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When is a Blog a Vlog and does a MotoVlog trump them both?

Another year looms large and it’s lead me to some self-reflection: Namely, what the hell happened to the last five years? How come I’ve been in America for this long and never managed to ride a bike? How come I bought this Daytona T595 and then left it in storage for all this time? Why havent I got around to taking my Yank bike test and will I ever actually ride in the States? What is a motoblog and shall I motovlog the bikes rebirth?
Too many unsatisfactory questions and 2016 is the time to set things straight. HashTag New Years Resolution.
If you have managed to stumble into this webpage then maybe you have some questions — lets try and answer a few:
Who is this bloke?
I’m an English chap, emigrated to find sunshine in the USA a few years ago. I work in I.T. and have spent the last few years travelling around the USA working on various nerdy computing projects. I’ve been constantly dreaming of taking my American Bike License (Sadly these do not transfer over the pond) but just been too busy and too mobile to get off my lazy arse and sort it out. Back in Blighty, I used to ride all the time, lots of euro-tours and a daily commute from Camberley to Brighton — If you dont know these places, they are down on the little wet bit of England — near France.
What is this bike?
Shortly after moving here, in a moment of madness, I bought an old Triumph Daytona from a friend of a friend of a friend because it was in great condition and had been in storage for over six years! After a little prepping the bike fired right up, I handed over the money and started off on my journey back to the home garage. For 15 minutes it ran beautifully and then spluttered, coughed and conked out.  Aaaaargh!   Get the bike home, sit him in my garage and scratch head.
Why the Delays?
My dream of getting on the road and exploring the roads of South East USA were put on hold as I spent more and more time travelling for work. Living out of a suitcase and discovering the phrase “while the cats away the mouse will play” lead to a divorce, incredibly harsh legal fees which in turn lead to needing to work more and even more travelling — ironically, this meant I could *find* myself and lead to the next stage of the exciting journey called life.
What Next?
It’s been a crazy few years of rebuilding my life since moving to the USA and things are finally starting to come together. I recently moved to Charleston, South Carolina and totally love it here! East coast USA has a lot of work opportunities which means less traveling and more typing on keyboards in the home office or at clients. #HUZZAH!So this finally means the daily commute can become a reality. It’s time to get my yankee-doodle bike license sorted, blueprint the Daytona and I can get my arse back in the saddle 🙂
So, Spring 2016 I’m finally getting off my fat arse and getting ready to ride again. Excitement is 95%. I collected and moved Tiberius the Trumpet from it’s storage container to his new home here near the beach. Now it’s time to:
  1. take my yankey-doodle bike test
  2. fix the fuel pump problem
  3. fix all the little broken bits (mirrors, side stand, front brake, speedo, yadda yadda)
  4. tidy up the body work scratches and dings
  5. new rubber
  6. full service from a local bike shop (I have one locally and will post a review when its done)
  7. registration
  8. get some new #charleston weather specific riding gear
  9. get a new shiny helmet for my massive dome
  10. figure out this vlogging thing with a camera and fitting it to the helmet
  11. get on the road
So, now I gotta research this whole motovlogging boom and figure out what kit to buy, what software to use and what nonsense to burble about on my way into the office  😉

Triumph Daytona T595 is a Golden Oldie

Motorcycle News wrote an interesting article about this good old machine yesterday:

Triumph needed to get it right first time with the T595 Daytona. Back in the sportsbike-crazy ’90s, nothing less was going to cut it. With Honda’s FireBlade having set the standard, being good was never going to be good enough. Outstanding was the only way to be.

Happily, the British bike-buying public was so sold on the idea of the forthcoming machine that Triumph’s order books filled up fast in late 1996, months ahead of the first machines being delivered at the start of 1997.

While the Blade was an inline four, Triumph opted for a triple. The brand had some heritage to look to here in that the “old” Triumph company’s valedictory bikes had been triples, the T150 and T160 Tridents, and the three-cylinder architecture had been core to the revived marque’s roadsters.

The engine developed for the T595 made a rear wheel 107bhp, putting it on a par with the FireBlade. Power is only part of the story, of course. Fuelled up and good to go, the Triumph gave away around 20kg to the Honda. To T595 riders, that hardly mattered.

A revamp and a redesignation came for the Daytona in 1999, its new 955i tag reflecting its actual capacity. The overhaul mostly consisted of a fuel injection update, better ground clearance and suspension, plus some styling tweaks.

Today, the Daytona has yet to get off the bottom of the depreciation curve. They’re insanely cheap and you’d be mad to pass up on this much performance for so little money.

What are they worth?
Basket case £500-£800
Ratty £900-£1400
Good £1500-£1700
Mint £1800-£2800

Fuel tank
Modern ethanol-rich fuels can play havoc with the plastic tank if left to sit in it for too long, causing it to swell, go out of shape, and fuel to leach under the paint.

Starter clutch
Every Triumph of this generation carries a health warning regarding the starter clutch. Check for easy firing.

Engine case leak
Oil oozing from the right-side engine cover is usually caused by it getting around one of the bolts. Remove and re-seal.

Early frames were polished but these were superseded, and early ones replaced, with powder coated chassis after the tubework on a crashed dealer demonstrator failed and Triumph issued a recall.

The metallic paint is a pain to match to correct damage. In fact the panels were often poorly matched to each other when the bikes were new.


Pretty much I agree with them whole heartedly.