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post #11 of 34 (permalink) Old 10-29-2016, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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I am all stock since it is so new. Thinking about their touring windscreen which is a little wider and taller. Don't really need taller since it electrically adjusts a lot higher than I think I would ever want it. It is also pre-wired for heated seats and grips. Planning to get the grips later, but my butt never seems to get cold. Maybe it is because of the volume of hot air blowing out of it .
But, I will happily post experiences here, too. There is a darkside option, a 205/55/17 Pirelli or Michelin, the Pirelli being a run-flat. Not sure on that though.
The glovebox and trunk both have USB and 12v ports, too.

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post #12 of 34 (permalink) Old 10-29-2016, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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hope you do a couple longer term reviews, It might help me decide between the triumph and the FJR 1300. right now I am happy with the mighty ST 1300 and the 7.7 gallon gas tank doesn't hurt either, I've done 280 mile fuel stops a few times. mpg is about the same as your triumph. I have a sargent saddle and a clearview windshield
Read that review I posted and look at a few others. The FJR is hands down faster/sportier, but I am thrilled with the comfort of the Triumph as well as its higher level of comfort and weather protection. On the 'Wing my upper shoulders would sometimes get tight/sore after a real long ride, but I have yet to experience that with the Trophy. And it was 150 miles just to ride it home.

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Read that review I posted and look at a few others. The FJR is hands down faster/sportier, but I am thrilled with the comfort of the Triumph as well as its higher level of comfort and weather protection. On the 'Wing my upper shoulders would sometimes get tight/sore after a real long ride, but I have yet to experience that with the Trophy. And it was 150 miles just to ride it home.
after having the mighty ST 1300 for just over a year now I find I'm more comfortable on it and less tired if the road gets twisty. I've done four saddle sore 1000's, two on the wing and two on the mighty ST 1300 and overall I was more comfortable on the ST. you said the FJR was sportier and so did another friend of mine but bmw's seem to have issues so I'm not sure I would go that route

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The BMW is nice, but they have more mechanical issues than people realize, and almost NOBODY but a BMW shop will work on them. Not an option in my opinion.
BMW= Bring My Wallet.

I got my new 2015 for under 14K and am very happy. The luggage actually moves side-to-side for better high speed handling. A little odd when you go to open the saddlebag and it moves, but seems to work well. The luggage is VERY weatherproof! Every time I open a saddlebag I can hear the air 'whoosh' as it unseals/seals!

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Pic of bike set up for two...
Still, perfect for now, but a GW will be its replacement.
I do love the power and 50+ mpg at the present...
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I kinda like the design of the 3 bags. The paint color is a 'skin' that fits over the bag. Drop the bike and scrape the paint bad? Just replace the color matched skin (5 screws) if the actual bag is good, which it most likely is.
Power is impressive (132 horse power) with a weight around 700 pounds. Set the cruise at 60 and expect around 55-60 mpg to boot.
I admit I am really enjoying it. But yes, I will go back to a Wing for serious touring in a few years.

I am just under 1000 miles on it now/already...

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There is a guy in Arizona who is removing all the parts he can (handle bars, both stands, etc) and powder coating them black to match the bike. I commented that it looked 'sinister'. The pics he has posted look real nice!

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3 month update. I love it (but I will get a Goldwing at/near retirement) and so far no issues. I have about 2300 trouble free miles on it. Lots of ice (no riding this up coming week) so limited riding time. Weather protection has been great, comfort is great. And power? God yes!
It has one quirk that Triumph recognizes but does not fix. It has the traditional dial speedo and tach as well as a central digital display that you can have three functions showing. I usually have the digital speedo, trip meter, and average mpg fields showing. When the temp is at or near freezing the digital speedo does not work. Dial one does. A quirk I can live with.
I have customized it with a cup holder, lowered foot pegs, and the stock European seat (America gets the 'low rider' seat and is about an inch lower). My real fuel economy average is between 47-51. Not bad for having 130 horsies on tap and a 10k redline.
So, I am thrilled, but will still go back to a 'Wing in a few years.
Oh - longevity? Numerous people have 50k plus on theirs, I know at least one fella who has 90k on his 2013 model. Works for me!

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