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THANKS TRIUMPH USA!  All my issues with going dead on the highway at speed and failure to start have been solved with the cooperation of Triumph USA and a surprisingly helpful dealer.  As it turns out the technician diagnosed the fault as the starter switch associated wiring.  After they were good enough to put it all back together for me to make the North Carolina trip since there was no switchcube in the US, I used my Frankenswitch to make the trip without incident.  I took it back in so they could once again strip it down and replace the switchcube, with the new and improved cruise control switch I might add, and all is now well with the Trophy. :046:  The Gray wire was pulled from the connector that is buried well under everything and a real pain to access.  From the looks of it, it appeared that the wire had never been fully inserted into it's port in the connector and just got worked back slowly but surely.  I did pay 2 hours labor since they re-assembled it and stripped it a second time to repair it, and I'm OK with that given the circumstances and the fact that I was able to make the trip.  With 30K+ miles on the 2013 Trophy I think it was very kind of Triumph to replace the part and cover labor as a "Good Will" gesture.  There have been a few instances of less than stellar performance by this dealer in the past, but I have to say they stepped up and helped facilitate the no charge replacement from Triumph by applying for it in this case.  Those requests apparently are not handled by the service advisory people and separate application has to be made to a different department at Triumph for "Good Will" parts/labor replacements and it takes a few days for an answer.  It didn't hurt that I had two separate cases filed with Triumph USA about each of my problems and the dealer had that info, as well as their diagnosis.  My  ignition switch wiring is OK, BTW.

 :821: ALL, I thought everyone should know how well everyone cooperated to solve my issues.

Glenn

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Time Out - General Chat / A Covid case in the family
« on: July 31, 2020, 06:25:10 pm »
My 78 year old brother was diagnosed 2 days ago with the virus.  No idea where he got it, he has been homebound for the last 2 months knowing he was at risk due to age and asthma.  He lost his wife last December after a sudden and very traumatic health issue that eventually involved double amputations before she died, then a few months ago one of his twin dogs died from a broken heart after losing his mom and the other one is sorely depressed now.  No one to care for him, I'm 150 miles away and he won't hear of anyone coming into his house for fear of transmission.  Refuses to subject himself to a hospital stay.  Has one friend making arrangements for food and medications being delivered to his door, and he has been informed that if he calls and my brother doesn't answer he should come pick up the dog - implying yes, he's done.  I call every day to see what the status is and he tells me there's nothing I can do to help.  At least yesterday in his short of breath state we were able to joke about some family experiences and laugh and it seemed he was in good spirits.  Those conversations his friend wouldn't relate to so I think it's important psychologically that I call him.  I'm now joining the legion of others that have had family suffer through this.  I wish anyone experiencing the effects of this virus in any way all the best.
Glenn

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Time Out - General Chat / Submersible Duffels on sale now
« on: July 05, 2020, 12:01:59 am »
Mad Water has the 40L Alatoona Submersible zip top Duffel on sale for $79.00, in Coyote or Black color with the map case and shoulder strap, and the 30L (which I have) for $99 in Coyote or Black (sorry no shoulder strap included), they also have a 65L for even more capacity.  All products made in the USA, basically for kayakers and rafters.  These really work well on the pillion seat of the Trophy, weigh less than 3 lbs, and I use mine in place of the top case and saves a lot of weight.  I also have their waterproof 30L roll top back pack and between the two and the side cases there's a lot of capacity for very little added weight from the container.  It's a "while supplies last" sale.

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Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / A failure to start problem solved
« on: April 25, 2020, 07:52:29 pm »
My Trophy began failing to start after riding a bit, and would on and off start after sitting for a short time, but not reliably so.  I first started trying to trouble shoot the sensors, both the side stand and clutch, and determined it to be the clutch switch, and was able to prove it more than once by depressing the switch plunger and letting it snap out under it's own spring pressure, but that was certainly not a 100% reliable cure.  Searching for the switch revealed nothing but the entire switch cube at an outrageous price, so I enlisted the Guru.  You all know who I mean! :008:  Coconut responded to me and furnished a picture of the retaining screw which I never would have seen since it's well hidden, and even found a listing on ebay for a switch cube for me at considerably less than new.  Since I now knew I could get a switch cube if necessary, and now knowing I could remove the clutch switch, I figured nothing ventured, nothing gained, and set about solving, or at least diagnosing the problem with it.  First off, yes it is a bit of a fiddly job due to where it's located and how it's attached underneath the main wiring cable into the cube, but it's doable.  Little lock tabs hold the housing together and there is a small limit switch inside operated by a ramped plunger with a spring behind it - don't lose that!  I found the switch itself to be just slightly notchy in operation, but with a little manipulation of it I was able to make it function flawlessly, and replicated the function after the housing was back together before it was installed on the bottom of the switch cube.  If anyone has a failure to start and can trace it to this little micro switch you may be able to free it up so that it works properly without spending a dime!  Pictures are so you know what you're getting into before attempting it.







Coconut stated that this particular issue was not something he had heard about, and I may be a one of a kind, but if it occurs on anyone else's Trophy I hope this helps solve it.

Thanks again to our Guru for his help and insight into the process of replacing the switch cube if necessary, which is what really drove me to attempt this. :028:
Stay safe all,
Glenn

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On Two Wheels - Bikers Chat / GOD BLESS THIS CHILD
« on: April 01, 2020, 03:37:53 pm »
It is with great sadness that I post a loss by one of our "Twisted Trophies" members and his wife.
Lemuriano's 26 year old daughter Linnette was lost in a motorcycle crash on March 18, 2020.  Linnette Rodriguez started riding dirt bikes at the age of 12 and was a very good rider according to her dad.  She had a BA (magna cum laude) in Psychology and was about to start work on her Master's.  A great loss for the family, and all of us through our association with the family  through this forum.  God Speed Linnette.

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Accessories and Products / MY NEW PARKING SPOT FOR THE TROPHY
« on: March 23, 2020, 09:36:19 pm »
I haven't had use of the utility trailer I had my wheel chock on for several years now and the chock is always in the way somewhere just because of what it is.  So, I decided to give it a try for a parking place to see if it would work, and Voila!  Can't tip the bike over, climb on and off without any drama no inkling of it tipping, no issue with putting it up on the center stand, and now I can check the oil level easily.  I'll probably figure a way to secure it better, but it doesn't try to move when using it, and I even have a runway to guide into it! :745:



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On Two Wheels - Bikers Chat / TALK ABOUT A ROAD ROCKET!
« on: February 28, 2020, 03:12:27 pm »
There is a Triumph video out of the new Rocket 3R taking a McLaren in a 0-60 mph shootout with some added time around the track as well.  The time: 2.73 seconds, with T/C apparently turned off.  If anyone is looking for a real straight line road rocket, here's your chance to have one!  It also seems to be handling pretty well, but definitely NOT a Trophy. :745:

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On Two Wheels - Bikers Chat / My e-mail to Hinckley for what it's worth
« on: February 25, 2020, 01:00:15 am »
Dear

Thank you for logging the following case.


Case Number : 00218491
Case Subject : [EXTERNAL] No other contact point for my issue

Case Description:
OK, so Triumph and none of the other major brands for that matter, want to hear from their customers about issues with their design teams approach to building motorcycles, here goes! I’m a very proud owner of a 2013 Triumph Trophy 1200 SE, that to my and all my fellow Triumph-Trophy forum members dismay has been discontinued, that’s not the reason for my rant. I put lowering links on my Trophy to make the reach acceptable and it’s still been on it’s side more than once due to the top heavy nature of the beast, but I’ll accept that and continue to by parts and paint to correct that. Given all that information, here’s my question: Why doesn’t ANYONE build good road/adventure bikes for riders that are less than 6’-2” tall (US of course), with a minimum of a 32” (US of course) inseam. I’m no engineer, but I could sit down with one for about 2 hours and have the problem solved and give short riders a 29” (US of course) reach to the ground. IT AIN’T THAT DIFFICULT FOLKS! Design it for the shorter person, then reconfigure the taller riders position with a few spacers for the seat and Voila! Design it for taller riders and there is no option to get the seat low enough for shorter riders due to all the hard parts all being in the way. I love my Trophy, and Triumph currently and apparently in the future has nothing that interests me for my type of mile eating comfort and protection that it affords, so this is probably falling on deaf ears as it were. All the US Trophy 1215 SE riders are currently at a loss as to which German bike they will have to buy next when their Trophy wears out. Maybe India, or China, will build us another similar version of a GREAT touring motorcycle, since they have some on the drawing boards.
Hope this gets where it needs to go,
Glenn Stephens
“One of the Founding Members of the Twisted Trophies International”
We only have one rule-there are no rules.

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Kind Regards
UK Subsidiary Cases
Triumph Motorcycles Ltd

 I doubt it will make any difference, but it was worth the rant.  BTW, none of the manufacturers have a contact point to address their shortcomings in the design of their machines.  I guess none of their design people ever make any mistakes or fail to understand their possible customers.
Trophied
One of the Founding Members of The Twisted Trophies International

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