Grand Prix 500
Main Motorcycle: Triumph Trident
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Great Britain
Other Motorcycle: More Triumph Tridents
Extra Motorcycle: A few Hinckleys ......
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I'm so chuffed with my 78 tiger I've covered more miles on it this summer than I ever thought I would, it really has turned out to be a great blend of practicality and a way of satisfying the classic bike itch!
Myself and a couple of mates are planning a little European camping trip next year, I'll be on the Tiger and my pals will be on a couple of 70's BMW's. I realise I'll be the limiting factor on making progress!! so I'd at least any progress to be as comfy as possible.
My main comfort criticisms of my bike are,
1. Uncomfortable saddle, it's too soft and I can feel the seat pan.
2. Harsh...ish suspension.
3. I'd like to drop the RPM a little at 70mph.
I'll try and source a rack for the back and use a tank bag and some throw over panniers.
Any advice would be great.
Try google john young iron butt.
Listen to an learn from john young if you want to know how to do it right.
WELCOME TO THE FORUM!
If you should happen to see our mutual friend Roy S who used to have the TR6P electric start please give him our greetings. Also our friend Fran whom you talked to on the cell at the Iron Butt starting line stlll talks about that.
Blimey your that John!
Sorry not logged on for a day or two. I remember reading a thing or two about your trip. I once road from Southern Brittany to Derby on my Trident 900 and that was hard work, god only knows how you did it!!!
I started reading your account of the trip and then kept altering the PDF number so read it all, not only was I amazed how you mangaed I was also impressed by the bike. I'm a bit weird as unlike a lot of people I really like the styling of the earlier triples, if I had the choice I'd have a 69 model as it's the year I was born, did they do one with a five speed box?
I don't intend doing the distances you covered but you've definatly given me a few ideas, I reckon bringing the pegs back and fitting rear sets might allow me to spread my weight between the seat, pegs and bars better and allow a more aerodynamic shape.
Are you going to write a book?
good luck with the next IBR.
If you want to read the entire story, click on
then click on features (in the menu across the top)
Scroll down about 80% of the page (the bit about the JOG-LE moped run) and you will see a cartoon of me on my IBR bike.
Then just click on each of the six parts that are listed
Thanks John - I've just spent the last 3 hours reading the entire story. Its very well written and extremely interesting. "Never make it out of Seattle" my arse!
It would be good if you were to write a book about your experiences. Maybe you should do the 2013 IBR on a Tiger Cub? A firend once rode from Norwich to Athens and back on one, with only a pucture (though I guess that's about equivalent in mileage to one side of Texas to another!)
Just to get it really clear, if you don't mind, what precise brand and type of oil did you use? I've got a Kirby Rowbotham feed-side oil filter on my TR7 and I'm still trying to figure out whether having this means I'd be better off using a synthetic/semi-synthetic or non-synthetic but high-detergent 20/50 or 15/40 or whatever oil.... (as opposed to the typical non-detergent mineral 20/50)
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