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  • Offline Mike2411   us

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    Farkle Question
    on: May 18, 2016, 10.12 pm
    May 18, 2016, 10.12 pm
    Hey everyone, still on the 2012 Concours and getting closer to that 'new bike' moment...between now and December!

    My 2 choices are the new Concours and the new Trophy...test riding both on Friday so I can make a final decision and then make my plans on 'when' to pull the trigger!

    I have 'farkled' the 'snot' out of my Concours! Most of it's necessary to make the bike comfortable enough to ride more than 30 minutes without wanting to 'get off' and rest! If I buy another Concours I will have to 'farkle' that too and figure it's going to cost me around $4k of extras to get the bike where I want it (some of that $4k isn't 'necessary' but will be added anyway)...remember, the Concours is pretty 'bare bones'!

    What are you 'Trophy owners' finding necessary to add to the already loaded Trophy? I look at the Trophy and try to figure out what I would need and all I can come up with are Aux. LED's on the front of the bike, a flashing Admore light bar on the rear of the bike, helmet locks and reflective tape on the panniers. If I do purchase a new Trophy I will buy it with all the options, including the heated seats because I do plan on keeping it for 5-7 years before moving to something else or something newer so I'd be buying it 'fully loaded'!

    What are you adding to your bikes to make it 'better'...what kind of 'farkles' are you adding?

    One more thing, anyone reading this that came from the Concours...if you want you can give me your take on both bikes and why you like the Trophy better. It's a very tough decision for me that I'm hoping becomes a very easy decision after the test rides on Friday but any input would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Mike

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    Re: Farkle Question
    Reply #1 on: May 18, 2016, 10.53 pm
    May 18, 2016, 10.53 pm
    I changed the windshield simply because I am Tall and needed just a little more.  Cost was about $250.  I added the Trophy GPS mount, cost about $110 for mount and wiring.
    I changed the seat to a Russel Day long because my wife was not happy with the stock Pillion seat.  Cost about $650.
    I added grip Puppies for about $9.
    I have 17,000 miles on mine and do not plan to add anything else.  I can ride it all day.
    With that said, I could ride it all day with the stock seat and windshield,and I did for 4600 miles the first ten days I had it.  The replacements just made it better.
    Good luck.
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    Re: Farkle Question
    Reply #2 on: May 18, 2016, 10.56 pm
    May 18, 2016, 10.56 pm
    Hi Mike

    As a proud owner of a 2014 TTSE that was once the owner of a 2008 Concours14 I would be happy to share my opinions/feelings/bias :038:

    I owned my Concours for almost 8 years and 76000 miles. IBA member, trips to Alaska, Mexico, Canada, etc and the Concours was a great ride except that I could never quite get it comfortable enough for those 1000mi days, even with multiple custom seat options, Helibars, etc.

    It was comfort above all that sold me on the TTSE. Rode all the competition and nothing else was as comfortable and fit me so well, as is with heated seats and grips. I have 4 seats thanks to Triumph incentives-2 heated seats, 1 reg passenger seat and the low gel comfort seat for me. All are very good, although I use Bead Riders on the gel seat for longer rides and it works great. Only farkles added was GPS, Escort Passport 8500 with Radar Screamer(essential!), radiator guard, down pipe guard, front fender extender,  additional horn wired in parallel, and flashing brake light LEDs.

    In comparison, the TTSE is much more comfortable, better handling(better transitions, lighter steering, bike feels 100lbs lighter above 5mph). Concours tranny a little smoother but TTSE still very nice. Better MPG on the TTSE, sometimes above 50mpg. Only real advantage Concours has is top end power/top speed. TTSE has never had me wishing for more-will run 100mph all day long very stable and controllable. Concours is cheaper to own but service interval longer on TTSE. Both have been very reliable(for me) but the TTSE seems to be put together a little better with nicer fit/finish.

    Obviously the Concours is lower priced but with the benefits of the TTSE and the great price you can usually negotiate it was a no brainer for me.

    Finally, my wife really enjoyed the Concours but LOVES the TTSE-says it's the most comfortable bike she has ever ridden on. Just got back from a 2000mi trip and she was a happy camper.

    Well I guess you know how I feel now-if you have any other questions please let me know. You will NEVER regret switching to the Trophy(IMHO) :046:

    Ride safe(and fast)
    Dirk

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    Re: Farkle Question
    Reply #3 on: May 18, 2016, 11.04 pm
    May 18, 2016, 11.04 pm
    *Originally Posted by atrophy [+]
    I changed the windshield simply because I am Tall and needed just a little more.  Cost was about $250.  I added the Trophy GPS mount, cost about $110 for mount and wiring.
    I changed the seat to a Russel Day long because my wife was not happy with the stock Pillion seat.  Cost about $650.
    I added grip Puppies for about $9.
    I have 17,000 miles on mine and do not plan to add anything else.  I can ride it all day.
    With that said, I could ride it all day with the stock seat and windshield,and I did for 4600 miles the first ten days I had it.  The replacements just made it better.
    Good luck.

    Thanks atrophy, kind of figured there wasn't much to do to it. The beauty of going from Connie to Trophy is the Concours has horrible protection/windscreen and seat and is pretty bare bone so the Trophy looks like a fully loaded beast to me!

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    Re: Farkle Question
    Reply #4 on: May 18, 2016, 11.21 pm
    May 18, 2016, 11.21 pm
    *Originally Posted by Mike2411 [+]
    helmet locks

    The TTSE already comes with two helmet hooks under the seat.
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    Re: Farkle Question
    Reply #5 on: May 18, 2016, 11.34 pm
    May 18, 2016, 11.34 pm
    *Originally Posted by lemuriano [+]
    The TTSE already comes with two helmet hooks under the seat.

    sweet!

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    Re: Farkle Question
    Reply #6 on: May 18, 2016, 11.48 pm
    May 18, 2016, 11.48 pm
    The total list on mine:
    CalSci tall and wide windshield
    R&G protection bars
    R&G Radiator guard
    R&G Downpipe guard
    R&G Bar ends (heavier and they do help)
    Fuse Block with 6 terminals
    2 Coax 12V plugs for heated gear (Gerbings panel mounts)
    USB 2.1A waterproof port for gps (my own mount not Trophy unfortunately)
    Lust lowering links (only for the vertically challenged like myself)
    Power Bronze hugger (helps keep the rear shock cleaner, and there IS another mfr., but I don't know about availability here in the US, a French company I believe)
    Front fender extender
    Rear fender extender (I think it's standard on the 2014 and later)
    Heated grips - I installed (DON'T pay much for these if you are even slightly mechanically inclined - you can buy the indiv. parts on line and install them yourself in less than an hour for less than a $100.

    What I don't have:
    Heated seat
    Factory GPS mount


    If you search the forum, coconut has a how to on installing rear aux lighting, and there are multiple how to's for other additions like front led running lights, heated grips, aux. horns, etc..
    Let us know how the test ride goes, as if we didn't know already.  :745:
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    Re: Farkle Question
    Reply #7 on: May 18, 2016, 11.52 pm
    May 18, 2016, 11.52 pm
    *Originally Posted by trophied [+]

    If you search the forum, coconut has a how to on installing rear aux lighting, and there are multiple how to's for other additions like front led running lights, heated grips, aux. horns, etc..
    Let us know how the test ride goes, as if we didn't know already.  :745:

    LOL, was waiting for that comment! Thank you for the list and I'll check out the posts for lighting. I love lighting, have it my Concours and it definitely helps...makes me very visible!

     



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