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Maintenance, Servicing, and Mechanical issues / What's this connector?
« on: August 04, 2018, 05:19:31 pm »
I've been happily installing a new Garmin Satnav on to my 2017 SE.
I've removed the front fairing and connected up the power and NAV audio cables.
However, when the time came to rebuild the front end I noticed a connector which I hadn't spotted as I dismantled everything.
It's on the right of the Trophy as I look at the front. There isn't on on the left.
It looks as though it's never been used, but I thought I would ask advice before I put everything back.
Does anyone know what it is?


Triumph Trophy - General Chat / Tell me I did the right thing!
« on: April 20, 2017, 01:19:35 pm »
I bought my current Trophy (standard - not SE!) in March 2013 after a test ride that lasted about an hour. It's had all the Triumph upgrades (cylinder head, main stand, screen motor etc) and it's been an excellent bike and I have been well looked after by the dealer. It's a wonderful bike,  I love it!
However, I was in a motorcycle showroom a couple of days ago and spotted a new bike that seems to be better than my Trophy! I found my head spinning and  spoke to the manager who came up with a very good offer to change my Trophy for the new bike!
So next Thursday I say goodbye to my  old Trophy and ride away on a brand new -------- Trophy SE!
Now that I've had time to think I've realised that financially this is probably not a good thing to do, what with Triumph stopping production, but I am as excited as  I was when I bought the first one - and this one is better! I cannot see a better bike for the money from any other manufacturer. It will interesting to see how the new one compares with my current one!

Have I done the right thing?
I know my answer! What's yours?

Ride Reports and Touring / Austria Tour
« on: July 15, 2014, 04:01:09 pm »
I've just returned from a 2000 mile, 7 day tour to Lake Achensee in Austria. I thought it was worth reporting that the Trophy performed brilliantly all the way! It's clearly in its element on this sort of trip!

I had put a pair of Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT tyres on two days before the trip. They were excellent. The weather was a bit 'mixed' but the PR4's worked very well both wet and dry. I never had a problem with the tight bends on the alpine roads. The TPMS reported low pressure in the rear one morning. I checked and sure enough it was 36psi. I pumped it up to 40 and had no more problems. I'll keep an eye on it in case it's got a slow leak. I hope the PR4 give decent mileage, because at the moment they seem like a good match for the Trophy. Better than the original Pirelli's IMHO!

There were eight bikes in the group and four of them were Triumphs, but mine was the only Trophy! It's good seeing Triumph being so popular!

There was a minor issue with the police in Germany that I think some of you might be interested in. Three of the group were fined by the police for illegal overtakes. Everyone was a little confused because they had overtaken in a stretch where the solid line /dotted line central marking was in their favour. The police, who lacked any form of compassion, eventually explained that those markings only allowed for overtakes of 'slow' vehicles. Apparently there had been a 'no overtaking' sign at the beginning of the solid/dotted section. So be careful in Germany - solid/dotted central lines don't give automatic overtaking rights!
We believe that the police were on some sort of 'training' session. Within a couple of minutes there were four police motorcyclists in attendance! They must have been waiting somewhere! Immediate 90 euro fines were collected on the threat of bike confiscation! The group managed to find enough cash so that nobody lost their bike!

The Trophy returned an overall fuel consumption of 62mpg according to the computer. I haven't done the maths to confirm this 'cos I really can't be bothered! I do know that I only filled up every other fuel stop compared to the rest. Only a Honda Pan got anywhere near the same range!

So all in all, a great trip! Mixed weather, mixed roads, but the Trophy took it all in its stride!
I always thought it was a great bike - it's nice to confirm it!


Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Rear indicator failure
« on: July 04, 2013, 06:55:29 pm »
I've just had a problem with my Trophy that others might like to know about!
The left rear indicator bulb appeared to fail causing the indicator warning light to flash quicker than usual. So far - not really a problem! Just change the bulb!

However, when I checked the bulb there was nothing wrong with it! I did all the usual things like cleaning all the contacts and the bulb. While I was doing all this, I noticed that the indicator worked properly when the cable entering the bulb holder was held in a certain position, but it didn't work when it was let go. Even with my limited knowledge of electronics I realised that there was a internal break in the cable leading to the bulb holder.

I then looked more closely at the arrangement of the mini wiring harness in the light cluster and it soon became clear that the cable to the bulb holder was under considerable stress when the bulb holder was turned to lock it in to the light cluster. In the pictures below, the arrow points to the cable where the break appears to be. You can clearly see that the cable is under stress at this point!

There are some small clamps which hold the wiring harness, and it was obvious that not enough slack was allowed when one of them was tightened creating stress when the bulb holder was locked in place. This would have been done at assembly time. Until this problem I hadn't touched the rear light cluster - except on the outside for cleaning!

It might be worth having a look at your rear light cluster (it's very easy to get to!) and making sure that the cables to the bulb holders aren't under stress. Having no indicator is a real pain - especially at night, and if the cable is broken, it's a trip to the dealers for a fix!


Ride Reports and Touring / Ponderosa - 22nd May
« on: May 15, 2013, 02:01:55 pm »
At the risk of annoying those poor souls who are still working full time -

Next Wednesday (22nd May) I will be on day 1 of a two day trip around North Wales. Starting from Birmingham my first objective is lunch at the Ponderosa at about 12:30 - 13:00

It would be great if any other Trophy riders could be there at the same time! No need to book - just turn up!

Might see you there!


Maintenance, Servicing, and Mechanical issues / Filling the tank!
« on: April 08, 2013, 07:49:55 pm »
I haven't done it a lot yet, but when I fill the tank there is a plastic device in the neck of the tank which stops me inserting the filler properly. I have to hold the filler vertically to make the fuel flow without  spraying all over the bike. Do others have the same issue, and what is the function of the plastic device in the neck of the tank? This plastic thingy isn't mentioned in the Owners Handbook!


New Members / Hi!
« on: February 07, 2013, 08:44:33 pm »
Today I put a deposit down for a new Triumph Trophy for delivery in March!

I look forward to many years of happy motorcycling and hope to meet new friends through this forum.

I'm based in Birmingham (UK!) so hope to meet up with other Trophy enthusiasts for rides out - once I've got the Trophy of course!


ps Anyone been to the factory recently?

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