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Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-25-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 22,785
Views: 6,939,181
Posted By Mastodon
For me, I have the Triumph aux power socket...

For me, I have the Triumph aux power socket fitted to my bike. IIRC, it's about $40 and takes maybe 10 minutes to install, since the bike's already wired for it. From that, you can get a Powerlet to...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-11-2015, 07:06 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 67,719
Posted By Mastodon
http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/04/11/0afbf6603d...

http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/04/11/0afbf6603d185efdf2f678422762d823.jpg

Del Rio, TX
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-06-2015, 06:17 AM
Replies: 22,785
Views: 6,939,181
Posted By Mastodon
Saw this posted on Triumph's Facebook page,...

Saw this posted on Triumph's Facebook page, comparing our bike with the new Ducati Scramblers. Funny thing is, for all the complaints people have about the Triumph being uncomfortable, having poor...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-05-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 22,785
Views: 6,939,181
Posted By Mastodon
I took 2 days to go from Denver to Green Bay last...

I took 2 days to go from Denver to Green Bay last May. Was mostly Interstate the entire way. I had the bike loaded down, since I was in the middle of a cross-country ride, and the only thing that...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 03-06-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 22,785
Views: 6,939,181
Posted By Mastodon
More pictures from yesterday. ...

More pictures from yesterday.

http://mastodon.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ADV/i-V8NC6Qz/0/L/Bike%205ps-L.jpg

http://mastodon.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ADV/i-rHjPwFd/0/L/Bike%204ps-L.jpg

And a bad...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 03-06-2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 22,785
Views: 6,939,181
Posted By Mastodon
As a street tire, the Anakee 3's are good. The...

As a street tire, the Anakee 3's are good. The Scram was wearing Tourances before, and compared to those, I'm impressed by the treadlife. With the Tourances, my rear had worn mostly smooth by about 7...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 03-05-2015, 07:26 PM
Replies: 22,785
Views: 6,939,181
Posted By Mastodon
While it seems like most of the US under a...

While it seems like most of the US under a blanket of snow, here in south Texas I haven't seen a flake yet. So, with the clear skies and warm temps, I pulled the bike from the garage, I gassed up and...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 01-18-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 22,785
Views: 6,939,181
Posted By Mastodon
Triumph Scrambler

Seems like I've been away from the site for some time now, long enough for the Beasts forum to be split into three subforms now, and for the powers to be to consider our Scramblers as Tigers. They...
Forum: Face plant 12-21-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,518
Posted By Mastodon
Good work in assisting the rider! Maybe I'm just...

Good work in assisting the rider! Maybe I'm just too much of a cynic, but I feel like too many people would look the other way and wait for someone else to do something.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 12-19-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 23,420
Posted By Mastodon
Hey there y'all! I got tired of the busy city...

Hey there y'all! I got tired of the busy city life in the Nation's Capital so I sold nearly everything I owned, loaded up the bike with everything else, and moved down to Del Rio, Tx!

Alright, so...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 12-12-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 22,785
Views: 6,939,181
Posted By Mastodon
Alright, so it's been a few months since I last...

Alright, so it's been a few months since I last posted. It's also been a few months since I last took the Scram anywhere. Aside from some rain, it hasn't even been washed since returning home from...
Forum: Ride reports 06-18-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Thanks. I'll actually be at Laughlin AFB, a...

Thanks. I'll actually be at Laughlin AFB, a couple hours west of San Antonio in Del Rio. Its a small enough town I'll be living in, I'm sure I might want to take you up on that one weekend.



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Forum: Ride reports 06-16-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Through A Bug-Splattered Helmet: A Solo Ride Across America

Thanks everyone. I love this site and all of the awesome pics and stories you all share on it. With the knowledge and inspiration I've gotten from here, sharing my experience is my way of giving...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 06-15-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 22,785
Views: 6,939,181
Posted By Mastodon
Talking Just thought I'd let everyone know that I...

Just thought I'd let everyone know that I finished writing up my ride report from the cross-country trip I did a little while back. So, if you haven't taken a chance to read it (or at the photos,)...
Forum: Ride reports 06-15-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Epilogue - Arlington, VA

I shut the door behind us, Alyssa and I having just walked back from the Metro and a happy hour with some of her co-workers in downtown D.C. We sat down on the couch together, and I pulled over my...
Forum: Ride reports 06-15-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Day 29 – Dayton, OH to Arlington, VA

The rain had stopped sometime before I woke, but the clouds still lingered overhead. For a moment I thought about spending the morning at the nearby Air Force Museum while letting the storm continue...
Forum: Ride reports 06-14-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Day 28 – Green Bay, WI to Dayton, OH

I woke up early, anxious to get on the road once more. This would be another 500+ mile day, and the long day had the potential to be even worse if I got stuck in the Chicago traffic. After saying my...
Forum: Ride reports 06-13-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Day 27 – Green Bay, WI

A couch isn’t the most comfortable place to sleep but, with a couple of Advil PM, it works well enough. Over the past two days of long hours at Interstate speeds, a subtle yet constant vibration from...
Forum: Ride reports 06-13-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Crap. I had read about the SAC museum a few weeks...

Crap. I had read about the SAC museum a few weeks before my trip too, and had completely forgotten about it. Having had 4 years and two deployments with the E-3 AWACS platform in Oklahoma City, I'd...
Forum: Ride reports 06-12-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
The bike itself performed great! The only...

The bike itself performed great! The only problems I had were due to my own fault. Not double checking the mechanic's work on my brakes after its major service in the days leading up to my departure....
Forum: Ride reports 06-11-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Day 26 – Omaha, NE to Green Bay, WI

With the city of Omaha behind me, I crossed into Iowa. Being in the Midwest, a strong wind blew. Like my earlier route west, I leaned the bike into the wind to keep the path true. And just like the...
Forum: Ride reports 06-08-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Day 25 – Colorado Springs, CO to Omaha, NE

With the plains states ahead, and the last of my side stops now in the past, all that remained for my trip was for me to make my way home. And after almost a month on the road, I was ready enough to...
Forum: Ride reports 06-08-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Maybe it was a setting in the GPS somewhere, (the...

Maybe it was a setting in the GPS somewhere, (the Montana certainly enough settings to mess with) but on the display I had, there were only 4 digits for altitude. It recorded higher and, once I got...
Forum: Ride reports 06-08-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Hah, I didn't even realize that picture was on...

Hah, I didn't even realize that picture was on that thread. I knew he had thought it was worthy, I just didn't know it was actually nominated! :lol3

Thanks to you and to K0m4!:beer
Forum: Ride reports 06-08-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Day 24 – Durango, CO to Colorado Springs, CO

Being in the military, I’m lucky enough to work with people from all over the country who have a wide range of backgrounds. Most career fields are small enough that even as people transfer from base...
Forum: Ride reports 06-06-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Day 23 - Durango

The crisp morning air ate through the thin long sleeve shirt I wore as I rode to the train station in the center of town. An advocate of “All the Gear, All the Time,” I also know how to look at the...
Forum: Ride reports 06-06-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Thanks all. Trust me, I'm working on it. It's...

Thanks all. Trust me, I'm working on it. It's just hard to find the time to do this with work, and getting ready to move and all. Still, I'm working on it.
Forum: Ride reports 06-03-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Day 22 - Moab, UT to Durango, CO

For the adventure crowd, Moab is their personal Mecca, a place they have to reach at least once in their life. So it's no surprise that in my effort to find a welder the previous day, I would see a...
Forum: Ride reports 06-03-2014, 07:28 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Day 21 – Moab, UT

Spirits were high and, despite a warning from a couple walking out of the Burger King complaining of exorbitantly high prices, my stomach was fed. I was on my way to Canyonlands National Park, a...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 06-02-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 22,785
Views: 6,939,181
Posted By Mastodon
It's about $170 for a factory replacement...

It's about $170 for a factory replacement shifter. Instead, you can spend $20 on an aluminum folding shifter. You can see mine a few pages back.

And I believe the dealer charges around $1500 to...
Forum: Ride reports 06-02-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
I wish I could've gone I to this type of detail...

I wish I could've gone I to this type of detail while I was on the road, but the time it takes to write everything and what it takes to go through the video to find the perfect frame, well, I...
Forum: Ride reports 06-01-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Day 20 - Salt Lake City, UT to Moab, UT

Despite the grand generosity of my hosts, I backed out of the driveway and drove away from the city. I was still a day behind schedule, having spent a snow-day in Arizona a week prior, and my next...
Forum: Ride reports 05-31-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Day 19 - Fallon NAS, NV to Salt Lake City, UT

I live on Rt 50. Take a right after leaving my apartment’s parking lot, go 200 feet, and you’ll find yourself on the highway’s on ramp. I can’t claim that I know the road intimately, since it’s over...
Forum: Ride reports 05-26-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Day 18 – Travis AFB, CA to Fallon NAS, NV

I stepped from the shower and looked at all the gear I had spread across the room. I didn’t want to keep loading and unloading it each day, that simple act probably being one of the things wearing me...
Forum: Ride reports 05-26-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Oops. :lol3 The river south of the dam...

Oops. :lol3

The river south of the dam seemed low, but I don't know how high it is normally. The lake itself didn't seem unordinary, and there were quite a few boats on the water, but again...
Forum: Ride reports 05-24-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Day 17 – Vandenberg AFB, CA to Travis AFB, CA

I had noticed that I had been waking up a little bit later each morning. Maybe it had something to do with the time zones, or maybe I was just tired. Probably both, judging from the way I felt after...
Forum: Ride reports 05-24-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Hah, no worries. I've been laughing at myself a...

Hah, no worries. I've been laughing at myself a lot lately.

I think Navajo Lake has two main campsites. There's a road that leads from one to the other, and it was gated shut when I was there....
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 05-23-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 22,785
Views: 6,939,181
Posted By Mastodon
Triumph Scrambler

I'll compare the scrambler with...


...itself!

Put 75+lbs of gear on it, then ride it long enough to forget about the weight (I did 9000 miles.) Finally, strip the bike down again. It'll feel...
Forum: Ride reports 05-22-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Thank you! I have a folding shifter now....

Thank you!

I have a folding shifter now. When an aftermarket one is $25 compared to the $171 Triumph wants for their non-folding one, it's a no brainer. But that comes later in the story. I still...
Forum: Ride reports 05-22-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 27,395
Posted By Mastodon
Day 16 – Barstow, CA to Vandenberg AFB, CA

Throughout the trip, I had been posting small updates online and several members had replied to my situation, including one member in Salt Lake City who was offering to drive down from Salt Lake City...
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