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Items for Sale / FOR SALE: Multiple Items
« on: January 29, 2018, 06:10:18 PM »
Hi All,

My Trophy has gone and I now have some items for sale Before I go to the hassle of eBay I would prefer to offer them to my friends in the forum.

I have the following available

Russell Day Long front and rear seat with removable riders backrest. Not heated, supremely comfortable and unmarked. NOW SOLD

Remus hexacone slip on silencer. Unmarked carbon, some discolouration on the metalwork of the pipe . NOW SOLD

Garmin 590LM sat nav, plus cradle. Lifetime maps. NOW SOLD

Touratech locking cradle for Garmin 590/595 so you can secure the device to the bike for those shorter stops. 2 keys.

Trophy tank bag, plus fittings, yes I remembered to take them off. NOW SOLD

complete set, unopened EBC Double H sintered brake pads for front (Both sides) & Rear NOW SOLD

Single piece, clear perspex headlight protector as sourced by Coconut from Australia, still in bag with adhesives. I never got round to putting it on! NOW SOLD

If any of you are interested in any of the above drop me a DM with what you think is a reasonable offer and we can discuss numbers & I can mail pictures as required.

All the best,

Kevin

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Hi All,

after 5 fantastic years of riding the Trophy, its time for me to move on. If the Trophy was still available, even better if Triumph had seen fit to do some updates I would have another Trophy, no question. But as they are no longer available, Triumph is losing me to the 'Dark Side' & I am returning to BMW.

Shortly picking up a BMW K1600 GT Sport, managed to haggle a great deal that Im pleased with.

So I will be popping in from time to time to see how everyone is doing and hopefully if Triumph come to their senses I might be back on a New Trophy in a few years, who knows. Take care all, enjoy your Trophies and look out for some postings I will make shortly for bits I have for sale.

Keep it rubber side down,

Kevin

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On Two Wheels - Bikers Chat / 2018 Triumph Explorer 1200
« on: November 17, 2017, 09:05:18 AM »
Hi all,

just reading the specs for the new 2018 Triumph Explorer 2018. Sounds like a great pice of kit and if I wanted an exposed adventure style ride then its a no brainer.

  • Increased engine output to 141PS
  • Full colour TFT display
  • illuminated switchgear
  • LED & Adaptive cornering headlights
  • Gear shift assist
  • Hill hold
  • Keyless start

All the kind of things we have been talking about as obvious upgrades for the Trophy. Why the hell can't they refresh the Trophy with this kind of zeal, seems like a major upgrade every 12 months for the Explorer!

Now I am looking forward to seeing the new Explorer at the Bike Show at the weekend but I still don't see me getting one. Come on Triumph, lather this type of attention on your 'Flagship'!

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This Item now sold, thanks.

Hi All, before I go through the hassle of eBay I was wondering if anyone is interested in a used Garmin Virb Elite 1080p HD, 16MP, GPS & Wi-Fi enabled action camera with lots of accessories? Having a clearout and I no longer use this.

The kit includes the camera, a dive case, a multitude of mounts, including stick on ones that have never been used, 2 suction cup mounts one being a RAM mount type, 2 batteries, battery charger base unit which plugs into a USB port, a remote control but if you have a Garmin 595 sat nav you can even remote control this camera from the sat nav screen, a head mount and also a body harness shoulder mount. I will also throw in a 32gb micro SD card.

Hard to say exactly a price from eBay as there arenít any there with all these extras. Brand new without any extras are about £200 plus. So Iím thinking about £150 ish with all these extra bits like the additional battery, remote, dive case and memory card. But open to sensible offers

PM me if youíre interested.

Kevin

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On Two Wheels - Bikers Chat / New Honda Goldwing. Thoughts?
« on: October 26, 2017, 07:10:37 PM »
Hi all, have you seen the new 2018 Honda Goldwing? Have to say its looking and sounding like some cracking hardware! If Triumph don't do something sharpish I might well be seeking my first Honda!



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Hi All, some of you will have read that I have a feeling that change is needed and that I had test rode a BMW K1600 and have been sorely tempted. Well good sense has prevailed and I think that idea is pretty much consigned to the bin so to get that feeling of a new bike I'm thinking paint job/wrap

My first thoughts are go for a very different look. I did toy with the idea of painting it to look like Thunderbird 2 but as much as the whimsical nature of that appeals I guess it would have a limited resale market unless I could find another sad geek who doesn't want to grow up to sell it to.

So my next thought is play on the Britishness and go red white and blue. So I'm thinking mainly a deep pearlescent white as the main body of colour with red and blue accents and probably red powder coated wheels.

I have done some doodling, imagine the lunar silver is pearlescent white, and the Triumph and Trophy badging still a work in progress as to how that will look. But these are my first rough ideas, what do you think?

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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.

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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,

Kevin

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