Good farkle / overkill / parts?
- FINALLY completed my Trophy 1200 repairs this weekend.
I hate to admit it, but, way back on July 23 (!), my throttle cable
broke. Ordered & received a new one. Finaly got the bike reassembled
yesterday? (I have another one I rode sometimes, but basically just too
While I was in there, I also replaced the fuel lines with Tygon tubing.
Here's a bit of advice to newbies everywhere - always get what you need.
I bought 10" of Tygon tubing (the distributor I used sells no less), put
thin-wire spring inside it at the bends, and used stainless stell spring
clamps at the ends. I even bought the proper spring-clamp pliers. Using
the right tools ans the right parts is a joy - using the wrong tool and
almost-right parts is pure aggravation. I also replaced the vaccum line
with new, too.
In changing the throttle cable, I do affirm and concur that the design
of the whole carbs-airbox-throttle cable is completely asinine, and
would seriously make me consider not buying another Triumph. The 04
Speed Triple is better sorted.
So what's the good farkle? PIAA-1100 driving lights, mounted to the fork
lowers at the brake line clip. Properly wired, too. Brilliant.
The overkill? I installed a new aftermarket shock - sort of wish I'd
just bought a Hagon, or the Ohlins with the remote preload adjuster at
the brake bracket. BUT, the shop I bought from had a sale on WP - no
slouch name, eh? So I installed a WP fully adjustable stock. Adjustable
ride height, rebound, high-speed compression, low-speed compression, and
preload. The remote compression adjuster is located just above the brake
master cylinder bracket, and there is enough hose to move it if I need
to. Between that, and the Race-tech springs and emulators I installed in
the spring, this should be fun.
Parts? I am going to install a new handlebar (I've an adapter to use
standard 7/8" bars), and before I do, does anyone have an extra set of
the plastic throttle-side switch housings laying around? I'd buy both
throttle and clutch sides, if you'd rather. The PO had overtightened
mine, and the threads in the plastic are almost-stripped.
Anyway, by the time I was done, it was beginning to rain hard - and I
was tired - so "someday soon" I'll take it out and play.
OH - another bit of free advice. When remounting the mufflers, tighten
the mounts at the can & frame, then rotate the muffler away from the
swingarm before tightening the clamp at the header pipe. Failure to do
so allows the cans to be rubbed by the swingarm at the axle.
98 Trophy 1200, Pacific Blue, Pub Crawler for when there's two
04 Speed Triple 955i, Tornado Red, Twizzler for just me
96 Old Town 158 (canoe) for when it's rainy
Barrett .50 caliber M95 for when everything else fails
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