WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Final drive chain slipper wears through quickly so the swingarm is next to be sawn through.
Offerings from Nitron and Hagon mean this isn’t a thing to be worried about. Look out for the top shock mounting bolt which can rub on the wiring loom if fitted the wrong way round. It must go right to left.
3 Exhaust system
Headers are no longer available from Triumph although end-cans still are. Luckily there are aftermarket options most notably from Sprint Manufacturing and you might still find a NOS system from Arrow.
4 Fuel tank
Steel tank does not suffer from swelling issues of plastic tanks on some other Triumph models. Dry breaks for the fuel lines can fail. The pipes must be installed the right way round or the bike won’t run.
5 Fuel injection
The Sagem system is difficult
to set up properly without the use of an aftermarket solution such as a Power Commander.
6 Throttle bodies
Air leaks around throttle bodies which can lead to even rougher low-down running.
Changed in November 2000 for the 2001 model year in an attempt to improve low-down running. However the real issue was the fuel injection.
8 Spark plugs Can seize into the head
because of poor design of the original plug cap/stick coil seals.
9 Oil drain plug
This goes into an insubstantial cast boss which is very easy to crack if the drain plug is overtightened.
10 Oil pressure switch
Susceptible to damage if bike is dropped on right side and fairing is forced onto it. Oil leaks ensue.
Nissin calipers are among the best of the era. Floating front discs can get rattly with wear.