Re: 900 ridebility
- I guess I'd better have a bash at this as a new owner recently facing
some similar questions...
I have only ever been on my 900 so I can't compare the two sizes but
I love mine to bits. It's an amazing 2 up tourer with plenty of
everything (comfort, power, space, flickability, good looks). I have,
however dropped it twice now in the garage and in a slow speed
takeoff where I didn't give it enough squirt on a highly cambered
street. I'm short and fat (enough of the euphemisms!) at 5'9" and 185
pound. It's a handful of you can only flat foot on one side
(Passenger and gear does drop the ride height a significant amount).
I'm learning, and at almost $100 a shot for new indicators it's a
I now judiciously choose where to park and often cruise around the
block to find the least embarrassing spot - where I can still see the
bike of course.
The upside of of all this is you're riding a fine motorcycle; one
that people will stop and chat with you about, and a machine that
will serve you well, and you're riding something! - something which
ultimately MUST make you happy to take it out - each and every time.
If you don't feel proud and excited by the thought of riding your
bike... it's not the right bike!
96 BBB (Merlot - with a slight hint of cherry and some extra tannin)
- if you buy them as a six pack you can get the price break to 52
> I'm learning, and at almost $100 a shot for new indicators it's atannin)
> quick learn!
>> Steve Campbell
> 96 BBB (Merlot - with a slight hint of cherry and some extra
- --- In TriumphTrophy@yahoogroups.com, "Steve Campbell" <scamp@b...>
> I guess I'd better have a bash at this as a new owner recently
> some similar questions... Steve CambellGood post Steve. Your experience sounds similar to mine. I too have
learned the hardway to carefully select the parking spot! (And make
sure your passenger knows to get off the back on the left side
only, .... don't ask me how I know......) Dave 96'1200 "Merlot
- geez...I didnn't want to admit that I had dropped a spotless 97 900 in the first
week I had it...but I did. I found the left signal costs 52.00 + labor. Im due for
maintainence so I'll have that done then...Anybody touch up scratches? Hard
to do? WHat works the spray or brush touch up?
Im still undecided about lowering...Im sure I'll get us the the height/weight in
time. I'll ask my Triumph if he will lower using the method I found here...I know
some mechanics/dealers are unwilling to do modifications like that.
Keep you all posted
97 Trophy 900 Racing Green
Damn do I love the way this thigs rides
--- In TriumphTrophy@yahoogroups.com, "Dave Davenport" <
> --- In TriumphTrophy@yahoogroups.com, "Steve Campbell" <scamp@b...>
> > I guess I'd better have a bash at this as a new owner recently
> > some similar questions... Steve Cambell
> Good post Steve. Your experience sounds similar to mine. I too have
> learned the hardway to carefully select the parking spot! (And make
> sure your passenger knows to get off the back on the left side
> only, .... don't ask me how I know......) Dave 96'1200 "Merlot
- j.schisler@... wrote:
> Joe, I came from a lighter bike myself. I found that I wasn't<SNIP>
> counter-balancing enough. Once I stumbled upon that and with a bit of
> practice I found I could ride slow and turn easily. -jims
Absolutely. Although I came from a heavier bike, I didn't find the
Trophy easier to handle at low speed until I started what felt like
really exaggerated counter-balancing--that made control a piece of
cake. I tried that because I watched a motorcycle police skills
competition here a few months ago, and those guys do the same thing.
'00 Trophy 900