Featured Sun Is Shining, Time To Take Her Out...

Discussion in 'Bonneville' started by ElectrAbigail, Apr 14, 2019.

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  1. ElectrAbigail

    ElectrAbigail Someone to reMember
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    ...at least, that was the plan.

    So I'm all packed and ready to go, got her out the garage, try to get her going but... nothing. No nice sound of my Bonnie starting.
    What did I miss? I'm already feeling stupid on my bike, getting my helmet off. Turns out, after 2 months in my garage, the battery died. And on top of that, also no petrol.

    So first things first, I went out to get some petrol. Needed to buy a jerrycan and some cables to give the battery a spark (so glad the diy shop is open on a Sunday cause all other shops in the area where I live, are closed).

    Back at my garage I filled her up. Got her outside and thought, let me wash her first, than I can really enjoy the ride. We'll that took me longer than I expected, haha. Also the battery was sooooo dead it took some time to get some life into her. So 2-3 hours later (cleaning, and acting like a heart surgeon with my car as a lifesaver) I finally sat down and rode off.

    When I came back, I decided to polish her to finish the job. From top to bottom, but at the bottom (the rims to be precise) I saw that the chrome came off! :sob:
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    What did I do (wrong)? Cause it was only warm water with a teaspoon of soda and a sponge. Or was it the dots of rust (that I tried to rub of) that did the job?
    Better question, how to fix it?

    So not only her battery died, she is also shedding. :mask: hopefully it isn't contagious o_O

    All in all, I enjoyed today. Little adventure, made me wonder if I should take a jumpstarter with me on holidays? What do you guys take with, in case of emergency on your trips?

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  2. Smilinjack

    Smilinjack Crème de la Crème

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    Buy a battery conditioner, Optimate or similar. Allowing a battery to go so low will likely damage it. Even though it may start it may fail when you least expect, or want it to. Vital unless you use the bike daily.
    Rims, can't help you. I am the Genghis Khan of bike cleaning :grinning:
     
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  3. andyc1

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    There is a chance your battery will let you down again if its flat for a while, as for the rims, how old is the bike? might be worth a visit to the dealers to see if you have a warranty claim
     
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  4. ElectrAbigail

    ElectrAbigail Someone to reMember
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    It's just a year old, thanks for the advice, I will visit them soon.
     
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  5. joe mc donald

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    ElectrAbigail.
    Well at least you got you ride in. And yes all my bikes live on an optimate charger when not on the road. I have never ever been stuck for a jump. Couple of times in the past I have let parking lights on and alarm but someone always pulls over and they give me a jump start. Your chrome is a whole new story. Those rust spots have multiplied under the chrome and lifted it. You ride a bike in salty weather or bad rain you must treat those rims. And lay a bike up make sure those rims are cleaned and treated with a wax polish. Only thing you can do now is re chrome not cheap or find new wheels.
    Ride Safe
    Joe.
     
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  6. Hamburg

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    Abigail, sorry to hear about your problems, if the bike is only year old then make sure you take it back to the dealer, that chrome plating should be good for 20 years not just 12 months.
     
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  7. Bikerman

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    Get it back to the dealer, this should not be happening on a bike that's just 12 months old.
    I hope that Triumph do the right thing for you.
     
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  8. mpllineman

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    I agree. Since you have owned this bike for about a year, don't waste time before a trip to your dealer. You wouldn't want it to expire!
     
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  9. Sprinter

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    Yes dealer.
     
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  10. Sprinter

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    As for tools;- two chains of thought.

    1/ Take everything you never know what you need
    2/ Take nothing, cos it doesnt matter what you take, what you need will be at home.
     
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  11. Stue007

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    Should be a guarantee case on the rims...
     
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  12. The Viking

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    Yes, that should not be happening.
     
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  13. Dozers Dad

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    Hi Abi,

    How did you get on with a warranty claim?
    There's plenty of evidence on here & elsewhere on the net. Proving the finish on the spoked wheels of Triumphs made in the last few years is substandard.
     
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  14. littleade

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    Had a similar thing happen over 20 years ago. Got the Fireblade out after the winter and it wouldn't start. Fortunately my mate had ridden to my house so he pushed me down the road (in his leathers:laughing:) and it started. I rode back onto my drive, locked the house up and....... it ran out of petrol:scream:. Sometime later after a trip to the local garage we finally got out on the ride....only for his Kawakakki to start playing up because the petrol in his tank had gone off. Great start to the season.....
     
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  15. Alatamoc

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    Look, I'm really sorry to have to say this...but it's neglect.
    You can't just leave your bike for long periods of time and expect it to work well.
    My bikes live outside....but even though winter I'm out there regularly cleaning, checking ...making sure the batteries are fine..removing crud from wheel rims airing them on sunny days to keep the damp at bay.
    This is basic.
    Don't abandon your bike and hope it'll be ok.
    Sorry...I don't mean to sound critical but bikes aren't ok being left.
     
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  16. Bad Billy

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    I have read other stories about chrome plating coming off on other Triumphs that have been used in winter, take it back to dealer & don't let them fob you off with rubbish that you shouldn't ride when salt is on the roads, the finish should have been up to it!
     
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  17. BonnieCat

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    There’s no excuse for the chrome to be coming off after one year of ownership, even if it’s parked outside. I’m sure Triumph will do the right thing and replace the wheel.

    I don’t use my bike in the winter, but I do use an optimate and swap it between the Triumph and the VStrom during the winter months

    Let us know how you got on Abi
     
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  18. Gazzatriumph

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    I worry about the standards of Triumph. I'm in the process of trying to get them to replace my squealing front wheel through the National Consilidation Service as mine has run out of warranty. I love Triumphs but not sure my next bike will be one.
     
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  19. BonnieCat

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    My T120 never suffered from that issue. If I could get a decent price for my bike I’d sell it. The VStrom is far better in almost every way and really is the only bike I need.
     
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  20. Gazzatriumph

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    I only like classic/retro looking bikes, I'd go back to yamaha or kawasaki if I didn't get another Triumph. Wouldn't mind a 70's early 80's classic bike.
     
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