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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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My 2003 Thunderbird 900 is currently fitted with fork gaiters however one of them has recently split.

I was going to replace them with either new gaiters or maybe the plastic fork protectors (which I believe were standard fit?).

Then I wondered if it's really necessary to have them at all?

I can understand that they'd be useful if I rode my bike in all weathers however it only comes out on dry sunny days (and is cleaned regularly) and therefore is there any need for the fork protectors / gaiters?

I'd be interested to hear the thoughts of others...
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Replace your gaiters. Much longer term solution. :-)
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The originals had nothing (shiny...). Regardless of the weather, eventually the stanchion tubes will start pitting and rusting. (Even dry roads have grit on them!) I'd go for gaiters. (I'm old fashioned!)

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I see you are in England, may matter there. My 98 just sold with 48 K miles on her. Tubes were fine. I am in south east Kansas. It never had any covers, etc.

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I prefer the no gaiters look. I personally always thought they looked cheap and well like plastic : ) on anything other than a dirt machine.
I'll deal with any issues down the road.

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My 98 just sold with 48 K miles on her. Tubes were fine.
Interesting. My 99 Legend has about the same mileage. I almost decided to scrap the forks, the pitting was so extensive. Finally decided to give it a go and see if I could save them. Gaiters cover the cosmetic damage. We'll see how long before the seals fail again.

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I have fork gaiters on my Adventurer. I like them for the retro look. I like retro, being an old fart (My other bike is a 1967 BSA Thunderbolt). I would want to protect the forks and the seals so I would fit something to provide protection. It is not a difficult job to fit them. Even I can do it. If you like the naked fork look then the Triumph protectors will probably not detract from the look and will provide protection.

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I have fork gaiters on my Adventurer. I like them for the retro look. I like retro, being an old fart (My other bike is a 1967 BSA Thunderbolt). I would want to protect the forks and the seals so I would fit something to provide protection. It is not a difficult job to fit them. Even I can do it. If you like the naked fork look then the Triumph protectors will probably not detract from the look and will provide protection.

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Not to hijack the thread but which Gaiters will fit the Adventurer?, I would like to put a set on my bike being that I think that they give the bike a distinctive Triumph look.
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which Gaiters will fit the Adventurer?
I used Emgo 45-39659 from these guys

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I fitted the ones from the current T120. They are beefy and look like real rubber. Like Mike said above, I don't fancy the "shiny" look of some of the cheaper options. This was not a "cheaper option", but I don't plan to change them for years.
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