Not much action here lately...!

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Re: Not much action here lately...!

Postby Boosted Thrills » Wed May 22, 2019 4:11 pm

I've ridden 30 miles so far this season.

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Re: Not much action here lately...!

Postby bonnevillebilly » Thu May 23, 2019 8:06 am

Lol, same here, I think I beat you by about 20 miles, must of been the weather, beside being way too busy.
I'm not going to be able to move by the time I get up to Bennington.

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Re: Not much action here lately...!

Postby drlapo » Thu May 23, 2019 1:20 pm

well I've already ridden over 3000 miles; rode down to the
tail of the Dragon, with Doug, last week. Bike show in Mass this weekend then off to Vermont.
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Re: Not much action here lately...!

Postby amrehm » Thu May 23, 2019 1:28 pm

same here. i was down there 2 weeks ago. WV, VA, NC, TN, KY & GA. 2640 miles in 7 days. all back mountain roads through the appalachians & smokeys. Fantastic riding.

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Re: Not much action here lately...!

Postby bonnevillebilly » Fri May 24, 2019 9:56 am

You guys are Hard core, serious riders, I usually have at least 1000 + miles on by now.
I've just been too busy,
Working full time, I live on an 9 acre farm, Being a Scout leader, we go camping one weekend a month.
I play in to bands, that play about 1 to 2 gigs a month.
But, I am having a Blast !
I am Sooo... looking forward to putting a few more miles on Bonny next week.

See ya all next weekend :naughty:

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Re: Not much action here lately...!

Postby mark » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:18 am

Got awfully quiet here again! Hope everyone is getting in a lot of quality riding this fall.

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Re: Not much action here lately...!

Postby marde » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:43 pm

mark wrote:Got awfully quiet here again! Hope everyone is getting in a lot of quality riding this fall.

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Yup. 1,200 miles this season, (on my bicycle).
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Re: Not much action here lately...!

Postby mark » Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:30 am

That's a lot of bicycling, Marty!

I'm at over 21,000 miles so far this season between the Scrambler and the KTM. The Scrambler is such a great bike.

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Re: Not much action here lately...!

Postby marde » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:10 pm

I'm seriously considering getting one next Spring. Just have two concerns regarding touring on it: Heat from the high pipes, (which must build up over the hours), and chain maintenance, (I got spoiled with a belt drive, after figuring out its adjustment quirks). What have been your experiences?
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Re: Not much action here lately...!

Postby mark » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:52 am

marde wrote:I'm seriously considering getting one next Spring. Just have two concerns regarding touring on it: Heat from the high pipes, (which must build up over the hours), and chain maintenance, (I got spoiled with a belt drive, after figuring out its adjustment quirks). What have been your experiences?


Chain maintenance has never been an issue for me -- just lube it regularly with a good chain lube. I use the Dupont Teflon Chain Saver stuff, which is so good I typically get around 30,000 miles out of the original chain.

As for heat from the high pipes, it's nowhere near as bad as you might think. It gets a little toasty sitting in traffic on a hot day, but as long as you're moving it's not noticeable at all. The heat shield Triumph installs on there works really well.

I took my Scrambler on my annual pre-BTB trip this year and was really surprised at how well it handled touring. It's a very comfortable bike and handles superbly, and it's easy to ride long distances (helps to have a small windscreen of course). I packed light for that trip -- just the left-side Triumph pannier, a DrySpec D38 tail bag, and a small tank bag; pic below. I really enjoyed cutting things down to a minimalist setup.

September of next year I'm riding cross-country, and planning to do it on the Scrambler with a similarly minimal setup. I'll probably use my Wolfman Rocky Mountain panniers instead of the Triumph one so I also have a pannier on the right side; I will need a little more packing space in order to bring cooking gear and a few more clothes for a month-long trip.

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Re: Not much action here lately...!

Postby marde » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:01 pm

Thanks Mark. Another question regards tire life. How has wear been? I'm guessing that with my sedate riding style and svelt shape, I should do fairly well.
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Re: Not much action here lately...!

Postby mark » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:31 pm

marde wrote:Thanks Mark. Another question regards tire life. How has wear been? I'm guessing that with my sedate riding style and svelt shape, I should do fairly well.


The stock Metzeler Tourance tires are crap. My front wore out in a little over 5000 miles, the rear in about 6000. Beyond mediocre life, they're also just not very good tires. Fine on the street but unimpressive on dirt.

I'm now running a set of Shinko 705s, which are much better (and a lot less expensive). They last around 8000 miles even carrying my weight, and they perform surprisingly well on both pavement and dirt/gravel roads.

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Re: Not much action here lately...!

Postby marde » Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:21 pm

Thanks for the info Mark. Happy Holidays to all!!!
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Re: Not much action here lately...!

Postby AtticaTiger » Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:01 pm

After seeing the pic I had to wipe drool off keyboard. I am not interested in the new Tiger 900. I will keep my Tiger 800 and maybe, just maybe buy back my 2014 Scram from current owner. That or DR 650 for bombing some forest roads and trails.
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