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Trophy Trophy 3 & 4 - for all 900 and 1200cc models 1991- 2004

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Old 10-31-2012, 03:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What mod's are "must haves" ?

I'm going to tear into my recently aquired trophy very shortly as soon as the check clears for the out going KTM.

It's going to to re-geared at 19/40 w/ new chain.

It needs new tires, thinking Pilot Road 2's(under $300/pr suggestions welcome)

Endless list comes to mind for things I'd love to do but I'm not getting that much out of my KTM and need help prioritizing some comfort/performance up grades.

Windscreen(I dont think stock is that bad yet)

Front brakes(maybe flush/pads...maybe more?)

Ricor intiminators/1.0kg race techs

I'm not wild about the corbin but hate to pop for the $500 plus a new custom seat costs these days....

Affording all that even without a seat will be tough so I'd appreciate suggestions guys. I hope to take a few real trips come next summer(Iowa-Arkansas, IA-Colorado) or so I hope.

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Old 10-31-2012, 11:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never thought too much about modifications to my Trophy as I have been very satisfied with it as is and I've never owned a bike previously that "fits me so well" Of course this is a personal assessment as we are all different body shapes and unlike automobiles cannot adjust seating positions, etc. to our taste. The only thing bothering me was the buffeting and wind noise with the stock windshield which has all but been eliminated with a Clearview shield. I have also agonized over getting an aftermarket seat as on longer tours the stock seat was getting uncomfortable to me but I found the cost of aftermarket seats quite high. Too that end, although skeptical I tried the old fashioned method and spent $35 on a sheepskin, cut and fit it to my seat with a couple of straps. Around the area I don't use it but on multi-day rides I put it on and it has all but eliminated my previous discomfort. A cheap alternative
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It seems the clearview is about the only option still on the option on the market for new windscreens, and they certainly aren't cheap but come with good reviews. I'm not sure what size to go with but other than that I suppose I'm sold without a heck of alot of choice.

I have a corbin seat now, and a gelpad with a "fake" sheep like cover on it but I've yet to try it. It was loaned to be by it's owner who now has a bill mayer.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd highly suggest try Pilot Road 2 as I have put 15000 miles on rear and 20000 on front.
I could have gotten more out of rear tire, but I chickened out and replaced it before 700 mile road trip.
Corbin seat is a nice addition really helps on longer rides. But I dint pay for the seat, I got it with the bike.
As for wind noise, I got MRA adjustable visor that attaches to the top of original screen, it really helps to divert most of turbulence of your helmet. But I wear earphones while riding so noise is not an issue to me.
One issue I have though is rear suspension.
I'm a heavy guy, 16 stones, and more often than not I find rear suspension bottom out when riding over uneven roads. I wish there were replacement springs with different rates to accommodate my fat arse....
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've owned my '97 since new, and the windscreen is the only thing I've ever felt a need to mess with. Tried a Clearview, went to a Laminar Lip on the OE screen, then cut down the Clearview (so I wasn't looking through it). That's what I"m currently using.

The stock seat works really well for me - the only bike I've owned that I can say that about. Everything else about the bike works well for me too, although I'm considering the purchase of some Trident cans just to get a little extra 'tone'.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Midnight, there are alternate spring rates available, Try Racetech out of California, but give them your weight in lbs or kilos, stones may throw them off. How much is a stone anyway? Bought my bike two years ago and only upgrade that's apparent is duel stainless braided brake lines to the front calipers. I do need to look into a higher rate rear spring though as well.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I must be the only guy that the stock shield works for,Im 6 ft even and the wind from the shield,and the bugs,just barely goes over my helmet/helmet shield. No buffeting to speak of.
The stock seat constantly squashed my gourds,quite the misery on a long ride.
I had Corbin make me a seat that has a level seating position,no sliding back or forward unless I want to,somehow it worked right off the bat. Im only 185lbs so the stock suspension hasnt been an issue,I know the shock will wear out sooner then later but its fine as is.
Dont need more power or noise so the stock exhaust is fine for me.

I bottomed the shock once while wheelieing down a short steep hill and hit a funny shaped bump,I dont think these bikes are designed to ride like dirt bikes so I gave it that one.

Really,I like it like it is,and that's rare for me.
Its comfy,goes fast enough,and corners like stink for a big bike.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Biscuit, 14 lbs - 1 stones ...
Thanks, I;ll give it a look see, the Racetech stuff that is.

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[QUOTE=rubber biscuit;241303 Bought my bike two years ago and only upgrade that's apparent is duel stainless braided brake lines to the front calipers. .[/QUOTE]
Someone here may correct me but both of my Trophy's came stock with braided stainless brake lines and to the best of my knowledge it was standard on them all. You just don't see the stainless braiding as they are sheathed.
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Check out PowerBronze screens. Great price and I have been happy with mine. 6'3" and can run 90 with my shield up. Also have one on my Daytona. I tried the Corbin from my brothers Trophy and went back to my Sargent.
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