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Touring Bonnie

I was in love with the Scrambler when it was released. I suspect Triumph made the Scrambler partially just to get people in the door at the dealership. It worked for me. When I got there, though, I came to my senses and got a T100. It just made more practical sense. I've since put in over 11,000 miles on the Bonnie, including several long trips, and couldn't be happier with it. It has just enough engine to pass a truck on the highway, but it's still light enough to push around in gravel at the campsite. I'm planning on adding a pannier rack and hard cases to improve the touring capabilities. So far, my only complaint has been the lack of a serious market for touring accessories.
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My only complaint would be the ffuel range is a touch small - would like to be able to get 300km on a tank without worry
BUT can always carry a small fuel can
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I did this:

Auxilliary fuel tank on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Company called Alifab (.co.uk), 70-quid plus a bit more for the plumbing. One 200 miles Bonneville

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Just ridden 3500km on my Scrambler over December along the east coast of Australia, 700km of that was two up riding.

Stock rear shocks found their limitations a few times loaded two up, but thats too be expected really
No complaints, i had teh bike fitted witha new set of Micehllin Anakees, highly reccommended, great on tar seal and gravel/dirt roads.

Used a set of Andy Strapz throw over panniers - these are expensive intially, but still look brand new, no dust insids them, no problem with heat on teh bags from the scrambler pipes either. I've mucked around with cheaper products that have looked a lot worse in only 500km's of riding.

The bike handles much better with the tank bag on aswell, to be expected really
Only other thing i would do is a 19 tooth front sprocket for highway work, and some ikon rear shocks eventually (but not critical)

OH, and be prepared to talk to people at every petrol station, because they like seeing your bike out there working - and GS blokes look embarrassed when you pass them
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OH, and be prepared to talk to people at every petrol station, because they like seeing your bike out there working - and GS blokes look embarrassed when you pass them
The GS blokes have a lot to worry about, the mortgage they took out to buy it, the back strain if they ever have to pick it up, the shame of not having a Touratech hard thing on every external part, worries about drive shaft failures. You really shouldn't add to their problems by passing them and it probably invalidates BMW's Warrenty if they show any sort of embarrasment (They all do that Sir).

How many old guys claimed to own a bike like that in 1957 ? How far into the outback does the Greater Spotted Bike Anorak (identified by a call that goes "they fitted a '73 chain guard on a '66 bike") live?

Trip sounds great. Got any pictures?

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Scrambler & Sidecar

Hi, for any Triumph fans out there we are Andy & Maya and are travelling with an 2006 scrambler. Started in Oct last year and am now in Mexico, we have a website at Adventure Sidecar - Home
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Glad the trip's going OK.

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That's a really nice outfit you have there Never been keen on them, but I'd consider one like yours Hope things are going well for the pair of you, enjoy



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Scrambler Outfit

Hi Andy and Mike,
thanks for your good wishs. The Bonneville is running well and the fuel comsumption has rissen to 9 miles per liter since entering Mexico giving us a range of over 300 miles ( this is good for a heavely loaded outfit ) Fuel is around 50 pence per liter here.
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I've just read your blog, it sounds like you're having a great time, and I'm not one bit jealous! If you can stop having fun for a few minutes, and write some more, that would be appreciated

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Scrambler Outfit

Hi Mick
Most info is on the website/blog if you would like specific info i,ll do what i can. Maya is the one with the typeing skills and normaly takes care of blogs and such like, but as i say any tech stuff that you need to know ask away.
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Sorry Andy, i haven1t posted for ages - i'll get som ephotos when i can
currently in Hungary, sadly without my triumph

A warning for all new triumph owners: i had a front puncture teh other day from rust in teh rim tearing te tube. The bike is only just over 10,000km young - i do live in Sydney and ride all weathers, but not right on the beach, so a little disappointed
Have to scrape and paint the rims when i get back
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Bonneville

My 06 T100 has done several two-up runs from UK, up to now. Le Mans as a shakedown, then Nice, Santander and soon off to Lagos on the Algarve. I now have a Hyde floating disc up front [due to the original one warping], Givi 660 screen [triumph touring screen had tremendous windshear], scott oiler, crampbuster, clock, heated bars, 45 litre box [with extra pillion handles on the side], oxford throw overs and best of all, a thunderbird seat. The seat is a straight swap and solves all the Bonny plank problems. First chain adjustment was at 10K miles and chain life is over 20K, 45 mpg, cruise at 60 mph, fill up at 120 miles, run two tankfulls a day when easy touring. The only oddity is she does 125 miles before reserve and takes a 12 litre fill, when unladen. When laden she runs 100 miles before reserve and takes a 10 litre fill. I drained the tank dry and measured 16 litres capacity, then rode with a spirit level blu-tacked to the tank just to be sure the CG was central, so now just live with it. Very, very big grin stuff. And I had a Transalp before and an R100T before that. I won't be changing bikes again. Mike
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I posted on this thread over a year ago I think, and just thought I'd update it.If anyone has any doubts about Bonnies as touring bikes, they only need to have a look at my website.I rode my 2007 Bonny, albeit modified from the UK to Malaysia overland last year, and on Monday will start a tour of Australia.The bike performed faultessly, and the only problems I had were of my ownm making as a result of overloading the bike.Going through Thailand I was fully loaded with my girlfriend on the back and I estimated the total weight all up must have been pushing 500kg.The wheels are only rated for 280kgs so it was no suprise I broke some spokes on the rear wheel.I bought the bike from Norman Hyde and had loads of his GT upgrades on it, including the Givi screen ( great) ,AP racing front brake ( great ), 25 litre tank ( great, although one of the Triumph badges fell off in India, but if you ever see Indian roads you'll realise why), Ikon rear shocks which gave up the ghost in Thailand, louder pipes ( great), steering damper ( great) and King/Queen ( brilliant).They are awesome bikes and it was great being on something different from the usual BMWs and Suzuki DR 650s.
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Totally agree Andy. Our Triumph has taken us across North America,Central America, we are now in Humaita Brasil and will be doing the offroad section of the Trans Amazonas starting tomorrow. The bike has been briliant and i will post a report of problems so far in the next month or so. Andy and Maya
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