The Collecting of my 1993 Triumph Tiger

This is the story of the day I collected Tigger.

Like a lot of things in my life, doing something simple like this had to be different.

I saw the Tiger on eBay back in August 2008 and immediately fell in love with the colour. It was too far away for me to visit before the auction ended, so I took a gamble and purchased it based on the photos and description. Although it was claimed to be rust free, I could see that the wheels were in poor shape and would need attention. The seller also noted that there was a problem with the “carbs” and that a “guy” was going to do a full inspection of the bike to ensure that it was 100% before collection.

The Auction finished in August but because of my commitments and because the seller was going off on holiday I wasn’t able to collect it until September. In the meantime, I paid a deposit and, as the TAX would run out at the end of the month, I applied for a new TAX disc online using the current owners details so that I would be totally legal when collecting the bike.

The eventful day arrived when I would be traveling up to Warwickshire to collect the bike. I had my flatmate drop me off at Reading train station to catch the train to Nuneaton and meet the seller who would pick me up from the station. Even though the seller was throwing in a helmet, I was carrying all my gear and a helmet as I am not a fan of using second hand helmets.

The journey seemed fairly quick and it wasn’t long before I was walking around Nuneaton station looking for my lift. I figured I was fairly recognisable, being 6’3″, sporting a goatee, and either carrying or wearing my motorcycle gear. On the other hand, the person I was looking for was a complete unknown, so I gave the seller a call. He asked if I was carrying a helmet, and I said I was. He then said he thought he could see me, so I started looking around. I could see a guy, some distance off, walking purposefully towards me with a phone in his right hand. I told him that I could see him and hung up.

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Repairing Schuberth SRC System

OK, so my Schuberth SRC system kept turning itself off within minutes of it being turned on. At first, I thought it might have been because it wasn’t fully charged, but I ruled that out quite quickly. Having opened my SRC system in an attempt to improve the radio reception, I anticipated that Schuberth would not be interested in fixing the unit so it was up to me to see if there was anything I could do to solve the problem.

[singlepic id=107 w=320 h=240 float=right]It didn’t take long to get everything apart and see that my assumptions about the location of the battery and the components was incorrect.

It also didn’t take long to find out where the problem was. There was a ribbon cable between the two sides shielded by quite a thick metal sheaf.  Clearly, there had been a lot of movement of the shield as it was no longer soldered to the units at either side. Within the metal shield, and near the one end, the ribbon cable had been folded and flattened. Constant movement of the shield and the cable had caused the ribbon cable to fail where it had been folded.

Getting a new ribbon cable of the same size and type proved to be difficult, so I had to search for a 12 pin 0.50mm pitch ribbon cable that was longer than the original. In the end, I was able to get two off eBay for around £7.00 each which I was really pleased about; £14.00 instead of £200.00 for a new unit or the unknown cost of having had it serviced by Schuberth.

I did make one mistake whilst servicing the cable. I was a little impatient with one of the locking tabs of the ribbon cable and broke it off in my haste. I thought this was going to cause me a lot of grief, but I was able to to use a strip of plastic from the top of a headache tablet strip, fold it in half, and wedge it behind the ribbon cable like the original tab would have done. It took a long time to get the cable and the plastic wedge into place and ended up being as snug a fit as the original plastic tab. I doubt it will move before I have to replace the cable again (which I hope I won’t have to do).

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