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Offline Paul

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Painted the grab handle
« on: August 24, 2019, 12:42:10 AM »

I finally grew tired of looking at all the scratches that I didn't put in the grab handle (thanks OP lol). So off it came for a quick scuffing and a few coats of Rust-Oleum black textured spray paint. I didn't get quite the smooth coverage I would have liked, but I think it looks much better than the gray color, and now it's scratch free. It matches the textured plastic panels on the rear of the bike, plus it should offer some additional grip when putting the Trophy on the center stand.

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Re: Painted the grab handle
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2019, 01:54:40 AM »
All good Paul I just covered mine with black cloth race tape. I have a canvas bag that sits across the pillion saddle which hold all my tools, tyre repair gear, spare oil [not needed so far], tow rope, fuel siphoning tube plus other bits of recovery gear. This bag sits on top of and is strapped to the grab handles necessitating the tape coverage. Just a lazier method than your way. Cheers.  :821: :158:
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Re: Painted the grab handle
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2019, 02:06:13 AM »
*Originally Posted by HACKLE [+]
All good Paul I just covered mine with black cloth race tape.  :821: :158:

Yeah I thought about tape too, but didn't want to have just part of it covered up. Plus I'm glad I pulled it apart, as I found that when I installed the rear LED license plate frame, I forgot to reinstall the safety clip that keeps the nut on the rear lights from coming off. Of course that clip is long gone, so for now I've got some safety wire in its place.

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Re: Painted the grab handle
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2019, 03:17:34 PM »
Nice!
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Re: Painted the grab handle
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2019, 04:52:34 PM »
*Originally Posted by HACKLE [+]
All good Paul I just covered mine with black cloth race tape. I have a canvas bag that sits across the pillion saddle which hold all my tools, tyre repair gear, spare oil [not needed so far], tow rope, fuel siphoning tube plus other bits of recovery gear. This bag sits on top of and is strapped to the grab handles necessitating the tape coverage. Just a lazier method than your way. Cheers.  :821: :158:
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If you don't know already,  there are 4 loops on the under side of the pillion seat for strapping a dry bag.  I know this thanks to, who else, Coconut.  Very thoughtful of Triumph to add them, saves wear on the grab handles. Very unthoughtful of Triumph for not noting them in the manual.  At least I couldn't find any reference.

By the way nice paint job, looks better than the original.
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Re: Painted the grab handle
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2019, 09:52:15 PM »
Paul, what is it that "they" say. "The best laid plans of mice and men". At least the safety wire won't come undone. Reminds me of all the nuts that had to be drilled and safety wired on bikes I have raced in younger days. Cheers.  :821: :158:
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Re: Painted the grab handle
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2019, 03:17:12 PM »
Nothing to do with your now-cool looking rack :)

It is vastly easier to put the bike on the center stand whilst gripping the intended grab spot that is below the rear part of the rider's seat/in front of the side case v. grabbing the passenger grab rails.

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Re: Painted the grab handle
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2019, 07:16:32 PM »
I think it looks pretty dang nice!  You cant tell from teh pics that it is not as smooth as you would like, they appear to be decently smooth from the picture distance.  I say good job! :152: