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Offline Ratten

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Burst into flames while riding - all gone
« on: October 22, 2019, 06:11:17 PM »
So a long time not posting, but everything was dandy and i was riding not typing...  Toured most of sourthern Africa while working down there and then back home and many years of happy riding UK and Europe.

Last year had crazy clocks / lights / rough idle and cutout so replaced a duff fuse under the battery (eventually!).

Yesterday riding to Heathrow at 4am and the bloody thing bursts into flames.  Crazy clocks, no lights then engine died.  Coast to the side and acrid smoke from battery box followed by flames braking through.  All i could do was retreat and watch her burn. :232: :232: :232: :005: :172:

Found this chap had same experience
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So if you have a 2011 early bike then please consider checking the battery box for drainage adjustment.  I expect Triumph will tell me where to go when i write to them (not expecting anything, but maybe a recall for others), but if it helps some other poor owner out there then good.

Crazy clocks - beware and check the drainage and fuse if you can.  If you can't then try to not set your balls on fire.






Any bets on what pitiful value the insurance will put on it!??
« Last Edit: October 22, 2019, 06:14:03 PM by Ratten »
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Re: Burst into flames while riding - all gone
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2019, 06:53:17 PM »
Sad news but good you are ok!
What started the fire?

Offline Ratten

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Re: Burst into flames while riding - all gone
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2019, 07:09:48 PM »
I think a shorted fuse under the battery.  There's a 30amp jobby in there and that's where the fire came from.  The comments under that bloke's video seem to point to that as well.  Chuffing scary, but live to fight another day!
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Re: Burst into flames while riding - all gone
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2019, 07:51:08 PM »
*Originally Posted by Ratten [+]


Found this chap had same experience
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That'll have been Rocket's bike
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Re: Burst into flames while riding - all gone
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2019, 08:19:53 PM »
Yes unlikely to buff out. Sorry for your loss but at least you are ok. Another good reason to move the fuse to a fly lead ABOVE the battery me thinks.
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Re: Burst into flames while riding - all gone
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2019, 10:16:27 PM »
What sort of battery was installed Lithium or lead acid?

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Re: Burst into flames while riding - all gone
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2019, 11:46:51 PM »
IIRC Rockets was a standard lead acid
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Re: Burst into flames while riding - all gone
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2019, 06:07:05 AM »
Standard Yausa lead acid for me.  A bloody new one as well grrrrrr
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Re: Burst into flames while riding - all gone
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2019, 10:42:38 AM »
It standard procedure for us  ' old sweats' who been on the forum for years to check the fuse box under battery is water free or move the 30a fuse box. I can't understand why it not next to the other fuses  :084:

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Re: Burst into flames while riding - all gone
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2019, 01:02:43 PM »
Reading through the posts on Ron's (Rocket) disaster it never got resolved as to what the problem was, he did say he managed to save the seats, so not sure it was a battery fire ?
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