- OK, here we go, from a newbie to the list...
First, a standard disclaimer: I bought my new Trophy 1200 on July 7th,
after 5 years with an ST 1100. I've done 10,000 kms since, mainly on
French twisties. I *love* this machine - it feels like a "real"
motorcycle again, after the big Honda. Therefore, any criticism is
purely... etc... etc...
> Improve the seat by lowering and making more horizontal for atOdd one, this. There's been a few critics of the seat, and for the first
> least the driver so we sit in, not on, the bike.
2,000 kms I was one of 'em. Then something happened - either the seat
moulded itself to my arse, or vise versa, and now I'm fine on long
trips. Better than the ST, to my surprise!
> Raise the bars approx. 1" (1/4" less than a GenMar), or, asNot for me - I think Europeans like bars lower than the Yanks do. Then
> suggested later, give a mounting system that allows the rider
> to easily choose different configurations from standard tubular
again, I'm no giant (5'10").
> Give a choice of exhaust cans (std vs Daytona style for example)Yes, I agree. The mods you've made to your bike look great.
> Better windscreen that eliminates noise, buffeting, etc. Use orI'm fine with the stock screen, and have no complaints from the rear, at
> subcontract with Clearview and Gustafson for factory approved
> replacements for 96-98 and 99+ models respectively. Have std,
> low and high variations.
speeds up to 180 kph. Everyone is a different size (bit of a stupid
affirmation, that!) so Triumph have to aim for the average. Anyway,
statistically, tall people have higher incomes, so they can afford an
aftermarket screen or two.
> Either a shaft drive or a stock Scott-oiler-like system for chain drives.I've just come from a heavier, shaft-drive bike. Keep the chain - it
puts the "sport" into a sport-touring bike. Powering out of a bend you
can really feel the chain and tyres working to get that horsepower onto
the tarmac. The bike isn't heavy compared with others in it's class -
let's keep it that way.
Built-in oiler system sounds like a good idea, though. (Problems with
> Adjustable front shocks for damping (both directions) & springYeah, the front forks need beefing up. Not sure they need to be
> Anti-dive of some kind on the front end.
adjustable, just a harder factory setup, with anti-dive. Tighter
steering too - I had front-end wobbles at high speed until the dealer
> Adjustable by owner rear shocks for both damping & preload.Yep, deffo!
> Front fender extension standard (e.g., not an extension).Haven't seen the need for this yet. Then again, our 1st winter together
> Self-cancelling signals.Disagree. Give me total control! When I realise I've been flashing "left
turn" for the past 20 kms, it's a little warning to wake up and pay more attention.
Now, my personal wishlist. I'm gonna shout the important bits because
it's a long way to Hinckley...
1-Paniers and top-case that DON'T LEAK.
2-Dasboard lights you can SEE in daytime. For ****'s sake, Triumph have
known about this for years - why do they refuse to fix it?
3-Better OEM tyres. The original Bridgestones slide all over the place
in the rain. Can't wait to replace 'em. (BTW, any recommendations?)
4-Better turning circle. Come on! Even the ST1100 was better!!
5-Even lower 6th gear - make it an "overdrive" gear.
99 Trophy 1200