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Offline Mike2411

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Sooner than Later
« on: May 23, 2016, 09:48:14 pm »
Hey everyone, as a lot of you know I am planning on buying my new Trophy sometime this year. Trade-in value for my C14, the fact that in a few months I'll need tires, the fact that there's a beautiful and fast 'black' 2016 there on the floor and I'm the only miles on that bike...the wife is feeling pretty generous and thinking this is going to happen soon...real soon :046:! In fact, I doubt we make it to summer before buying it and may even happen in the next week to coming weeks :152:. That test ride with her on the bike Saturday was brilliant...absolutely, 100% brilliant :007:! Smartest thing I've done in a while (I do a lot of dumb things so this is a 'pat on the back' :156:)!!

So, the reason for the post is this...what advice do you have on what's best and where to get the following;

1. I want to swap lights, all of them (4, I think), in the headlamp assembly so what is the best LED to put in both the headlights and they city lights and where do I get them?

2. I want to switch out the bulbs in the turn signals to LED bulbs...what's best and where do I get them?

3. I want to add GPS to the bike. I plan on ordering the 'optional' GPS mount when I buy the bike so what's best for that mount (Garmin, TomTom)?

4. LED auxiliary lights for under the mirrors...what are you guys using and how you mounting them...best solutions for mounting would really be appreciated!

5. Crash bars or Tip-Over bars. Are the bars you guys put on your bikes an option when buying the bike or completely aftermarket? Also, the highway pegs for the bars...what are you buying and     where are you buying them from?

6. PDM60 (or fuse box)...is it necessary? I have the PDM60 on my Concours but I have a lot of stuff wired in (Cruise Control, heated seat, lights, heated gear harness...). I only plan on adding auxiliary LED lights and a heated gear harness for the Gerbing (I saw one of you put a 'panel mount' socket in the plastic cover over the fuel tank...I want to do something like that) to the Trophy so is it necessary for a PDM?

7. I thought I saw an optional 'paint protection' that can be applied to the bike...a plastic film or something along those lines. Are any of you having that put on your bikes...is it worth it, does it affect color or finish of the paint on the bike? Does it clean-up well?

I am going to buy the bike with the heated comfort seats, extended windscreen and so-on, as much as I can get while purchasing the bike, I will get. That list represents the items I can see as things I will absolutely add and so your help, advice, pictures would be greatly appreciated! I'll update if I can think of anything else. I'm so used to the Concours and listing what's needed that I feel like I'm missing a dozen items here :015:!

Thanks everyone!
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Re: Sooner than Later
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2016, 10:06:03 pm »
The stock headlights are very good, and I would not replace them with the current crop of LEDS; they just aren't good enough yet. Same thing for the turn signals, the current LEDS will not have the wide beam angle of the OEM bulbs so will not be as bright off-axis. YMMV

For aux lights on the front of the bike, I would recommend the Mondo Moto LEDs. Reasonable price and good quality. They only draw about 1.25 amps.

I have my aux lights via relay, switch, and in-line fuse right off of the battery. If you plan on a lot of electric accessories, then you should get a power distribution block as you suggest.

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Re: Sooner than Later
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2016, 10:09:43 pm »
*Originally Posted by azgman [+]
The stock headlights are very good, and I would not replace them with the current crop of LEDS; they just aren't good enough yet. Same thing for the turn signals, the current LEDS will not have the wide beam angle of the OEM bulbs so will not be as bright off-axis. YMMV

For aux lights on the front of the bike, I would recommend the Mondo Moto LEDs. Reasonable price and good quality. They only draw about 1.25 amps.

I have my aux lights via relay, switch, and in-line fuse right off of the battery. If you plan on a lot of electric accessories, then you should get a power distribution block as you suggest.

Thank you azgman...I appreciate the feedback and your opinion on the lights! Good lights are important and if these are really good then I won't worry about it!

I don't plan on adding much so sounds like a PDM isn't necessary!

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Re: Sooner than Later
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2016, 10:14:12 pm »
*Originally Posted by azgman [+]
The stock headlights are very good, and I would not replace them with the current crop of LEDS; they just aren't good enough yet. Same thing for the turn signals, the current LEDS will not have the wide beam angle of the OEM bulbs so will not be as bright off-axis. YMMV

For aux lights on the front of the bike, I would recommend the Mondo Moto LEDs. Reasonable price and good quality. They only draw about 1.25 amps.

I have my aux lights via relay, switch, and in-line fuse right off of the battery. If you plan on a lot of electric accessories, then you should get a power distribution block as you suggest.

azgman, let me ask your opinion on this...LED aux lights under the mirrors. I have them on my Concours and they were easy to mount. I plan on putting LED fog lights on either side of the front wheel...is it worth adding the lights under the mirrors or am I creating a good enough presence by adding the lights down low?

Just looking for people's opinion on this. There are people on bikes that have a lot more experience than I do so it's interesting to hear their opinion. The Trophy has a much larger 'front-end' than the Concours so that's already a bonus and makes it easier to see.

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Re: Sooner than Later
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2016, 10:21:15 pm »
My aux lights are mounted on the fender bolts, so down low. I can see signs way in the distance, a good spot beam right in front of the front tire and anything reflective on the sides of the road lights up brilliantly. If I was riding off-road, I might want more light, but for me, the aux lights with the OEM headlight is more than enough.

I would at least try it for yourself before you spend more money.
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Re: Sooner than Later
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2016, 10:24:52 pm »
*Originally Posted by azgman [+]
My aux lights are mounted on the fender bolts, so down low. I can see signs way in the distance, a good spot beam right in front of the front tire and anything reflective on the sides of the road lights up brilliantly. If I was riding off-road, I might want more light, but for me, the aux lights with the OEM headlight is more than enough.

I would at least try it for yourself before you spend more money.

Yep, that's the plan now! I'm removing the fog lights from my C14 and transferring those over so no money spent :062:!

Thanks again, I appreciate it!

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Re: Sooner than Later
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2016, 10:31:42 pm »
*Originally Posted by Mike2411 [+]
Yep, that's the plan now! I'm removing the fog lights from my C14 and transferring those over so no money spent :062:!

Thanks again, I appreciate it!

azgman, when you get the opportunity, could you send pics of how you mounted the lights down low?

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Re: Sooner than Later
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2016, 10:44:38 pm »
Hi Mike

I can share my experience on a couple of your concerns:

1. get  the OSRAM H4 NIGHT BREAKER PLUS BULBS H4 472 12v 60/55w'-it's a straight swap for $30-40 and quite a bit brighter with a longer beam. Check the reviews online-people really seem to like them.

2. R&G Adventure bars for the Trophy are very high quality and look nice on the bike-and from what I understand work very well to protect the bodywork from the typical "drop in the driveway" (haven't gotten to test that out with my set but I'll take people's word on that). Only issue is cost-WAY overpriced IMHO but only one company makes them and there aren't many Trophy's out there to lower the cost thru volume of sales.

3. The Paint Protection Kit from Triumph works very well-I have not had any body damage from debris, stones, etc on any areas where it's applied. Covers most of the vulnerable areas of the bike. I had a professional install and also had him put similar material on my headlights for only $80. Can hardly see it on the bike and cleans up easily.

4. Last recommendation I have-an Escort Passport 8500 radar detector with a Radar Screamer. Had one on my Concours also and paid for itself many times over(depending on your riding habits of course :038:). By the sounds of it you enjoy a bit of performance from time to time.

Fantastic motorcycle-in my 45 yrs of riding without a doubt best bike I have owned...

Ride safe

Dirk

 



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