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Old 01-26-2009, 10:17 AM   #3556
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Question: I'm too lazy to pull mine off the bike to look. I assumed these brackets are steel, but in looking at some online they may be aluminum. What are they made from? Al is a little easier to work with than steel.
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:20 AM   #3557
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Question: I'm too lazy to pull mine off the bike to look. I assumed these brackets are steel, but in looking at some online they may be aluminum. What are they made from? Al is a little easier to work with than steel.

Cast aluminum is my guess, but I'm a neophyte, so let me know if there are markings I should look for to confirm that. Looking at the America bracket, I really don't think it can be modified to fit the 255mm caliper without seriously weakening it. I could be seeing this through over-cautious eyes, but you'd be putting holes in the bracket that run into the thinnest part of the cast. I guess the whole endeavor also begs the question, would putting a 285mm disc of the four-hole hub put too much stress on the hub? I'm assuming that there is a reason Triumph put five bolts on the America hub - aside from just wanting to give us something to while away the hours discussing.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:00 AM   #3558
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Busted spokes

So now they are lock-wired , they should not travel too far next time.

Dont want a dramatic blow out at speed

New disc needed soon ...going for the EBC option thanks guys for the advice.

Now a weapy rocker cover gasket - to be replaced at the 40,000km service

Like owning an old BMW
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:23 AM   #3559
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Like owning an old BMW
Oh no! Don't say that. I spent more time fixing my R100GS than I did riding it.
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:36 AM   #3560
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Softer forks?

I had a fiddle with my forks whilst doing lots of other things to my bike. My impressions of the forks was that they were far too stiff. So, I got myself some 7.5W fork oil (Std. is 10W) and put that in the forks to a level of 140mm from the top of the leg with spring removed and leg fully compressed.
Why 140mm? Well, the Thruxton forks are filled to that level, whereas the Scrambler is filled to 123mm. So, if you're going to reduce the damping you also need to reduce the spring rate. The simplest way is to increase the air chamber above the oil.
I've just come back from a 100 mile ride to test it and I'm very pleased with the result. I rode a variety of roads from fast dual carriageway to bumpy back lanes covered in crap. The forks now absorb the bumps instead of crashing into them.
I have to say; I don't know if this would be too soft for dirt roads but if your riding is mainly paved roads and, like me, you think the forks come too hard, then you should give this a try.
7.5W oil to 140mm. You heard it here first.


EDIT, December 2009, I've done over 7000 miles with this set-up now including some pretty rough off roading and it copes very well with all conditions. IMHO this is almost as good as the forks could get for very little cost. Next step is to try 8.33W (mix 1 litre 10W with 1/2 litre 5W) at 135mm.
EDIT, May2010, next step is done and it is a bit better at giving more feel at the expense of ultimate comfort. Worked great on what we rode on the ADV Norway rally http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...542913&page=14 .
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:30 PM   #3561
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Oh no! Don't say that. I spent more time fixing my R100GS than I did riding it.
Money pits ...they all are.

I got a non runner BMW - Should have it going in a few months time - fingers crossed.

I've been having a good look at the HD XR1200 - shamefull I know - might even test ride one.
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:15 AM   #3562
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I've been having a good look at the HD XR1200 - shamefull I know - might even test ride one.
If you didn`t read my XR1200 test ride report last year,you may enjoy reading it now.

I can`t find it on this site any more,but here`s a link to it ........

http://www.xrv.org.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=28068



P.S. Sorry this post isn`t exactly Scrambler related,but hey...I do own one.
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:50 AM   #3563
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Money pits ...they all are.

I got a non runner BMW - Should have it going in a few months time - fingers crossed.

I've been having a good look at the HD XR1200 - shamefull I know - might even test ride one.
That's a beauty
The kick start seems a litel too much outside
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:03 AM   #3564
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Money pits ...they all are.

I got a non runner BMW - Should have it going in a few months time - fingers crossed.

I've been having a good look at the HD XR1200 - shamefull I know - might even test ride one.
Those DAKAR ones are the ones to have. And, they were built properly in those days. They last because they're understressed.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:00 AM   #3565
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I got to ride one of these last night. Great fun! Seems like you really have to overcome a lot of spring tension to work the throttle though. When I got back on my Tiger afterward I almost launched myself before I got reacclimated to the Tiger's more "sensitive" throttle.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:50 AM   #3566
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:17 AM   #3567
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Money pits ...they all are.

I got a non runner BMW - Should have it going in a few months time - fingers crossed.

I've been having a good look at the HD XR1200 - shamefull I know - might even test ride one.
Anybody know what is this tyre and size ? Sorry for a non Triumph question !
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:17 AM   #3568
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Anybody know what is this tyre and size ? Sorry for a non Triumph question !
The size would be 120/90x18 rear, 90/90x21 front but I don't know what tyre it is.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:21 AM   #3569
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Is that your "gps" taped to the windscreen? If so I'm stealing your idea, I can't belive I never thought of that earlier. It is so simple it is brilliant
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:34 PM   #3570
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Is that your "gps" taped to the windscreen? If so I'm stealing your idea, I can't belive I never thought of that earlier. It is so simple it is brilliant
Keep yours in zipped up in your back pocket, do ya?




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