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best triumph for a tug

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looking + reading a LOT, i like the modern FI classics triumphs + presently own a 2012 mag wheel model, but due to its cramped ergos + slightly rear set pegs find comfort lacking. my other ride a Vic Hammer is a joy with its forward controls, so on that note i was looking at triumph cruisers, the america with big wheels but 143mm of trail, the speedmaster even more @ 170mm, the T-100 Bonnie has 110mm trail + the taller + prolly more comfortable scrambler has 105mm trail. am i correct to assume the scrambler would be a good choice? they all weigh about 500lb curb + presently am liking the motorvation spyder "car" for my 140 lb girlfriend + 15 lb bischon, thats is after i am confident of my skills!

We have done many of the small bore triumphs and they do well. Have a Scrambler myself and am happy with it. Have been all over the northeast with it. Stock steering is not bad. I also have a Rocket 3 which is of course not lacking for power. These bikes do steer quite hard. We have done triple tree conversion on them and also leading links. someday hope to find time to build a leading link for my own but until then it will be steering ith throttle and brake techniques and no lack of smile on my face. .

We have mounts for all of the Triumphs you listed, we have in the past had triple tree's but the machinist that was making them for us closed up shop taking the designs with him. We are working on getting the tree's for at least the T-100 and Scrambler back in production.
As to a sidecar, check on lead times (check this forum about lead times for Motovation) We also offer many sidecars that work well on these bikes. Our current lead time is at 8 weeks however we just this week added two more people in our fabrication department so we may be able to get things out a bit faster.
I have attached some photo's of our sidecars on a Triumph's. More can be found on our web site and also in the photo gallery of our web site. These sidecars are all our M72D however we have many other sidecars both less and more expensive. Also when looking at sidecars keep in mind some are easy to get in and out of others are harder. Some sidecars have trunks that open from the out side, others do not. May seem like a little thing but trunks opening from the out side are a lot nicer to live with and usually provide locking.
Jay G
DMC sidecars
http://www.dmcsidecars.com
866-638-1793

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Jay G DMC sidecars www.dmcsidecars.com 15616 Carbonado South Prairie RD Buckley WA 98321 866-638-1793 Hours Monday - Thursday 6-4:30

thanks for the replies + pics, i think i will use a late model EFI T-100 or scrambler, looking for more room on the bike compared to my mag wheeler. thanks i have been comparing + noting the differences in prices as well as function, if anything i overanalyze!

One other thing as long as you are analyzing things, check with the BBB on any company you might be thinking of dealing with and insist on paying with a charge card. There are posts on this forum about several of the less then reputable companies.
Jay G
DMC sidecars
http://www.dmcsidecars.com
866-638-1793

Jay G DMC sidecars www.dmcsidecars.com 15616 Carbonado South Prairie RD Buckley WA 98321 866-638-1793 Hours Monday - Thursday 6-4:30

I have a t100 with a spyder rig and love it. The only problem is getting the car, my brother placed his order for his 22 months ago and is still waiting.

My 09 T100 does just fine with my Velorex. I get 42 mpg cruising at 60 to 65 mph. Pulls just fine.

i tested a scrambler but the triumph dealer wants my well sorted 2012 mag wheeler for almost nothing. so after visiting + talking to Claude i decided to "hack"it. a very good guy answering all questions without pushing anything on you!!

Haven't met Claude yet but have talked to him a few times over the phone. He was kind enough to take time and offer "free advise" on a past and current project without ever asking for anything. Great guy.

with only a handful of sidecar specialist around its great that there are helpful guys like Claude around. beside being a builder he has a LOT of miles riding + experience is a great teacher

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