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Offline Johnharley1964

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1st 1000 miles on the Trophy report.
« on: November 10, 2015, 02:41:38 am »
I have managed to get 1000 miles on the bike that I got in late September. I have to say overall I am very happy for the most part. I love the adjustable suspension and the ride settings. I rode it one morning then swapped back to my Harley for the afternoon and I could not believe how the Electra Glide felt. I have 50K on the Harley I currently own and never thought it rode poorly until that day. :191: Getting used to all the different buttons in different places is really a challenge. I am also really thrilled with the power and how easily it accelerates through the gears. I was riding with a buddy on his 1200 BMW and we got behind a car going about 45 mph. I dropped down a couple gears and grabbed the throttle to pass. Wow what a surprise when the front wheel lifted at that speed. :156: Note to self. The Triumph has 2x the HP and weighs 200 lbs less than my Harley. My wife absolutely is in love with the Passengers heated seat.  We rode 100 miles on Saturday. 40 degrees when we left and 48 when we got home and she was comfortable the whole time. For my height of 5'9 and 29 inseam and arm reach I will need to do the pullback spacers under the bars and Probably get the Lust lowering links to drop it a bit. Sounds like a couple of winter projects. I have installed a Mo-Door Garage door opener that fits so well it looks like it came from the factory. I also put a battery tender on it since my 99 Trophy does not like to start on the cooler riding days. A freshly charged battery does wonders for cold starts. Overall I could not be happier at this point. I am already setting up a couple of long rides and maybe even and Iron Butt in the spring.  :002: One last note, I really need to do something with the stereo. I do not have great hearing any more and cannot hear the radio running 80 mph or when riding with a helmet. Any recommendations?
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Re: 1st 1000 miles on the Trophy report.
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2015, 04:20:35 am »
Thanks for the review.  It IS a rather comfy bike; the most comfortable by far I ever owned (~30 total).
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Re: 1st 1000 miles on the Trophy report.
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2015, 05:00:06 am »
And it just gets better with time. I agree on the comfort, although I can usually ride about 150 miles before stopping. It's not because of the bike though; it's because I need a bathroom break. Getting old can be annoying at times.
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Re: 1st 1000 miles on the Trophy report.
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2015, 02:53:50 am »
You beat me to the topic, I was going to follow up my first impression post with my own 1k thread.  Agree with all your good bits and funny enough I jumped back on a HD Heritage Classic in Florida a week ago and got a quick rude awakening when I tried to put her too much on pitch and scrapped the floorboards. 

I only have a few minor quirks and for which are mostly just being really picky, the locking/unlocking of the glove box still worries me for long term reliability/failure, the movement they allow in the topbox attachment rail is a little sloppy/noisy on a bumpy road with out a passenger to buffer it.

One new observation, when I first start the bike, give it a minute to warm up and put it into first gear, it slips in perfectly, effortlessly and without and real noise - now after its fully warmed with a few miles, it is a little grabby with a slight hit as you engage first from a stop - this is backward from most bikes which shift a little tackier when cold.  Anyone else notice this, is this normal. 

I had also inquired earlier on about the 4th and 5th gear ratios which seem very similar as only a minor rev drop when shifting at say 5K, from 4th to 5th only 700 rpm difference(drops in around 4300.  This is normal, as they say and can even come in handy - not sure exactly when - I have from time to time just shifted directly to 6th under normal 1up rider load and the road falling away from me.

Overall absolutely no regrets thus far as the bike is fantastic and spring can not come fast enough. :190:

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Re: 1st 1000 miles on the Trophy report.
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2015, 03:06:11 am »
Why wait till spring? Take your Trophy out on Rt 6 or up 209 till it's way colder...That's what those heated accessories are for!
 Hope to see you out there.
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Re: 1st 1000 miles on the Trophy report.
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2015, 02:05:23 pm »
Oh I have still been taking little putts here and there, mostly heading south, went down to Landsdale on Sunday but I still prefer those bright sunny days... bike goes on winter layup in a couple of weeks, by now we usually have some cinders on the road from a first snowfall which that always officially marks my end of the riding season - they always pile up in the worst places and where you don't expect 'em.

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Re: 1st 1000 miles on the Trophy report.
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2015, 04:13:18 pm »
Hi JohnHarley64 and  :400:

"One last note, I really need to do something with the stereo. I do not have great hearing any more and cannot hear the radio running 80 mph or when riding with a helmet. Any recommendations?"

Do you have the speakers inside the helmet?  I too have dubious hearing function but can hear easily at all speeds with my ear plugs in but never tried this with the bikes speakers, just use a Bluetooth set up and speakers inside my helmet.

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Re: 1st 1000 miles on the Trophy report.
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2015, 05:43:53 pm »
Even though you have hearing loss, you should try foam ear plugs.  They remove the wind noise to allow you to hear the music better.  I don't ride without hearing protection.  In fact I don't do anything loud without hearing protection.  I can still hear those annoying frequencies that the they use to keep Teenagers from loitering.