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post #21 of 228 (permalink) Old 11-30-2015, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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didn't do much today but tossed on the front tire and got the proper axle in there to roll it out of the shed and see how she looks
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got home from work early today and did some work on a bike, but not the TBS

My nephew's 2nd birthday is in a week and hoping to get him on the right 2 wheeled track, so I'm building him his own custom Triumph
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thats so cool!!!
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Those wee balance bikes are great for getting them started. My little fella started on one and now he's 4 and he is now getting to grips with this.
Keep up the good work on the Tbs.

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I keep teasing my sister that I'm counting down the days until I can get the older guy (3 1/2) one of those little dirtbikes.
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The bike looks great! So the GSXR 600 forks seem to be inexpensive and readily available on ebay. Much less than other models from the triples. Now you got me thinking.
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The bike looks great! So the GSXR 600 forks seem to be inexpensive and readily available on ebay. Much less than other models from the triples. Now you got me thinking.

The Gsxr forks are very cheap, plentiful, and widely used on track bikes so if you are patient, you can usually find a set that has been already set up for your weight. These were set up by GP racing with their revalve kit, spring, and fork extenders for a rider within 2lbs of me. Picked them up for $375.
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Is there an advantage over the stock TBS forks? I'm about to buy brand new wheels for my TBS because they were bent in a pothole. But was considering a USD fork upgrade as well.
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Is there an advantage over the stock TBS forks? I'm about to buy brand new wheels for my TBS because they were bent in a pothole. But was considering a USD fork upgrade as well.

Main advantages are increased front end rigidity and, in my opinion, better looks. As TBS already has adjustable cartridge forks, stock to stock it won't be too noticeable an upgrade on the street. However, i expect this GP setup to far outperform the stock setup. Also, I get radial brakes and cheaper replacement part costs as an added benefit.
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Just thought it worth mentioning that the GSXR600 is a much lighter bike, so the spring rate will be based on that as well as the rider weight. However, a fast road/track set up for that bike will probably work well for street use on our heavier bikes. Tho' that reflects my personal preference for a bit more travel for poorer road surfaces encountered on typical roads.


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