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While higher temps(above 85F) are a bit uncomfortable on the trophy, it is by far not the warmest bike that I have ever owned.
I had an '82 Suzuki GS1100GK that was unbearable, in traffic, over 80F. I would remove the fairing lowers once temps got routinely into the 70's, just to redirect engine heat & cooling. But, once in summer traffic, it was brutally hot. That big air cooled engine, combined with any kind of a fairing, was just plain hot!
I even remember my air cooled 70's Triumphs being quite warm in traffic.
So, the water cooled bikes that I've had(over the last 25yrs) are much more tolerant for me, based on previous scorching memories.
That being stated, I love the power windshield on the trophy. It is my savior in hot weather, as are the highway pegs off my   R&G guards!

I bought my SE, with just under 60k miles on it, knowing that it needed a 20k mile service. That enabled me to buy it at a reasonable price.
I drove the bike for a few thousand miles, having only done engine oil & filter, as well as final drive oil changes.
The following winter I did the 20k service myself.
I bought a Triumph "service kit" on Ebay for about $150. Expecting to need to adjust the valve clearances, I bought a generic "valve shims kit"($50). Engine oil & filter cost another $50. Since my cam chain was making a little noise at hot start ups, I also bought the triumph service tools to set cam timing($100) & the replacement fasteners for the cam sprokets($20). DOT 4 brake fluid is needed for the brake & clutch line flush($15). I already had the computer based DealerTool, needed to flush the brake lines. A service manual is also recommended.
In the end, I had to adjust 11 out of 12 valves. I really don't think that they had ever been adjusted before, just measured & left on the"tight" side of clearances.(however, my bike did get a new head, as part of that recall, at about 20k miles).
So, the 60k mile service cost me about $400 & about a week of my spare time to perform, but I did already have the service manual & DealerTool system.
Results: valve clearances are in good spec & cam chain operations are quieter. The engine runs smoother. I am much more familiar with a lot more of my motorcycle & am more confident of it's operations & condition(I did buy a 60k mile used motorcycle!).

The original owner of my SE had to have the rear shock rebuilt. While he was having that done, the shop talked him into upgrading to a "HyPro" HD spring.
Bad move! It made the rear suspension too stiff, unless the bike is heavily loaded. The rest of the time, even with the panniers on, w/ the suspension set @"just rider & comfy", it is way too stiff. It's fine with a passenger on, or lots of trip luggage. Otherwise, too stiff.
So, I don't advise it.

Triumph Trophy - General Chat / Re: Fourth Gear All-Time?
« on: April 20, 2021, 10:35:04 pm »
Your post reminds me of the claim that BMW used to make about the torque & flexibility of the k1200lt's.
They had a(rightfully) claim that you could drive a k1200lt from 20 to 120mph without ever having to shift gears.
That was true of 4th gear on those bikes. 5th was a 25% overdrive & you really needed to be going about 50mph to use it with any real power.
But, that bike would haul up to 120 in 4th. Because of the heavy overdrive, it would not go any faster in 5th.
Anyway, your post reminded me of that old BMW claim.

I keep my right hand, typically, barely on the throttle.
That way I can turn off the cruise or grab the front brake quickly, if needed.
Mind you, i ride with my radar detector always on & it is connected into the audio system like a GPS would normally be. I'm usually about 10-25mph above the posted limit. So, I need to react quickly to conditions.
Occasionally, I'll grab the bars with my left hand, to relieve my right hand but, typically, I keep my right hand lightly, at least, touching the throttle.
I use cruise control mainly on the highway & interstates, without  much traffic congestion & very clear forward vision.
Just what I do.

Maintenance, Servicing, and Mechanical issues / Re: Valve Shimming
« on: April 20, 2021, 01:37:09 am »
You have to replace shims to change clearances.
You use a thinner shim to increase clearances.
I bought a "Hot Cams" 9.48mm shim kit to do mine last year.
That & a triumph service manual will get you started.

Triumph Trophy - General Chat / Re: Had a brief loss of sanity
« on: April 14, 2021, 02:25:16 am »
My sanity must be returning, because today I got up early & went out to the shop, finishing my Spring maintenance on the Trophy.
I lubed the sidestand, shift linkage & brake lever pivots and bleed out the brakes.
That finishes up the pre-season stuff for this year.
The only thing left us getting 2nd gear replaced & the shift drum & forks updated. That's scheduled for June, while I'm on vacation.
So, I'll be sticking with this multi-talented Triumph for the foreseeable future.....

Triumph Trophy - General Chat / Re: Had a brief loss of sanity
« on: April 10, 2021, 09:04:55 pm »
I was just out for an afternoon 150mile stroll on the trophy. It is the least fatiguing motorcycle that I have ever had, & I've had Yamaha Ventures & a beemer k1200lt for comparisons! This bike has so many competencies, I'd be at a loss to begin.

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