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Offline NeoCon

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Prospective Owner - Hello!
« on: July 08, 2015, 11:25:03 am »
Good morning and hello.

After 5yrs on an Electra Glide I'm starting to feel the need for speed again. Nice bike that the HD is, it does lack overtaking 'punch'. To this end I'm looking at moving on to a RT or a Trophy - bet I'm not the first to struggle with this choice. One things for sure with me coming from an Electra Glide, is that the Trophy'll seem like a lightweight :114:.

Anyway, I've a few areas of Trophy ownership I'm unclear about regarding the fitting of Garmins 590, pillion backrests (this may turn out to be a deal breaker) and maintenance. So if any of you have any expertise to share it'd be good to hear from you in the relevant forums.

Thanks for listenin'

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Re: Prospective Owner - Hello!
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2015, 12:16:22 pm »
G'day and CooEee,

Welcome to the Forum. A few of the owners have successfully installed the 590LM into the bikes audio system (something I've yet to do). Regarding a pillion back rest my pillion in a million won't ride without the Top Box (with back pad). The Top box is powered and is the size of small beer fridge, top stuff.

In summary you'll find plenty of info here and good contribution from the members. Do yourself a favour and test ride the TTSE; you won't regret it.
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Re: Prospective Owner - Hello!
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2015, 12:25:55 pm »
Thanks for the welcome.

Since posting I've found the search button and read a very good thread on installing the 590. It's certainly doable.

I've got to be honest here, but I hate top boxes and normally use a waterproof roll bag. A backrest is very important since my pillion suffers from a bad back. If I have to I will use a topbox as a backrest but it's not my preferred option.

And finally, I'm leaving in 10min to test the TTse. Will let you know what I think.

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Re: Prospective Owner - Hello!
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2015, 12:43:46 pm »
Neocon, hello and welcome to the forum :400:

You will find this a great resource to help in your decision making and having found the search function you are well on the way to finding all you need to know.

I too chose between an RT & the TTSE. What swung it for me was the horrible vibrations of the RT that hand my hands buzzing after 30 minutes of riding and the Incredible cost of a similarly specced up RT compared to the TTSE

I use a Garmin 590 fitted to my TTSE and there are no issues whatsoever, it fits straight to the Triumph mount and plugs into the power and audio in sockets found down on the left hand side of the bike.

The Top box and pillion pad are an excellent idea as my other half hates being a pillion but with that in place felt secure enough to nod off!

With regard to servicing the 10,000 mile service interval is a huge boon to reducing costs especially as you need to consider that some of the bigger jobs such as valve checks and air filter changes require a lot of Tupperware stripping off and so can add costs to servicing in terms of labour.

For myself the annual service if you haven't hit the 10,000 mark was just under £200. The full 10k service was around £400 and the 20k service seems to be around the £700 mark depending on the sealership
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Re: Prospective Owner - Hello!
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2015, 12:52:31 pm »
Hi NeoCon and :400: to the Forum !

Ditto everyone else's comments - have a look in the Maintenance & Servicing section at the Maintenance and Servicing Data and information topic, where you will  find a Service Schedule attached at the bottom of the first Post, showing what needs to done and when !

Have fun on the Test Ride  :028:

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Re: Prospective Owner - Hello!
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2015, 02:07:09 pm »
Hi NeoCon, and welcome to the Forum.    :400:    Best thing I did this year was trading in a 2012   `RT'  for  a Trophy SE,  only had  the `RT' for 10 months,  just didn't get on with it,   :006:   the TT is a much better `ride' and doesn't  sound like  a Tractor,  nearly always had Triumphs in the past , certainly cheaper to maintain then the B MW  ( Bring My Wallet )        :305:
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Re: Prospective Owner - Hello!
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2015, 03:07:39 pm »
 Hi Neocon

And hopefully welcome to the gang. I went through the RT TT dilemma and bought the TT. Big factor was the initial costs and service costs. They are not call Break My Wallet for nothing.

A good friend bought a WCRT. It's now 6 months old and he is writing to BMW to complain about the poor build quality compared to his others he has owned over the last 10 years  :151:

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Re: Prospective Owner - Hello!
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2015, 03:37:45 pm »
Any bets as to whether or not he rolls into the drive on something British?

If so  :400: to the forum.  I think it may be possible to find a backrest that will attach to the rack without using the top box and still have a useful rack.
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