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Old 11-22-2012, 09:57 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Really the cheapest way to get more power and speed is buy a good used bike that is made for speed and power. I don't mean that in a smart azz kind of way either. After 35 years of riding I have seen people waist untold sums of money trying to eek out every last little oz. of power from an engine that was not made to do much more than it does. I see those guys at my ZRX forum pay more for engine "upgrades" than I could buy a good used bike for. In my opinion if it looks, rides and sounds good just ride the dang thing and quite worrying about other peoples stuff.
I think thats good advice. Other than freer breathing pipes and maybe some simple airbox mods and a freer breathing filter I wouldn't bother.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:53 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I think thats good advice. Other than freer breathing pipes and maybe some simple airbox mods and a freer breathing filter I wouldn't bother.
You are right. That's as much as makes sense to me too.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:39 PM   #33 (permalink)
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If its a labor of love cheap does not come in to play.Sure you can buy a cheap fast bike but it wont look or feel the same as a fast triumph twin.It is way more to it then just being fast.Fast rice rockets are a dime a dozen anyone can buy one.These bikes are all about haveing them your own way what ever that might be.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:52 PM   #34 (permalink)
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No one said anything about "cheap". There is NOTHING cheap about any kind of mods, not even exhaust system, windshield, bags and a good seat. We are talking about MPH = $$$ Besides that, there is no such thing as a fast Triumph 865cc bike. I wouldn't want to go 160+MPH on a Bonneville YIKES !!!

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Old 11-23-2012, 12:57 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I think it says somewhere on the box when you buy a Triumph twin that owner MUST DO THE TON AT LEAST ONCE!

When I road a Blackbird, I saw an indicated 270 kmh (roughly 170 mph) just to find out what WOT felt like.

Speed is relative. I can tell you with certainty that doing the ton or so on a Triumph twin gives about the same thrill as going speeds on a superbike that would vaporize you if you came off - and that's a GOOD thing!
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This may bring up another very good topic. How fast is fast enough for you and your 865cc Triumph ? For me its 100mph but I'm more of a touring guy now days. I only jump on my ZRX when I get in a mode
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Can someone clue a newb in on the Definition of TON? Figured out WOT.

Fast enough for me on the SMQ T-100 is about 80-85mph. Usually stay around 70 or so.

Mine is bone stock and I had it up to 95mph in fourth gear last week.

I'm thinking about the DART windscreen to break up airflow a bit.
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[QUOTE=ArmyVet;2432406]Can someone clue a newb in on the Definition of TON? QUOTE]

AV, "ton" is Britspeak for 100 mph.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:47 PM   #39 (permalink)
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This may bring up another very good topic. How fast is fast enough for you and your 865cc Triumph ? For me its 100mph but I'm more of a touring guy now days. I only jump on my ZRX when I get in a mode
Mine will do an honest ton easily and I am pretty sure she'd pull to 120 or so. But, for me, it's not about top speed, but more how the bike feels, how it rides. It can be just as enjoyable plodding down some country roads as blasting round a set of sweeping bends - I can ride it to suit my mood, road or weather conditions and I still get a grin on my face every time. It's a very well balanced package and, with the few mild mods Ive done I have a bike that sounds like a motorcycle should, runs extremely well and handles respectably and, to answer your question (kind of) it goes as fast as I really want it to.

BTW - I'm a big fan of the big bore Kawasakis and have owned a few. Overall though, the Thruxton is the most enjoyable bike I've owned.
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Thanks Steve!
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