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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Question Newbie Question - Long Rides

Fellow Riders,

I apologize if this questions sounds dumb, but I thought I be safe rather then sorry. I've been riding my 2010 TB for a year now and have almost 3,000 miles, but all miles have been from short rides. Longest ride I've taken was 100 or so miles.

Our Boise Triumph dealership closed a few months ago and I need to take care of a recall and sticking speedometer. The closest dealership is now Salt Lake City, 500+ miles away and I am a little weary driving that distance. My question is to those seasoned riders, is there anything special that I should do or be aware of for my long ride? I assume that my TB should handle well in a long ride.

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If the recall is the fender bolt issue, i wouldn't drive 1000 miles for that ! Heres all it is....the bolts that hold the front fender on are to be changed for new ones. The bolts the recall calls for are the SAME bolts that are in there now. Theres only one difference....the threads have some red threadlocker on them. Thats it ! The reason is thi....the bolts are on the inside of the fork. In other words, they screw into the fork from the tire side. Go look at the bike and you will see what i mean. therefore if they came loose and worked thier way out they would contact the tire and cut into it. the recall simply is to have threadlocker on the bolts. Instead of taking the bolts out and putting threadlocker on them they just send the dealers new bolts with TL already on them.

that said, chances are very slim yours will come loose any more likely than any other bolt on the bike. But because they want to eliminate this as a safety issue they do a recall to help make themselves less accountable in case of a incident so it they are sued they can cite the recall to show they were being responsible in eliminating the issue.

So if i were you i would do one of 2 things...either remove the wheel yourself and take the bolts out one at a time and put some blue locktite on them then torque them down, or with your finger check all 4 for looseness before each ride and wait till the next service to have them do it and kill 2 birds with one stone. (such a long ride to dealer you need to make each trip count !) They aren't likley to work thier way out, but if they do it would not happen all of a sudden. It would work it's way out slowly over the course of probably hundreds of miles.

Sounds from your post you probably don't have a bike jack so doing that yourself is probably out. So i would simply check them periodically and wait for the next visit. This did happen to one member and it ate a groove in the tire, but he saw it before anything happened, and he's the only one out of probably a few 1000 birds sold so far that i have seen and certainly the only one on all the forums. I believe his incident is probably what prompted triumph to do this recall. Checking them b4 each ride till you need to go to the dealer for the next service is your best bet because it's just extremely unlikely to happen. Too bad the closer dealer closed...thats a major bummer. Mine was 40 miles and i thought that was bad. 500 is an overnighter if not 2-4 of them.
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Thanks for the reply. It's good to know recall is not that serious, but I may still need to travel since Idaho requires a working speedometer. Any recommendations or thought on a newbies first long haul?
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Just pack some clothes,a rain suit and find a hotel in Salt Lake City near the dealer. There really isn't anything special you need to do for a 500 mile ride. I will say since you haven't ridden any long distances, take breaks as often as you want and get off the bike. If the recall is for the bolts and you are going to have the dealer do the work then I would check the bolts before the start of the trip and when you take breaks/gas stop check them again.
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yeah, no real tips needed. You will need breaks but you'll know when. So really it's just like any other ride, just longer and an overnighter. I would do as monte said and book a room near the dealer tho. If you wait till you get there you may end up sleeping on a park bench. You might even call the dealer and ask where the closest hotel is so you can walk to and from the dealer.
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My dealer is 800km away so what i do check the weather hope/pray for a good couple of days, (at least 3, 1 up 1 service 1 back) and only ride in daylight because of the wildlife on country roads (roos etc) . I try and do at least 3/4 of a tank first up while i'am fresh before i stop, fuel up, have a rest, then i pretty much let my back side dictate when i stop from then on. If you haven't got a screen you will find the wind knocks the sh1t out of you if you are doing mostly high speeds ( i got one on my last trip back) so be aware of that , make sure you are warm and dry in case the prayer didn't work and wear ear plugs to cut out the wind noise that will drive you nuts after a while!
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500 miles is a ridiculous distance to have to travel for service. I'd be looking for a local independent shop in my area for regular maintenance, and only consider going to the dealer for recalls or warranty work.
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate the advise. Definitely will help in my trip. I do have a local provider that is willing to do the regular maintenance, although I'm going to try and do most of it myself; but with the recall and broken speedometer, I'll go to the dealer. Definitely looking forward to the experience. Thanks.
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate the advise. Definitely will help in my trip. I do have a local provider that is willing to do the regular maintenance, although I'm going to try and do most of it myself; but with the recall and broken speedometer, I'll go to the dealer. Definitely looking forward to the experience. Thanks.
If you have ABS make sure they take care of that recall as well. Enjoy the trip!
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Have you called the dealer yet? The service manager seems like a good guy and eager to please. It's worth asking if they have any possible alternatives to your 500 mile trek. Probably not, but it can't hurt to ask.
It's also worth calling just to see if they can set aside a loaner bike for you to use while your in the area. I would think that a trek like yours might rate some extra consideration. They get busy sometimes and it's probablty worth coordinating as much as possible.
IIRC, there are a few motels not too far away, but not an easy walk from the dealer.
I went and looked at the Dealer finder on Triumph's web site. Assuming they are still in business, Thunder Alley Triumph is somewhat closer. 373 miles vs. 468 mi. for the North Salt Lake dealer.

Thunder Alley Triumph
6200 West Clearwater
Kennewick, WA 99336
509-783-2325

Again, assuming they are still in business.
458 miles away (hey 10 miles is still closer )from Boise:
Empire Cycle
7807 East Sprague Ave.
Spokane Valley
WA 99212
509-892-6368

Not trying to discourage you from coming down this way, but just trying to ensure your aware there other options.

http://www.triumphmotorcycles.com/tr.../find-a-dealer

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