Featured Sprucing Up The Daytona 1200, What It Cost So Far.

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  1. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

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    I've been getting my 1995 Daytona 1200 in better shape for the last 12 months. I document my costs in a video here. This isn't some restoration or even a major rebuild but just something to make it a reliable well sorted runabout.

     
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  2. Jet City

    Jet City Noble Member
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    Worth every penny!
     
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  3. Wattie

    Wattie Well-Known Member

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    Really good to see someone taking care of these beautiful daytonas. Never had a ride on a 1200 but having owned a 900 daytona and 1200 trophy (the detuned version) I expect its a blast. If I had the room I'd go for one of these alongside the trophy.
    Also wanted to say thanks for the video about using the tool to replace the valve shims, very interesting and something I'm going to have to tackle soon on my 1200 trophy.....:scream:
     
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  4. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

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    Thanks for the kind words. It does get a lot of attention when out and about although some still think it is a modern bike.....until they see the headlights :eek:Good luck with the valve tool, it was definitely a learning curve for me but hopefully you'll only have a few to do and mainly on the inlet side!
     
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  5. Vecchio lupo

    Vecchio lupo Senior Member

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    How wonderfully helpful you have been. I myself recently acquired a 1995 Daytona 1200 in Diablo Black with 60k miles. its missing the fairing and has been converted to a naked, but it was less than 1000 euro, your bike seems to be at the same level of neglect. Im shopping for fairings and brackets but she will look like your bike in short order.

    Thanks for the roadmap and thanks for the encouragement.
     
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  6. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

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    The very best of luck with the rebuild. Do post your journey and how things work out for you. I do hope you find a fairing as it is what distinguishes this bike from the other Triumph's of the same era. It also hides a lot ;).
     
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  7. Vecchio lupo

    Vecchio lupo Senior Member

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    Thanks,

    I have purchased an entire set of body work (tank and seat as well as all fairings) off a Daytona 900, its Red but I believe it will fit the 1200. Would be nice to find black so I dont have to paint, or just switch to red. The VIN says black.

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  8. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

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    Yes, I'm pretty sure it is DIABLO BLACK DUPONT BEC 1342 T3120300-PC. Yours is looking pretty clean though, good base to start off.
     
  9. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

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    Well I have had the front forks refurbished with a good clean, new seals, fresh oil and springs more suited to my weight. I changed out the original rear shock for a new Wilbers 640, again sprung for my weight and the bike feels wonderful in a static test. My excitement was short-lived, rolled it out for the test drive and the no 1 carb float bowl was jammed open, aaaahhhhhh! No amount of tapping or knocking would get it re-seated. Carbs off again and dropped round to a old time family run carb specialist to clean up and rejuvenate. In the hole for another €900 or so on that suspensiono_O. This carb job better be the last thing!
     
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  10. Hobnail

    Hobnail Senior Member

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    Stay with it. Good things come to those who wait and work.
     
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  11. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

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    I've managed to put 300 miles or so on the Daytona in the last while. I have to say, the front fork refurb plus my new rear shock have made my Daytona 1200 into a really great bike to ride again. I have set the damping on the "softer" side which suits me just fine and suits my pace (or lack of it). Still have some cold starting issues but I'll deal with them. If anyone has a tired old bike look to some quality shocks to give it a new lease of life, chalk & cheese springs to mind.
     
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  12. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

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    Decided to stick some modulated BikeVis mini LED's on to the Daytona. I had already done the Tiger. The pandemic really does give you times to do things!

     
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  13. Daytona1200Express

    Daytona1200Express Active Member

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    I love your video style, brother.

    I just bought a '95 D12...very excited for Spring!
     
  14. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

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    Too kind, thankyou. Excellent, post some pics when spring comes, its such a great bike to take out on the road and it gets a nice bit of attention. Looking forward to it myself. Weather wet and windy here at the moment but the pandemic has us locked down to no more than 5km from the house, very strict here.
     
  15. andyb57

    andyb57 Senior Member

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    Great bike, love the twin pipe look.

    My Daytona 955 had some horrible LEDs on it when I bought it a few years ago, decided to refit the originals with LED bulbs in and appropriate relay. Working fine so far.....
     
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  16. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

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    Ah yes, some people can make a right mess of things and put really inappropriate stuff on the bike. I actually like the dull yellow glow of the original H4 Halogens on mine and will leave them well alone. It makes me stand out in a see of white light these days.
     
  17. andyb57

    andyb57 Senior Member

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    Just to clarify I put LED bulbs in the original indicators....

    I've stuck with halogens too - LED headlamps seem to blind oncoming traffic which is not really the idea!
     
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  18. XCaTel

    XCaTel Senior Member

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    That's very interesting and sounds like a great idea. Did you have to change out your existing indicator relay or add any resistance anywhere?
     
  19. andyb57

    andyb57 Senior Member

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    I changed the relay - I started installing individual resistors but wiring and location was a PITA from the off so decided to go for the simplest option!

    I like the look of the original door knobs so was chuffed when it worked out.
     
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  20. Daytona1200Express

    Daytona1200Express Active Member

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    XCaTel, what weight of oil are you running in your Daytona 1200? The shop manual, owner's handbook, Haynes manual all list different weights of oil for the Daytona 1200. The only thing in common is they state synthetic.
     
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