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Looked at an america with very low miles. Great bike but exhaust pipes at head are very blue - more so that i have seen on others with much higher miles. Might this be an indication of overheating at some time. appreciate your views.

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Triumph bikes are well made but the exhaust always suffer and turn blue due to heat .
Now this is common on lots of bikes but the good old twins have a high compression output and i would , just for your own sake , get the compression level out of the specifications and put a gauge on the bike . this is the safest way of telling if the rings are weak and done a lot of miles .
the color of the exhaust may be only telling that the metal thickness may not be adequate or poor chrome workmanship due to chinese metal .

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