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« on: November 29, 2020, 10:17:20 pm »
All the Twisted Trophies members should be aware that I met and rode with new forum member YAGA1973 earlier today and he is the newest member of the "Twisted Trophies".  Now there are 2 of us in one town!!!!  New Braunfels will never be the same, and I can always tell the officer it must have been the OTHER blue Trophy he saw speeding last week! :745:

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.


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.

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.

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,

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.

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:

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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