|According to Haynes, the Tiger’s gas
lines will automatically close when you
unplug them, except when they don’t
and make a mess.
I’ve owned the Triumph Tiger for a season now and intend to do some maintenance on it while the snow if flying. Pretty much everything you need to get to is under the gas tank, which is a pain in the ass to remove. More so in my case because the lower fuel line doesn’t self seal like it’s supposed to.
Last summer I had the tank off for the first time and it poured gas everywhere. I ended up sticking a pencil in it to slow down the flow. A gas leak isn’t a big deal on a warm summer day, but it’s -20°C outside at the moment and heating the garage with a gas leak is problematic (I use a propane heater).
By the time I found that I couldn’t get the valve to seal there was a lot of gas about. I ended up washing the bike and floor clean with the water hose, but doing that in a cold snap is pretty miserable. It’s turned the driveway into a skating rink.
With the gas line back on I decided to have a look online and see what people say about early two thousand Triumph gas lines. It turns out they don’t say nice things about them. Rather than using more durable metal fittings for the gas line releases, Triumph saved some money and put on problematic plastic ones. They evidently did a recall but they only ever replaced the leaking ones so some bikes have half metal half plastic. In my case they’re all original plastic ones. I eventually came across this video which led me to a site with a detailed fix.
|If you join tigertriple.com (free) you get a detailed how-to on fixing the under-engineered fuel fittings on a Triumph thanks to Evilbetty.|
I bounced over to quickcouplings.net and ordered the needed bits:
They’ve got a good reputation so I should have the parts next week. Some people had issues with the smaller sized end so I got a couple of the larger ones. It was $18 extra but it means I’ll be able to do this once and be done. I’ve probably already lost ten bucks in gas on this. Next up will be draining the gas tank which I topped up for winter storage. With the tank empty I’ll be ready to go with the fitting change. I’ll post on that when it happens.
|Front wheel up and ready for
some fork attention – eventually
I was removing the tank to start the fork oil change. That’s been a pain in the neck as well. I went down to Two Wheel on January 2nd only to discover that they were closed. I figured I was already half way to Guelph so went over to Royal Distributing to get the fork oil. With two bottles of the stuff in hand (not on sale) I headed over to the register to discover a forty minute line up to get out the door. It’s this kind of thing that prompts me to buy things online. I ended up walking out the door without the oil.
At my local Canadian Tire I had a nice chat with a former student now taking welding in college and he rainchecked me some quality synthetic fork oil that was on sale for much less than Royal Distributing was charging anyway. No line up, no shipping costs and the oil will be here in two days. Because of the gas tank fittings it all ended up being not time sensitive anyway, so a two day wait and some money saved is all good.
Anyway, onwards and upwards. The drained tank first and then install the upgraded fittings, then on to fork oil and a coolant flush (that also requires gas tank removal). Considering the majority of maintenance on the Tiger (even changing the air filter) requires gas tank removal, using dodgy plastic fittings (replaced in later models) wasn’t a great idea. Failing to get them all replaced in a recall was another dropped ball. I knew that running a thirteen year old European bike as my daily rider would be a challenge. If I can get these oversights sorted, hopefully I can get another good season out of it.
|Washed clean and with a minus twenty windchill blowing in under the garage door. Not the best time of year to mess around with a gas leak, but I’ve found a fix.|
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