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Bubs360

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'91 Sentra SE-R, 2003 Triumph Speed Triple 955i
I've seen enough bike threads here in "Post Your Car" that I finally don't feel weird doing it myself. :mrgreen:

Currently I have two motorcycles - I've been riding since I was barely old enough to walk and had my motorcycle license right when I turned 16. Since then I've owned a variety of bikes, finally leading up to the purchase of my childhood dream motorcycle, a Triumph Speed Triple. Mine is a 2003 955i, just like the ones I was lusting after in magazines when I was thirteen. After picking it up on Valentine's Day 2013, I performed the maintenance it needed to be like-new again and ultimately christened it with a week-long Nova Scotia trip last August. That whole adventure was documented on ADVRider - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=912665


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It's a fantastic machine, lots of power on tap but a very consistent power curve makes riding at reasonable speeds very easy and enjoyable, and it delivers 50-55mpg which isn't bad for almost a liter bike. This year I've made a few small changes. New rear tire, switched to bar-end mirrors and old-school Speed Triple graphics for the rear clips, as well as replacing a failed speedometer drive ring. It's early in the New England riding season and I've already logged some serious miles on some great rides! This bike was my dream bike since childhood and it certainly has not disappointed!

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After years of on-and-off passively / actively searching for a Honda CT70, I finally found one last week! As you know, they're tricky to acquire as they get snapped up FAST as investment pieces by people that want to flip them for profit. I simply wanted one to fix up and use for fun around town and light trail use, and this purchase worked out perfectly! I had just sold my winter-beater car for $750 and this popped up for $750 two days later. Somebody already tried to offer me $3000 for it! I doubt they would follow through with that offer, but still pretty funny.

I was looking for a CT70H for the manual clutch but this does the job just fine - it was originally a three-speed automatic but was converted with a Lifan 110cc four-speed manual clutch. It wasn't too difficult to get it running properly, but it was the previous owner's "around the yard and trails toy" so it needs some work. The kickstart lever was missing and was the first thing I replaced. Currently have a speedometer and cable on the way. After that, I just need to install a taillight / license plate bracket (all the wiring is there), front brake lever and cable, and it will be street legal. My state doesn't require blinkers on this one as it was built before 1973.

I'll be installing a new seat, but that will be the one aesthetic fix for the time being.

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It didn't take very long to get it running, so now it's just a matter of getting what I need to make it
roadworthy.

Confirming power to the taillight wiring.
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Removing the front wheel to inspect the brakes and check for lack of speedometer drive.
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Looks like I may have figured it out. Looks like my hub is missing this part. There was also what looked like a factory rubber stopper protecting the output side of the drive on the hub, so it seems like this one may have never been equipped with a speedometer in the first place.
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The speedometer drive is ordered! Now to source a 6V brake light, then I just need the front brake lever and cable and it's functionally ready for the road.
 
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Bubs360

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What a gorgeous day to tackle projects. Managed to track down not only an aftermarket 6-volt tail / brake light, but also a license plate / taillight bracket that work for the CT70. The light gets running voltage, but I need to figure out the brake sensor wiring. It's there, and the sensor delivers between .5-1V AC with brake "off", and drops to 0-.01V AC with brake "on" - I just have to figure out how the sensor is supposed to wire in. The taillight assembly / bulb are dual filament so I just need to figure out how it hooks up to the light itself.

Looking at wiring diagrams for general 6V motorcycle wiring systems, I'm wondering if I should just splice the positive sensor wire into the positive taillight wire, and attach the negative to ground or to the negative brake light wire. It's hard to say, all of the wiring is there and functional but I don't think anything was ever installed before.

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Right now I have a "running tail light" and hitting the brakes simply shuts the light off. I think I spliced the sensor wires incorrectly, but it's still coming together. Test fitted with my S3's license plate for kicks.
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Bubs360

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I got home from work to find that the speedometer drive gear arrived for my CT70. Had the front wheel off, part installed and wheel reinstalled in under five minutes. Speedometer is now completely functional! Now I just need to make a bracket for it. Took it for an inaugural ride around the neighborhood. Front brake cable, sort out my brake light activation issue and it's ready for a license plate!

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Turns out the guy I bought the bike from tried to seal up a leaking valve stem with a zip tie, so I took the wheel off in two minutes flat (love these bikes!) and spent yesterday locating a 10'' inner tube. On the plus side, the rear tire is nearly brand new.

Yesterday was a little bit interesting - in my work travels I was hoping to find a motorcycle shop to drop my tire off at for a new inner tube - figure I could support a local business somewhere and get it taken care of while I was working. Despite my friendly demeanor, the first shop couldn't get me back out the door fast enough. "NOPE, NOPE. Not dealing with those pain-in-the-ass two-piece wheels, not even worth my time." Second shop shooed me out with a similar response.

So when I finally found a 10'' inner-tube on my way home from work, with no prior experience with the wheels I had it split, removed the old tube, installed the new one, got everything reinstalled on the bike complete with a chain / brake adjustment and test ride in 25 minutes. Apparently some people just don't like free money.

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Bubs360

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A long day at work got me home just in time to throw the license plate on the CT70, half-ass the old mirror off my Speed Triple, cross my fingers and go on the maiden voyage. It handled a 35-mile loop like a champ! It's pretty slow, of course, and I have some more bugs to work out but I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a massive smile on my face the ENTIRE time. This is definitely not a bike for those who shun attention - countless people took photos or recorded video with their smartphones, thumbs-ups, cheers and general good vibes all around. Psyched! This is one fun little bike for buzzing around town.

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Nice! :thumbup:

Glad to see you got the old girl going properly again. Nothing like the maiden voyage on a project bike!
 

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That little thing must be a hoot to drive. :lol:
 

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That little thing must be a hoot to drive. :lol:

Absolutely! Just earlier, I friend of mine stopped in before we headed out for the day - he's never, ever been on a motorcycle before but with some instruction he was able to get it going pretty good! Then I can't resist to take it around myself and give it a go at around 1:20 in. I also took it to work and back yesterday with success! I love my Speed Triple, but this is just a whole different level of fun!

 
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Aww, awesome bikes! Makes me want to pick up a little bike for playing around. :)
 

Bubs360

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Just finished my first trail session on the CT70 yesterday. Despite massive mud pits, it handled it like a CHAMP! Glad mine is no show / investment piece! Definitely not a bike for those who shun attention, I get asked about it every time I stop - oftentimes folks from older generations remarking "Hey! I had one of those!" It also sips pennies worth of fuel - I keep stopping after a while of riding, thinking I need to refill the tiny ~1 gallon tank and finding I can only get $0.70 worth of gas in!

It's not very fast, but man am I in love with this little bike. So glad I finally found one!

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All is well in the world of the Speed Triple as well. I've already logged some serious trips this season, and some great rides in the past couple of days as well. My dad stopped in to show me his new bike, when we quickly decided an evening sprint was in order. His old-school biker hooliganism shows in how amazingly he can wheel the big bike through the corners - broken hand and all! This ride and last night's ride have been the most fun I've had on two wheels in a long time!

I'm planning on another weekend trip to Connecticut shortly, still pondering another Nova Scotia trip this summer!

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