Simba the ‘Steamer’
Back in the early 1990’s, Triumph introduced a motorbike to compete with the BMW ‘GS’ series. They dubbed the bike ‘Tiger’, and it is still in production today. In fact, today there’s an entire model line ranging from the Tiger 800/800XC models, the Tiger 1050, and the newly introduced Tiger Explorer. These bikes have one thing in common – they are all powered by 3-cylinder engines.
I found this bike posted for sale on ADV, and immediately fell in lust:
A long-time compadre asked ‘so what does your new bike do for you that the old one didn’t?’. My answer was pretty straightforward. FAR more comfortable, MUCH more power without much more weight, and she’s a triple.
Nick took several more pics for ‘pre-shipment’ documentation. Here’s another one …
July 19, 2012 – SIMBA ARRIVES IN PIONEER!
After an 18-hour delay to repair a bearing failure on the trailer, Martin arrived, having driven 12 hours straight from Utah. Here are some pics of the delivery:
Just for the record, other than Simba and the tiny racecar (which was headed for Australia), everything on that trailer and the two Harleys in the van were all destined for China. Hmmm…
Now to get busy! Gotta get her ready for Cambria. 😉
July 26, 2012 – Let the farkleing begin!
Got into a bit of disassembly so I could get at the wiring to connect switched power for GPS/Video accessories, plus she needed a headlight bulb replacement, so…
Let the farkling begin! I spent several hours choosing the ground point and a tap for switched 12V, and also mounted my 2000 lumen LED auxiliary lights and getting the wiring ready for the switch that’s on order. Once all of that was done and tested, I put her lovely clothes back on …
and here’s her cockpit, with GPS and Contour video cam in place. Switched 12V is available now to power them.
Here’s a closer look at one of the LED Auxiliary lights …
Now Simba is ready for this weekend’s test ride down to Tracy, although I’ll probably install the Gustaffson windscreen before then, so I can get an idea how that performs.
I installed the Gustaffson windscreen, mostly because the standard ‘windscreen’ really isn’t one.
another view from the cockpit …
Tomorrow – a shakedown cruise to visit the BFAM and the godkids, and a true test of everything!
July 28, 2012 – SHAKEDOWN!
Having received the small tank bag I’ll be using as ‘power central’ for GPS, video cams, etc., mounting that and filling her fuel tank, I was ready to head down to Tracy to check things out, visit my BFAM and the godkids, and pickup another video camera (GoPro Hero2). Here are a few pics from the day’s ride …
I arrived in Tracy after a leisurely 2 hour ride, and hung out with John, Kaye, Johnny and Karmela for a few hours. Weather was pleasant enough – if a bit warmer than Pioneer. As with my other bikes, Johnny and Karmela got in a pose or two …
Now to learn the new camera, figure out a mounting solution, and get ready for Cambria in five days!
July 30, 2012 – New Camera mount points
Spent some time deciding where and how I could add mounts to get some alternate points of view for both the ‘old’ video cameras and the new Hero 2. Added one more mount up front and two on the rear, and can add more if I decide I want to. Here’s what went on today:
I’ll shoot some test video and hopefully get it posted before my Friday departure for Cambria.
FIRST VIDEO CLIPS from the GoPro Hero2 camera:
This will be the last entry on this page; but fear not! Simba will get a lot of time as I ride her here and there. Here is a short video which includes some pics and video clips from Simba’s ride down to the 10th Annual New Bonneville Rally in Cambria (and back). Enjoy!
August 20 – Simba gets a new saddle!
My sweetie placed an order, and the vendor delivered it – a month early. It’s my birthday present (the date is actually September 22), and she decided the large box with ‘Corbin’ all over it might give it away …
Tomorow she’ll get a test ride!
September 9, 2012
Finally got the pannier mounts squared up. She’s looking good, and ready to go somewhere!
I’ve put close to 2000 miles on Simba in a little over a month, and she’s a winner. Comfortable in the extreme, zippy enough to keep things interesting, and unbelievably nimble. Yes indeed ….
October 2012 – Simba Goes to Weaverville!
and here’s the proof!
After years of pleasurable riding, I’d given Simba as much time and love as I could. She’d had her front forks rebuilt, got new tires, a new drive chain and chain slider, and a thorough going-over – then I let her move on to a new home. She was a loyal companion for many thousands of miles and brought a lot of smiles and many memories; but with Emma in the stable and two other bikes (Katrina and Sami), she was not going to be ridden as she deserved.
Fare well Simba! Treat your new owner as well as you’ve treated me, and I’m sure he’ll return the favor.
Ryde on, lady!