‘We haven’t had an engine apart in eight years’
“They’re pretty solid, to be honest. A lot depends on how they’re used. We don’t see any with particularly high mileage because they’re a toy for the majority of people.
“That said, we’ve had the occasional things like the discs wearing and warping. People think they’re saving a bit of money by putting in EBC pads or something like that – but EBC pads work well with EBC discs. EBC or aftermarket pads on Triumph discs obliterate them. As soon as you put something like EBC HH pads on it wears through the disc – it’s a false economy.
“The suspension linkage and hub need to be kept greased, too, or they’ll start to corrode and seize up. It’s done on the 12,000mile service and there’s a special tool for the hub so when we’re servicing it it’s easy to pop them out and grease them up. But if not, what little grease it comes with from the factory tends to dry out and if it’s been used on winter roads the bearings can start seizing and falling apart.
“The 1050 engine is pretty bulletproof. I’ve been here eight years and don’t think we’ve ever had one apart.
“Cosmetics-wise they’re no worse than anything else. We get a little bit of corrosion on ones used through winter but I can’t really fault it. “Triumph aftermarket silencers are always good. The Arrow ones, they’re always good and help to sell bikes. But a lot of people get a can from a generic builder who says you don’t need to remap it. They put on these GP style cans which sound absolutely horrible, doing away with two big silencers and a catalyzer, expect it to run perfectly alright then start to moan about snatchiness on the throttle. We can fix it, but a lot of people don’t want to pay to get it remapped because they’ve been told it’ll bolt straight on. But the manufacturers would say that, wouldn’t they?
“Overall, though, as long as it’s been looked after they’re pretty tough. I don’t want to sound too corporate, I’m being honest. We don’t get any major problems with them. And the small ones that we do, we find, come down to servicing – or the lack of it.”
‘As long as it’s been looked after they’re pretty bulletproof’
Look here Arrow silencers are a strong seller and the standard brake set-up is good, too
MARTIN HALE, Head technician at Pure Triumph, Wellingborough, Northants