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    Returning from the dark side
    on: May 27, 2019, 02.42 pm
    May 27, 2019, 02.42 pm
     :046: pleased to report that I collect my TTSE next Saturday . Traded in my GS. My good lady wanted to join me on some of the trips but found the GS just too uncomfortable for long journeys  and she never felt elegant getting on or off. So she said why donít you get another bike like the trophy you had 18 years ago. So we are back to triumph again. Had several versions over 45 years. Trident, trophy  a sprint and TT four which blew up on the Severn bridge! Tried out the TT after a pan and  another beemer. Canít believe how comfortable it was. So much bike for very little cash. 2013 with new brembo discs. Have done Morocco and parts of  Europe. Planning to do Norway next summer. Will post a pic when on road.
    The things you can see only when you slow down.

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    Re: Returning from the dark side
    Reply #1 on: May 27, 2019, 02.50 pm
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     :400: back to the Triumph fold and to the forum.  Congrats on the new to you bike.  Another test ride success! :046:
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    Re: Returning from the dark side
    Reply #2 on: May 27, 2019, 03.23 pm
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    Hi Gurnardledge and :400: to the Club !

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    Re: Returning from the dark side
    Reply #3 on: May 28, 2019, 01.37 am
    May 28, 2019, 01.37 am
    Awesome work and good to hear of real world experience and I find it interesting to watch the journey of folks who select the bike based on the adventures they wish to have on it.

    For me as a rider the best so far for comfort surprisingly was the Explorer. However my gorgeous pillion prefers the Trophy. Having said that I have literally just fitted the comfort seat and not ridden it since.

    Iím curious, what do you think of the Pan? Shame they arenít made anymore and the CTX isnít doing it for me.
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    Re: Returning from the dark side
    Reply #4 on: May 28, 2019, 02.50 am
    May 28, 2019, 02.50 am
    Gurnardledge,  :400: back. Isn't it great to have your wife tell you what's best for you [and her]. Many happy kilometres in front of you now.  :821: :169:
    HACKLE     I'm too young to be this old.

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    Re: Returning from the dark side
    Reply #5 on: May 28, 2019, 08.46 am
    May 28, 2019, 08.46 am
    There a world of difference between the last two models of Trophy (I've had both).  I think the previous Trophy was actually more comfortable and certainly easier to handle and certainly better for getting past traffic jams.  However, the last Trophy is a more up to date bike with the shaft drive and fuel injection etc....and doesn't use half the fuel the old one did 😊
    Ken Hastie
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    Re: Returning from the dark side
    Reply #6 on: May 28, 2019, 10.22 am
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    In reply to the question why did I prefer the triumph to my test rides on the pan and beemer. The pan was quite hard to find a low mileage at a decent price within a 50 mile radius. Those that I tried had signs of corrosion, the engine was quite awesome handling positive no buffering but the heat  was quite severe when sat in the traffic. The service intervals were quite short too. The beemers were expensive and the two I tried had significantly more turbulence. The triumph was immaculate condition a lot of bike at a good trade in deal. My 2007 Gs had not Depreciated much and I was able to get a 2013 bike for an extra 2500£ with low mileage new brembo brakes, serviced and full panniers. Plus it seemed to just float down the road said my good lady! So a happy pillion planning to go to Norway but together now!
    The things you can see only when you slow down.

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    Re: Returning from the dark side
    Reply #7 on: May 28, 2019, 02.06 pm
    May 28, 2019, 02.06 pm
     :408:

    On the rare occasion that The Mrs. wants to go for a ride these days, there is no hesitation in her choosing the Trophy over the GS. In fact, I actually removed the passenger peg assemblies to save a little weight (and cleaning time) on the GS.  :027: