May 10th, 2006

Wow, I can't believe it has been 10 months since I crashed. Things have been happening with the Triumph since then, but I never felt ready to do an update until now, when there is much to update. Once I got the bike home and re-grouped for a few days, I went and did a very thorough survey of the machine, checking to see if it was salvageable. To my amazement, it looked as if nothing major was bent, not even the rear subframe! These things usually bend on bikes if you look at them wrong (as in even dropping them in your garage). I always thought the Triumph frame looked abnormally robust... Anyway, once I established that, I also figured I should check to see if the bike started, since it did take quite the tumble and who knows if the engine had any oil starvation (I have no idea for how long into the crash it ran). After checking the wiring diagram to figure out how to "hot wire" it (since parts of the ignition were still in the grass at Thunderhill), I turned the thing over and it fired right up! Ran for a minute or two and it sounded fine. Cool. Next it was time to take off all the busted parts, and determine what all needed to be replaced. I wound up creating a list and brought it into Cascade Moto Classics, the local Triumph dealer. They were kind enough to mull through all the books and give me prices for almost everything I wanted. Obviously I wasn't planning on getting everything there as that would just be foolish. I was just looking to compare new vs used prices to see if it was even worth the hassle of tracking down the used bit (and as you'll see, it most certainly was in all cases but one). After studying prices a bit, I began searching for used replacement bits. ebay was obviously my main source, but I also called around to just about every large junk yard in the area and no one had a Daytona. Bummer. Well, it took me most of the time since the incident to track down most of the parts (not that I was looking 100% of the time), but I do have almost everything I need now. Below is the price breakdown of the retail price vs what I wound up paying (including shipping) for the bit used (a blank spot means I haven't acquired that bit yet):

Part Retail My Cost Comment
Front Fairing $555.95 $124.88
Left Fairing $416.95 $0.00 Will repair cracks
Right Fairing $416.95 $0.00 Will repair cracks
Front of tank Fairing $106.95 $28.00
Lower Fairing (belly pan) $346.95 $51.00
Rear Fairing $601.95 $136.00
Rear Brake Light ~$200.00 $0.00 Came with rear fairing
Front subframe + mirror mounts $534.88 $188.67 included bracket and all bolts
Headlight $403.90 $150.00
Windscreen $179.95 $51.95 Zero Gravity (New)
Right inner dash panel ~$100
Instrument cluster $903.81 $168.52 Included all wiring harnesses (not included in retail price listed)
Ignition $186.83 $85.00 Came with top of triple tree
Shift lever $89.95 $89.95 The one part I bought new
Right handle bar $228.09 $0.00 Came with master cylinder
Master Cylinder $168.50 $102.50 Came complete with brake lines and calipers!
Sidestand $221.86 $22.00
Rear Seat $163.95 Probably won't replace
TOTAL: $5737.47 $1198.47

So yes, since the bike is worth around 4 grand, quite obviously this was a "total." Labor would probably be another grand to "fix" it, if I weren't doing it myself. Within the hour after I crashed, I figured I could do the whole thing for under two grand, and closer to one. Turned out that way. There's also various bits from the above ebay parts, plus some other random things I took off, that I should be able to sell on ebay and get back a couple hundred dollars. Once I got all of the "functional" parts for the bike, I decided to spend some time putting humpty dumpty back together again. A couple interesting bits were how twisted and mangled the shift lever got, and also how the side stand totally sheered off the stop plate of its bracket:

The bike looked like quite the disaster after the accident and once all the parts were off and everything was just strewn about, but I knew that actually putting back together the functional bits wouldn't really take that long at all. All told, getting all the functional stuff back on the bike was probably about a 5 hour job. The only surprise that took a stall was when I forgot about the bolts that strip in the ignition... had to dremel those out of the old one to install the new. After a quick sanity check of everything (did I tighten that bolt? does this work? etc), I decided to be daring and actually RIDE the thing. At first I took a trip just around the neighborhood. It felt a bit weird, like it was pulling to either side right after turn in. It was really hard to tell when I was only going 10mph. I came back to the house, put all my gear on, and decided to venture out farther, hoping nothing broke. I wound up riding about 6 miles (without fairing, turn signals, and ooops, insurance), and honestly everything felt rather okay. I think the weird handling issues I was experiencing were due to the severely cupped front tire (due to the direction of PIR) and the fact that it had dirt crammed in the sidewall. But yes, functionally the bike is actually complete!

After this, I road the bike to Dennis' house to use his lift in order to remove the front wheel. A couple days ago I got a new front tire put on, so the bike should really be ridable now. Unfortunately, now comes some of the not-so-fun part of getting this thing back together... dealing with the fairing. I have all the fairing (minus the front of the tank), but it's all different colors. Some of it needs touching up with some sanding, and some even plastic welding or fiberglass. So prepping the body work for paint, and then actually painting it, is going to be quite the chore. In the meantime, I do actually plan on riding the thing naked like this. Sure, it'll look funny, but so what? I feel like riding! The bike is back on insurance, so I think I'll take it out a few times before the bodywork is done. Glad to be back on two wheels... hopefully I can get the thing "totally" complete before too long.

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David Paris
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