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Offline Carl969

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Triumph T120R - Help!
« on: February 03, 2020, 01:29:55 PM »
Hi Guys, new to the forum and would really appreciate some advice.  I have recently acquired my first classic bike - a 1971 triumph T120R.  It has matching numbers and was believed to have been kept by it's first owner until relatively recently.  However, the bike is in serious need of a paint job (the front mudguard brackets have be re-welded on and this has ruined the paint).  Can anyone recommend a good paintshop in the South of England (I am based in Salisbury).

Also, the bike seems to runs ok (although it is a little tough to get started).  Are there any checks I should do besides routine maintenance to ensure that she is ok?

Thanks in advance.

Carl

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Re: Triumph T120R - Help!
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2020, 08:02:16 PM »
If a Triumph twin of this age is hard to start it needs more that routine maintenance.
get your self a prpoer manual, not Haynes and go through the lot, one item at a time.

You in Salisbury or roundabout?

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Re: Triumph T120R - Help!
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2020, 09:21:17 PM »
Any Triumph twin that doesn't start in three kicks needs the spanners getting out.
Weren't the front mudguards held on by wire stays in 1971?

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Re: Triumph T120R - Help!
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2020, 10:51:23 AM »
I would include things like points gap and condition, tappet clearances and idle settings within routine maintenance and would start with sorting them out, as well as a set of correctly-gapped plugs and an oil change - maybe even fresh petrol although I've never had problems with old stuff. If it's still reluctant then that would be the time to delve deeper.
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Re: Triumph T120R - Help!
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2020, 01:21:19 PM »
First thing I d look at is worn carbies......that era s concentrics were worse garbage that previous efforts........unless the carbies are brand new ,I would suspect severe wear of slides and bodies at idle and just off.

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Re: Triumph T120R - Help!
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2020, 02:36:28 PM »
True, but should still start.
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