1997 Triumph Speed Triple T509
Tom Hartridge, Portsmouth, Hampshire
“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