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Accessories and Products / Triumph USA has some deals
« on: November 02, 2018, 11:20:10 PM »
Triumph USA has some accessory deals right now:
Heated low seat $190
Heated rider seat $190
Comfort pillion seat $32
Pannier inner bags $50
Color coded top box cover $75
Top box inner bag $70
Top box backrest pad $40
Front fender extender $10

There are a few others, but they don't look like screaming deals.

I just solved all my Bluetooth connection issues in a way that gives me phone, TomTom Rider navigation, Trophy audio, and intercom, through my Sena 20S Evo headset (or any headset that has 2 Bluetooth channels).  I paired my Samsung Note 9 phone (it has 2 Bluetooth channels)with my headset as "phone selective pairing" and paired my phone to the TomTom Rider 550 as "mobile phone", then paired the TomTom with the headset as "mobile phone".  Now comes the interesting part.  I took one of my old SMH10 headsets, put it on a helmet clamp mount made for boom mic and earbuds and mounted it to the opposite side of the helmet from the 20S.  I paired the SMH10 to the Trophy on "Device 2", then intercom paired it to the 20S.  One press on the SMH10 to open the intercom channel with the 20S and then a long press (2 quick beeps) and the SMH10 is streaming the Trophy audio to the headset.  I'm not sure yet if it will recover the intercom streaming function if it's interrupted by the Nav directions or a phone call, but it should.  If not it just takes a second or two to restore it.  Supposedly if the receiving headset interrupts the intercom connection once it is terminated the connection to the sending intercom will be restored.  I'll find out after I go ride it some and post a follow up.  Good thing is I can still have my Sena paired with the Trophy and use the audio if I don't have the Nav on the bike by selecting which device to pair with on the phone, and my SMH10 unit can still be used by a pillion on their own helmet mount for intercom, their own phone, and Trophy audio.  Until Sena or someone else decides to give us a Bluetooth hub with 4 or more channels and each channel's function prioritized so each device could be connected with a single pairing to the hub I think this may be the only solution.  The streaming audio sounds great BTW (at least to my half deaf ears with earbuds in).  More info to come.

A short form of the report from a link on the K1600 forum:

PressClub USA Article.
BMW Motorrad USA Outperforms Industry In 2017
10.01.2018 Press Release
Woodcliff Lake, NJ January 10, 2018BMW Motorrad reported sales of 13,546 motorcycles for 2017, down just 1.3% from the 13,730 motorcycles sold in 2016. However, despite the slight downturn, BMW outpaced the rest of the motorcycle industry (which was down 3.2%) and its relevant competition (which was down 6.3%).

The state of the market for last year. :110:  It would seem that sales for BMW's are not as robust as I would have thought even though they did outperform some others by percent of decline for the year.  Kind of surprised me.

Time Out - General Chat / So you think you can ride
« on: July 27, 2018, 01:24:34 AM »
This was posted on the K1600 forum and I thought some of you would get as much enjoyment as you did watching Peter Sagan ride his Tour de France bike on one wheel.

Last time I saw anywhere close to this much expertise was at Cirque de Soleil in Disneyworld when they had the bike riders on the moveable platforms performing some amazing feats

Time Out - General Chat / Too bad that England is out of the finals
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:33:33 PM »
Sad to say, Croatia defeated England 2-1 in three periods of play to advance to the finals against France.
Cheers to all that gave it their best.

Accessories and Products / New TomTom 550 48 hour sale price
« on: June 23, 2018, 12:32:30 AM »
The factory outlet store is running a 48 hour sale on the new 5" TomTom Rider 550 motorcycle gps at $399, which is lower than the older TomTom rider 400.  I use an automotive unit that I put in a case to help protect it so I'm used to the TomTom system and OK with it.  If I had the spare cash I would certainly order one asap.  I had the BMW Garmin unit on my K1600 and never liked it as well as the TomToms that I've had.

On Two Wheels - Bikers Chat / Seems working on most bikes is the same!
« on: February 11, 2018, 02:36:13 PM »
This appeared on one of the non bike forums I visit sometimes but never post on due to the general tone and attitude there.

"What a pain in the ass to work on.

One of the common complaints about the bike is snatchy fueling and excessive engine braking. It IS a little difficult to control the throttle smoothly, especially at low speeds. This is because, apparently for emissions reasons, when you back off the throttle the injectors cut off completely. LOT of engine braking. Opening the throttle back up without chain snatch takes some practice.

So, there's a company out in Warshinton that will "re-flash" your ECU to correct these things and will also change several other settings to your specification or a custom flash if you've gone to an aftermarket exhaust or suchlike.

They're having a sale...

I'm going to have their basic stock flash done which will cure the snatchy throttle issue and also have them remove the electronic speed limiter and lower the "fan on" point to 200. Even in Maine, the bike will go north of 220 at a stop light in July.

The ECU is under the gas tank.

Removing the gas tank on my 1979 Yamaha XS650:

Open seat
Take off one fuel line.
Remove one bolt.
Remove tank.

Removing the gas tank on my 2016 Yamaha FJ09:

Upper Tank Shroud. (4 fasteners and 2 rubber bung mounts)
Rear Tank Shroud. (4 fasteners)
Lower Tank Shrouds.(3 fasteners, a bung mount and some velcro on each side)
Turn Signal Panels.(3 fasteners, an electrical connector, a bung mount and a clip on each side)
Rear tank mount bolts.(2 fasteners)
Front tank mount bolts.(2 fasteners)

Just so I can lift the tank up far enough to undo two multipin connectors and slide the ECU out. And I cheated and just propped the tank up while removing the ECU instead of unhooking yet another connector and two hoses from the fuel pump and taking the tank all the way off.

Fortunately, there was a tutorial. Sufferin' Teapot, there's a lot of plastic on that bike.

Almost makes me want to go back to carburetors. Almost..."

Plastic, plastic everywhere!
I'm still not going to give up my comfort and protection from the elements!  :008:

Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / A new lighting option available
« on: February 01, 2018, 12:20:45 AM »
CB Dane, EE extraordinaire over on the K1600 website has been making a conversion kit for the K1600 which would allow the turn signal lights to be used as amber running lights as well a turn signals.  It was a plug and play that required no cutting soldering or anything else, and could be used with the Schrodie lighted roundels for BMW's.  I put them on my K1600 and really liked the at the $140 price (not counting the Schrodie's either).  Well, CB has been hard at work and done a new and improved version in collaboration with Clearwater and they are now available from them for $90 US per set as the "Betsy" conversion (for his wife), and according to his posting about them they are now compatible with any brand motorcycle, just have to change from the BMW connections to OEM or cut and solder.  Those competent enough may wish to put the Trophys compatible connectors on them and try them out.  They are completely sealed and waterproof now too due to complete encapsulation of the module (not really an issue before anyway according to one guy that put his under up to the headlamp).

A video of them working:

A video of them with the Schrodies (I know it doesn't apply but they look cool)

A video of the quick install on a BMW K1600

Thought some of you might find this interesting.

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