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Old 06-14-2018, 11:19 AM   #1
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New (to me) scooter

The big Beemer has a new little sister, a Brit bike no less. It's a 2008 Triumph America with 11,600 miles. She'd been sitting in a garage for more than a year. She was running like crap; would not idle at all. I tried draining the tank and running fresh gas with Seafoam, but that didn't work. I finally pulled the carbs (royal PIA) and soaked the pilot and main jets in Chem-dip (there was green gunk all over them). Happy to report she runs like a top now! Should be a great little run-about scoot.

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Old 06-14-2018, 11:54 AM   #2
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Congrats. She’s a beauty.
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Old 06-14-2018, 02:07 PM   #3
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Very nice Doug.


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Old 06-14-2018, 06:44 PM   #4
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I love my '02 America. Classic looks, grand performance, what's not to like.


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Old 06-14-2018, 08:23 PM   #5
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Thanks all! Think it deserves a windshield and saddlebags or should I just leave it classically naked?
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Old 06-14-2018, 10:43 PM   #6
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sweet ride. leave her naked
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Old 06-15-2018, 12:00 AM   #7
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Nekkid! You have one with all the goodies on it already, this is your freedom from mass bike.


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Old 06-15-2018, 05:17 AM   #8
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Old 06-15-2018, 07:13 AM   #9
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I have wind screen, footboards, saddlebags, and enjoy them.
Since I never ride two-up, I recently reminded the pillion seat & installed a luggage rack. I travel on mine and run errands so the bags are useful. Doesn't effect performance as best I can tell.

I would like it just as much naked.

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Old 06-15-2018, 02:17 PM   #10
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To be honest I like the looks of the bike both ways. I am going to put on a windshield for sure because this old guy just doesn't feel like always wearing a face shield, even though I ALWAYS wear a helmet.

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Old 06-15-2018, 09:58 PM   #11
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Nice bike, congrats.
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Old 06-16-2018, 07:45 AM   #12
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I trust you are out on a shake down ride this Saturday AM.

A 1ST impression report please.

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Indeed I was on a shake down ride. I did about 25 miles to include a trip to the Murphy Station on Franklin for a non ethanol fill up. She is a lot of fun. No motorcycle is really like a car, even a convertible. However, my analogy is the Triumph America is like a Miata convertible where the K1600GTL is like a Mercedes S500. It's a very fun bike, but I wouldn't be happy on a long trip with it. That said, I am surprised how strong the engine runs! Just raw fun at speeds less than, say 60mph. (Side note: I used Liqui Moly synthetic oil and the smoother shifting is noticeable, just like on the big Beemer.)

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