Greetings From The Hinterlands

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  1. Desert Yeti

    Desert Yeti Member

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    Hello all,

    I've been on my Scrambler 1200XC since last June. I was originally looking at Royal Enfield, but the dealer I visited also sold Triumph and just happened to have a 2019 press fleet bike that was in immaculate condition with a mere 1850 miles on it (barely run-in). The price was right, and it came with a full factory warranty so I rode it home and have been driving it on my weekly commute of 400 miles/week since (excluding days of severe inclement weather). The beauty of living and working in America's desert south-west is that you can typically get around 350 days/year where you can throw a leg over your bike and ride it somewhere.

    Anyway, I'm happy to have found this forum, and look forward to becoming involved with others in our shared enthusiasm for Triumph motorcycles.
     
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  2. Bikerman

    Bikerman Crème de la Crème
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    y151.gif Deseret yeti and welcome2a - Copy (2).gif to the forum from Lincolnshire.
    We too are lucky to live in England where we typically get around 350 days a year wishing the bloody rain would stop feeling-blue-smiley-emoticon.gif
    No just kidding, it's not that bad. When you get time, post a picture or two of your Scrambler.
    Anyway, enjoy it, and the forum too.
     
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  3. steve lovatt

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    Welcome to the forum :cool:
     
  4. Tiglet

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    Hello DY and welcome to the forum :)
     
  5. littleade

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    Welcome in, enjoy the forum
     
  6. Desert Yeti

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    As requested, here's a couple of shots of my Scrambler:

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  7. Helmut Visor

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  8. David Cooper

    David Cooper Triumph Rocketeer.
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    Hello Yeti.

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  9. Desert Yeti

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    While I look nothing at all like Forrest Gump, I'm told I wave like he does. Thanks for the welcome! :laughing:
     
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  10. Wessa

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    Hi and welcome....
     
  11. Wessa

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    Hi and welcome....
     
  12. Martine

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    Welcome to the forum. Sounds like a great deal on a great ride.
     
  13. andyc1

    andyc1 Lunarville 7, Airlock 3
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    Welcome to the forum :)
     
  14. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    Greetings and welcome to the forum, Desert Yeti! That's a good looking Scrambler--thanks for the pics. Whereabouts do you live in the Mojave Desert? I live in the American southwest desert also--I'm in the Sonoran Desert. Hope you enjoy the forum!

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  15. Desert Yeti

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    I'm a denizen of Landers California (near the Marine Corps base at 29 Palms), home of Giant Rock and the Integretron.
     
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  16. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    I'll have to Google Giant Rock and the Integretron, DY. I'm particularly intrigued to learn about the latter.
     
  17. Desert Yeti

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    The Integretron is an acoustically perfect geodesic dome built by a man named George Van Tassel. He was an aeronautical engineer at Lockheed's skunkworks before he discovered LSD in the 1950's. Once that occured, he came to Landers and dug a cave under Giant Rock, where he lived for a time. While he was living under Giant Rock, he excavated a large landing strip on the neighboring dry lake bed for the UFO mothership to land (which for a time became Landers airport), and he stood-up the Integretron; the plans for which he claimed were telepathically given to him by space aliens (although, if you ask me, anyone talented enough to work at Lockheed's skunkworks, could probably figure out how to build an acoustically perfect domed building without the help of space aliens). Supposedly, he chose this location due to the close proximity of one of five global nexes of cosmic power (he never could pinpoint the exact location of the nexus however).

    The abode under Giant Rock was eventually filled in after a friend of Van Tassel's was killed there in a gun fight with the FBI, and the Integretron has become a Mecca for UFO enthusiasts, douche-bag hipsters and neo-hippies. They flock to the Integretron from all over the world for "sound baths" (the only kind of bathing many of them engage in, I hazard to guess). Personally, I suspect that "sound bath" is neo-hippy speak for orgy, and would bet folding money that if you were to shine a forensic black light on the interior of the Integretron, it would look like you were standing in the middle of a huge Jackson Pollock painting. I can always tell when there is a big event at the Integretron because the stench of patchouli oil hangs in the air like a pall (my home is but a mile from the Integretron).
     
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  18. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    Yikes! Sounds like a sci-fi movie, DY. I just looked Landers up on Google Maps and it's about 420 miles from Tucson. So just far enough that I'm not super tempted to jump on the bike just to have a look-see. On the other hand, it does look quite close to Joshua Tree National Park which I've always wanted to see. Thanks for the info!
     
  19. Desert Yeti

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    Joshua Tree National Park (I still think of it as a National Monument) is indeed great. If you're going to come out to visit it, I'd recommend sooner than later. In another couple of weeks it will be hard to get in for anything other than day trips. It has become a very popular place for hikers/campers from all over the world as well. The last time I was there I heard four different languages being spoken within one small camping area.
     
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