1997 Tri­umph Speed Triple T509

Tom Har­tridge, Portsmouth, Hamp­shire

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Restoration Revealed -

“Warp­ing isn’t re­ally what you want from a fuel tank”

“I bought my 19,000-mile, R-reg T509 four years ago, about eight months af­ter pass­ing my test. I drove up to Wales to see it, and on the out­side it looked im­mac­u­late, but un­der­neath it had some nig­gles. The ex­haust was ac­tu­ally from a 955i, so it was rather loud plus it wasn’t mapped prop­erly. I took it to Clive Wood – he was rec­om­mended to me by a col­league and not far away in Bog­nor Regis – and it turned out the throt­tle bod­ies weren’t bal­anced, which led to the un­even run­ning and high idle.

“Also the hoses for the di­aphragm that reg­u­lates fuel flow were split, which I found about a week into own­er­ship, so I taped them up while I was wait­ing for the new hoses.

“The fuel tank had warped be­cause of the ethanol prob­lem. I just lived with it as it was. It was fine get­ting it on and off, the is­sue was just aes­thetic re­ally. At the sides, where you’ve got the scal­lops for your knees, that warped and popped out no­tice­ably. You could pop it back in again, but it wasn’t re­ally what you want from a petrol tank.

“As far as is­sues went, that was it, and it was ac­tu­ally a re­ally rather re­li­able bike.”

In fact, a re­ally rather re­li­able bike

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