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Old 10-24-2012, 09:44 PM   #16276
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Contemplating trading my 2012 Bonnie for a scrambler.

A little terrified it's one of those 'sounds good now gonna regret like hell later' ideas....
Why? your bike looks sweet! If you wanna go with a scrambler look, maybe you can get some spoked wheels, throw on some knobbies and you're their. A little different, but in a good way. I've seen some scramblers with the low pipes and they look nice!
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:37 AM   #16277
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The 17 " front wheel means poor tyre choice for off pavement riding so if you want to get dirty the scram is a better option. Better still keep the Bonnie & buy a DR650 or KLR650.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:50 AM   #16278
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Contemplating trading my 2012 Bonnie for a scrambler.

A little terrified it's one of those 'sounds good now gonna regret like hell later' ideas....
Didn't you have a Scrambler before Goodcat
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:06 AM   #16279
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By lowering the suspension, do you mean to reduce the travel? Keep in mind this bike only has about 4 inches of travel in the front and about 3 inches in the rear. You might consider upgrading the suspension instead.
I need to lower the bike as a whole - Ive already lowered the front about 2 cm, it helps getting it off the kickstand. I dont want to reduce suspension travel, bu I want to lower another 2-3 cm so I can park/manouver the bike in any situation.

I believe there is a shock upgrade that will make the suspension shorter but more effective, right? I wouldnt replace with the Bonnie shock, but would consider an upgrade that will also help lowering. Are these a good option for the Scrambler? Any other suggestions (with links, please!)

http://www.newbonneville.com/html/ikon_shocks.html
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:46 AM   #16280
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Didn't you have a Scrambler before Goodcat
I had an 07 Bonnie before. I got the 12 bonnie this time round because I tried to "be real with myself" in regards to how often I'd actually venture off pavement. Oddly enough, whenever im out on a weekend adventure I find myself crawling down dirt and trail roads every chance I get. I've had 2 DR650's. Love them. Hate them on the freeway.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:51 AM   #16281
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I had an 07 Bonnie before. I got the 12 bonnie this time round because I tried to "be real with myself" in regards to how often I'd actually venture off pavement. Oddly enough, whenever im out on a weekend adventure I find myself crawling down dirt and trail roads every chance I get. I've had 2 DR650's. Love them. Hate them on the freeway.
Then a Scram's all you need.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:50 PM   #16282
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Triumph bar-end mirrors on Renthal Street Fighters

I wanted to put my Triumph bar-end mirrors on my Renthal Street Fighter bars. I had to sand a little aluminum off the ends of the bars so the mirrors could slide on and now I can see behind me.



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Old 10-26-2012, 12:35 AM   #16283
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I wanted to put my Triumph bar-end mirrors on my Renthal Street Fighter bars. I had to sand a little aluminum off the ends of the bars so the mirrors could slide on and now I can see behind me.

... no wonder you wanted to see whats behind you - Id like to see that Suzi behind me to
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:20 AM   #16284
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:57 PM   #16285
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New scrambler died already

I sold my (very) well-travelled 2002 650 Dakar for a good price and bought a 2013 scrambler. I was riding it home, pulled over for gas, and it wouldn't start :-( the engine malfunction light was on and the computer kept the starter from kicking.

Anyone had this happen? The dealer towed it and is fixing it under warranty. But I wanted to ride this bike to panama and I need a reliable bike. I rode the Dakar through Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, as well Denver to Ushuaia. It had its issues (underpowered charging system, bad water pumps, etc). But it got me there.

Just looking for some reassurance in triumph's reliability. Also, all bikes have weaknesses like the dakar's water pump. What's the one part you need to carry on a long trip for the scrambler?

Thanks.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:00 PM   #16286
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Contemplating trading my 2012 Bonnie for a scrambler.

A little terrified it's one of those 'sounds good now gonna regret like hell later' ideas....

I guess if you want a Scrambler then you should get a Scrambler.


But...if it was about more 'adventuring' as such, your bike is more than capable with some changes.

This guy seems happy enough, even if showing off at 8:55 :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1eSDYRTk_w

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Old 10-26-2012, 08:57 PM   #16287
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I guess if you want a Scrambler then you should get a Scrambler.


But...if it was about more 'adventuring' as such, your bike is more than capable with some changes.

This guy seems happy enough, even if showing off at 8:55 :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1eSDYRTk_w

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Old 10-26-2012, 10:12 PM   #16288
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I guess if you want a Scrambler then you should get a Scrambler.


But...if it was about more 'adventuring' as such, your bike is more than capable with some changes.

This guy seems happy enough, even if showing off at 8:55 :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1eSDYRTk_w

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Great video!

Last year I was exactly where he was, except on my mighty TW200!

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And because this is a scrambler thread....

http://www.blessthisstuff.com/stuff/...the-seventies/
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:21 AM   #16289
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Oz Trip 2012













Now back in NZ after a two month 16400km trip around Australia on my 06 scrambler - accompanied by John on his BMW 800GS - we flew the 2 bikes over the Tasman in early Aug 2012 and returned late Sept - The trip included approx 3500 km of dirt roads and we visited some terrific sites - The Triumph was a great bike to tour on and handled the long stretches and dirt roads very well - also a great conversation starter where ever we stopped to camp - No mechanical problems apart from a busted Icon shock (replaced with YSS) on the Daintree track near Cape Tribulation - anyone who says that you cant tour a Scrambler or ride them in the dirt is talking out his arse - thanks to all the great people we met along the way and for all the good advise I have picked up from this site while planing the trip over the last 18 months - trip report to follow

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Old 10-27-2012, 07:09 AM   #16290
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Binky, great trip report. I rode my scram on a 2000 mile trip this past June, no dirt but all secondary rodes, the bike was flawless as all my Triumph's have been.

What brand of screen is that fitted to your bike?
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