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I woke up one day last week and simply didn`t want my Buell Ulysses anymore.

Now that may come as a shock to some of you......but there you go.

As simple as that....didn`t want it.

I hadn`t used it as much as I`d anticipated...I ride about 15,000 miles a year but on the Uly only did 4,500 miles in 16 months of ownership and 1,300 of them were in a five day mini jaunt to France last month.

There were many reasons combining to create this situation.

I no longer care about how fast I can go....spending most of my time at or very close to speed limits.....the Uly was chomping at the bit below 70mph and wanted to rip.
Furthermore I`m really enjoying slowly exploring narrow twisty country lanes and backroads ,as well as the Welsh mountain passes and mining roads.
I`ve been leaving the Uly in the garage while spending the day out on one of the Urals most of the summer.
I didn`t need the Uly for its long distance capability and comfort...I`ve got my lovely old naked Plain Jane GL1100 for those trips.
I hardly ever ride with a pillion nowadays....again,if needed the Wing can deal with that.

I don`t need carrying capacity for rallies....I use my either of my Ural combos when I go to rallies so I can take a big tent rather than a small tent,along with mounds of creature comforts and plenty of food and drink.

Winter road suitability (all that salt and crud...) wasn`t a factor because I commute on my 650 Ural and have a rattish Suzuki GS850 for Winter soloing.

Crazy madass road fun is provided by my tuned up street legal PitBike with all the wheelies and stoppies you can handle.

Another thing was that I really...really...don`t like or want the excessive and owner unfriendly level of computerisation present on many modern bikes.

The Uly is fairly basic compared to some Jap stuff but it still turned out to be partly software reliant.
I spend enough time in work dealing with machines which, given their use and application ,should be simple but are festooned with data network highways and microprocessors and give all the headscratching illogical faults associated with electro-gizmoid overcomplication.
I don`t want any of that tosh on my motorbikes,thank you.

So I woke up not wanting the Uly and now it`s gone.

Despite my denials to some folk,there was a little bit of introspection during and following my mini health 'scare' recently too.
Life`s too short...you`re a long time dead...enjoy it while you can,etc etc.

So yesterday I treated myself to a bike that I was smitten by when it first was released a few years ago.

I haven`t bought a brand new one because the infernal fuel injection has appeared this year but it`s near as dammit new,being on a 57 plate and has only done 1,350 miles.
Nice and simple carbs...twin shocks...everything accessible.
Got the single seat/rack combo as well as the dual seat so I can swap over as needed.

Oh yeah.......what is it?


It`s a babe........that`s what it is.


Triumph 900 Scrambler











I`m loving it !

 

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Nice! :thumbup:

I'd say what you want is an airhead GS, but you've been there done that already, so I won't. ;-)

I can see your point on carbs, that's part of the reason why I like the airhead so much over the newer GSes. 60 bhp is plenty fast enough anyway, and I deal with computers all day already, don't want to be fighting with more software on the bike. Oh, and the airhead frame is nice and talkative compared to the utterly dead telelever, to keep things exciting at nonexpensive speeds. ;-)

(By the way, do you plan to leave it 100% original?)
 

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Congrat's! Looks like alot of fun, nice condition too.:thumbup:
 

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I like the Triumphs when they stick to the 1960's retro look.
That looks really smart. :thumbup::thumbup:

Two people at work went out in two different parts of the country and within two days of each other and both bought Triumph Speedsters, So the brand is beginning to become popular again.
 

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Lovely bike matey I took an instant liking to them when i saw one at Bridge in Exeter a last year
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Well done! I rather like the look of those too. I'm going through very similar thoughts about my GSX1400 and the mo, and have been for a while.
 

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I used to love stripping sets of carbs and cleaning-rebuilding them.:D Used to lay them out on a light colored towel piece by piece. Aaah Heaven.:rolleyes:

You have started something now Tarka, good luck with your new bike fella.:thumbright::D:D.
 

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I used to love stripping sets of carbs and cleaning-rebuilding them.:D Used to lay them out on a light colored towel piece by piece. Aaah Heaven.:rolleyes:

You have started something now Tarka, good luck with your new bike fella.:thumbright::D:D.
Oh yes little fiddly jets etc, gotta a small ultrasonic bath now that helps but i know of a man who has just got a industrial size one and also does vapour blasting
In Essex if anyone wants his details PM me
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Very nice choice sir. I love those scramblers and have done since I first saw one. If i had the spare cash, i'd have one as a second bike any day. I occasionally read TWO and James Whitam has one which he regularly raves about.
 

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Good choice.
One of my mates had one, with a black number plate even though technically illegal and it really looked the part.
I could really enjoy one of those.
 

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Now that is one shiny bike:D:D:D:D:D:D:D That must fulfill all of your urges:D:D:D:D

Nice looking bike my dear. But I'm assuming you won't be doing the Stella on it next year?:happy7:
 

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What a great bike and how smart are triumph putting the reg/rec at the front in the open. Have you seen the ccm400?(sr40) Same kind of retro style and just as ( I want one now-ish) Good luck on your new bike ...mel
 

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Wow..thanks for all the compliments guys and gals.

I`m really pleased with the Scrambler and feel it`s a lot more 'me'.

It also looks great parked amongst my Urals and the Plain Jane Wing :cool:.


Annette....I`d actually be tempted to take the Scram to the Stella seeing as I once did it on my super shiny 'best' red R1100GS with no ill effects afterwards (mind you,there was a 4 hour cleaning session when i got back to the hotel :D ).

However....get ready.....look out.....

Next years`s Stella should feature Tarka`s Ural Invasion of Italy with me and upwards of six to eight Ural nutters doing the event. :toothy9: :toothy9:
 
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