ANY QUESTION ANSWERED Q My lifeless Triumph is making me hot and bothered
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My 2006 Triumph T100 Bonneville starts first go but will occasionally stop after a few minutes, and won’t restart unless I leave it for 20 minutes. There is no spark during the down-time but all the plugs and connections look fine. Ian Hampshire, email problem last week, it turned out to be a faulty ignition coil and because the T100 uses a wasted spark system with only one coil, you lose spark to both cylinders.
There was a break in the windings inside the coil, so the coil would work fine until it got hot, then the heat would expand the windings, breaking the connection and stopping the spark. As the coil cooled down the windings would Max Evo, which I think may tick most of your boxes. My previous lid was a Schuberth C3 Basic which had a slightly better sun visor mechanism than the HJC as it was on the side rather than on top. The Shark EvoOne may work well for you and is homologated for use as an open-face as well as full-face. A Shoei Neotec may be out of your budget, but have a look as I think it has the best chin-to-bar ratio. contract and the connection would be remade.
To test the ignition coil, run the engine until the problem occurs, then quickly while it’s still hot, use an ohm meter to test the ignition coil across the HT lead outputs. It should read about 2.5k ohms, but if it’s faulty it probably won’t pick up any reading. The ignition coil is located above the engine, underneath the fuel tank.
There’s also the possibility that it’s a faulty crank position sensor (CPS). Run the bike until the problem occurs, then use the ohm meter to test across the two wires coming from the sensor, it should read approximately 530 ohms.
The CPS is located behind the right-hand-side crank cover and the two wires from the sensor connect to the loom in the area of the right-hand sidepanel. I’m going to Jerez, riding down from the ferry port in Santander. Can you tell me if there are any laws in Spain for things we must carry – spare bulbs etc? Paul Chatfield, email
Answered by Alastair Mcfarlane, MCI Tours To comply with Spanish legislation, you must carry: spare bulbs, V5 reg document in your name, insurance certificate, driving licence with motorcycle entitlement and passport, although a photo driving licence is usually an acceptable substitute ID.
In addition, I’d recommend a hi-viz overjacket in case you break down, a first aid kit and your European Health Insurance Card in case you fall off and a European Accident Statement report form in case someone else makes you fall off. The forms can be downloaded in various languages from http:// cartraveldocs.com.
In Spain, as well as the usual risk of theft of luggage or your bike itself if left unsecured, there are bandits on bikes or in cars who will try to persuade you something is wrong with your bike then rob you if you stop. Don’t get spotted crossing solid white lines, or leave your hotel without your documents on you – you will be fined. There are more and more speed cameras, although offences captured on the static ones cannot be enforced when you get home to the UK. There’s lots more breathalyser activity these days and the threshold is not 80mg like the UK - it’s 50mg in Spain.
Iõve just taken possession of a pretty clean 1980 Moto Guzzi T3 California. But when I took it out for an evening jaunt yesterday I lost all the lights, although it kept running. Robert Randell-jones, Bridgwater
Answered by Nigel Billingley, NBS Motorcycle Servicing The T3-series bikes from that era had the wiring from the left and right switchgear routed into the headlamp shell and plugged into block connectors there. Time and heat from the headlamp bulb makes the plastic block connectors rigid and they can work themselves apart over time. If the bike stopped dead that would be the block for the right-hand switchgear and killswitch.
To avoid a repeat performance consider taping them together and try to arrange them so they arenõt under tension with the handlebars are on full-lock.