Featured Sprint Sprint St Rescued From Hibernation

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  1. Bad Billy

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    #1 Bad Billy, Jun 29, 2020
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    Well I was lucky enough to see the below thread on here last week when it was bumped back to the top, couldn't quite believe that nobody had snapped it up first time round, contacted @Adie P & registered an interest straight away. Had to clear it with my missus (happy wife, happy life and all that! ;)), that done the deal was struck & I was away on a 5 hour round trip to Devon yesterdayto collect :).

    https://www.thetriumphforum.com/threads/now-sold-99-sprint-st-955i-low-miles-c-8k-£975-ono.23684/

    I must admit I was pleasantly surprised that the bike looked as good as the pictures suggested with only minor bits of corrosion around the frame & forks, but it had been in storage for at least 10 years!

    So after a cuppa & very pleasant chat with Adie & his lovely wife we loaded up & brought the bike back to Hampshire.
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    It had no battery, so I have ordered one today, I will give it a good going over before it gets started, I will post progress on here but any tips for correct procedure to bring a bike out of such a long hibernation appreciated. It had been serviced not many miles before hibernation, the oil when viewed through the sight glass still look new, I will replace oil & filter but should I drop a small amount of oil into the cylinders by removing the spark plugs then turn the back wheel with it in gear first?
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  2. Smilinjack

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    A gentle rotation and a drop of oil might be a sound idea @Bad Billy given that length of inactivity. Clutch might be a bit sticky l guess too. Good luck with it :)
     
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  3. freck

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    I’d be doing just what you’ve got planned Billy, plus change all the fluids and have a close look at any rubber hoses/parts for perishing.
    Look forward to seeing your progress, good luck with it fella. :grinning:
     
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  4. Adie P

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    Thanks for your very kind words, Billy - very much appreciated. And it was good to meet with you and Christine in person again.

    Yes, the bike is a bargain, I knew that from the moment I posted the original ad. I was actually offered £1,400 in 'part exchange' by a dealer last week but I've always wanted the bike to go to a 'Triumph person' - for want of a better term - and the original owner was happy with the price point I'd set so we all win and there's no dealer's cut! From my point of view, it's not just about money, per se.

    I think the idea of a very small amount of light engine oil down the bores and turning over via the rear wheel has to be a good thing after such a long layoff - any oil that might have been in there ten years ago will have long run off. It'll smoke like Lemmy for a few minutes when you start her up but I doubt it would do any harm - experienced engine technicians might beg to differ?

    With such low mileage and its main dealer service history, the chances are that the bike will serve you well for a long time to come. I hope so.

    I'm very much looking forward to seeing the progress story of 'The Resurrection'!
     
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  5. Duckadiledundee

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    I saw your post about it yesterday and have to say congratulations to you sir...
    I loved my sprint from the moment I first rode her...
    Hopefully yours will be problem free...
     
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  6. Don the Don

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    Well done Billy, you have got yourself a beut there mate well looked after by Adie a re-commission overhaul and she will be ready for anything.
     
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  7. Dozers Dad

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    Nice one Billy! :grinning:
    That should keep you out of the pub for a few days :)
     
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  8. Adie P

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    I can't take any credit for the bike's condition, Don - I was just a 'caretaker/custodian' for a short while and a salesperson come the end. The original owner couldn't face the hassle of selling, especially after the crisis of confidence that put him off riding motorcycles in the first place!!
     
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  9. Don the Don

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    Well credit to him mate it is a very nice bike
     
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  10. Dartplayer

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    The beauty of using a lubricating aerosol down the pots is a fine spray the spreads allowing some coverage of the bore. Then as you say a mild rotation should further spread the thin lubricant. I have used before on mildly “stuck” engines to good result.
    Best of luck @Bad Billy and looking forward to progress
     
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  11. Hobnail

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    If you haven't already, drain the petrol and use some injector cleaner with new fuel. Air filter replacement and inspection of air box. The comment on rubber deterioration is very valid. Pay attention to balancing hoses and fuel pressure regulator connection. It will need new tyres as well. Change the fuel quick disconnect "O" Rings and/or the connectors, if they are plastic. Seals and such will either come to life, or fail rather quickly, so the oil leaks will be easy to find. Blow out all the brake fluid and bleed with new, probably water contamination given the time. New coolant as well, with flushing. The rubber inserts on the rear wheel may be shot, but you will notice it with grabbing and surging. When you change the rear tyre, check them. Maybe chain and sprockets need to be reviewed. I think that may be enough to get you started. And BTW, enjoy the daylights out of such a beautiful ride.
     
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    I owned a Sprint ST back in 1999, so know what I am getting, it served me well, toured 2 up in France & manytrips across the UK following bike racing as well as Rallies with TOMCC & RAT.

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    Pub not open due to lockdown mate, it’s the pie shop that I need to avoid!
     
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    Most of what you mentioned was already in my thoughts, but I must say that so far very little sign of any deterioration of any of the rubber parts, even the tyres on close inspection have absolutely zero sign of any perishing, I have a plentiful supply if part used race tyres which I can use so may change For peace of mind.
     
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  15. Sandi T.

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    Oooh, did someone mention PIE?? ;):):yum
     
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  16. Sandi T.

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    Congrats on the "new" Bike, Billy! She's a beauty! I assume this means you'll be getting back out onto the roads in the near future and not riding only on the track? :):cool:
     
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  17. dilligaf

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    Excellent purchase Billy :cool:
    Hope everything goes smoothly and you quickly find yourself back on the road :)
     
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    To be honest Sandi, due to lockdown & general lack of seat time on the race bike I was starting to go a little stir crazy! :eek:

    While I had been occasionally looking for a cheap road bike to get me out, it was not a serious search as there is not a lot of money left for other bikes after the money pit that is racing! :worried:
    So when I saw Adie's thread I could not believe that the bike hadn't been snapped up o_O, so really didn't have time to mess about & registered an interest straight away, and the rest as they say is history.

    I will work through the bike at my leisure but also have racing in July, Aug, Sep & Oct to fund & prepare for so we see how we go with time & finances depending on what needs doing. :)
     
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    Cheers Dilli, very happy with it, always a slight risk when something has been stood so long but hopefully an easy project. :cool:

    I paid for the bike unseen despite Adie saying I didn't need to, I figured if I couldn't get it going I would still make my money back by breaking it for parts, the panniers & fairings alone would be worth somewhere near. ;)
     
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    You’re NOT allowed to break bikes on this forum :mad:
    They HAVE TO be re-commissioned and lovingly restored :heart_eyes:
     
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