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Hi I am new to the forum and will be buying a Scrambler in September can you guys give me any helpful info eg
1. Any long distance trips done ( how did it perform ) and
2. Has there be any issues as yet on any weak points on the bike.
3. Whats the best mods?
 

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Longest single trip I've been on so far has been about 250 miles. Performed fine, but wasn't ideal. My legs felt very cramped by the end of the trip and I'm only 5 foot 8. If you are looking for a bike for mainly touring, you could do a lot better.
 

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This bike in stock form is not great for long distance. It revs way too high to be comfortable for much freeway duty to be honest, and the windblast and position gets fatiguing. It's incredibly fun for everything but long freeway jaunts though, and it's definitely one of my favorites ever after many, many bikes. I currently own 5 motorcycles, and I've only ridden the Scrambler since I picked it up in April.
 

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The scrambler doesn't have a mechanical weak point at all. The engine is well proven in other models and nothing seems to fall off the chassis.
The major gripes are about the uncomfortable seat, a lot of people unhappy with that.
And some people find the suspension harsh although some others sing it's praises. It's just what suits you as an individual.
Both these gripes are easily modified if you have a few bob left to spend.
Tank range to reserve is about 200kms so you need to consider if that suits you for "long distance" trips.
Some guys on the forum have done 2000 mile + trips on it. So it can do it fine.
I think it's a fantastic day to day bike which can take you for a long weekend anytime and a long holiday every year. And it looks and rides great.
What more could you want?
Be confident in your purchase.
 

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Thanks

Thanks so far for the knowledge you guys have passed on to me, I will be using my Scrambler enduro for weekend and day rides. Will still keep my Triumph Tiger 1050 sport for the long distance touring. Plesae let me know any improvement mods you have done !
 

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Wife and I just did a camping trip from San Diego to Monterey for World Superbike, total miles 1145. Bikes ran flawless. Myself on Icon, wife on 62 (400cc) full loaded with camping gear. 65 % was HWY riding averaging 65-70mph. Bikes handled flawless. The only major issue we're the seats, horrible!!! We found ourselves wanting to pull over every 80 miles, do to ass burning pain. Bad design, not enough bun support. As soon as we returned home, I placed an order for 2 Sargent seats for our next trip in September. Besides the seat, the bikes are true contenders for light touring.
 

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Last week I did 820 miles around Scotland with my son over 3 1/2 days. The bike performed faultlessly and was perfect for the single track roads we were using. I strapped a Kriega US20 pack on the rear of seat and that was all I needed for luggage. The only problem was, as stated above, that seat is hard. Despite an aftermarket rear shock and the addition of a 20mm gel pad, by the 3rd day I was glad to stop after a 100 miles or so.
 

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Apart from the extra height, the comfort seat is way better than stock. Got a good dealwhenpurchasing the bike, so made it a bit easier to get over the line.
 

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I did 38 500 km on my Scrambler FT since last may. This is my only bike so far, and I did long trips - over 700 km per day (excluding highways - I try to avoid them, because they're boring). I got 30L and 20L Kriega bags, which for me is enough to pack a lot of things for a long trip. I also travelled with a tent mounted on top of the bags - no problem at all. I can't compare riding to other bikes, because it is my first motorcycle ever. Technically - no problems at all. I do maintanance service regularly. The only thing is, it started to consume oil after 30k km, and it is the second Scrambler I know that has such an issue.

I'm 173 cm height and I got used to the seat. I do stop every 150-170 km for refuelling, so It's hard to say if you can ride on it all day long ;) I also stop a lot for taking photos. I got the bars lowered, and now for me the comfortable speed concerning windblast is below 150 kmph. The wind was the issue when I got standard FT handlebars, which were a bit too high for me. But I'm completely in love with the bike and even comparing to Triumph Thruxton I tested, I was glad I chose Scrambler.

The best mods:
- exhaust (I got IXIL RC2 - sound and power)
- rear sprocket from Panigale (longer gears for touring)
- lower Rizoma handlebars
- suspension change to Andreani front and Ohlins rear
- Brembo brake pump

But I did almost 20K km without those mods, and it was still a nice ride.
 

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I did 38 500 km on my Scrambler FT since last may. This is my only bike so far, and I did long trips - over 700 km per day (excluding highways - I try to avoid them, because they're boring). I got 30L and 20L Kriega bags, which for me is enough to pack a lot of things for a long trip. I also travelled with a tent mounted on top of the bags - no problem at all. I can't compare riding to other bikes, because it is my first motorcycle ever. Technically - no problems at all. I do maintanance service regularly. The only thing is, it started to consume oil after 30k km, and it is the second Scrambler I know that has such an issue.

I'm 173 cm height and I got used to the seat. I do stop every 150-170 km for refuelling, so It's hard to say if you can ride on it all day long ;) I also stop a lot for taking photos. I got the bars lowered, and now for me the comfortable speed concerning windblast is below 150 kmph. The wind was the issue when I got standard FT handlebars, which were a bit too high for me. But I'm completely in love with the bike and even comparing to Triumph Thruxton I tested, I was glad I chose Scrambler.

The best mods:
  • exhaust (I got IXIL RC2 - sound and power)
  • rear sprocket from Panigale (longer gears for touring)
  • lower Rizoma handlebars
  • suspension change to Andreani front and Ohlins rear
  • Brembo brake pump

But I did almost 20K km without those mods, and it was still a nice ride.
Is it good to do 500-700 kms a day with pillon as planning a 5000kms trip with pillon and want to add panniers and top box for pillon back support.
 
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