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Offline timsatx

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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #30 on: June 29, 2015, 03:34:34 pm »
Yeah, be sure to keep us up-to-date on this bike. I have always like the look of it.

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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #31 on: June 29, 2015, 03:44:49 pm »
Yeah, be sure to keep us up-to-date on this bike. I have always like the look of it.

Guys, it is a good look BUT you have to go ride one...they're awesome! I test rode the 2014 and have been hooked since. I'd have one now if my wife would let me spend the money! I could just go and get it but as good as that bike is it's not worth the "wrath" of my wife! Actually, she's not opposed to it but wants to get some other bills paid down first. I will buy that bike eventually but just know it is a fantastic bike...it has that "get on and ride all day" kind of comfort!! I currently have 30,000 miles on my 2012 Connie so I still have lots of life left in her but am hoping to have my Trophy sometime next year (2017 at the latest) at which time the Concours goes away.
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #32 on: June 30, 2015, 06:27:44 am »
I test rode an Indian Chief Vintage a couple months ago. Before I give my impressions, let me say that I'm a retired CPA, been riding since 1970, and feel that the C14 is the absolute best bike ever...at lest for me.

My take on the Indian: beautiful paint and trim, very heavy, very loud, mediocre power, brakes and suspension (due to mass?)... And very expensive. It was a beautiful bike to look at, but I could not EVER see myself picking the Indian to ride anywhere, as long as I had a C14 to ride. But it sure was pretty! YMMV of course. There's no denying the popularity of the American V-twin motorcycles, but They're not for me.

I also test rode a Diavel. Very fun bike! That's a V-twin I could enjoy, if I could get past the sticker shock. Don't see how you could ride 2 up on it, but I guess it might be possible. I have no clue as to reliability or maintenance costs.

After looking around, I still keep coming back to the same conclusion that the C14 is my favorite, (along with a KLR).
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Offline timsatx

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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #33 on: June 30, 2015, 06:57:08 am »
What is maintenance like as well as cost of repair? Just curious as to how it stacks up to other bikes.

Wasn't the Trophy chain instead of shaft before?

I also found this while looking it up:
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Fuel Efficiency
Spending more time on the road and less time at the petrol station is important to any rider. The Trophy’s efficient
engine and tall 6 gear provides relaxed cruising and impressive economy with 69.2mpg at 56mph, and 54.5mpg
at 75mph. The tank is a capacious 26 litres allowing well over 250 miles between refills.

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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #34 on: June 30, 2015, 07:50:51 am »
Doubt you'd be satisfied with the performance of the Trophy
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #35 on: June 30, 2015, 08:50:10 am »
What is maintenance like as well as cost of repair? Just curious as to how it stacks up to other bikes.

Wasn't the Trophy chain instead of shaft before?

I also found this while looking it up:

It's shaft now. Fuel economy is great!
Mike
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #36 on: June 30, 2015, 08:53:03 am »
Doubt you'd be satisfied with the performance of the Trophy

I don't know about that...I thought it handled great for the ride I was on. It DEFINITELY handles lighter than the Concours. It is more on the "Touring" side of the ST bikes but I am sure it would get me through the twisties juuuuust fine ;)
Mike
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #37 on: June 30, 2015, 08:53:35 am »
Doubt you'd be satisfied with the performance of the Trophy

Steve, I took your post as "handling" but reads more like you're referring to the engine and it's performance...yes?
Mike
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #38 on: June 30, 2015, 09:04:49 am »

Doubt you'd be satisfied with the performance of the Trophy

Steve, I took your post as "handling" but reads more like you're referring to the engine and it's performance...yes?

If that's the case then you may have a point...depends on what people are looking for. The power is definitely different between the 2, the Concours having more of it. Let's face it, the Concours loves to run and there's no denying that!

What I'm looking at are the overall attributes of the bike and one of the BIG factors for me is comfort and the Trophy is most definitely the more comfortable of the 2 bikes. I "think" I am willing to sacrifice the power and performance of the Connie's motor for the other positives of the Trophy. It feels like the kind of bike you can get on and spend 10+ hours a day riding and feel fine afterwards. I can't do that on my Connie...it hurts after a few hours!

Now, regarding the comfort...I do believe a lot of my "discomfort" comes from my seat so I am having a new seat built by Loren at Baldwin. I am hoping that new seat solves my comfort issue (all my discomfort is in my butt...nowhere else) which will make the Connie much more enjoyable to ride than it already is. One other thing I REALLY liked about the Trophy is that when I sat on it I felt like I was sitting "IN" it. It wrapped around me nice and I really liked that! I feel as if I'm sitting "ON" my Connie...not liking that much but it is what it is for now.
Mike
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #39 on: June 30, 2015, 11:27:57 am »
I test drove a Trophy quite a number of years ago and I liked it at the time. Just couldn't afford one. The style is change a good bit now.

I met a guy at our local Triumph/Guzi/Ducati dealer one weekend that had a Trophy decked out with everything you could think of for Ironbutt rallies. He had a huge aluminum tank on the back instead of a seat, two or three GPS units, etc. It was crazy, but he was showing us all of the long distance stuff he'd been doing. That tells me that it HAD to be comfy.

I enjoyed the power of my Connie and loved riding it. The buzzy hands bugged me, but I found that my immature side kept coming out and I was having trouble holding the speed down. I never had butt or back problems (Corbin seat) and could ride hundreds of miles in a day without discomfort. But, since the wifey wouldn't "let" me have two bikes, I sold off the Connie and picked up a BMW 1200GS. Completely different ride. It's super comfortable, although it doesn't offer the protection that the Connie did. Of course, that also means that it isn't quite as hot on a summer day in Texas as the Connie was. I have no problems with big miles on the GS (cruise helps!).
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'11 Concours ABS (black) w/ Leo Vince carbon, heated Corbin, Garmin; TechSpec pads (gone but not forgotten)
'05 Yamaha FZ6, only crashed once, gone in trade; '87 Honda Gold Wing Aspencade, sold; '85 Honda Magna (700), sold; '76 Kawasaki KZ400, sold

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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #40 on: June 30, 2015, 11:35:23 am »
I test drove a Trophy quite a number of years ago and I liked it at the time. Just couldn't afford one. The style is change a good bit now.

I met a guy at our local Triumph/Guzi/Ducati dealer one weekend that had a Trophy decked out with everything you could think of for Ironbutt rallies. He had a huge aluminum tank on the back instead of a seat, two or three GPS units, etc. It was crazy, but he was showing us all of the long distance stuff he'd been doing. That tells me that it HAD to be comfy.

I enjoyed the power of my Connie and loved riding it. The buzzy hands bugged me, but I found that my immature side kept coming out and I was having trouble holding the speed down. I never had butt or back problems (Corbin seat) and could ride hundreds of miles in a day without discomfort. But, since the wifey wouldn't "let" me have two bikes, I sold off the Connie and picked up a BMW 1200GS. Completely different ride. It's super comfortable, although it doesn't offer the protection that the Connie did. Of course, that also means that it isn't quite as hot on a summer day in Texas as the Connie was. I have no problems with big miles on the GS (cruise helps!).

Nice! I too have the buzzy hands. I've been riding lately with ECO mode turned off which helps smooth things out some. Not as "buzzy" but still there a little.

The Connie's fairing and custom windscreen cover fairly well but the Trophy covers a bit too well. They say the Trophy could get pretty hot in the cockpit for the rider on hot days (it did win the "road cocoon" award)...probably one of the main drawbacks of that bike. I live in SoCal so that COULD be an issue but I will deal with it when the time comes. I live in an area where 100 - 110 degree summer days are common!
Mike
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #41 on: June 30, 2015, 11:36:21 am »
Doubt you'd be satisfied with the performance of the Trophy


If by performance you mean acceleration, then I agree.  I am not an acceleration junkie and have as much fun on my 250 and V7 as I do on any of my bikes.  If you mean handling at all street speeds, the trophy wins hands down.  It also takes 87 octane and can go further between fill ups.  It is the touring side of sport touring but handles better than my Connie did, even with the larger rear tire.

For those that like to push the limits, It can clearly do that also.

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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #42 on: June 30, 2015, 11:38:44 am »
If by performance you mean acceleration, then I agree.  I am not an acceleration junkie and have as much fun on my 250 and V7 as I do on any of my bikes.  If you mean handling at all street speeds, the trophy wins hands down.  It also takes 87 octane and can go further between fill ups.  It is the touring side of sport touring but handles better than my Connie with the larger rear tire.

For those that like to push the limits, It can clearly do that also.




YES!!! That's exactly what I was trying to say only you know better than I do because YOU have one now and i don't  :hail:!

That guy in your pic is going to have replace his side bags if he leans over any further :o!
Mike
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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #43 on: June 30, 2015, 02:02:05 pm »
That guy in your pic is going to have replace his side bags if he leans over any further :o!

He could glue some knee pucks to them.

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Re: Itching for a new bike
« Reply #44 on: June 30, 2015, 02:05:49 pm »
He could glue some knee pucks to them.

 :)
Mike
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