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I thought I’d share with you guys a journey I’ve been on for a little over a year now. I hesitate to call it a build because it’s more like a collection of small mods and sorting than a build. I’ll keep updating as time allows but it started here...

I met a guy at a BBQ here in Queensland and he told me a lot of his mates had given away sports bikes to get Adventure bikes due to the fun factor and bad backs. My back wouldn’t allow a ride longer than a couple of hours so I started looking.

I am a mechanic by trade so went for something I liked the sound of and the look of. Everything else is fixable or changeable. BMW’s were instantly disqualified. I always loved the unique look of a 955i tiger. So I waited until I found an unloved one. I could see the suspension travel was much more than many other road biased adventure bikes and this was a big deciding factor. The first adventure bike I test rode was this one. I fell deeply, madly for it. The guy was a headmaster. I could see his ability to understand maintenance was about as good as my understanding of how to teach complex algorithms to pimple faced kids who didn’t want to be there. It was old, scratched and clearly left for dead.
I’ve owned 8 new cars and two new bikes and hate the fact I bought them new and I was responsible for their deterioration. I’ve always preferred to buy old and make better than buy new and slowly scratch, dent and watch it age. So after an exchange of cash my flawed beauty was mine.

So began my quest for slow evolution until I was happy. I still have a few things left but it’s close.

The first mod was to eliminate the wind buffeting. It cost me less than ten Aussie dollars and worked a treat. I went from my head shaking so badly I could hardly read street signs to a really stable and smooth air space.

I’ll post up pics and an explanation later.

Thanks for your time.


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Definitely looking forward to the next instalment.

I bought a fairly high mileage 2006 version 12 months ago which, according to the previous owner was well looked after, in great condition & needed nothing doing to it. Decided to go for an Adventure bike as the back could no longer cope with my Blackbird) & like you, I discounted BMW's after testing one.

in 12 months, I've replaced both tyres as the ones it had were squared off & wouldn't hold pressure for more than 48 hours. The steering was a little off, especially when going round roundabouts. When I replaced the head bearings, the lower one was seized solid. The air filter was well past its best, as were the spark plugs. The oil was desperate for a change. The clock & trip meter didn't work (cosmetic I know but indicative of the love & care the previous owner lavished on it), the power socket didn't work (broken wire), an indicator lens was cracked (again cosmetic, but it mattered to me) and both front and rear calipers needed rebuilding.

Now all that has been sorted and I've added a clear spoiler to the top of the screen,, I'm starting to look at what improvements I can make. I've just ordered a USB power outlet for a satnav & camera, I'm also looking to get a sheepskin seat pad for the longer journey.

Unlike your's, mine's more for road use as we don't have quite the same geography as you do, although I do have duel use tyres (have you seen the size of some of the potholes we have in our roads in the UK?).
 

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As I said above the wind buffeting on this bike was crazy. I was coming back with headaches from the buffeting so I spent hours reading about others experiences. I started taking notes about brand names and the amount of positive and negative remarks. I found an epic post, can’t remember where. Might have been here? Anyway it was like 10 or 15 pages long. So I started reading. Again no clear solution and I’m stuffed if I’ll spend $200 a pop with no clear winner.

Then I read a comment from a US aeronautical engineer mid way through the thread explaining the physics and how he fixed it. It was like his comment was invisible. No one remarked, no one commented. It was so simple, so I tried and it was transformational.

I bought 4 x 85mm screws in number 5 size and a small section of 6mm ID fuel hose and cut random lengths of fuel hose. Using the fuel hose as a spacer. I used smaller spacers on the lower two screws and longer on the top two to stand the screen up slightly and the buffeting stopped. I had to use a hair dryer to help “de-stress” the screen a little That was about a year ago it’s been great since in fact I rode through 50-80 kmh winds from an “arctic blast” we had last weekend and it was great.

The theory was that the buffeting was air rushing to fill the void behind the screen creating turbulence. He said that fitting bigger screens just moves the buffeting further back or higher or lower. Putting in spacers helps to fill the void which stops air spilling around the sides.

I hope this helps someone.






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That is so simple, I'm surprised it's not being shouted from the rooftops.

My cheap (£12.99 eBay) screen spoiler does the job reasonably well, but I'm going to try this to compare the two solutions.

With the screen, there's still a little wind buffeting and depending on which helmet I use still a fair bit of wind noise.

I've seen wind baffles on buildings use this principle to good effect too.
 

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That is so simple, I'm surprised it's not being shouted from the rooftops.



My cheap (£12.99 eBay) screen spoiler does the job reasonably well, but I'm going to try this to compare the two solutions.



With the screen, there's still a little wind buffeting and depending on which helmet I use still a fair bit of wind noise.



I've seen wind baffles on buildings use this principle to good effect too.


I’d love to hear your feedback.


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Palmer stuff works well
http://www.palmerproducts.co.uk/
Don't do like I did, buy at least their Medium Screen, not the small one.

Right now I'm using an MRA raised up on Allens with an adjustable spoiler on top.
Same basic principle aside from the top spoiler.

I never tried raising the stock one up on posts but I'll bet that works really well, too.
 

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That is so simple, I'm surprised it's not being shouted from the rooftops.

My cheap (£12.99 eBay) screen spoiler does the job reasonably well, but I'm going to try this to compare the two solutions.

With the screen, there's still a little wind buffeting and depending on which helmet I use still a fair bit of wind noise.

I've seen wind baffles on buildings use this principle to good effect too.
I think it's not being shouted from the rooftops because it seems different things work for different people. Wind buffeting on a 955 Tiger used to be the biggest talking point on the forum, and the thread devoted to it really covers everything:

https://www.triumphrat.net/tiger-chat/81488-kill-the-buffeting-how-whom-how-much.html

I know what worked for me, after trying absolutely everything:
 

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Well, I had a spare hour this afternoon so did four back to back comparisons along the same route and at as near as I could, matched the speed. The conditions are dry with a 30mph wind. The circuit I rode although short had the wind coming at me from all directions. I wore the same helmet without (unusual for me) earplugs.

First up was my standard screen with an adjustable spoiler on top, my usual set-up. A small amount of turbulence was felt around 70mph & it was a little noisy.

Second, I took the adjustable spoiler off. there was turbulence from around 50mph upwards, steadily getting worse to around 70mph. Not nice.

Third, I put 15mm spacers at the top and 17mm spacers at the bottom. This reduced the turbulence compared to the standard screen but wasn't as effective as the standard screen with spoiler.

Finally, I put 25mm spacer on the top and 17mm spacer on the bottom. This surprised be as it seemed to be the best of the four tests. It didn't look pretty but the turbulence and wind noise was definitely reduced.

I think when I have more time, I'll tart it up a bit. You'll probably notice also I used a different screen. I had a solid black screen and used that for my testsas I wasn't too concerned if it cracked when trying to get the fittings in the right place, but when I get round to it, I'll use my standard screen & give it the hair dryer treatment. I just have to wait for the other half to go out first.
 

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Lee........you're right, it doesn't look pretty, lol !! :wink2:

But it's nice to see someone get off their @rse and actually experiment with something homemade that hopefully solves the problem. That's what I had to do, and mine works a treat :smile2:
 

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Front suspension

Glad to see a few thoughts provoked about the screen. I think the look is an acquired taste as is the bike I guess. I have over time played with the sizes of spacer to get it right.

We ride two up almost everywhere. We generally get out 2 to 4 times a month for 8-10 hour rides. So we make our destination a country pub, cafe or day use area with permanent tables BBQ’s etc.

Two up is obviously much harder on the suspension and it was pretty obvious pretty quickly. There was little compression damping and the rebound was not controlling the “smack in the butt” over slower bumps. Combined with a low rear ride height I needed to do something.

After dropping the bike on a clay wash out on a rain forest road and breaking Maryanne’s finger I realised it was stupid and things needed to change. First thing I did was swap to knobby tyres. Yes, I was riding on street tyres two up on pretty gnarly cut up dirt and clay - stupid, I know.. I chose Motoz Tractionator Adventure tyres..

First off I took the bike in to get the front forks re bushed. I didn’t like the thought of buying bush fitting tools so I took it into the experts. After many questions of riding style, roads and bike loads etc we settled on a spring. I also had adjustable valves fitted. It meant I had to pull the valves up from the bottom of the legs with a magnetic gripping tool to make adjustments but at least I could. As it turns out I’ve only adjusted it once but as I get closer to ideal settings on the rear I’ll no doubt get back to adjusting the front.

After fitting the forks back into the bike the suspension tech took the bike for a ride and was horrified. He came back and said “mate, I hate to break it to you but your bike is f*cked. There is something seriously wrong with the way it handles. I have no idea what it is but I think it has a badly bent frame. I think you’re going to have to strip it entirely and take to a frame straitening specialist”.

My heart sank...we talked, he gave me a recommendation and I rode home. Shattered...


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Aww, you can't leave it there!

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I'm waiting...
 

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Congratulations to the both of you.

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Hahaha I definitely am!! But, let’s face it almost any bloke would be..


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