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  • Offline englishmatt

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    Hello Chaps...
    on: Apr 12, 2018, 03.52 pm
    Apr 12, 2018, 03.52 pm
    Hello,


    Potential new buyer here, so looking to learn as much as possible and purchase in the next few weeks.

    Looking to get either a '14/15 for a two-up trip this summer from GA to AK with my 16yr old daughter. I've done this ride several times, but not this long with my kid. I'm also considering a 14/15 FJR.

    Being a Brit, something about the Triumph is pulling me in...

    Looking forward to contributing to this forum, assuming I don't buy a Yamaha FJR

    Cheers to all,

    Matt.
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    2017 KTM 1290 SA-R,  1990 Yamaha FZR EXUP,  1990 Kawasaki ZX-10,  1989 Kawasaki ZXR750 H1,  1985 Honda VF1000F

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    Re: Hello Chaps...
    Reply #1 on: Apr 12, 2018, 04.17 pm
    Apr 12, 2018, 04.17 pm
    Hi Matt
    The Trophy was a decent bike at launch and still is. Just the competition seem to have left it behind a little with stuff I don't need anyway. None of the manufacturers seem to have done much with their "tourer" range and I don't see the ubiquitous ST in the Honda range anymore which speaks volumes. A 14/15 bike should have all the little bugbears ironed out from the 12/13 bikes (mine is a 13), which some call character, but I call annoying. It is comfortable, fast enough, excellent fuel economy, good storage and has long service intervals. Mine has 65000 miles on now. Would I have another? Yes. Go for it.

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    Re: Hello Chaps...
    Reply #2 on: Apr 12, 2018, 04.27 pm
    Apr 12, 2018, 04.27 pm
    I would not rule out a new 2017 model. Because Triumph has chosen to discontinue the model, some dealers are practically giving them away. Advantage of full 2 year factory warranty and all recalls / revisions. I was able to pick up a 2017 for $13,900 out the door. Just shop around and don't be afraid to low ball the dealers.

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    Re: Hello Chaps...
    Reply #3 on: Apr 12, 2018, 04.52 pm
    Apr 12, 2018, 04.52 pm
    Welcome aboard  :821: Hope you'll stay with us and  you won't give in to the Siren's songs
    An old biker must be a good rider

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    Re: Hello Chaps...
    Reply #4 on: Apr 21, 2018, 12.46 pm
    Apr 21, 2018, 12.46 pm
    Matt,

    Did you make a decision yet?
    My mother asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said "a biker". She said I'd have to choose one or the other.

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    Re: Hello Chaps...
    Reply #5 on: Apr 22, 2018, 12.59 am
    Apr 22, 2018, 12.59 am
    The Trophy is a great choice, and as chememsu said, the prices of picking up a new one are amazing.   

    Just a few great things about the Trophy:

    Huge trunk (with backrest available, powered socket inside)
    Modern tires sizes, allows a great variety when shopping replacements
    Outstanding fuel injection at all throttle openings
    User-configurable dash...you choose what information you want to see
    Easily adjustable electronic suspension
    Quite a few options for aftermarket windshield height
    Large fuel tank, good fuel mileage
    Heated seats and grips available


    There's plenty of information available here, just Search for it.     :821:
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    Re: Hello Chaps...
    Reply #6 on: Apr 23, 2018, 05.03 pm
    Apr 23, 2018, 05.03 pm
    UPDATE:

    I am leaning toward the Trophy, but I must admit I've called and spoken to two (2) owners who have both mentioned gear shift pivot bolt failures and head ticking.  Both were 2013 bikes and both were amazingly honest and forthcoming (which is very refreshing these days).

    I have test ridden both the Trophy and the FJR in recent weeks and both have their own personality; both appealing to me in different ways.

    Honestly, it's a tough choice to make and can certainly get locked up in analysis paralysis.

    I'm looking to purchase mid-may (traveling with work until then) and it'll most likely come down to finding the right bike at the time.  Not too sure I can go wrong with either choice, but I feel like the Trophy would just "fit" me better for the long trip.  I'm 6'3" and 225.

    I did find that the 20K Major Service here in Atlanta is $1,200, so that will figure in to the price too.

    I'm not sold on buying a NOS bike since, to me, it wouldn't have proved itself...and I don't need any gremlins popping up on my July/Aug trip; the sole reason for buying the bike.  I'm a believer in the thought process of most all weird and wonderful problems present themselves quickly.

    I will plan to take a replacement/modified Brake and Gearshift pivot bolt(s) with me, just in case.

    Cheers to all.  I love the new bike hunt.
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    Re: Hello Chaps...
    Reply #7 on: Apr 23, 2018, 05.19 pm
    Apr 23, 2018, 05.19 pm
    I transitioned to a Trophy from a 13' FJR.  We did so to get more room for my wife.  The Trophy is much better 2 up!
    Yes, I am a BIKEAHOLIC and No, I don't need help!

     



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