A Deal I Couldn't Refuse

Discussion in 'Ride Reports & Photos' started by Trash, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    So, it didn't take terribly long after I sold the K1600GTL to realize that I missed the benefits that a second bike offers. Twice this year the GS sat parked for weeks in anticipation of a long trip, with a pre-planned appointment for a needed service. Couple that with the fact that I have almost eaten up half of the mileage limit on the GS warranty in one year, and the search was on...
    You probably already know my must-haves.
    Cruise Control. Heated Grips. Shaft Drive.
    Not much to ask, right?
     
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  2. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Add in large windscreen :)
     
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  3. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    HaHaHa!
    Not Necessarily!
    Although, after briefly toying with the purchase of a clean 2008 Moto Guzzi Breva, to which I would have had to add an aftermarket cruise control, I came to realize that a Sport Tourer would be better suited to our inclement late Fall, Winter, and Spring...
     
  4. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

  5. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I must admit that I did have some interest, especially when they closed shop and prices of unsold inventory plummeted. But alas, they are chain driven.
    You are on the right path, however!
     
  6. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I was so bummed when I heard they were closing
     
  7. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Sounds like you need a Yamaha FJR. Probably the most bulletproof sport tourer currently on the market. Reliable, lots of power, ticks all the boxes, and pretty much guaranteed to be still on the road when your GS is in the shop. (I sold my '07 a couple weeks ago with just shy of 300,000 km and never a major issue - now have a 2011) Pricing is pretty decent too.
    Does it offer enough difference? Do you need something better suited to "roads less travelled"? Looking for something smaller?
    Or bigger (i.e. 'Wing)?
     
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  8. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I myself have had excellent success with my BMWs since 2000, but when, after days of negotiations with Dealers around the Country trying to sell off their inventories of now discontinued Triumph Trophy SE's, I was able to purchase a new 2015 in El Paso, Texas for well under $12k. Magazine reviews had rated the Trophy second only to the K1600GT as best sport touring motorcycle when it came out for 2013, and after flying to pick it up Thursday, my initial reaction after the first 600 miles is to agree.
     
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  9. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Enjoy!!
     
  10. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    IMG_0263.JPG So I show up at the Dealership, look the bike over, and ask my salesman, "where's the panniers"?
    After a frantic half hour search of their Parts Warehouse, they realize the panniers are nowhere to be found. They are sending me a new pair. Ouch!
    They were only too happy to see me leave.
     
  11. Bob

    Bob Active Member

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  12. Trash

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    I was very interested in it when it first came out, but ultimately decided it was over-priced for its feature set, and ended up buying a K1600GTL instead, partially for the much better passenger accommodations. Now that The Mrs. isn't riding much anymore, this became an easy decision when I was able to secure such a remarkable savings.
    And I get to finally add Triumph to the list of bikes I have owned!
     
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  13. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Another great purchase by a dedicated rider is cause for much celebration. Having enjoyed a test ride on a K1600 I hope it compares favourably but those are big shoes to fill.
     
  14. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    The truth is, they are very different motorcycles.
    The K1600 was all about the engine, make no bones about it. Crank the throttle on that thing, and hold on for dear life when the revs climbed over 6,000 and it started wailing like a Ferrari. You couldn’t help but giggle every time. And that inline six was smooth as silk. With the upgrade to a Russell Daylong Saddle, 1,000 mile days were easy work. But it was purchased as a “two-up” motorcycle, and had the compromises inherent with the purpose, added weight, and comfort as a priority over maneuverability.

    The Trophy on the other hand is a true “sport tourer”. The passenger accommodation and ride quality are not as luxurious, the engine is of course not as powerful, but I guess at this point in my life, 132 HP is plenty adequate for me!
    Despite still having a 6.9 gallon fuel Capacity, the Trophy feels significantly lighter than the GTL did, despite weighing only about 90 lbs. less. I guess I attribute that to the three cylinder engine being narrower than that six in the GTL. Whatever the reason, the Trophy is definitely the more nimble motorcycle. Having now ridden the first thousand miles on it, there are definitely a few minor ergonomic changes I will be making to fit my dimensions, but I would have to say that this is one of the most balanced motorcycles I have ever owned. Everything just seems to work well together. It is not normal for me to be able to wear the “chicken strips” off the edges of the tires in the first 500 miles of Ownership, but that is exactly what I was able to do on this bike due to the confidence it gives. I think it’s a “keeper”! ;)
     
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  15. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    So, to finally close the book on my “Fly to Buy” experience, six boxes(!) of Triumph Stuff showed up compliments of my friendly UPS driver Mikey last Thursday. It turned out to be by missing side cases, shipped in sections, with “some assembly required”. After sorting through everything, it became apparent that I was missing all of the hardware needed to attach everything together. After three days of trying to contact the selling Dealer in El Paso without a return email or phone call, it became apparent that they had washed their hands of me.
    What to do?
    As a last resort, I contacted Triumph “after sales assistance” at their North American HQ in Atlanta by email.
    Imagine my surprise when I received an email response in less than two hours, and my shock when the response from Hunter at Triumph was outrage at the way the Dealer had treated me, and a promise to make it right. Last night, Mikey showed up with another Triumph box about ten times the size I expected for my needed fasteners. In addition to the fasteners I needed, it also contained just about every part that might some day wear out on the side cases, including hardware on the bike. And the package was delivered “next day air”. Must have cost a small fortune to ship that way.
    The side cases are now fully assembled, and I am awaiting word from Triumph if they would like me to send back the parts I didn’t use.

    As often as we hear negative stories about poor treatment by Dealers and Manufacturers, I just thought it important for everyone to hear how Triumph went way beyond my expectations to correct a Dealer’s mis-treatment.
    Awesome!
     
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