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  • Offline MrFeo

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    Hi from the Mid Atlantic
    on: May 16, 2020, 06.36 am
    May 16, 2020, 06.36 am
    Greetings! After talking a big game I've taken the TTSE plunge! Hot and heavy so far - had a 700+ mile maiden voyage home. Drove like a champ. My thanks to this forum for having helped guide my decision both direct and indirect with advice! I was particularly tickled to find one in blue for the added horsepower gains from its ability to equally cut through sunlight and darkness  :028:

    I opted for a 2014 as the price was right, svc record was great (27k mi with valves checked at 21k) and the VIN last digits are 605---, theoretically out of the cylinder head issue range / UK recall range.

    I will say, it makes more noise at idle than I'd expect. Engine sounds great at speed and idle is steady, but there's an occasional clunky, clanky sound at idle. Not loud, but distinct. I can't tell if chain related, transmission, or otherwise. I'll try to get a video of the noise / further trace it. I didn't notice it when it first fired up before purchase, but thereafter at start up or at stops I'd hear the noise, I believe even when at temp. Somewhat sporadic but relatively frequent, couple times every few seconds at uneven intervals.

    I've read a couple threads and seems some people even with 2014 and later models have had similar concerns - will continue to read about it here but so much discussion surrounds 2013 and early 14 models. Hard to filter for 2014.5+ models. I'll ask my local dealer's service manager. Taking it in anyway for a new front tire. If anything meaningful I'll create a new thread for it, hopefully benign...

    Thanks again for the great site! Hopefully be making the twisted trophies gathering in Sept as it is within a day's ride :821: Still in the market for a topcase and heated or tall seat (came with low rider)!


    Last Edit: May 16, 2020, 07.29 am by MrFeo

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    Re: Hi from the Mid Atlantic
    Reply #1 on: May 16, 2020, 08.00 am
    May 16, 2020, 08.00 am
    Congratulations MrFeo - :400: as a fully fledged Forum Member and Trophy Owner  :047:

    Glad we were able to help youmake the decision ! Cheers  :821:


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    Re: Hi from the Mid Atlantic
    Reply #2 on: May 16, 2020, 12.53 pm
    May 16, 2020, 12.53 pm
    Welcome, MrFeo.

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    Re: Hi from the Mid Atlantic
    Reply #3 on: May 17, 2020, 12.41 am
    May 17, 2020, 12.41 am
      :400: MrFeo. One good looking bike you have there. Don't be fooled into thinking that the blue colour gives you more horse power than my black one!!!!!!!!!
         On another matter just a tip. Rather than strapping your bag via the pannier brackets, if you remove the pillion seat you will find 4 webbing straps that can be used for your bag attachment. Cheers.  :821: :158:
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    Re: Hi from the Mid Atlantic
    Reply #4 on: May 19, 2020, 02.30 am
    May 19, 2020, 02.30 am
    Welcome aboard! Good luck and ride safe. :400:
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    Re: Hi from the Mid Atlantic
    Reply #5 on: May 19, 2020, 03.35 pm
    May 19, 2020, 03.35 pm
     :401: MrFeo,  I'm certain you will enjoy the TTSE as well as this forum.  I also have a 14 (blue) and the engine is probably the noisiest engine I've every encountered.   However at almost 70000 it is also the sweetest engine I've ever encountered.   I love the sound at 4000 and above, and it just pulls so hard.  Another thing I like is the rev range, just pick a gear in the twisties and leave it, so many usable rpms.  Anyhow glad you signed up and enjoy your bike.

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    Re: Hi from the Mid Atlantic
    Reply #6 on: May 19, 2020, 04.08 pm
    May 19, 2020, 04.08 pm
    *Originally Posted by nervouswreck [+]
    :401: MrFeo,  I'm certain you will enjoy the TTSE as well as this forum.  I also have a 14 (blue) and the engine is probably the noisiest engine I've every encountered.   However at almost 70000 it is also the sweetest engine I've ever encountered.   I love the sound at 4000 and above, and it just pulls so hard.  Another thing I like is the rev range, just pick a gear in the twisties and leave it, so many usable rpms.  Anyhow glad you signed up and enjoy your bike.

    Thanks NervousWreck! I think your username was apt for my initial panic after having enjoyed a seamless startup and journey - I just don't like noises I'm not used to. I fired it back up today and sounded fair bit quieter (exhaust sounds great but the case is just noisier than others I've owned). Had it on center stand today - interesting some said noisier on side stand  :027:

    Anyway, have backed myself off the ledge and will just monitor it and enjoy! 70k miles is a nice endorsement! I've got some catching up to do! And would agree - the torque/HP combo means it's easy to pull through miles at any speed/gear :152:

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    Re: Hi from the Mid Atlantic
    Reply #7 on: May 19, 2020, 06.20 pm
    May 19, 2020, 06.20 pm
     :400: to the forum!