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Old 05-09-2015, 02:46 AM   #1
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08 Triumph Bonneville T100 - Help!! Overheating

I ride an 08 Triumph Bonneville T100 daily. I purchased the bike in Sept 2014 (2,5125 miles) and use it to commute everywhere (7833 miles). I do regular oil changes and maintenance. I have been noticing that it was riding rougher for a couple of months and I had to stop riding a couple of days ago.

Symptoms:
rough idle
hesitation during acceleration (especially in lower gears)
dies when I put it in neutral at red lights
dies in gear (3 was the highest it ever died in)

used Seafoam
Overheating

So I used Seafoam after reading several posts about it. Now it is overheating. I asked my father to come look at it. I turned it on and he was revving it for a few minutes 3 at most and then I noticed the pipes were red hot.

Please let me know if this sounds familiar or if you have any suggestions.

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Old 05-09-2015, 03:58 AM   #2
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How much Seafoam did you put in it?
Did you put it in the tank or also the motor?
When was your last service; plugs, air filter, valve adjustment?
Any vacuum leaks?
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I had about 2 gallons so I poured 2 ounces in the tank and at night I emptied the gloat bowls and put a mixture of half gas and half seafoam in the bowls to sit overnight then I drained and turned the gas on and we started it. It's took about 3 minutes and the exhausts were red hot. This bike is air cooled and it was in my garage. The clutch line clip was broke and the insulation on the line was beginning to melt. We did not use the temperature probe at this time and every time we used it after that we shut the bike off when it got above 400*.
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Stephanie,

Can you answer what Patrick asked?
When was the last service? what was all done? Plugs, air filter, vavle adjustment?
Vacuum leaks?

My initial thought might be a vacuum leak which can cause hesitation and poor fuel delivery. Other more indepth would be that you are running lean. Not sure if you're experiencing detonation though. Do you have an oil cooler?
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Could be running lean... Would also cause over heating, and could explain the throttle/idle issues.
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How much Seafoam did you put in it?
Did you put it in the tank or also the motor?
When was your last service; plugs, air filter, valve adjustment?
Any vacuum leaks?
I changed the oil at about 7k before that at about 5k? plugs and air filter changed at 7k, valve adjuster never (12k, right?).
No noticeable vacuum leak.

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If you have no vacuum leaks than I'd suspect either plugs/ignition issues.
You may also have a bad load of fuel, especially if the symptoms appears shortly after fill up.
Drain/siphon the tank and put some fresh fuel in it and pull the plugs and see how they look.
Note while taking the plugs out if they're loose already.
I've seen the plugs loosen up due to vibration and cause a vacuum leak that causes a poor idle/overheating.
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