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    A Great First Trip with Wife!
    on: Jul 31, 2016, 06.18 pm
    Jul 31, 2016, 06.18 pm
    Well, the first road trip with the wife on the TTSE is over and a good time was had by the two of us.  It actually went a lot smoother than I expected.  All of the gear we purchased worked fine and we had no failures of any kind.  Here are my thoughts on the the gear:

    Shoei Qwest helmets ---- Awesome and quiet.
    Bilt mesh jackets --- No issues at all, decent air flow.  The zip-out liner was handy when we went up Pike's Peak and temperature dropped from 85 to 45.
    Sena 20s --- Worked pretty good overall.  We had a few occasions where the intercom failed to sync properly but a quick power-off/power-on would fix that.  No issues at all in playing music from the bike.
    Triumph bags --- I swear my wife could pack an elephant in a shoe box!  We carried all of the needed items in the three bags with no problems.  I also used the Triumph tank bag to hold even more items.
    TTSE --- Performed flawlessly the entire trip.  I averaged 48.5 mpg which I thought was pretty good for carrying 2 people and luggage.  My only negative comment would be that the bike is a real handful at slow speeds (top heavy) but that is true of any similar style of bike I think.

    The Trip
    We rode from Enid, OK to Colorado Springs, CO and spent 5 days just exploring around that area.  It was 105 degrees going across the Oklahoma panhandle and there is really nothing much to see.  We stopped in several cities along the way; Guymon, OK, Clayton, NM, Raton, NM, and Pueblo, CO and walked around some to see what all was there.  Luckily the temperature dropped as we moved into the lower mountains and it was mostly in the mid-80s in Colorado Springs.

    After we got settled in at the motel we did some exploring around the area.  There is a city called Manitou Springs that was right up the rode from the motel so we cruised up there.  It turns out that this is an "artsy" area.  Lots of small shops, restaurants, pubs, etc. along both sides of the road.  We stopped and walked around there for a couple of hours, it was fun.

    Next day we rode to Cripple Creek, CO which is an old mining town that has reinvented itself as a casino town.  There is a narrow-gauge railroad that was a lot of fun to ride.  There is a gold mine tour and lots of casinos.  This was the only day that it really rained hard on us (on the ride back to motel)  but we had rain gear so it was not a problem at all. 

    Next day was the big Pike's Peak ride.  The summit is at 14,110 feet and is a 19 mile trek to get up there.  The last 1/3 of the road is very, very twisty with lots of switchbacks.  Guardrails were few and far between so in a lot of areas there was about a 6" shoulder and then you are going over the edge!  The bike handled everything great both going up and then heading back down.

    Other things we did were a visit to the zoo (very nice) and a tour of the National World War 2 Aviation Museum (very nice as well), the Old Historic Town area, etc.  I won't bore you all with the various other things we did.

    Conclusion
    It was a great trip.  We wound up covering about 1,500 miles.  My wife had a good time and she thought the TTSE was very comfortable.  As I said earlier, the bike handled everything thrown at it and just kept on purring right along.  I still need to figure out how to be more comfortable in the seat.  I used an Air Hawk but it really didn't fit very well (it was off my old bike) so I will keep experimenting with the seat.

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    Re: A Great First Trip with Wife!
    Reply #1 on: Jul 31, 2016, 09.15 pm
    Jul 31, 2016, 09.15 pm
    Sounds like a great trip, and I think you are pretty brave going up and down Pike's Peak, two-up with luggage!

    Interesting comment about the bike being a handful to ride at slow speed fully loaded - I find my Trophy a big improvement over my previous Versys 1000 in this respect, possibly due to it being a heavier bike which is less affected by the additional weight.  However it is much harder to manhandle out of the garage, etc, and to get on the centre stand - no doubt also because it is heavier.

    I guess there is always a compromise somewhere ...!

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    Re: A Great First Trip with Wife!
    Reply #2 on: Aug 01, 2016, 12.10 am
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    Re: A Great First Trip with Wife!
    Reply #3 on: Aug 01, 2016, 06.16 pm
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    sounds like a good trip  :046:
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    Re: A Great First Trip with Wife!
    Reply #4 on: Aug 01, 2016, 07.22 pm
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    Sounds like you both had a great trip... Thanks for the write up!
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    Re: A Great First Trip with Wife!
    Reply #5 on: Aug 02, 2016, 01.23 am
    Aug 02, 2016, 01.23 am
    It was a lot of fun.  She is already bugging me about "when the next trip will be?"  I did not expect that.   

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    Re: A Great First Trip with Wife!
    Reply #6 on: Aug 03, 2016, 07.54 am
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    It is great your Wife is excited about another trip,  I am blessed with a wife that wants to see round the next bend or over the next hill so is very contented to sit on the back and take LOTS of pictures.  She thinks it is the most comfortable bike out there apart from the Wing and even then she said there was nothing between them we pipe our music in with Sena 20's as we are usually doing 3.5K plus trips round Europe {mostly Alps and I found while it is heavy sub 10mph it is very stable and went down Stelvio 535kgs+ while quite a lot of the GSA brigade where duck walking when it got really slow due to traffic.

    All I can say is say a big thanks as my wife while she loves the TTSE not really happy on the BMW S1000XR I can carry more on that due to the luggage Trekker 48's each side and 58 Back  But she can only sit on it for about 2 hours and a lot more unstable getting on and off but give BMW there due it is almost as stable as the TTSE at slow speed and a lot more wind in hot countries keeps you cooler.

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    Re: A Great First Trip with Wife!
    Reply #7 on: Aug 03, 2016, 12.52 pm
    Aug 03, 2016, 12.52 pm
    *Originally Posted by OK_Trophy [+]
      I still need to figure out how to be more comfortable in the seat.  I used an Air Hawk but it really didn't fit very well (it was off my old bike) so I will keep experimenting with the seat.

    FGDriver, glad you and the wife had a good trip.   

    As far as the seat comfort, that was the only issue I had with the bike.   I kept getting discomfort right on my tailbone.   I went back to the dealer and they let me try the comfort seat for a day but that was just more of the same albeit with thicker padding so I gave that back.   Then, even though I am rather short (5'8") I tried putting the seat in the high position and added a sheepskin.   That did the trick for me.   I can still get most of my foot on the ground with a good pair of riding shoes with a pretty thick sole.   By moving the seat to the high position it took the pressure off my spine and distributed it in such a way that I now have no problem doing 200 to 250 miles (your gonna need gas sometime anyway).    Don't know where you have your seat positioned but this may or may not help, it did good for me.
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