Don - you're the man!
I did exactly what you said, rolled the bike outside and tried to start it. Dead. Completely dead. Back into the shop. Pull the plugs - enough oil on them to close the beach. Put new plugs in, jumped on the kickstart lever, and she fired right up like always.
Whiiiiile I wait for the smoke to clear out of the shop...
Actually I wheeled the Bonnie outside and started her again. After two minutes of warm-up, compression had returned. This episode probably explains why in the past I have observed that compression seems to occasionally drop off, only to return to normal shortly later.
TT, Roger Stein - yeah, I get it - I was on the wrong side of the clutch. Morri - you're right, I shouldn't allow myself to get so discouraged. Dave - you're right, not like there was NO compression, just very reduced. I should do a hot compression check today.
I ride therefore I am. I ride a Triumph therefore I wrench
. Under duress.
I can't figure out these machines with one right in front of me - you guys diagnose problems from 3,000 miles away! Logic and knowledge make a formidable combination!
Sometimes I wonder if the benefits of the Internet really outweigh all the downsides. Hard to say, but one thing I know - if it weren't for the Internet and the dedicated knowledgeable people on the Britbike and TriumphRat discussion boards I would have been at the end of my Triumph road a long time ago.
Thanks so much to all of you. Wish I could invite you all over for a barbeque and awards ceremony!
Right now I'm going for a ride. All day! The woodpile and garden can wait today.