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Triumph Trophy - General Chat / Re: Sorry
« on: June 14, 2013, 05:17:36 pm »
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No offence taken... I prefer someone who speaks their mind. Its easy to slip up though. I had to go back and edit one of my posts because I used a colloquialism for brown smelly stuff in it and then read the rules!

Other sites I use have a dictionary of more 'common' phrases and automatically substitute a more obscured version

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New Members / Re: Hi from Scandinavia
« on: June 14, 2013, 04:08:43 pm »
Hi there and welcome!
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Planning a possible Scandinavian trip somepoint soon got my route mapped to Stockholm. Don't think I will manage to get as far as Finland!

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On Two Wheels - Bikers Chat / Re: Tried anything else.. ?
« on: June 14, 2013, 03:47:58 pm »
I Have been a sports bike rider most of my adult life. Mainly Kawasaki with 5 years on a Daytona 1200. My last bike was a BMW K1200S which being honest I loved.

Last year I was seriously ill, deaths door type stuff, but fortunately I pulled through. Left me with some permanent damage though to the cartilage in my shoulder restricting my mobility there and meant that I just couldn't hold the sports bike position for long without being in a lot of pain. So it was time for the K1200S to go and for me to get something a little more upright.

Naturally, I started off looking at the BMW R1200RT. All the press seemed to agree it is the greatest touring bike on the planet. I managed to wangle a 24 hour test ride from my local dealership. Everything about the bike seemed perfect. I liked the styling, liked the equipment levels, handling was good, gearbox sublime. but gutless! :151: :151:

Coming from the K1200S with nearly 170 BHP the 110 or so on the BMW was never going to be close. But I seemed to have to work the gearbox so hard to progress with it, good job it was so smooth.

And then there are the vibes! After 30 minutes riding my hands were numb and throbbing and I had to stop. The dealer told me don't worry that calms down after 5000 miles or so. I said at 30 minutes riding a time its going to take me a hell of a long time to get to 5000 miles!

Next they said try the K1600GTL. What an engine!! Amazing, SO smooth...... but then it is a six pot, it blooming well should be! But the gearbox, what a let down! 1st, CLUNK!, 2nd CLUNK, 3rd CLUNK! and so on!!! Not to mention it was something akin to riding a supertanker, with equivalent handling!

Then there was the idrive. I would LOVE to see the number of accidents caused by that little beauty. On the K1600 I want my seat heat on step 2. Two clicks forward of the wheel, click in, two clicks back on the wheel, click in. a) Bugger that's the rear seat on, start again b) Oops I seem to have hit that car in front of me!

Then the Trophy came out. Took a test ride and ordered one with all the trimmings there and then! It was a no brainer. Great engine, plenty of power and torque. All the kit, with buttons that operate it! Handling that is actually better than my K1200S in lots of ways. An engine with feel and sound that gives character without vibrating my molecules apart!
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On Two Wheels - Bikers Chat / Re: Garmin Basecamp
« on: June 14, 2013, 03:30:34 pm »
It is really surprising that the software on the GPS unit itself is so simple and intuitive but the desktop Basecamp software is the polar opposite!

I have used Basecamp to plan two trips now through Northern Spain and France and every time it has been such a chore to do the planning that I have almost given up!

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Events, Meetings, and Ride Outs / Re: RTTW 2013
« on: June 14, 2013, 03:03:44 pm »
I am thinking of it..... have missed doing RTTW for a couple of years but thinking I would like to do it again. Always had great times on it. I will likely be on route 6 Northbound from Strensham services on the M5

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Time Out - General Chat / Re: Is your bike male or female ?
« on: June 14, 2013, 02:54:06 pm »
Mine is definitely male. I call him Tyson as he is such a big bruiser! LOL :745: :745: :745: :745:

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New Members / Re: Hi All
« on: June 13, 2013, 08:24:50 pm »
Its a fantastic colour! :008: :008:

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New Members / Hi All
« on: June 13, 2013, 07:59:55 pm »
Hello everyone, picked up my pacific blue Trophy SE at the beginning of March and have about 1200 miles now. Loving the bike more and more every time I ride it! See you all online, and maybe in the metal! :001: :001:

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