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Triumph Trophy - General Chat / Re: Rain proof? No it isn't
« on: Yesterday at 09:06:09 PM »
*Originally Posted by Phil [+]
Yesterday morning I left the house at 05.00 hours and returned at about 14.00 hours.  I was marshalling a sporting event that was taking place on the public highway and was obliged to attend, otherwise I would have stayed in bed.  The entire trip was in pouring rain and by the time I got home I was soaked through to the sink.  Mid and base layers were drenched.   

When I brought the Triumph's Gore tex clothing I was reliably informed that it is 100% waterproof.   (ha)

I keep the textile reasonably clean and apply NIkwax re-waterproofing spray on occasions but still I get wet. 

So, my question.   Can anybody recommend riding gear that will keep my dry?   



From what I've heard, that type of membrane is the best/only one that is waterproof, all the others are generally cheaper and let water in if it's any harder than a light shower.

The only other advice I were given, were to always use a proper coat hanger rather than the hanging loop because over time that can cause strain on any membrane, causing leaks.

Personally I wear a rubber/plastic jacket over my gore tex one if I know that the rain is going to be that bad because I know that water can't get through that but it isn't breathable of course. 

Modifications and Appearance / Re: Top box interior light.
« on: Yesterday at 08:47:42 PM »
*Originally Posted by tdragger [+]
Those of us that participate in scavenger hunt rallies such as the Iron Butt Rally, The Void, Mason-Dixon 20/20, etc. very much need a light as we are often collecting and documenting bonus locations in the middle of the night.  This is a great post and I plan to follow up on it as this is a need of mine.

BTW, the Trophy is the absolute best rally bike. It's a shame Triumph has dropped the model.

I'm wondering if you might need a somewhat more powerful light, something with a better battery/life maybe?....I can't give you any feedback on how well the ones I have fitted actually work yet.

My wife bought one of these for her car at the weekend, I'm impressed with it's output and having an half decent size battery, I did have to make a sleeve so that it doesn't wobbly about in her ciggy socket, I don't know if you would have to do the same to the Trophy's socket in the top box.

Modifications and Appearance / Re: Top box interior light.
« on: Yesterday at 11:58:57 AM »
I'm trying to find something similar to a shrouded rear number plate light, ideally a row of LED's, got to be small enough to mount on top of the audio controls box, facing downwards towards the tank.

I don't know if anyone makes what I'm looking for to be honest, doesn't need to be that bright, 12V though obviously.

Modifications and Appearance / Re: Top box interior light.
« on: Yesterday at 08:24:17 AM »
Hackle, I too have a light around my neck but once my jacket is on I can't get to it easily.

The next lighting mod I'd like to do  is on the left handlebar, something to illuminate the radio controls etc.

Modifications and Appearance / Re: Top box interior light.
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:42:57 PM »
*Originally Posted by Wilko [+]
Nice touch Earthman, but how many of us use the bike in the dark, and need them.
But, to reduce the possibility of he light remaining on,  could you not incorporate a switch, like a car door curtesy light to cut the power.

I don't really like to ride in the dark either and I don't often need the inside of the box illuminated to be honest, it's just during the weeks when darkness falls early, I leave work at 5pm and due to no lights being where the bike is parked, it's hard to see inside the box.
Yeah I could use a car door switch etc but apart from drilling/cutting the box to fit such an item, I really didn't fancy trying to run another wire from the bikes battery/fuse box to inside the top box. 

Modifications and Appearance / Top box interior light.
« on: October 14, 2018, 07:08:36 PM »
I have thought about adding a 12V light of some sort to the inside of the top box for some time now, I'd want it to operate even when the ignition were off so that would mean running a constant live feed, tilt switch/contacts etc,...all doable of course but such a system could result in a flat battery if something went wrong over time. :033:

Anyway, I stumbled across a pair of these in a pound shop over the weekend, thought that I'd give them a try now that Winter is around the corner.

Modifications and Appearance / Re: Center Stand
« on: October 12, 2018, 09:29:40 AM »
*Originally Posted by av8or-dave [+]
I've seen plenty of electric stands online for Harley Davidson bikes (i.e.: "FAT BOYS")...

OK, who's the mechanical engineer that wants to "invent something" - this is it, for the Trophy!

I've also found an electrical strut, which if attachment points to the center-stand and bike can be figured out might work?

Why not contact those on line companies then, maybe they would look into fitting one to your Trophy?

Personally I don't find putting the bike on it's main stand much of a problem otherwise I'd be collecting as much info on current designs, then go from there.

Modifications and Appearance / Re: Center Stand
« on: October 11, 2018, 08:13:58 PM »
I'd be taking a closer look at the BMW electric stand, maybe that could be made to fit the Trophy? Apart from going down that route, I don't know of any other type of electrically assisted stand on a bike??

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