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Offline Taffro

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First Triumph, ex Gixer
« on: 02 November, 2018, 12:46:48 PM »
Afternoon all, just paid for and waiting on delivery of my 1050. Having spent 12 years on road and track on RVF & Gsxr's, and a 10 year lay off, looking forward to a more relaxed riding position.
My new bike has 26k, 1 owner, FTSH, with the forks done at the recommended 24k. I have a quick question or two, (I haven't ridden this bike yet by the way), how often do people service the shock, and where do you send it to get done?. What's the tyres of choice?
Cheers in advance...

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Re: First Triumph, ex Gixer
« Reply #1 on: 02 November, 2018, 01:02:53 PM »
At 26k you are probably better off replacing the shock if its the original. Nitron and Wilbers are both good value and quality.

Tyres will only start a huge debate. Many like Michelin 4 or 5s. We all agree to avoid Pirelli angels specified as oe.

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Re: First Triumph, ex Gixer
« Reply #2 on: 02 November, 2018, 02:17:25 PM »
 :405: and enjoy. As SG says, best to plan for a new aftermarket shock, tho you could have the existing serviced, but in any case need to plan for a stronger spring probably.

On the front the springs are nearly always too soft, unless you're a featherweight. But then stronger springs usually mean new cartridges as well.

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Re: First Triumph, ex Gixer
« Reply #3 on: 02 November, 2018, 03:02:00 PM »
Cheers for welcome and info fellas, itching to get out......

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Re: First Triumph, ex Gixer
« Reply #4 on: 02 November, 2018, 03:49:15 PM »
Ayup Taffro  :401: tut forum  :031:

Sounds like it's been well looked after, might have had a shock job. See how it rides.

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Re: First Triumph, ex Gixer
« Reply #5 on: 02 November, 2018, 03:54:47 PM »
Welcome mate, its all been said, but I reckon you'd be hard pressed to find a better all round tyre than the Mich Road5 at present, and thats from someone who has been a staunch Dunlop man for a while.  And yes, forget rebuilding the shock, you cant polish a ......  :001:
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Re: First Triumph, ex Gixer
« Reply #6 on: 02 November, 2018, 07:38:29 PM »
 :405: Taffro

We have some amazing information available to you, in the 'Sticky' sections. It's all been done before, so there is no need to reinvent that wheel(s).


My Gixxer experience tells me that they kid you (me) into believing you are a better rider than you are. Superfast and handles really well, straight from the box. Conversely, the MKI Tiger is a bit of an unfinished project, so you can customise it and finish it, to suit your personal preferences.

It would be great to see the full spec, with what has been done and also perhaps what tune number it is running. Get yourself an OBDII cable and have some fun.
Oh.. & BTW: ASAP  :152:
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Re: First Triumph, ex Gixer
« Reply #7 on: 03 November, 2018, 06:47:43 AM »
Cheers guys, looks like a new shock could be on the cards, will spend a few weeks playing see what gives. Tyres first tho, Michelins seem to be unanimous, and will deffo look into the OBDII cable... :028:

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Re: First Triumph, ex Gixer
« Reply #8 on: 11 November, 2018, 06:10:50 PM »
Hi and welcome from a fellow newbie  :405:

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Re: First Triumph, ex Gixer
« Reply #9 on: 12 November, 2018, 07:52:31 AM »
Areet bud, stuck in Africa, 9 days to go before I ride it for the first time. Enjoy and ride safe.