Triumph Scrambler

Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by danger_dave, May 29, 2006.

  1. alskee750

    alskee750 Been here awhile

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    Thanks Gents...

    Appreciate your input hopefully I can have it up for the Color of the Catskills in hunter mountain.

    Alex
  2. dirtyrod

    dirtyrod Adventurer

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    Thinking of picking up one of these fine looking machines and now after reading your posts i think I need to contact the seller again for a test ride. thanks for the interesting read here.:freaky
  3. ajsimmo

    ajsimmo Crinkley Codger

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    Cheers Becsta,
    I'll definately be interested in the outcome. With winter approaching, it seems a good mod to do when there is snow on the ground.
  4. becsta

    becsta Been here awhile

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    I forgot to ask the dealer about the cast wheels. I am sure I will remember at some stage and will post up when I do.

    I received my panniers this morning, they look great. I am going riding tomorrow so will be doing the install on Sunday.
  5. ChrisLX200

    ChrisLX200 Been here awhile

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    A few photos I took today....

    At the top of Pym's Chair (a notably steep hill)...so I said "Did you chaps get these towed up here or what?" ...and then the fight started. No, they just laughed and told me these 3 Model T's had toured up the French Alps last year. :lol3
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  6. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    And I like the summation for that video...

    "During the five days we shot stills & video serious damage was sustained: the rear axle was bent, front disc warped, steels clutch plates fried, rear brake pads gone, electrics gone haywire and it has been suggested that the frame has been bent!
    Apart from that it is still running well abeit right handers tend to be a little dicey.
    Remarkably the shocks are still going strong
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    Personally, having owned both, I'd keep the DR. It's more fun in the dirt and that's where I'm riding more lately. Scrambler was a fun bike to own but it ain't no DR. :deal

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  7. scramblase

    scramblase ATGATT -> Met/Isoleucine

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    Agreed, having been on a fun little excursion along w/ a DR & a KLR. The Scrambler can hold its own, but the gouges out of my rear brake caliper and piston sort of speak for themselves about the limits of this motorcycle.

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  8. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    And as long as you keep those in mind it'll work. Many on here have tried to make the Scrambler into a true dual sport, but in reality it's a styling exercise. Doesn't take away from the Scrambler, but in my mind it's a road bike.
  9. TerryK

    TerryK Ulysses

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    Agreed Bross, I just use mine as a road bike as I have the XR for the dirt & even on the road the XR has better suspenion.
  10. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Only posted to show Inmate gallowaystx can see how this set-up works, so I'm definitely not spamming :D.

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    I will post a few more pics of the full set-up (which won't be spamming either :D). It's not a sales pitch and I'd have wanted to share some photos anyway, cos I just love the way these bags work on my Scram'. In fact, I did way before I got the gig as the US distributor.

    That said, if anyone does have any questions about Kriega kit, I am of course more than happy to help wherever I can.

    Oh, and it looks like I may have found a way to import the bike to the US - turns out my contact at Triumph can arrange for me to get a certificate showing that the bike is the same spec as the ones sold in the US, just as soon as I get a Triumph dealer to fit a DOT headlamp lens and reflectors. Result! :clap
  11. Fire Escape

    Fire Escape Long timer

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    Keep the original lens and reflector to change back after you get it all approved. It HAS to be better that the POS assembly that is DOT approved here! I knew that it was bad but was surprised one night to realize that I could see more by the light of the bike behind me (stock Yamaha sportbike) than I could with my own light. My Scrambler is currently on loan to friend while he searches for one of his own, there was only one rule - DON"T EVEN THINK OF RIDING IT AT NIGHT!


    Bruce
  12. flick

    flick Man on a mission.

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    One of the best mods I ever did to my bike was putting on a Bonneville headlight bucket and Cibie lens. It was a night and day difference. I got my lens from Daniel Stern http://www.danielsternlighting.com/products/products.html. He is a really nice guy and talks to each customer personally.

    Naturally, I couldn't stop tinkering with the headlight so I installed a relay kit from Eastern Beaver. http://easternbeaver.com/Main/Products/H4_Kits/h4_kits.html Now I had full battery voltage at the headlight instead of the stock one volt lower, and more voltage means more light :D and as an added bonus you can run a bigger bulb.

    The low beam was now bright enough to see my way home but not so bright it blinded other drivers. But I wanted a high beam that could set a squirrel on fire at 100 paces. So I replaced the stock 55/60 watt bulb with a 55/100 watt bulb. http://www.amazon.com/HELLA-HLA-H83140141-Halogen-Bulb-Road/dp/B000COBLJI Now then it was like I could turn the sun back on with a flick of the switch. :evil

    If you want even more light you can get a higher wattage bulb or when you get the relay kit you can have him put a jumper in that will keep the low when you turn the high on (stock switches one off and turns the other on). The latter will mean the stock bulb will act like a 115 watt high beam and the bulb I ran will be about 155 watts :eek1
  13. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello Scramblase,
    concerning your rear brake: if that is the only or biggest limiting-factor on your Scrambler, you could try to mount the caliper on top of the swinging arm. It would me further away from the dirt ... Some guys here did converversions like that, you could even buy one of them. I don't know, if it's still on offer.
    Maybe, you could change the caliper for one from a real off-road-bike, that's more designed to face stones, mud, sand and so on ... I'd prefer to mount it on something like a triangled plate that ist secured on the axle and ankered with a long rod near to the swinging arm cross bracket.
    I still believe, that there's a (alright, a small) market for a Scrambler with better off-road abilities. Frame and suspension something like a slightly up-dated XT 500, brakes in actual state-of-the-art for mid-sized bikes, loss of some 50 kgs, fuel-range for 300 kms and the possibility to ride the whole day long at 130 km/h if necessary. The goal shouldn't be to give modern enduros a run for their money but to ride a bike with classic looks that could do nearly everything for you. Except Trials and high-speed ...
    Kind regards, Bambi
  14. TerryK

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    My mate got his new Scrambler today, 2011 in Jet black with the Arrow 2 into 1 exhaust.
    I drove him in to pick it up, had a look & said to the salesman the pipes were wrong on the Arrow, he didn't believe me so he looks for a photo & guess what it was wrong..anyhow they had a guy working overtime swapping the pipes.
    Went for a ride up through the Adelaide hills this afternoon & he loves it.

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  15. patiodadio

    patiodadio Motorcyclist

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    Great looking set up !
  16. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Thanks for the advice, Bruce. I don't really have any issues with the UK lens, but I did fit a Phillips MotoVision HID bulb, which made a world of difference. I would guess that the only difference between the UK and US lenses is that one directs the beam slightly to the left and the other to the right. But either way, I have seen some very nice after-market bucket jobs, which I may try myself after importation.

    Flick's solution sounds pretty sweet too.
  17. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Thanks, man. I used these bags on the last three bikes I owned, but they look best on the Scrambler. On weekend or longer trips, I tend to use them in a 40L tail pack configuration, with either another 30-40L and/or a rollbag on the rack for the tent, sleeping bags etc, and one US-10 on the tank for when I plan to ride longer, along with a waistpack for important documents / cash / cards etc. The backpack is generally used for short runs and commuting etc. Never needed any more than that and only would for the most epic rides, at which point I could comfortably go up another 30L on the tail packs and 10 on the tank.

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  18. flick

    flick Man on a mission.

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    That is alot of weights on your front wheel. You shouldn't normally need more than 3/4oz (21g) on the front and double that for the rear. When I balanced my last set of tires I was upset that I had to use weights at all on the front and 1/2oz (14g) on the rear. It takes a bit more time to static balance wheels and use very little weight but the ride is better.
  19. Fire Escape

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    Thank You, I had seen your advice about changing headlight buckets to get a decent lens some time back but MBS prevented me getting around to doing it. I don't find myself doing much night riding anymore so it wasn't until I loaned out the bike that I remembered just how much the OEM Scrambler light sucked (don't need to lose anymore friends, buried 5 since April) and that I had not improved it. I don't know what they actually test for to get DOT approval, certainly there is no minimum level of performance! I used to run the 55/100 bulbs on my Hurricane, High beam during the day and I rarely got cut-off, when I did I invariably found that the light was still on Low from riding at night previously. Something about that Scram lens keeps most anything used for a bulb from being much use. While I am big on nostalgia and keeping "old looks" I am not pleased with Hinckley's choice to bring back the old Lucas choices in lighting ..... OFF-DIM-FLICKER (No offence intended when writing that, didn't notice the "similarity until I typed it). One of these days I will get a decent bucket and lens swapped onto my Scram. Thanks again.


    Bruce
  20. becsta

    becsta Been here awhile

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    Panniers are installed.

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