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

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Old 12-11-2012, 04:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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new to me trophy 900

picked up my 1996 tropy 900 today and must say i'm very impressed after a 170 mile trip home. after a 650 bmw single it feels very smooth and very planted, few wobbly moments in traffic coz i'm not used to the weight tho!!! one question is tho do the triples all sound rough and rattly when off the throttle? kinda like a realy rattly clutch??
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It should sound like a finely tuned diesel rock crusher at idle. If it doesn't sound like a diesel rock crusher, it needs a valve job, and if it doesn't sound like a finely tuned one it needs the alternator bolt replaced.

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Old 12-12-2012, 12:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That's funny. I've owned my '97 Trophy 900 since new, and have had numerous people ask me if it was a diesel if they only heard it at idle. ALL of the early triples (with sand-cast crankcases) sound like that.

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Old 12-12-2012, 06:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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at idle it rattles but when under load it doesn't, what worries me tho is when slowing down in traffic at say 20-30mph and you roll the throttle off it sounds like ball bearings in a tin can!! maybe i need earplugs!
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at idle it rattles but when under load it doesn't, what worries me tho is when slowing down in traffic at say 20-30mph and you roll the throttle off it sounds like ball bearings in a tin can!! maybe i need earplugs!
When I purchased my first Trophy 900 I was also concerned about the noise at idle. My (British) mechanic used exactly the same words as you "like ball bearings in a tin can" and stating they all sound like that.
I read that it is something to do with the backlash setup in the tranny and not to worry. I put 50,000 km on my bike with no problems.
Welcome to the Triumph Trophy site and hopefully you will grow to love your bike as the rest of us here do.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i'm absolutely loving it! my test drive was after i payed for it, on frosty roads made from concrete in the first 100yds i had turn across and uphill a busy main road then 140miles of motorway
so much smoother than my old F650 which was like riding a jackhammer!!
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... and that low-RPM grumble is normal as well. Both my '97 Trophy 900 and my '98 Tiger have a sort of 'rattle' between 2500-3000 RPM that is dependent on load. No worries lad. As they say, 'they all do that'.

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Old 12-13-2012, 08:57 AM   #8 (permalink)
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well as it wasnt raining for a change, i put another 140 miles on her today! starting to enjoy the handling through the sweepers, although twisty country roads will take some time! flying machine compared to the old single i had!!
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Trust me, a well-ridden Trophy 3 can hang with most anything in the twisties, unless it's an all-out supersport ridden by someone with no concern for life and limb.

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My Trophy has always been noisy the fairing chucks some noise back at you as well 130,000miles still not burning oil and starting on first push of button. Look after it and it will look after you.

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