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Old 19 Sep 2006
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Talking scrambling RTW

Well i have finally decided on what bike i'm gonna ride around the world. A new triumph scrambler, people may think i'm nuts but screw it should be fun. Just might be lil tough getting it through africa and mongolia.
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Fit some knobblies for the rough stuff and you should be ok .
You might have to lift the front fender to stop it clogging with mud .Otherwise I can't see any real problems for you .
Go for it .
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Sounds fantastic. been thingking about the same thing.
Only concern for me was fitting panniers on those massive side exhausts. Some after market models might help, or you could try lashing the long bag crossways over the seat I guess.

Just do it, be differernt. Get a good bash plate, and take some photos - triumph might want you for the Dakar next year
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I am also thinking about taking the Triumph Scrambler for a trans Europ-SEAsia someday in 2007 or 2008.

I own a 2005 Thruxton currently and can say that the Thruxton is just great. The Scrambler share the same engine (865 cc) with the Bonneville and Thruxton, and my experience with its reliability is positive, having put 25.000 kms on it up to today. I know someone who owns a 2001 Bonneville (the 790 cc model) with more than 60.000 kms on it.

No doubt that the bike will need a good preparation, and certainly some custom modding before leaving (no dedicated pannier and frames for long hauls like what can be found for the Bonneville at MetalMule).

Scrambler : Adventure with style !
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Scramblers are having problems with the spokes on the rear wheel breaking, hitting the swingarm or brake caliper, and puncturing the tube. Make sure to check the spoke tension often. Safety-wire the spokes together where they cross to keep a loose spoke from flailing about, and use several layers of duct tape instead of a rim strip to protect the tube in case a spoke does break. Carry spare spokes.

My plan would be an aluminum box on the left, a solo seat with luggage rack instead of the pillion, a Givi top box on that, and the factory luggage rack that goes over the rear fender (behind the stock seat) behind that. Don't put a bag on the right side at all. (The exhaust system weighs a lot, so a bag on one side will be fine if you don't overload it too much)

I'd also install a tank bag and some cloth panniers that hang down on either side of the gas tank. Finish it off with a small windshield and some hand guards.

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