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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-15-2017, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hi fellow Triumph owners.. I'm the recent purchaser of a '98 Adventurer and really like the bike, but I'm looking for options on adding a few items to it over the winter. I'm interested in options for a windscreen (I know the original Triumph version will be hard to find and expensive, so I'm likely looking for an aftermarket add on). Since I've always previously ridden a cruiser model bike and I have fairly long legs, I'm interested in dropping the riders footpegs down an inch or so if that's possible. I'd be interested in knowing if someone may be in the business of fabricating some type of piece for changing the location of the pegs on an older model Thunderbird/Adventurer? Lastly, I have a nice factory sissybar/passenger backrest on the bike but I'd be interested in adding a luggage rack to the back of the bar. Is it possible to find a original Triumph rack to add onto my existing sissybar/backrest? I will try to add a pic to this post to show my current set-up. Thanks for any advice any of you long term Triumph owners may be able to give me on any of these upgrades!
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-15-2017, 04:28 PM
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Luggage racks come up, watch eBay and the classifieds. You might have to buy the whole backrest w/rack, I can't remember for sure if they are two parts.

There's a variety of windscreens that can be made to fit. I have an F15, I also want to say there's some out there from Puig. Lots of info in the search, from stand up touring to fly screens. Don't discount a fly screen. The large frontal ones can make the front end feel light. The fly screen might get enough off you to be comfy.

You can get some Kuryakan pegs that give you some room, but that won't move the controls and might be awkward. You will probably have better luck having the seat re-done a touch higher. I have numbers 7963 (peg) and 8840 (adapter) saved in my notes. I think some folks also found things on eBay.

If you're new to the triple, be aware of some common things
Keep a charged battery. Leave it on a tender. Prolonged cranking and cranking on a weak battery are hard on the sprag clutch (a dificult repair)
The crank sensor is prone to failure, I keep a spare around. Easy to change when you have the part.
Some brands of coils are prone to failure, and the plug wires are getting old on these bikes. The parts are expensive. the Coil Stick mod would be something to consider.
Local Dealers can still get lots of parts. Sprint Manufacturing in the UK are another great source.

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Thanks Scott.. I just got through putting it on a battery tender today. I am new to the triple, so I will read up on the coil stock mod you mentioned. I plan on replacing the spark plugs and wires while its garaged this winter. I did find a rack listed on eBay for the Thunderbird, but it did not fit my Adventurer sissybar. The Adventurer and Thunderbird must have different set ups.
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I ended up purchasing a local guys, lightly used, National Cycle Street EX windscreen and it fits my Adventurer very nicely. I'm waiting for warmer weather to test it out. I am having trouble locating a nice rack to put on the back of my Adventurers sissybar/backrest. I contacted another member here who has a pair of nice Thunderbird bar/racks, but the mounting points are narrower on the Thunderbird racks than they are on my Adventurer.. Anyone know where a rack to fit an Adventurer can be found?? Note to avu3.. I purchased the Kuryakyn adapters for a Triumph and now I'm exploring possible pegs to mount to them. Thanks!
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Thanks Scott.. I just got through putting it on a battery tender today. I am new to the triple, so I will read up on the coil stock mod you mentioned. I plan on replacing the spark plugs and wires while its garaged this winter. I did find a rack listed on eBay for the Thunderbird, but it did not fit my Adventurer sissybar. The Adventurer and Thunderbird must have different set ups.
The rear section of the Adventurer frame is different than all the other models, so you are not going to find much to fit it. ...J.D.
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Yeah.. Thanks J.D. I've seen a couple Adventurers that have a rack on their sissybar but haven't seen one come up for sale yet. New inquiry.. I got a chance to try out the bike and test the new windshield before the artic blast came in this week. The windshield worked fine, but I didn't notice a significant change in gearing or rpms between 4th and 5th gears. When i was at 65 mph the motor was revving well over 4000 rpms.. Is this standard for a 5 speed Triple?? Thanks.
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Yeh ! The 5 speeds are like that. I have both a 5 speed and a 6. The extra gear makes a lot of difference. ...J.D.
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Hmm. That's odd that the Adventurer, which is actually more of a highway cruiser with the longer front fork rake and larger front wheel has the closer ratio gearing, and the Tbird Sport which is more of a around town, or canyon carving bike, has the wider gear choice. Ideally, they'd be just the opposite?? I guess it's a major pain to crack open a '98 Adventurer's gearbox and add that 6th speed to in there? I noticed there are quite a few threads around here on the conversion.
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Speaking as a TBS owner, I wouldn't upgrade the Box for it. It's nice, but If I didn't have it, I'd compensate with a larger front sprocket next time it needed changing, especially on an Adventurer.
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That makes sense.. Thanks! Anyone know where it's possible to find the larger front cog to do the upgrade on a 5 speed?
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