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Twins Technical Talk Technical Talk for Hinckley Triumph Twins: Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton, and Scrambler.

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Old 08-16-2012, 04:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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In praise of Bitubo

Motorcycle suspension is a dark art practiced after midnight in churchyards. The more sophisticated the components, the more the planes of adjustment and the more the chance of making too many changes at any one time and disappearing up your own a**e.
I am a veteran fair weather biker now, no longer a fast enough rider to warrant sophisticated and expensive aids to raodholding but experienced enough to retain the feel for a well balanced machine.
I'm a Scrambler lover. I've had a few and tried many aftermarket additions and accessories. I have tried Hagon Nitro and Ohlins piggyback shocks and found them both to be excellent, the Ohlins particularly giving a smooth and firmly planted ride. But so expensive. As to the forks which in standard form don't really inspire confidence, I tried progressive springs and then emulators, again with improvements. But still there was something lacking.
I was lucky enough to be offered a cancelled order Steve McQueen T100 from Carl Rosner who gave me a very good part ex for my Scram. I had been wanting to try Bitubo for a while. I contacted the factory direct and was passed to the UK distributor Zion Motorsport. This time I ordered the shocks exactly the length and colour I wanted and a pair of their very clever fork cartridges which all together added up to around the price of a pair of Ohlins piggybacks.
My friends Les and Jason at Trimoto in Greenwich fitted it all along with a Pretech 6 pot caliper. I did a couple of short rides with the C spanner in my pocket and after about three easy adjustments I can report the improvement to be well worth the investment. The bike is just so much more sure footed. I'm a lucky man.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I bought my fork cartridges from Carpimoto (Italy) and they were surprisingly good to deal with, fast shipping and great advice. I would highly recommend them

http://www.carpimoto.com/EN/Bike_Tri...h-Thruxton.htm

They do heaps of Bitubo stuff.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I hear you. I went through Ricors, Ohlins, Racetech etc. etc. and settled on Bitubos front and rear. Really suit the bike, handle the extra hp well and are well priced. And +1 for carpimoto, where I sourced mine about a year ago.


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Old 08-16-2012, 09:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I hear you. I went through Ricors, Ohlins, Racetech etc. etc. and settled on Bitubos front and rear. Really suit the bike, handle the extra hp well and are well priced. And +1 for carpimoto, where I sourced mine about a year ago.


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Another +1 on dealing with Carpimoto, I ordered the Bitubo fork cartridge kit from them on a Thursday and it was delivered to my house in California on Tuesday!
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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+1 Bitubo - very happy with my WMB's (360mm) which I purchased from CafeTwin (also in Italy) 'coz they were quite a bit cheaper than Carpimoto. Really good to deal with too.

Saving up for their cartridge fork upgrade - hopefully Santa will be nice to me this year!
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Any US dealers?
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Bellacorse is US dealer but it's quite a bit cheaper (to the tune of $150 from carpimoto)
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i have been researching the bitubo shocks for MY2012 bonnie, my understanding they are an internal reservoir setup, are they progressive or dual rate springs, looking for info before i decide thanks as always
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I can't give you a full technical rundown Send an email direct to the factory they will respond in English and explain in detail what you are paying for. Best of luck
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:21 AM   #10 (permalink)
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thanks, i continued searching getting bits of info, getting closer to a christmas present from me to bonnie!!!
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