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Triumph Trophy - General Chat / Re: SE Vs Basic Trophy
« on: June 01, 2014, 09:07:11 PM »
Had the first trophy in 2012 november standard model don't need radio or esa do all my miles in europe ,carry my wife all the time as pillion ,first thing i done was jack the rear shock up to near max don't use top box,w  ant one of them for !!! keep it light,do up damping steers really quick.. no running wide great bit like a sports bike now ,,,well nealy ..ok so its a bit hard on rear but in europe the roads are better
Ok done that so off to a track day just to prove a point,lob off panniers just in case you dump it?? okay bit like a trawler but goes well ,off again to Portrugal for 6 weeks ,get manual out set to sports mode then fiddle to fine ajustment,
Dave Croxford

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Triumph Trophy - General Chat / Re: Trophy vs Pan.
« on: July 03, 2013, 08:34:50 AM »
Yes i am the dave croxford that raced nortons ,had a great life racing never broke any bones.that must account why i still can ride my bikes,mind you i go to the gym 3 times a week
Dave Croxford

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Triumph Trophy - General Chat / Re: Trophy vs Pan.
« on: July 02, 2013, 06:29:16 PM »
Had 1300 st 8years wife all ways complained about buffeting she was never really happy at 90 plus not a lot of room for her on the back, we have had many bikes in the last 55yrs so she knows what works
In Europe where the pan done most of its milage it never let us down 45 mpg on average could get 50mpg as long as you keeped it 70/80 never dropped it in 40.000 mls even being short legged 30" ,i think the bike became dated in looks so time to change
Bought mine last November crap winter plenty of salt no chance,finally got a chance to get the first service mils done ,my wife loves it no buffering plenty of room cant keep her of it and at 73 yrs that's great
So in may of to Spain Portugal we go, 4 weeks in all.fully loaded ..no top box never had one ,keeped weight down pannier each that's plenty for where we was going hot!!!!.i set the bike up in sports mode mine is a standard mon jack the back up do up the damping makes steering tighter on turns the down side you feel the bumps who cares feels like a sports bike now.... set trips how you want them they are great by the way .straight away the trophy is at home the screen set just of bottom setting it was so much better we could cruise at 100 mph so good was it we just keeped going to the algarve in 3 days we did 2500 mls the first 2000 we did 95- 100mph returning 54.1 mpg that's good on the way back we pushed on doing 110. 115 that shows how good the roads are and the bike is at that speed, did have a following wind which  did help the petrol compsumption dropped dramatically 38 mph but over 2500 it returned 52.1way better than the pan ,the one thing which is the same under 5mph watch it they are both heavy bikes fully loaded if i use a ferry i keep the tank empty makes life easy getting it on i sold the pan 4000 is the trophy worth 9000 more my wife thinks so ,so thats great
Now if you think i am full of bullshit i was 4 times British champion and won a TT on a triumph so at 73yrs i can still ride a bike hope this article helps
Dave Croxford




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Ride Reports and Touring / Re: Spain & Portugal
« on: June 20, 2013, 07:02:22 PM »
Just come back from Spain@Portugal on my trophy 2400mils .my route was santander palencia salamanca badajoz then albufeira 11euro in tolls they are great roads no old bill!!.after albuferia we went to sagres rooms a plenty 30/40 euro hot then travel up west cost to milfontes go right in to  the beach hotels no probs
now if you want bend after bend go to santisago road 121 then beja 4/5 gear bends some blind this is part home route
sintra is ok historic nazare is ok but for sun stay in the south
if you go to lagos on the way to sagres there is road taxes but you dont have to pay ,they say you need a transponder it then takes the money out of the bank .the Portuguese don't use the road so its empty A22 road number
on some of thease roads we covered 101 mls in 1 hour that's how good they are we averaged 54.5  at 80 /90mind you the last 500 mls   we pushed on 105/110 it droped to 52.5 ,have a good trip we did Dave Croxford 


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Triumph Trophy - General Chat / Re: How Old!!
« on: May 13, 2013, 04:58:22 PM »
Old as you feel am 73 but feel 50 of to italy end of month my wife is 73 ,she has been a pillion rider all her life loves it ,mind you what does help is going to the gym you need good upper body strength ,the trophy is bit heavy under 5mph when it stalls on full lock you will need it i know i had to lay it down 1st day i had it
Like most things use it or lose it ,just keep rideing in any weather
Had a 1300 pan for 6 yrs great bike --- but the trophy is more comfortably so my wife says mine is a standard model set up sports mode great ,wish my legs were longer hmmmmm ,
Dave Croxford

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Triumph Trophy - General Chat / Re: Triumph trophy
« on: April 24, 2013, 11:03:03 AM »
Yes that makes sense ,should have thought of that ,but i also reground the heel of the stand it rolls off and on better .i properly should have not steamed in straight away i nearly dropped it many Thanks
Dave

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Triumph Trophy - General Chat / Triumph trophy
« on: April 23, 2013, 09:51:21 PM »
Had my trophy now about 5 months ,been using a Honda Pan 1300 for 8 years great bike ,is it worth 13000 yes it is it does look a lot bigger than a Pan but once on the move great ,you do have to be carefull with full tank of fuel on full lock ,Nealy had me off on stalling engine
The only issue i have had is getting it on the centre stand ..so shorting the stand by 3/4 " goes on stand much better mind you at 73yrs 30" inside leg could be the problem
My bike is a standard model took it to France for a test ride with my wife on board.good on fuel don't use a top box .i set my bike up in sports mode bit hard but steers great but not as good as my John Player Norton!!!hmmmmm
I am of to Italy middle of may for a tour for about 4weeks so will add a comment when i get back
Dave Croxford

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