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  • Offline undecided

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    on: Aug 12, 2015, 05.55 am
    Aug 12, 2015, 05.55 am
    Was the TTSE  the first bike for anyone? Knowing the bike and your experience would anyone buy the triumph as your first bike. What recommendation do you all have on this issue. I have a reservation  to rent A TTSE in Vegas and I am wondering if I should get a smaller bike for a while before getting such a big bike. How long did it take to get used to a bike like this. I have a 30 inseam and I am able to flat foot the bike but still the inexperience could make me look like a fool or worse. Any feed back will be greatly appreciated. Am looking forward to the ride.

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    Reply #1 on: Aug 12, 2015, 06.24 am
    Aug 12, 2015, 06.24 am
    Well assuming you have a licence to ride a motorcycle what did you learn on and how long ago?

    The Trophy is a capable machine and quite forgiving. But it is large and heavy and will bite back, especially at slow speed if you are caught out such as on gravel or an adverse camber or apply too much brake with too much steering lock on. There are members in here who have been riding years and have found out the hard way about that.

    If you have the time I would probably suggest riding for a day or two on something a little smaller just to get the fell of biking again.
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    Reply #2 on: Aug 12, 2015, 12.51 pm
    Aug 12, 2015, 12.51 pm
    So, are you saying that you have a motorcycle endorsement but have no motorcycling experience?  Unless you are built like a linebacker the bike will probably be intimidating. 

    Not the size bike I would want to learn throttle / clutch control on that is for sure. 

    I recommend you pick up a copy of "Proficient Motorcycling" by David Hough and also his book "Street Strategies".  If you really like to read, "Total Control" by Lee Parks is also a great book.

    Good Luck.

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    Reply #3 on: Aug 12, 2015, 01.21 pm
    Aug 12, 2015, 01.21 pm
    In my opinion the TTSE is an excellent bike for riders with at least some experience. If you are looking for your first bike, perhaps something more nimble will be wiser.   

    My first street bike was a Bonneville and took some time to get used to it, but because of it size, power and ergonomics it was forgiving, therefor, let me develop some needed skills in a safe way.

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    Reply #4 on: Aug 12, 2015, 02.11 pm
    Aug 12, 2015, 02.11 pm
    I wouldn't recommend the Trophy as a first bike for anyone.  A much better solution would be a small commuter type bike that is lighter, but still has decent handling and brakes and comfort.  Search for a used one in good condition, ride it for a while, then when you think you're ready to step up go test ride a Trophy before making that decision.  The Trophy is a great machine, but it isn't for an inexperienced rider due mainly to its weight, not to mention all the equipment settings and choices which could and will distract attention from riding.  Ride it if you MUST, but be aware of your own lack of experience.
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    Reply #5 on: Aug 12, 2015, 05.11 pm
    Aug 12, 2015, 05.11 pm
    I will echo the opinions that everyone else has expressed here so far,
    and that is that the Trophy is definitely NOT a "novices" bike.

    You / anyone need to build up your riding and handling skills on something smaller and lighter,
    before moving up to anything ( not just a Trophy ) that is so heavy and powerful.

    The last thing anyone wants is to see you get seriously hurt ( or worse ) !

    It is very easy to get carried away with the power and speed, and a lack of experience
    can lead you into situations that you might not be able to get yourself out of.

    Get a smaller bike that you can handle confidently, GET PROFESSIONAL TUITION to develop your skills,
    and then, after several months and thousands of  miles, re-consider getting a Trophy  :169:

    Stay safe - whatever you ride  :169:

    Cheers  :821:

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    Reply #6 on: Aug 12, 2015, 08.31 pm
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    I encourage you to rent a much smaller bike.   :013: I would not go any larger than a 450cc with the ideal being 250-350cc.  Given you will be a passenger on your first bike as often as you think you are driving it, you will need something you can man handle to avoid falling over it.

    Get at least 100 hours on a 250-350cc bike, and another 100 hours on a 650-850cc bike before you try the trophy as it is powerful enough to get away from even experienced riders and can lull you into a sense of control when in fact, as mentioned above, you are nothing more than a passenger.

    It is my favorite bike and I have been riding 47 years.  Don't get yourself hurt because your ego will not let you ride a small bike for a while.  :110:


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    Reply #7 on: Aug 12, 2015, 09.00 pm
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    Definitely a +1 on the above..... :017:
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