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Old 05-08-2012, 02:03 PM   #12646
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I learned the most and had the most fun at an American Supercamp. I highly recommend these camps, even though they're aimed at dirt track racing. They do a good job of breaking up the class into groups with similar skills and you ride and crash on a controlled course. When you fall, the bikes are small enough that bruises are typically the worst you'll experience. I hadn't ridden in the dirt for over 20 years when I took this 2 day class and I learned a lot and had a blast.
I agree wholeheartedly. I've been to two AS sessions and learned from each.

I plan on continuing attendance until I've gotten it right!
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:07 PM   #12647
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I agree wholeheartedly. I've been to two AS sessions and learned from each.

I plan on continuing attendance until I've gotten it right!
That's the beauty of riding, we'll never know it all, so there's always something new to learn and the only way to get better is to keep riding.
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:16 PM   #12648
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Depending on the XM receiver and the mount you have for that, I've typically seen an "L" made out of sheet steel stuck on the back of the mount for the receiver and the antenna stuck on that. As my bike is currently set up, I would try to stick it on the flyscreen for my Madstad but with all the different configurations that people have their bikes, I don't think that there will be a universal solution that will work for everyone.



I know! Thats why I was asking for pictures and ideas of where to mount it. 100 different options could be posted, that would be 99 more than I have now... thats all I'm looking for.
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:43 PM   #12649
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Question Advice Please

I am looking to purchase a new XC and want to know which Triumph accessories owners think should be purchased with the bike. I know it is a preference thing. I have looked at this forum and the UK forum. Still undecided and looking for input.

TIA

Items I know I want:
skid plate-OEM? Motech? Other?
saddlebag luggage-OEM? TRAX? ???
center stand-OEM? Motech? ???
protection bars-OEM? Other?
hand guards-OEM? Other?
other items.
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:53 PM   #12650
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Sorry, no pics, but on my FJR, I have it mounted on top of the brake resovoir with "Dual Lock" (kind of like heavy duty velcro). Been on since '08 and never came loose and always get a good signal.

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Where did you mount you antenna? I can't find a really good place. Pics please. Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:58 PM   #12651
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I am looking to purchase a new XC and want to know which Triumph accessories owners think should be purchased with the bike. I know it is a preference thing. I have looked at this forum and the UK forum. Still undecided and looking for input.

TIA

Items I know I want:
skid plate-OEM? Motech? Other?
saddlebag luggage-OEM? TRAX? ???
center stand-OEM? Motech? ???
protection bars-OEM? Other?
hand guards-OEM? Other?
other items.
skid plate-OEM -(Altrider looks good too)
saddlebag luggage-Happy Trails SU with Wolfman Expedetion (not needed with purchase)
center stand-OEM
protection bars-Happy Trails
hand guards-dozens of choices, I run Acerbis (not needed with purchase necessarily)
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:05 PM   #12652
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Keep us posted on this. I've got the Triumph tall, adjustable screen and not impressed. That would be WAY to easy if it bolted up to my adjustable brackets!

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I've had a quick look at that and there's completely different brackets and mountings on it. However, I'm going to ask a friend of mine if I can unbolt the screen from his Explorer and offer it up to my Palmer brackets. He reckons the Explorer screen is the dogs nuts (and here's the qualification) for him.
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:17 PM   #12653
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I don't know, I kind of think the MSF basic skills class could still be helpful. They really do help if you've picked up any bad habits over the years. Of course, these classes vary depending on location and instructor so my experience could be very different from yours. Also, it's been about 10 years since I last took an MSF class of any kind.

I learned the most and had the most fun at an American Supercamp. I highly recommend these camps, even though they're aimed at dirt track racing. They do a good job of breaking up the class into groups with similar skills and you ride and crash on a controlled course. When you fall, the bikes are small enough that bruises are typically the worst you'll experience. I hadn't ridden in the dirt for over 20 years when I took this 2 day class and I learned a lot and had a blast.

http://www.americansupercamp.com/ind...id=10&Itemid=3
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:26 PM   #12654
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I am looking to purchase a new XC and want to know which Triumph accessories owners think should be purchased with the bike. I know it is a preference thing. I have looked at this forum and the UK forum. Still undecided and looking for input.
I like the triumph fender extender (I glued mine on),skid plate, & engine guards. However, the first thing you should buy is risers. I use the 20mm risers & that's plenty to rotate the bars where I want them. Without risers it has a lean forward position & the throttle cables rub against the plastic tank shroud on full turn to the right.
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:41 PM   #12655
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Keep us posted on this. I've got the Triumph tall, adjustable screen and not impressed. That would be WAY to easy if it bolted up to my adjustable brackets!

It wont. Its totally different.
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:03 PM   #12656
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I am looking to purchase a new XC and want to know which Triumph accessories owners think should be purchased with the bike. I know it is a preference thing. I have looked at this forum and the UK forum. Still undecided and looking for input.

TIA

Items I know I want:
skid plate-OEM? Motech? Other?
saddlebag luggage-OEM? TRAX? ???
center stand-OEM? Motech? ???
protection bars-OEM? Other?
hand guards-OEM? Other?
other items.
Here's the list I gave my dealer to install, pick mine up next week...

- ADVENTURE TAIL PACK KIT
- CENTRE STAND KIT - TIGER 800 XC
- HEATED GRIP KIT
- SUMP GUARD
- ENGINE PROTECTION BARS
- ADJUSTABLE HIGH SCREEN KIT
- FRONT MUDGUARD EXTENSION KIT
- AUXILIARY POWER SOCKET KIT
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:25 PM   #12657
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It might still help you (and me) but if you are experienced on two wheels, scooter or bike, and have 10 years of riding done, you can get on much better trainings. Like a beginner track day where they teach you how to ride corners properly, not necessarily fast but correct, teach you how and when to break, and also give you some important skills for properly riding a street motorcycle.
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I learned the most and had the most fun at an American Supercamp. I highly recommend these camps, even though they're aimed at dirt track racing. They do a good job of breaking up the class into groups with similar skills and you ride and crash on a controlled course. When you fall, the bikes are small enough that bruises are typically the worst you'll experience. I hadn't ridden in the dirt for over 20 years when I took this 2 day class and I learned a lot and had a blast.
Thanks, both great ideas. I think I'll look into the Supercamp first - I'm not working ATM and they have a combined Road/Dirt camp in June. Just signed up!
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:31 PM   #12658
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I don't know, I kind of think the MSF basic skills class could still be helpful.
It certainly is better than nothing. My point was that for the time and money I would do something different - just because the "different" part generally makes it better.

The MSF is very institutionalized and bureaucratic. The most recent reviews of classes I have heard about, the tenor was "it could have been good if they were actually adjusting to the abilities of the riders - but they don't seem to be allowed to".

My own experience: I got my bike license in Germany where a lot of hours 1:1 with a teacher are required and that helps insanely as they drill things into you that the MSF classes have no time for (and possibly sometimes no clue about). Okay, I had a really good teacher, admitted.

When I did the MSF basic class together with my wife (she wanted the bike license, too, and I needed the California license), it was a joke. The class room was super boring for me (again, admitted I had to sit through 15 hours of class in Germany and take a way more complex test) the two days on the parking lot were even worse.

For real beginners: do it! It's sooooo much better than trying it on your own or with someone who never learned how to teach basic skills.

Regarding the advanced class: My wife has done about 8k miles since she got the license three years ago and she would fall from the bike because she would get too sleepy there ... I've lost track how many miles I have done overall, but it's likely to be more around 150k to 200k since I started riding a 50cc Vespa and the class gave me exactly nothing even after years of not riding at all. Not surprising, but still annoying as I had hoped to get at least a tiny little bit out of the "advanced" training - but the main difference is that you do the basic class program on your own bike.

Every single thing they did we did for several weekends over the last three years on big parking lots with our own cones. We did figure eight runs until it was absolutely fluid, swerves, braking, pushing the bike, and so on. Way more than we ever had a chance of doing in these classes.

I've done some safety training classes back when I was in Germany and they were much better because they concentrated on each single person's technique instead of pressing a handful of totally different riders into a fixed curriculum.

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THAT I find very interesting. Might have to do one of these classes! Sounds super fun and interesting.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:35 PM   #12659
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:42 PM   #12660
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