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Offline NeilC

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Not really loving the TT
« on: May 25, 2016, 10:34:00 pm »
Well, mixed feelings about my new (to me) TT:

Firstly, it's clearly better in many ways than my old R1150RT. It's substantialy quicker for a start, yet with equal or slightly better fuel economy. The engine sounds great under load and on the overrun too. I'd also say the weather protection was better. As standard, the TT's screen must be one of the best on the market for tall riders. The Triumph's build quality is superior to the RT's. I really don't see corrosion taking hold of the TT like it did with the old RT.

Now I'm struggling for compliments - the brakes have slightly less power than the old RT, however, they'll still stop you.  just  pull a bit harder - not a big deal.
The engine is 'rattly' at idle and low revs. Fair enough, so was the RT's but it was 12 yrs older, air-cooled and had 3 times the mileage.
The handling; not so pleased, while it's really very impressive on twisty roads, it feels unstable on the motorway (autobahn actually). I don't remember an issue when I bought it, but I replaced the half-worn front BT23F with a BT23GT to match the nearly new rear. Now it feels like it's 'self-steering' from the back, it feels too affected by buffeting from lorries etc. I'll have the bike inspected, put Triumph recommended tyres on it, but if I can't cure the instability, it's not a keeper.





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Re: Not really loving the TT
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2016, 11:01:23 pm »
Sorry to hear, you are not happy with the TT.

Yep, the triple sounds like a diesel, brakes are pretty good.

Your instability issue, something is not right, mine is very stable at higher speed passing big trucks.

I have never tried the Bridgestone tires, you may try a set of Pirellis or Michelins, just a thought.

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Re: Not really loving the TT
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2016, 11:08:44 pm »
Michelin Road Pilot 4's work well, that said autobahns are not what they were in terms of surface condition, in common with many European roads, maybe a bad place to judge stability.
Find some good French tarmac then decide.

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Re: Not really loving the TT
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2016, 06:15:12 am »
Yes... your stability issue does not feel right... mine is steady unto autobahn speeds.... even fully loaded... With cruise control on it is even stable enough that I could take both hands off the bars if I wanted to! (I don't) Definitely get it inspected.
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Re: Not really loving the TT
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2016, 07:52:38 am »
I moved to the TT from a '98 K1200RS. Now that was a steady bike. It was as solid as a rock in all conditions no matter how windy or how fast I passed any trucks on the motorway. But it took a lot of turning in when on the minor roads although it still felt very steady no matter what the angle of lean.
In comparison, the first time I overtook a large lorry (on the downwind side on a windy day) on my TT was quite a shock as the bike moved so much. But it didn't move across the road, it moved in lean angle into the wind blast. I've since become used to the fact that the TT lets you feel the wind through the bike, and thinking back to my time with the K1200RS, I realised that it was me, the rider, who was being buffeted and moving around on that bike while the bike itself remained steady.
Overall though, I much prefer the nimbleness of the TT when off the motorway and have become used to the "feel" of the wind when noticeable.
Oh, and my TT brakes are awesome!
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Re: Not really loving the TT
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2016, 07:56:24 am »
when I first rode the Trophy home I too thought there was an issue with the bike when behind lorries.  I nearly turned round and went back to report an issue.  It felt very unstable from buffeting but now I do not even notice it.  I also find that the loading settings make a big difference to stability.  I ride either one up no luggage or if there are two of us touring France I just go for 1 up with luggage.  And have the european high seat on low setting.

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Re: Not really loving the TT
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2016, 07:59:03 am »
Hi Neil C,

Sorry to hear of this - something doesn't seem right  :084:

A couple of questions :

1.  What year and mileage is your Trophy ?

2.  What SIZE Bridgestone BT23 tyres do you have on the front and rear ?

Cheers  :821:

« Last Edit: May 27, 2016, 07:14:24 am by Coconut »

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Re: Not really loving the TT
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2016, 08:22:40 am »
G'day,

Are your panniers correctly adjusted and load balanced? The movement of the panniers (and top box) dampen out oscillation due to wind buffeting.
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