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  • Offline Johnharley1964

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    Road trip report
    on: Aug 13, 2016, 01.59 am
    Aug 13, 2016, 01.59 am
    I just returned from an 8 day road trip to Sturgis for the Rally. I am really happy with the gas mileage. I managed to average 50 mpg over one 1400 mile stretch of mixed back roads and  Interstate  riding. This was the first long trip I have taken on the TTSE. I did notice that I need a different seat next time. I currently have the Triumph lower Rider seat. I also have to do something about Handlebar vibration. My hands would fall asleep all the time. I would have to set the cruise to relax them then go back to riding. I have never had an issue with that on my Harley. Has anyone ever tried some rubber mounts Under the bars? I also still need to do something about the stereo. I need to be able to hear it in the wind. 

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    Re: Road trip report
    Reply #1 on: Aug 13, 2016, 03.48 am
    Aug 13, 2016, 03.48 am
    What height do you keep the windshield at?  Windshield height greatly affects fuel economy.

    I have the cruise on all the time on the trophy.  Well fitting quality gloves help with comfort.

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    Re: Road trip report
    Reply #2 on: Aug 13, 2016, 05.21 am
    Aug 13, 2016, 05.21 am
    I have the standard height heated seat and it's Ok for normal rides I may look into the comfort seat I do have the lower foot pegs they do help.
    The vibration from the handle bars I have not had an issue with.
    On the radio I have a water proof MP3 player that I use that way I can always have "Head Out On The Highway" ready to go.
    Mileage I will never get 50 mpg despite my "2slow" name I just Fly low "IFR" I follow Roads , I do the speed limit plus five ,,, or so.
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    Re: Road trip report
    Reply #3 on: Aug 13, 2016, 07.48 am
    Aug 13, 2016, 07.48 am
    Try some "Grip Puppies" or "Grip Buddies" on the handlebars - they can really help  :169:

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    Re: Road trip report
    Reply #4 on: Aug 13, 2016, 12.28 pm
    Aug 13, 2016, 12.28 pm
    JH - How many other Trophies did you see at the rally in Sturgis? I'll be not a one. The standard see is fine with me and I done several 1000 mile trips. It must be my own natural padding that helps out. I've only used the radio 3 times so I can't help you there.

    I hope you get it sorted out to your liking.
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    Re: Road trip report
    Reply #5 on: Aug 13, 2016, 01.16 pm
    Aug 13, 2016, 01.16 pm
    Grip puppies are real cheap and work wonders to get rid of the vibes in the handlebars.
    Ref The crappy seat that comes with the bike.  IF you plan to do any more long rides like I do all the time   TRY contacting Kontour seats   they make a great well ventilated seat that has a heat option and is built on verying levels of memeory foam,  even in the hardest rain you will NOT get any water accululation in front of the seat and it is built like a REAL Long distance touring saddle.  It took me several tries to find what works for me on the trophy.  I had quickly gone to my go to seat ,  a russel day long sddle  BUT they just could not get it to work for a 1000 mile day.
    A nasty weather day riding is still better than any day working

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    Re: Road trip report
    Reply #6 on: Aug 13, 2016, 01.22 pm
    Aug 13, 2016, 01.22 pm
    Also,, ref  stereo ,  you have two options so you can get past the poor quality speakers and amp.   Motochello makes an adapter that you can wire into the speakers that allows you to have a plug in for quality ear buds so you can switch back and forth easily, OR you can now use sena blue tooth to pump the stereo into your helmet
    A nasty weather day riding is still better than any day working

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    Re: Road trip report
    Reply #7 on: Aug 13, 2016, 03.41 pm
    Aug 13, 2016, 03.41 pm
    +1 on the Sena.  I had some Grip Buddies on for a couple of years and just removed them a couple of months ago when I fitted heated grips and have not put any new ones on since.  I don't find any objectionable vibration in the grips and I have some hand issues.  What I do notice is that the throttle is more sensitive without the Grip Buddies than it was with them due to the smaller diameter of the grip.  Some owners that are shall we say "quicker" riders don't like the softer less responsive feel of the Grip Buddies/Puppies.  R&G Racing bar ends are also heavier than the standard ones and may have lessened the vibration in my grips.  I've had them installed so long now I would have to go put the oem's on and ride it back to back to tell for sure that there is a difference.  The Trophy's bars are already mounted on isolation mounts.
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