It’s no secret that the majority of motorcyclists are a fickle lot. Knowing this, perhaps you are looking for a step by step how-to guide on flipping motorcycles. Understand this first and foremost. People do funny stuff. They lose parts, they find themselves in debt, they burn the title accidentally, they buy sugar-gliders or finger monkey’s, they hit their spouse over the head with a hub cap, they wind up in jail, they get divorced, they grow bored and want a big, new 90” flat screen TV. You know, ordinary life stuff.
As a result, they sell the motorcycles they no longer ride or cannot fix.
Sometimes the ad explains it, sometimes not. There’s usually so much more to the story and half the fun in all this is finding that out. In the case of the mongrel, a bike with no papers, there is a bit of homework to do. In Colorado, the process is lengthy, but once you get through it and understand what’s required, it can be done in one trip. I have gone through the lost or out-of-state title process quite a few times now and each time it still thrills me to no end when that crisp, green legal document comes in the mail.
But there’s another side to the buy-fix-flip story. In this five part series, we’ll examine a 1999 Triumph Sprint 955i ST. Let’s call her Lefty-Lucy.
Lefty Lucy began life on the showroom floor. Have a look at her specs, especially this one:
Model – Sprint ST – Retail Price: $10,495 USD
Two weeks ago, I drove twenty-five miles to pick up Lucy for exactly $1000. She is showing a bit over 30K miles on her clock. This 955 fuel injected triple is, in fact, one of the longest running, most reliable and punchy engines ever made.
Why such a bargain? The owner dropped it and he had a “friend” attempt to do the repair work. As it turned out, the friend in question, was very good at removing parts. Not so much at putting them back on. He was a master at “lefty-loosy”, but still has a ways to go before he gets the “righty-tighty” part down pat.
So, we bought it basically sight unseen, condition unknown. Follow us here, as we begin do diagnose the machine that reviewers claimed, “could well be King of the Sport Tourers.”
Hopefully over the next few months, we’ll have her back on the road and in the process, we’ll both have learned a good bit along the way
Next up, an article we’ll call- “Plug me into something” This is where Lefty Lucy meets the TuneECU diagnostic tool.
It’s gonna be a fun ride, get on. What do you have to lose?