here and are there any big issues that I should be aware of. I am thinking of getting this bike as a stop gap until the new Trophy gets sorted out and more affordable.
They did not sell because most did not know about them. The Sport Touring Market is only about 1% of the bikes sold in the USA. They are GREAT bikes. Buy with confidence and have fun.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:03 PM   #1639
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:12 PM   #1640
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Now that is a beautiful bike .. congrats !! I love the new exhaust treatment..
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:42 PM   #1641
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Just delivered this 2013 Street Triple R
Lovely bike ... I'm still grinning from a test ride on the Street Triple. I think there's room for one in the garage ... next to the Sprint

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Old 02-01-2013, 08:17 AM   #1642
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One off swinger I assume? That is pretty hot.


....and what is this bakes on a flattracker crap? I thought they didn't run any?

Eitherway that should give the Harleys a nice run for their money.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:14 AM   #1643
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One off swinger I assume? That is pretty hot.
Playing around a little to see what works best.

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....and what is this bakes on a flattracker crap? I thought they didn't run any?
Need a way to stop them in the pits.


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Eitherway that should give the Harleys a nice run for their money.
That's what we are counting on. Joe Kopp leading the team with Johnny Lewis riding. "Johnny Lewis" heck, he even sounds fast.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:48 PM   #1644
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This '95 Thunderbird was donated to the museum where I work a couple of years ago. Owner bought it new. Running issues developed, apparently scaring him pretty good during a ride. That's all I know.

The bike would start with starting fluid, but it was very rough. Only ran on the right cylinder consistently, the middle one occasionally, and the left one not at all. The airbox was rough and leaky, so we bought a new one. Carbs were funky, so I took them apart and cleaned them. Installed new o-rings under the floats. Blew out the passages for the idle circuit. Soaked the jets in carb cleaner.

Now the bike runs on all three. But only when you're revving it. It will not idle, and it will still only start with starting fluid. It will not start on gasoline from the tank, and the moment you stop revving it, it dies.

I've tried to register on TriumphRat.net, but cannot for some reason. Can't even contact an administrator. So does anybody here have any suggestions?
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:29 AM   #1645
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Try cleaning the carbs again. Make sure the pilot jets are clean .
Check and clean the enriching circuits for starting and be sure to
check the emulsion tubes above the main jet as they are often
overlooked during a carb clean. Also check for air leaks at the intake
manifold.
Hope this helps.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:05 PM   #1646
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^As Nick says - also I presume these carbs have the small holes in the top of the venturi near the throttle blades - these can be plugged - clean all these little holes with a guitar string, plenty of carb cleaner and compressed air, making sure that they are clear. That looks like a neat bike! The green is my favorite.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:11 PM   #1647
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Carb Cleaning

I should also mention that these, and all, carbs from 1978 on have "tamper resistant" plugs pressed into the carb body over the idle mixture screw. These may or may not have been removed previously to you getting the bike. If they are still in place they are easily removed by drilling them out CAREFULLY. Use very light pressure on the drill and be prepared to stop the instant the bit breaks through the plug. Some people use a stop on the drill bit so it cannot go deep enough to damage the screw. If you are careless doing this, the drill bit can catch the screw and run it down into the tiny orifice the fuel flows through and damage the screw and the carb body. You do NOT want to go there ! A small bit works best, just a big enough hole to get the tip of a sheet metal screw started, then pull the plug out with pliers grasping the screw.
These idle mixture screws are usually located on the top of the venturi just forward of the diaphram, or directly under the venturi just ahead of the float bowl. Be careful removing the mixture screw because it will have a very small spring and a washer and an o ring on it. Take note of the order they are positioned in. It is important.
When all is clean set the screws at about 2 or 2 1/2 turns out from being lightly seated to start.

Actually this whole procedure take about 2 minutes. probably took me longer to write
about it than to do it. Very simple really.

I have had very good luck with Yamaha Carb Cleaner. It used to be available, and I hope it still is, in quart bottles.
I always poured some in the float bowl and put all the removed carb parts in the solution. Lightly clamp it in a vise and CAREFULLY heat with a heat gun. NOT A TORCH ! It is flammable ! Allow it to boil for a minute and then let is soak for a little while. Dump the cleaner into a coffee can through a strainer and rinse off your clean carb parts. A very light, small wire brush with brass bristles will polish the jets, etc. and they will look like new.
Reassemble your carbs. Sync and adjust idle mixture and speed and go for a good long test ride on your Beautiful new Thunderbird !

Sorry for being so long winded ! Hope this is helpful.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:54 AM   #1648
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I am thinking about adding a Sprint GT to my flock. ( 2011 Multistrada, F800GS) because I love the triple motor and it seems like they are practically giving them away here in the US where they did not sell and are no longer being offered. There are a few new ( 2011's so not so new) out there for 10-11k. Seems like a lot of bike for that money. Question is why didn't they sell here and are there any big issues that I should be aware of. I am thinking of getting this bike as a stop gap until the new Trophy gets sorted out and more affordable.
Buy one. Trust me, buy one.

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Old 02-05-2013, 06:28 PM   #1649
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Thanks for all the tips on the Thunderbird! It's back in rotation for the bay, so once hopefully I'll have an update soon.
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:05 PM   #1650
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New owner of a sprint ST

not a new bike but new to me as they say.

needed a road bike, more for her then me, (two up riding) as she hates all my other bikes, but that is a story that could fill an entire other thread.

I saw one on local CL, it had been down but no mechanical issue.

not sure whether to invest in plastic, hard to find and big money, or go nake, turn it into a speed triple like look


please share your thoughts and advice

it needs right side and nose fairings

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