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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Michelin PR4 GT's
« Last post by Saddle Tramp on Today at 04:35:04 pm »
Have you also replaced the rear tire at that same mileage, or was it previously replaced?
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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Michelin PR4 GT's
« Last post by coastalisland on Today at 04:27:23 pm »
If I had to guess, maybe 30% on east coast interstates, with most of that @ 75+mph. Attached photo of finished battery install in TPMS unit .
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The FJR was a clean-sheet sport touring bike design from the ground up. There isn't a thing about it that is 'a sportbike with panniers added.' No idea where that comes from but it simply isn't true.

Reliability: In any case, both bikes are reliable. As a very happy Trophy owner, I will say that anyone trying to say that a Trophy is as reliable as an FJR is smoking their own product. The FJR is among the very most reliable bikes ever sold to the public, ever. Like any bike, if you put enough miles on it, eventually you'll find something to pay attention to, and FJRs are no different. But general reliability: even though the Trophy is solid, the FJR wins and it's not really close.

Handling. Despite the extra size and weight, the Trophy is the better bike in the twisties imo. The FJR originally had absolutely terrible suspension and a comically tiny amount of ground clearance. The last couple gens have vastly better suspension and improved clearance, but neither is as good as the Trophy. Also, the Trophy chassis has a much more composed, put-together feel when pushed. I've ridden both pretty hard, and even the newest FJRs will start to come unglued a bit when leaned on. The Trophy remains in 'is that all you got?' mode well beyond a pace that I'm typically willing to ride on a public road.

Comfort: Trophy wins. It's bigger, more room, better protection, more features. This isn't really a criticism of the FJR; it's just that the Trophy was built as a luxury touring bike, and the FJR was not. If you prefer a bit more air and less weight, the FJR might be for you. If outright comfort is king for you, it's really not a contest.

Motor: The FJR is more powerful and lighter, so don't get into a drag race for money. But, the Triumph motor is among the best powerplants ever to grace a motorcycle. It manages that rare feat of being both full of character and ultra smooth at the same time. And, while it's down on HP from the FJR, it has a flat, broad torque curve that masks this deficit considerably. The fact is that both motors are very good in this use, and both are considerably more powerful than needed in the role. Both are plenty, Trophy is smother, sounds better, and is more 'fun' imo.

Overall: There is no 'this one is better' here. The Trophy is bigger and heavier, and more comfortable and more fully featured. But, not everyone likes that. In size and profile when you ride it, the FJR feels much smaller and sportier, despite my comments about aggressive riding performance. One notable Trophy loss in this contest is that it feels very top-heavy in parking lot/driveway/garage situations. I'm 6'3" 280, and even so it is a minor miracle that I've not dumped it over yet. I nearly do so at least once a month.

Verdict: you don't see an FJR in my garage. right?  :)
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*Originally Posted by LarryJa [+]
Over here, in the USA, EPM Performance Imports(732 786-9777) will rebuild the rear esa shock on our SE's.
SNIP ......
So, there is a very reputable service available for suspension upgrade parts & services here in the US.

Here is the link to the EPM website :  https://epmperf.com/motorcycle-shock-rebuild-service/
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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Me888 too hard, no grip? Not so fast...
« Last post by dietDrThunder on Today at 02:13:10 pm »
This is a pic I used for Russel to size up my seat. The peg mount-affixed jug isn't on it, but you can see the rear shelf and tank. That one is just an Ebay 2.5gal that I had on hand, but the Covid-delayed plan is a custom one that will snug my total capacity up against the 11.5gal LD Rally limit.



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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Me888 too hard, no grip? Not so fast...
« Last post by GarminDave on Today at 02:07:29 pm »
Epic picture!
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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Me888 too hard, no grip? Not so fast...
« Last post by dietDrThunder on Today at 01:07:37 pm »
The bike is set up for long distance rallying. The blue thing is a 1 gallon thermos jug for water. There's a hose from that to a clip on my tanknbag on a retractable line so I can drink on the move.

You can't really see it, but there's an aux fuel cell mounted over the passenger seat as well. I'll post a better pic later.
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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Michelin PR4 GT's
« Last post by Saddle Tramp on Today at 01:06:43 pm »
I donít think I have ever heard such a high mileage report on any tires.
Can I assume that none of the miles were at the 75+ mph speeds that are encountered on the Interstates out West?
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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Pirelli Angel GT II
« Last post by Saddle Tramp on Today at 01:02:13 pm »
Thanks for that report Shemogolee.
What kind of mileage are you getting from the rear tire?
Was it replaced with the same mileage as the front?
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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Michelin PR4 GT's
« Last post by coastalisland on Today at 12:35:18 pm »
The rear tire had just hit the wear bars at a couple of spots. The front was on them big time, with cupping as well. It was definitely time! :156:
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