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Triumph 101 CD

Part Number 150-32

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No Adobe Acrobat Reader or otherwise required. The CD is written entirely in html code, so that it can be read with any web browser. NO fuzzy, hard-to-read, slow-loading, print or graphics. Generously cross-linked throughout, with links that will take you instantly to the section or article of your choice. Every page loads FAST and you use the controls with which you're already familiar: page up, page down, click links. No waiting for pages to load, and no need to click through pages 1-146 finally to find what you were looking for on page 147! (-if you didn't miss it!) From the index, just click the link to the section you want, and you're there! Click Here for Table of Contents

Lavishly Illustrated with Photos and Diagrams

Organized for those new to Meriden-built vintage Triumphs (or completely new motorcyclists) as well as for the experienced hand just looking for a fresh point of view or quick, easy reference. Designed to augment, but not to replace, the excellent factory manuals - this CD seeks to ease the owner, from curious onlooker to experienced mechanic, into the detailed esoterica so competently provided in the factory books. (Parts and workshop manuals.) Much easier to read and understand, it stops at being a complete guide to regular maintenance and tuning.

All text is, once again, completely new - no rehashing of the same text found in the original factory books (they're already available - and copyrighted! Why redundify?) as found in many other after-market manuals. All text in the PS manual is completely original - a fresh point of view on many subjects.

Emphasis on trouble-shooting and how-it-works articles. There is an emphasis on explanations and theory of operation of the various bits that make your Triumph a living thing, rather than just how-to procedures for dismantling, examination, and reassembly - once again, The bare-bones plain facts are presented very well in the factory manuals, and we're doing an augmentation here, not a reiteration. Shipped in a sturdy cardboard sleeve.


The manual goes from a discussion of the very basics of four-stroke operation and continues into the fine points of engine tuning and chassis maintenance. It stops at the level of engine and gearbox tear-down - the down-and-dirty aspects of very detailed definitely-shop work vary too much from model to model, and there's no sense in duplicating what has already been done so well by the wordsmiths and illustrators of Meriden many years ago. (Or their clones.)

What I have attempted to do with this manual is to provide a source of all the information you will ever need for day-to-day maintenance and fettling of your Triumph twin, in words the regular rider (and riderette!) will have no trouble understanding. It is, I feel, an excellent beginning for those who may wish to "ramp up" to full-on Triumph servicing, and provides more detail and perspective on many subjects not really covered well in the regular manuals, which were obviously written to speak to the already-qualified mechanic.

Coverage begins with immediate post-war rigid and Sprung-Hub twins, and extends to the "end of an era" Oil-In-Frame models of the late 70's.

Praise for Triumph 101

"As a wrap up, this CD is worth every penny you are asking. I learned some new things. Some stuff I learned the hard way, hopefully your reader won't have to suffer like I did.. And although I like the Haynes manuals, they don't have everything, the factory manuals are written for experts with a perfect workshop, and other books seem to be more race oriented. (Tuning for Speed by Stan Shenton for example) So your book comes in as the perfect companion for someone who just wants to ride a Triumph with a minimum of headache."

"The electrical section is excellent as well, I especially liked the "rewire yourself" parts. Not sure why anyone would switch to negative ground, but the directions are clear and well illustrated. Nice schematics!" (Neg ground is NOT recommended, but instructions are there for later OIF's and cases in which unlucky owners have discovered their new Tympanii are case-grounded negative. (been there; done that.) - Ed.)

"In the gearbox section the troubleshooting tables and labeled photos of gearbox operation are the best I've seen in any manual anywhere. Nice work!"

What Else Can We Say?

There is a great deal of material in this manual. All that is linked in the index is covered in detail - with the reservation, of course, that we stop at serious shop work. You can get a good idea of what's in here by scrolling down to see the table of contents.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Four Stroke Engine Basics

- Horsepower
- Torque

Chapter 2 - Riding & Operation

- Starting drill
- Putting the machine away
- Engaging gear and moving off
- Gear changing: up, down
- Halting, finding neutral, use of clutch
- Proper use of brakes

How It Works - The Basic Systems Of Your Triumph

- The Engine Itself - Breathing and Combustion
- The Lubrication System
- The Gearbox
- The Clutch
- The Brakes
- The Ignition System
- The Charging System
- The Electrical System
- The Fuel System

Chapter 3 - Basic Day-To-Day Maintenance

- The Troubleshooting Chart - Quick Reference or Be-Prepared Reading
- Checking Out Your New (to you) Triumph - Making sure it (and you) will stay together
- Fluid Capacities - How Much Of What Goes Where
- Long Term Storage - putting Baby to bed for the winter
- Cleaning
- Primary Case Oil, Fork Leg Oil
- Lubrication: Cables, Engine and Gearbox Oils

Chapter 4 - Basic Day-To-Day Maintenance: Checking And Adjustments

- Checking Engine Ignition Timing - Points and Pointless
- Verifying Engine Oil Flow
- Clutch Adjustment
- Chassis electrical
- Brake Adjustment - Drum Brakes
- Brake Maintenance - Disk Brakes
- Checking Spoke Tension
- Chains: Checking, Adjustment, Replacement
- Chassis Adjustments

Chapter 5 - General Chassis Work

- Removing Wheels
- Tire Changing
- Cable Replacement
- Brake Shoe Replacement, Arcing
- Wheel Bearing Service
- Broken stud removal

Chapter 6 - Basic Engine Work

- Carburetor Adjustments
- Valves Adjustment
- Setting Engine Ignition Timing - Points and Pointless
- Checking Cylinder Compression
- Engine Ignition Timing - Magnetos
- Removing The Timing Cover
- Replacing The Timing Cavity Oil Seal
- Oil Flow Problems

Chapter 7 - Front Forks

- Steering Head Bearings - Checking And Adjustment
- Replacing Steering Head Bearings
- Replacing Worn Or Torn Fork Gaiters
- The MKII Fork - Replacing Wipers, Seals, Dismantling and Reassembly
- Dismantling Front Forks
- Examining Front Fork Slider Bushings
- Replacing Front Fork Slider Bushings

Chapter 8 - The Primary Drive

- Diagnosing Clutch Problems
- Removing the Primary Chaincase Cover
- Dismantling The Clutch
- Removing the Alternator
- Replacing the Alternator
- Re & Re Clutch Sprocket
- Re & Re Countershaft Sprocket

Chapter 9 - The Gearbox

The Gearboxes - Theory and General Discussion

Chapter 10 - The Carburetors

- A Note On Carburetor Mounting
- The Amal Monobloc Carburetor
- The Amal Concentric Carburetor
- The Amal Mark II Carburetor
- The Bing CV Carburetor
- The SU CV Carburetor

Chapter 11 - Electrical Work

- The Charging System - Trouble On The Road
- Electrical troubleshooting
- Removing the Alternator Rotor
- Replacing the Alternator Rotor
- Changing To Negative Ground
- Basic Lucas Wiring - pre-turn sigs
- The Complete Rewire
- The Complete Rewire 2

Chapter 12 - Performance

- Performance Modifications

Appendix - Tables

- Tightening Torques
- Inch/Metric Conversion Table

Appendix - Miscellaneous Articles

- Caps: Adding a Capacitor To Your Charging System
- Relays 101: Increasing the Capacity of your lighting system by adding a relay (Halogen Light)
- Reading Plugs: an excellent article on reading spark plugs by Gordon Jennings - All you'll ever need to know!
- Troubleshooting Contact Breaker Points
- After-market boxes