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Alright, I realize that the triumph skidplates are really just vanity items. Decoration for the bike to make it look like we might ride somewhere dangerous, but really they offer little to no protection.

Still, I would expect them to be able to survive a couple rides down a gravel road.


I have one I was able to get used and cheap, and I install it before longer trips if I expect to be off-road much. Every little bit helps I guess and I've hit my sump on enough rocks that I know I'm testing my luck.


But twice now the front mounting bracket has broken on me, for no apparent reason other than it is not able to handle engine vibrations and some wind. There are no dents on the plate, it hasn't been banged on anything.


That's a $20 item that breaks. This one was brand new when it went on the last week of August. It survived about 5 weeks


Anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions? I guess I'll buy another one and then bring it the local welder guys and see if they can't make it a bit less fragile.


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Still, I would expect them to be able to survive a couple rides down a gravel road.
Page 5 of owners manual:

This motorcycle is designed for on-road
use only. It is not suitable for off-road use.


And yes, this includes the "Scrambler"...

Seriously though, the bracket seems to be fitted behind the downtubes link plate. In the instructions it appears to show it fitted in front:

http://shop.peterstevens.com.au/docu...f/A9708190.pdf

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Never had that problem (yet), and I keep a PVC tube full of tools hose clamped to the front of that skidplate. It's pretty heavy too.
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Page 5 of owners manual:

This motorcycle is designed for on-road
use only. It is not suitable for off-road use.


And yes, this includes the "Scrambler"...

Seriously though, the bracket seems to be fitted behind the downtubes link plate. In the instructions it appears to show it fitted in front:

http://shop.peterstevens.com.au/docu...f/A9708190.pdf
Oh sure, try and make it be my fault


The bracket is mounted on the front of that plate. It's deceiving since the bike is so embarrassingly dirty, but that front piece is the piece of the bracket, with a sharp edge from the break.

Since I had broken one of those already, I fitted everything loose first and tightened everything up slowly to make sure there wasn't undue stress on that thing. There sure didn't seem to be.
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Oh yes, I see it now. That metal fold, has it got any stiffening indents, this sort of thing?:

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Out of curiosity, was that one a Triumph part or a TEC part?

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Have a Triumph one on my Thruxton with about 20k on it and a TEC one on the Bonneville with about 3k, No problens with either. They provide a bit of stone/road debris protection for the engine and starter. Not really for seroius off road. The Triumph one is a little better finished.


good enough for the occasional gravel road



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It's made of aluminum and full of holes, it is pretty much a deco piece (one of the 1st things I installed BTW) 2 things I hate about is that it offers NO Protection for the oil filter or the oil cooler. That being said I have had no trouble with mine now and it has close to 16k on it except the Allen Bolts kept striping out as I remove it often when I change oil or wheels etc.. anything on the lift so I finally replaced them with Hex Bolts and no trouble since..




I did make a screen to protect the oil cooler as it being right behind the front wheel open like it is is a bad idea.

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I went with the Evotech combo unit. No complaints

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Evotech-Triu...item43ce32f999

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I went with the Evotech combo unit. No complaints

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Evotech-Triu...item43ce32f999
I would have bought that set up if I had seen it before I got this one, I asked him if I could just buy the sump piece and he declined.
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