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Well I have had my Trophy 4 1/2 years now and I am starting to get that itch that we all know to look for a change.

If Triumph had seen fit to invest and develop the Trophy it would have been a no brainier and I would have gone for a new Trophy the moment a revised model came out. As we are all aware though Triumph at best is putting production on indefinite hold and most likely discontinuing altogether.

So what options are there.
A) hang on with what I've got
B) get a new Trophy of the last production items
C) change to another brand

Well with A the fact the itch has set in means the mind is looking and in my experience this will only get worse

Option B won't really work for similar reasons... might be a new bike but it will look and feel the same

So option C seems more likely but there aren't too many options. Yamaha FJR, just don't like the stylish no and seems a bit cheap and those stupid lozenge shaped panniers. Kwai GTR... awesome power, so missing in tech that I would want on a touring bike. Honda... nothing. Suzuki.... nothing. So BMW. 2 choices. RT1200, underpowered, hate the vibes. K1600, took one on a test ride today! Here are my observations.

Test rode a new 2017 K1600GT.

Love the engine, SO smooth, as you would expect and sounds really good too.

Gearbox, so much less clunky than when I test rode one 4 1/2 years ago at the time I bought the Trophy. The quickshifter for up and down was amazing! So smooth and relaxing to ride with.

Keyless ignition and central locking. You don't realise how convenient these things are until you have used them. Just being near the bike with the key is enough to open panniers, glove boxes, filler cap, start the engine.

Brakes, hmmmm some concern there. On my Trophy I just have to gently pull with one finger on the front brake and the brakes bite immediately. On the K 1600 I had to grab a real handful to get them to apply. Would get used to it I'm sure but it was disconcerting.

Mirrors, I'm used to the Trophy mirrors and I don't have a problem with them but the higher up mirrors on the K1600 work remarkably well.

Seems to be much more wind noise and buffeting on the K1600 than the Trophy. Now that could be because it didn't have the touring screen that I would have on the GTLE I would go for.

Fuel economy didn't seem too bad. Don't think I will get the 55mpg average I have got on the Trophy but from what I can see with my normal riding style would get close to 50 mpg

Then of course there is the cost! The model I would want with the options would be £21,400 which is a shed load of money! I did at least get them to throw in a free Navigator VI n the deal if I went for it by end of the month.

Just waiting to see what they come back with as an offer as part ex for the Trophy... I suspect it will be a sad, pitiful amount. Let's see what it will be.

Interested in any experience guys have with the K1600 as a comparison.

Hello all,

I have for a long time wanted to visit the Auto & Technic Museum in Sinsheim, Germany.

This Car and Technology museum amazingly has both a Concorde and a Tupolev TU144 mounted on the roof of the museum as exhibits! :005: :005:

I am thinking probably a Thursday night Eurotunnel crossing overnight stay near the Eurotunnel terminal then a Friday ride down to the museum area either staying in Mannheim, Stuttgart or Heidelberg for the Friday, Saturday & Maybe Sunday night. Spend Saturday round the museum and then Sunday a ride round the local area before a ride home on the Monday for a Monday Night/evening return on the Eurotunnel.

Thinking this would be an ideal weekend for a group of us to ride from the UK and to hopefully meet up with some of our French and German Trophy mates at the museum.

I am thinking probably a weekend at tail end of May maybe early June.

Would anyone else be interested in such a weekend blast down through Belgium and Germany to have a bit of a social meet, do the museum and maybe a ride round on Sunday??

All the best,


Time Out - General Chat / A Sunday chuckle
« on: October 02, 2016, 03:27:28 pm »
I happened across this on Youtube and it raised a smile as a Star Trek fan and a Frasier fan too!

Modifications and Appearance / An Engineering Weekend
« on: September 04, 2016, 07:09:46 pm »
Wasn't sure exactly where to put this but decided this was best. It is not quite a full 'How To' as I haven't perfectly recorded every step. That said there is enough detail here if you wanted to have a go yourself.

As an aside I have no relationship to any of the manufacturers I mention, these were just the products I chose to go with.

Going on a trip shortly and wanted to update the camera setup to give me front AND rear views simultaneously.

I wanted to be able to switch the cameras on and off from the cockpit either together or individually as required.

I decided to go for a pair of SJCam SJ5000X elite cameras with pseudo 4k recording (2k upscaled in reality), 1080 HD with 60 frames per second, built in wi-fi, LCD back screen and capable of being used as car dashcam and automatically starting recording when power is supplied via USB cable, this last part if critical for the chosen installation.

The first part was to provide switched USB power ports available at the rear and the front to plug the cameras into. These would provide the power supply to the cameras and activate the dashcam recording feature.

Decided to mount two waterproof, latching push on/off switches on the left hand panel by the glovebox. The relay to make live the power supply is also mounted in this area attached to the lock itself.

Live, with inline fuse and earth supplied to the relay by direct connection to the battery across the top of the yoke. Trigger live tapped into the Green and red wire supplying the glovebox cigarette port. Live out and earth piggy backed to the switches. USB ports run from rear where it is bolted to the side panel just above the right pannier as you sit on it. Front USB cable run up behind left mirror pod and stuck to dash just above left speaker.

Took some packaging as you can imagine to get all the wiring tucked away especially as I already had the Autocom switch to take the speaker output to the Autocom unit in the tail. Had to move this to the small plastic panel to the left of the yoke. Quick connectors are used for the feed from the battery and the lines to the USB ports to enable all to be easily disconnected to take the glovebox pod out when needed.

The 2 switches come live now when the engine is running and are illuminated when on supplying power to the USB ports. These trigger the start of recording on the cameras and stop recording when turned off. The cameras are set to loop recording filming 10 minute files and if you fill the card the oldest file is recorded over.

Ride Reports and Touring / Calling our French members!
« on: August 22, 2016, 07:36:03 pm »
Hello all, rapidly approaching the annual big trip and this year going to be doing the west coast of France and then back up through central France.

Planned route is Ferry to St Malo, then to Brest South to Saint Nazaire onwards to La Rochelle before Bordeaux where we spend a couple of nights with friends. After that its down to Millau crossing the bridge North and Southbound. From there we turn back north and up to Perigeux, Limoge and tours before finishing with a couple of days just outside Caen doing some of the D Day museums and sites.

Any of our French members recommend places to see roads to ride on that sort of route??

Thanks in advance,


Time Out - General Chat / To our friends in France
« on: July 15, 2016, 08:40:30 am »
To our friends in France our thoughts are with you in these dark days. Innocent people out for a night of celebration on a day dedicated to freedom and equality. Vive la France!

Pour nos amis en France nos pensées sont avec vous dans ces jours sombres. Des personnes innocentes pour une nuit de fête sur une journée dédiée à la liberté et à l'égalité. Vive la France!

The terrorists can do these things because they are cowards hiding in the shadows not bound by any laws of decency or morality. But in the end they will lose as these tragic events will just increase our resolve and solidarity.

Accessories and Products / Auxiliary light mounting solution
« on: June 12, 2016, 09:15:16 am »
Hi Guys,

I was trawling through eBay as you do of a Sunday morning over coffee and found this product which seems a great solution for where to mount auxiliary lights.

I have no association with the dealer or experience of the product, it just looked a really good solution

Front fork mounting bracket


Bikes for Sale / 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i - Silver - 11,000 miles
« on: June 11, 2016, 05:09:26 pm »
Hi there,

due to the death of my best man I have a 2002 Triumph Daytona 955i for sale with only 11,000 genuine miles on it! Yes, really, less than 1,000 miles per year!

This bike is in fantastic condition as, being a diabetic he really did not get out on it often because of balance issues etc.

The bike is silver, only 2 significant marks are a stone chip in the faring under the headlight and a scuffed wing mirror where he bruised the mirror against his garage wall while parking. The bike is fitted with lots of carbon fibre replacement parts and the original plastic bits are included. Also double bubble windscreen and original too. There is a solo seat conversion hump and a spare rear seat pad too. Luggage wing rack and pillion grab handles also included as extras. Also included is a baglux tank cover and baglux bag.

Bike was MOTd on 14th May and passed without issue. Just been serviced too.

This bike looks fantastic and is a great fun bike for those hooligan moments when you don't eat to get the Trophy out!

Looking for offers around £2,300 which for this bike I think is an absolute bargain!

Send me a PM if interested

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