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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jools Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Oct 2019 at 14:10
That is indeed what I meant. 

We've all got so used to the reliability of modern digital systems that we take them rather for granted. It's as well to rule everything in before ruling anything out. 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sardineone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Oct 2019 at 21:08
I've had 2 of my original coils go bad over the years.  They both tested as an open circuit when checked with a VOM at high resistance range from the plug cap to a good ground like the motor.  The coils would still work intermittently but were definitely bad.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TheWrongTrousers Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Oct 2019 at 21:30
yep Sardine man, might be the coils, (heavy sigh). I have certainly found that there is always something the matter with this bike. Don't get me wrong, I love it, but there is always something the matter. Something expensive breaking, something coming loose and falling off, something dripping, something misfiring, something exploding, something [             ] (insert present participle verb here). 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sardineone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Oct 2019 at 21:40
Sorry for the troubles, I've experienced many on my newer Lemans IV too.  Luckily I'm my own mechanic and have kept my beauty on the road now for 33 years.  A Lemans I is even more of a treat in vintage circles as they are becoming quite collectable.  Here's one from the Barber Museum just outside of Birmingham, Alabama in the USA.  I was just there last weekend for their annual Vintage Festival.  A bucket list quality event BTW.
 
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BTW many of the repairs I've done over the years I was able to include upgraded newer parts.  Hopefully making mine a bit more reliable.
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Most old bikes 'evolve' as their owners find newer parts that improve performance and reliability - it's one of the joys of long-term ownership. 

A good deal of it is of course cosmetic, which does nothing for reliability or performance except where it's an aid to the ergonomics of riding, making for a more comfortable, and hence pleasurable, machine to ride.

My old Trident has been with me for more than 35 years, and it has taxed my patience on many an occasion. But all such frustrations disappear once I take it out on the road and re-discover for the nth time the reason why I've always loved it.


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Originally posted by Jools Jools wrote:

My old Trident has been with me for more than 35 years, and it has taxed my patience on many an occasion. But all such frustrations disappear once I take it out on the road and re-discover for the nth time the reason why I've always loved it.



Jools, you speak the truth. I love a triple too, I have had my Laverda 27 years which is nearly as long. They become a part of you after that length of time. I bought it when I was a young man of 30 years old.  Its like we have been through so much of life together. You will know what I mean. When I am on it and i open it right up coming out of a roundabout, the road opens up and all that top end power comes in with a snarling rush and everything on either side starts to blur, like on star trek, the years roll back and its just like it always was. Nice thought for a rainy day.
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