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    1 Week...
    on: Apr 26, 2020, 03.54 pm
    Apr 26, 2020, 03.54 pm
    Well I received my 2017 Phantom Black Trophy Se 5 days ago!  Since then, I've figured out the electronics, the profiles, took a bit of tinkering to get the radio situated, and have been on a few short rides around East Tennessee.  I must say, still getting used to her as I'm coming from a 2003 Honda VTX 1800c...first time I hit the front brake on the TTSE i almost felt like I was gonna dive over the front of the bike, lol.

    Love the handling, cornering and 85 on the highway was simple.  Only issue I'm having, honestly, is coming to a "controlled stop" and balancing the bike on my tip-toes.  I think I'm thinking about it to much, lol.   Especially from my old bike, where my seat was 25" from the ground, but also #100 heavier. 

    Overall a wonderful riding experience, and I love the bike.  Like all new things...just need to spend some time with ehr and get her figured out.

    BTW - she only has 4,500 miles on her...any words of wisdom, tips, things I should be aware of or anything that anyone wants to toss my way regarding new ownership of this awesome ride?

    Glad to be apart of this community!!!  Thanks in advance!
    Mike

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    Re: 1 Week...
    Reply #1 on: Apr 26, 2020, 04.53 pm
    Apr 26, 2020, 04.53 pm
    Hi mdwest7,

    Congratulations on your new Trophy !  :047:

    If you are on Tip Toes when you stop then you need to be CAREFUL !

    Check the Rider Seat is in the lowest of it's two available positions,
    which can be altered by moving the position of the metal rod underneath it's front edge.

    If it's on the Lowest position, and assuming it is the "Low" version of seat
    which is provided as standard to the US Market, then you might want to think about
    lowering the suspension slightly, which is a fairly straightforward task - achieved by
    changing the Rear Suspension Unit Drop Links for longer ones,
    and raising the front forks slightly in their Yokes.

    Have a search on the Forum for "lowering" - there a few Topics on this,
    mainly using "Lust" brand Lowering Links, or "Soupy's" Adjustable Links  :028:

    Meanwhile, when you are approaching the place you're going to stop,
    make an assessment - Look at the Camber of the road surface to see
    which way it leans, and plan to put your foot down on the highest side,
    so the Trophy won't be leaning over as much, and will be easier to keep upright.  :169:

    Where possible put your LEFT foot down - so you can retain control of the rear brake,
    allowing you to ease off the front brake completely before you stop,
    preventing the front brake from "grabbing" which it can do at low speeds.

    If you HAVE to use the front brake at low speed, do so very gently,
    and not at all when turning all unless absolutely unavoidable.
    At Low speeds the front brake lever can change it's name to the "Dropping your bike" lever !

    Look carefully at the surface that you are going to put your foot down onto,
    avoiding gravel / loose dirt / white paint / tar snakes, and anything else that might
    cause your footing to slip - the Trophy is a heavy bike and needs to be respected -
    If it starts to fall away from you it can be very difficult to stop it !

    Cheers  :821:


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    Re: 1 Week...
    Reply #2 on: Apr 26, 2020, 08.52 pm
    Apr 26, 2020, 08.52 pm
    Don't forget Coconut, the brakes are linked too, and ABS
    Paul Wilko

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    Re: 1 Week...
    Reply #3 on: Apr 26, 2020, 10.13 pm
    Apr 26, 2020, 10.13 pm
    Thanks for the heads up...tip toes/balls of the feet...read about lowering the bike and can get Soupy's links on amazon....My VTX has linked braking, and harder pull on the brakes to get that beast to slow down.  Doesn't seem to take much to get the TT to slow down, just need some braking practice.  Other than that, she's a dream to ride!

    Thanks again for the quick reply guys.
    Mike

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    Re: 1 Week...
    Reply #4 on: Apr 26, 2020, 10.42 pm
    Apr 26, 2020, 10.42 pm
    The more you ride it, the easier stops will get. Although a little top heavy compared to some bikes, that weight just seems to disappear once you get rolling.
    Promise, the more you ride it, the more you'll realize you made a great choice!  :028:

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    Re: 1 Week...
    Reply #5 on: Apr 27, 2020, 01.16 am
    Apr 27, 2020, 01.16 am
    Congratulations on the Trophy. I am also enjoying a mew (to me) 15 Trophy. After looking at a variety of sport touring or touring bikes, I think nothing else compared.

    Last ride was a Tiger 800xc and was about 200 pounds lighter but I think it was even more top-heavy. The top heavy feeling is a challenge in city or stop and go, but the upright position and maneuverability once moving is awesome.

    Enjoy.  :062:

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    Re: 1 Week...
    Reply #6 on: Apr 27, 2020, 08.41 am
    Apr 27, 2020, 08.41 am
    Congrats  mdwest7 with Black beauty.

    Greetings

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    Re: 1 Week...
    Reply #7 on: Apr 27, 2020, 09.15 am
    Apr 27, 2020, 09.15 am
    Don't forget Coconut, the brakes are linked too, and ABS

    That is true, however operating the front brake only DOES NOT apply the rear brake - at all.

    The rear brake system is linked to the front brake ( lower two pistons of the front right caliper ).

    When the rear brake is applied under normal riding conditions
    a proportional control valve limits the pressure to the rear brake
    as weight begins to transfer to the front wheel.

    The linked circuit also has a pressure delay valve that delays the application
    of the front brake during initial application.

    At SLOW speeds, application of the front brake only "can" result in the brake grabbing,
    and if the front wheel is turned to one side at the time, when the wheel stops turning suddenly
    and unexpectedly, with no skidding ( so ABS will not operate ), this could result in a fall.

    Use of the Rear brake only at slow speeds, is less likely to result in this.


    Cheers  :821: