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2008 Triumph Rocket Iii - SMTC00L508T- Bradenton, FL: July 29th, 2012
Metzeler me880 tire produced cupping and tire separation after 3000 miles or wear. Metzeler continues to ignore my request for investigation into this tire which should have delivered a minimum of 6000 miles. A quick internet search reveals several similar incidents with the same tire. Given that this is a motorcycle tire, tire failure carries a great risk of death. Metzeler has an obligation - legally and morally - for consumer safety, and the company continues to ignore complaints. *js


2012 Triumph Tiger - SMTF02XK4CJ- Akron, OH: July 11th, 2012
Rear brake light will not illuminate unless firm pressure is used on the front brake lever (rear brake light switch is ok).


2012 Triumph America - SMT905RN2CT- Hampstead, MD: June 25th, 2012
The contact owns a 2012 triumph america. The contact stated that when he attempted to brake, the vehicle stalled. The dealer and manufacturer were notified and were looking into the issue. The failure had recurred three times. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 42.


2007 Triumph Daytona 675 - SMTD00NS27J- Savannah, TX: June 4th, 2012
While traveling on the freeway at 60mph, my regulator/rectifier quite working causing the engine lost complete power. I was forced to pull over and cross 3 land of heavy traffic avoiding and managed to avoid getting hit several times. After calling several dealers, i told this is a common problem and that even brand new motorcycles have come back with this same issue, but are fixed only to come back 7k miles late with the same regulator/rectifier problem. I did some investigation and found out though a web blog called triumph675. Net that this is a very common problem with bikes motorcycles. Apparently the location of the regulator/rectifier is too close the engine, heating the regulator/rectifier and ultimately affecting it¿¿s lifespan of the part. Some even have caused electrical shorts and setting the motorcycles on fire. ( see youtube videos on line re: 675 triumph electrical problems ) this is a prevalent problem that is affecting new and used bike with low miles. Some owners have stated that they have replaced this part not just once but twice. At a cost of $200 each time, once can only imagine the how profitable this rapidity falling part be. The problem is so prevalent that a 3rd part company has developed who sells a kit that alleviates this issue.


2007 Triumph Daytona 675 - SMTD00NS97J- Brandon, FL: May 30th, 2012
I was at a red-light and my gas light came on, as i went to go when the light turned green the bike stuttered and slowly went. The gas light went off in about a 1/2 mile, i was going to pull into a gas station right after the next light i came to and then my gas light came back on along with the oil light and check engine light, the bikes rpms dropped and shut off. There was a car coming up fast behind me that was not paying attention and almost hit me and started honking their horn at me. I then had to run my bike across a busy road during memorial day weekend. My rectifier burned, my stator burned and my battery is dead. All very expensive parts that need to be replaced that happens to every daytona owner! This is a known issue with all triumph daytona 675 owners!


2007 Triumph Speed Triple 1050ccm - SMT500PK27J- Easton, PA: April 10th, 2012
Fuel tank showing signs of expansion. Bubbles visible, and it has grown in size to the point where the bolt holes do not line up. No history of accidents or misuse of the vehicle, stored indoors away from sunlight. Potential explosion or burst hazard.


2004 Triumph Daytona 600 - SMT810G224J- Huntsville, PA: April 10th, 2012
The contact owns a 2004 triumph daytona 600. The contact stated that the vehicle was equipped with a fuel quick connect, which connects the fuel line to the fuel tank, and the quick connect would detach from the vehicle at any time. The dealer was not notified. The manufacturer was notified, but the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with nhtsa campaign id number 04v156000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings). The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 8,000 and the current mileage was 22,500.


2011 Triumph Tiger 800 Xc - SMTE06BF3BJ- Chula Vista, CA: February 8th, 2012
The contact owns a 2011 triumph tiger 800 xc motorcycle. The contact stated that the top trunk locking mechanism failed. The failure caused the top box to fall to the ground. The contact had the vehicle previously repaired under nhtsa campaign id number: 11v436000 (structure: center stand). The contact was concerned because the failure quickly recurred. The failure and current mileages were 14,000.


2005 Triumph Bonneville - SMT920K145J- Verona, WI: January 31st, 2012
In may 2010 i noted three broken spokes in the rear wheel while on vacation in arkansas. Since that time three more spokes have broken for a total of six. These have been found individually, as i now inspect the rear wheel frequently. The motorcycle now has 23,000 miles on it. I have been riding for 35 years, over a million miles and 30 different motorcycles over that time, many with spoke wheels and have never had a spoke break. Research on the web now reveals that this is common on the bonnevilles, especially on the 17" rear wheel. I also see this complaint is already registered with nhtsa. My motorcycle is a 2005 triumph bonneville thruxton model, not specifically in the drop down list, but has the identical rear wheel as the standard bonneville. *tt


2010 Triumph Thunderbird - SMTB00TL4AJ- Apex, NC: August 30th, 2011
The rear brakes on my 2010 triumph thunderbird began making noise. I took the bike into the dealer and apparently the brake pads are worn to nothing and the rotor is worn to the point of having to be replaced. The bike only has 4000 miles on it and the first scheduled maintenance check on the brakes is 6000 miles. In addition to this issue, the speedometer on the bike has stuck 3 times but the dealer has not been able to witness this issue and so they will not replace the speedometer. It will sometimes show a much slower speed than actually traveling and at other times has shown a much higher speed than is actually being traveled (e. G. Shows 30 mph when doing 55 and shows 100 mph when doing 60). Usually clears when motorcycle is turned off.


2011 Triumph Sprint Gt - SMT601PK8BJ- Milton, FL: August 28th, 2011
At low speeds the engine dies without warning. This condition first happened as i was shifting down from 2nd to 1st gear. When the engine dies, the rear wheel locks. This has continued to happen since i've owned this machine. It has also died when trying to accelerate from low speeds. When you're attempting a tight, low speed turn on a motorcycle you count on acceleration to complete the turn. When instead the rear wheel locks, you tend to fall. The engine has died on three separate occasions when accelerating from low speed-approximately 1500 to 1700 rpm. The engine has also died after shifting to neutral, again at low rpm. Finally, most riders when shifting down to a lower gear "blip" the throttle. This makes the shift smooth. On numerous occasions, when attempting to downshift, the engine has failed to respond to increased throttle position. This results in a "rough" shift and can cause the rear wheel to hop as the engine rpm increases to the demands of the lower gear. Both the dying under acceleration and the failure to increase rpm with throttle position for downshifts are very dangerous. The dying when slowing up can also leave you sitting still and a target for follow-on traffic. Our dealer has attempted to rectify this situation without success. I am aware of at least two dozen riders who have or are experiencing the same problem. I do not believe this is condition is caused by any form of rider error. I've been riding for 52 years with over 400,000 accident free miles.


2012 Triumph Tiger 800 Xc - SMTE06BF7CJ- Claremore, OK: August 23rd, 2011
Bike stalls while riding. Bike will not restart after stalling in middle of the road or intersection.


2012 Triumph Tiger 800 Xc - SMTE01BF0CJ- Westwood, CA: August 19th, 2011
I have a triumph tiger 800xc motorcycle, and the bike has a stalling problem. The first time i noticed it was on the way to the dealer for the 500 miles service, as i pulled up to a stop light i pulled in the clutch and the motor died. It stalled 2 more times in the 1/4 mile to the dealer, everytime i pulled in the clutch it died. I also noticed the bike idling strange. They said they fixed it but it still does it. It also stalls when you are just taking off, as you start to release the clutch it just dies, this is a safety concern for me , if it happens in the middle of an intersection it's going to be bad. I've contacted the dealer and he said he will contact triumph, but when i called triumph they said they have heard nothing about this problem. On the internet, it is a very widespread problem, and i know their have been many other complaints to you about this.


2012 Triumph Tiger 800 - SMTE05BF8CJ- Germantown, MD: August 19th, 2011
Vehicle is a 2012 triumph tiger 800 motorcycle with 980 miles. Bike ran flawlessly until today when it developed a random engine stalling problem that occurs as the throttle is initially applied, regardless of clutch action or position. This usually happens when stopped as at a traffic light or stop sign and can cause a safety issue when motorists aren't expecting the bike to block the intersection. This is a class problem with this particular motorcycle. I am a member of a tiger 800 forum and this issue affects about 30% of the owners there and the number of cases keeps growing. I believe it will affect virtually every tiger 800 in time. My opinion as a fairly experienced mechanic is that there is likely an issue with the bike's idle air control system or throttle bodies. We have heard off the record that triumph is aware of the problem but they have neither acknowledged the issue publicly that i am aware of nor have we any idea if/when there will be a solution.


2011 Triumph Tiger 800 - SMTE00BF5BJ- Canterbury, CT: August 18th, 2011
Engine stops or stalls when the throttle is closed. *kb


2011 Triumph Sprint Gt - SMT601PK6BJ- Milton, FL: August 15th, 2011
The engine dies without warning, locking the rear wheel and potentially causing a crash. This has been happening to me since i bought the bike new in march 2011, for a total of perhaps 8 incidents. It has happened with the engine both cold and fully warmed. Each incident happened at low speed, in a lower gear, most often immediately after a down-shift. In the latest incident, the bike was in neutral and rolling forward towards stopped traffic. If it happens when at low speed, in gear and in a turn, the locked rear wheel tries to throw the bike to the ground on its side, which is extremely dangerous in traffic. So far, the dealer has not been able to identify the problem.


2011 Triumph Sprint Gt - SMT601PK7BJ- Quakertown, PA: August 14th, 2011
After purchasing the new motorcycle and riding it home the bike stalled when i downshifted 3 separate times. I've ridden the m/c several times since then and it occasionally stalls on downshifting-at least once on every ride. This happens whether the m/c is cold or warm. I can immediately restart it while still riding it. The m/c has been back to the dealer two times, and there is no correction to the problem. I've gone to an owner's group site and noticed others with the same complaint.


2003 Triumph Speed Four - SMT805GF23J- Rahway , NJ: August 5th, 2011
The contact owns a 2003 triumph speed four. While driving 15 mph, the contact stated that the fuel line separated from the fuel tank. The manufacturer made the contact aware of the recall associated with nhtsa campaign id number 04v156000 (fuel system, gasoline:delivery:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings), but stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under the recall. The dealer was notified and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 6,600 and the current mileage was 6,800.


2011 Triumph Sprint Gt - SMT601PK2BJ- Alexandria, VA: July 26th, 2011
I am the owner of a 2011 triumph sprint gt sport touring motorcycle, which i purchased new on 05/21/2011. On that date, approximately 85 miles into my first ride, the bike stalled without warning on deceleration, with the clutch fully disengaged (lever fully in), requiring a re-start while coasting on the highway. The bike did re-start, but has continued to randomly exhibit this stalling issue multiple times (on every subsequent ride lasting more than about an hour). On that first ride and the return ride home, the bike stalled an additional 18 - 20 times in exactly this manner: always on deceleration, and with no "lugging" of the engine (i. E. , operating at too-low rpm) involved. I have returned the bike to the dealer four times so far, they have performed diagnostics, and the bike does not throw any fault codes. On the first three visits, the dealer was unable to replicate the condition. On the fourth (current) return to the dealership -- all within the first three months of ownership -- the dealer was able to replicate the condition, and is working with the manufacturer to go through a "process of elimination" to identify and resolve the root cause(s); hence, the failed component listing here indicates a range of possibilities of systems that appear to be affected. This "stalling on return to idle" condition has occurred at least 40 - 50 times, twice occasioning fairly harrowing "near miss" situations with automobiles. I have today written the manufacturer (copying the dealer) to request appropriate & rapid redress of this untenable situation, and have noted in my correspondence that this vehicle now qualifies as a lemon under the laws of both the commonwealth of virginia (where i reside) and the state of maryland (where the vehicle was purchased). The bike is again in the shop, where it has spent nearly a full month out of the first 3 months of ownership.


2005 Triumph Rocket Iii - SMTC00L415J- Sandusky, OH: July 19th, 2011
The contact owns a 2005 triumph rocket iii motorcycle. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the engine would rev very high and cause problems while shifting. The vehicle was repaired in 2007 under nhtsa campaign id number 07v455000 (fuel system, gasoline:fuel injection system); however, four years later, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but was not repaired a second time. The failure mileage was 29,000 and the current mileage was 30,000.