It pains me to post this, but I’m putting it here first in the hope that one of you guys will pick her up and give her a new home:
2003 Triumph Speedmaster – “Athena” (a.k.a. “The Clown Bike”)Tech Specs:
Odometer: 23,400 miles
Tires: Good (~70%?)
Engine: 904 WiseCo Big Bore (professionally installed)
“Airboxectomy” with K&N Pods
Thrush “Cherrybomb” mufflers
Suspension: upgraded progressive front fork springs (she’ll corner better than you think she will)
Also: relocated battery, upgraded steel brake lines, upgraded shifter linkage, “cat eye” rear LED turn signals, CRG bar-end mirrors, integrated heated grips, saddlebag brackets, The Good:
Anybody who’s ridden Athena at DOOM or elsewhere knows she's just a hoot to ride if you’re into feet-forward cruisers and screaming around like a lunatic. The engine is significantly upgraded and with the new clutch I finally fixed that slight slippage when whacking it from low revs, which was only ever really an issue when riding her like an asshole (which I did whenever humanly possible).
She’s surprisingly agile too. Anybody who’s ridden with me will attest that she’ll go around corners faster than you’d think a cruiser like that should – certainly as fast as I’d ever be comfortable doing it on the street. Twin disks up front provide lots of “woah!”.The Bad:
While installing a much-needed new clutch (which works beautifully now, incidentally), we had issues with the (very badly designed) gas-vent tube. The tube broke, we patched it with high-temp hose, but something’s not right and she’s blowing oil out of the crankcase breather. This may be an easy fix or not, but it’s beyond my mechanical capacity and I haven’t the time, money, patience, or space right now. She ran strong when last parked (other than spewing oil as described above), but has been sitting for over a year now and refuses to start (though I haven't tried that
hard). I suspect the carburetors are filthy. She was filled with Sta-Bil when parked in garage but I still don’t trust the gas.
Lots of pix: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ezNviAsXQNJDBG7S9
KBB is $3k in good condition, which she ain’t. I’m asking $1,500 OBO, and I’ll be really flexible on price for Ootmics who’ll give her a good home where I can visit occasionally (and have right of first refusal if you ever need to sell).
I’m posting this here first before I turn to the indignity of Craigslist, etc. If I could I'd put her in a magic box and keep until I had time to fix, but right now she's just taking up valuable space that needs to be housing the kids' bicycles.