You can use a fork bag, but i don't because i found out when i tried it onb another bike it wears on the metal on the forks. I did hear of a possible solution here before, but i have yet to see if theres room for it. Someone suggested mounting a piece of PVC with end caps on it under the bike. If your cats been removed that should be enough space, but other than that there may not be w/o sacrificing clearance in turns. I really haven't checked well. But it would have to be VERY secure because if it fell off especially at speed that could be very bad.
it's one of the bike's only flaws IMO. But thanks for reminding me, as i have to get busy and do something about this before i end up stuck in the middle of nowhere one day.
I looked at your picture, do you have the drag bars? I like the look.
If so, where does it put your hand position relative to the stock bars (forward/back/high/low).
Also, I noticed you have the shorties. Would you say you notice any gain and how would you describe it? I have the 1600.
Don't get me started on the shorties....i already take enough jabbing for my endless songs of praise about them. But ok, if ya gotta know, my list of benefits...
1-great sound, much better than the longs. Deep yet not too loud, just right(subjective of course)
2-yes, a serious gain in power along with a uni or other free flo filter and remap.
3-somehow it actually smoothed the bike out. Probably 25 to 50% less vibration depending on the gear and RPM you're in.
4-access to axl bolt w/o removing pipes
5-easier wheel cleaning.
6-much less expensive than any of the aftermarket pipes.
So do i like them? You could say that ! And i first put them on when my bike was a 1600, and thats where i noticed the nice power benefits. For all i know the increase may not be as good or maybe better on the 1700, but i wouldn't know because i already had the shorts when i got the BB kit installed.
As to the bars, yes, those are the triumph Tbars. They put your hands in the same position as the stock bars assuming the stock bars are adjusted as triumph intended. But every dealer installs them and adjusts them differently. And since they are adjustable like any bar thats in a riser, they might be different than the Tbars. But unless they were adjusted way up or down, the Tbars will be about the same. I bought them because i love the look. But if you do your own work be prepared....the cause any job you do that requires lifting the tank much more trouble because the tanke will not go up with the Tbars in place. So they make working on the bike a pain.
MADSS has Triumph accessories. For those who ride solo only there are two racks. A9758102 is the pressed single seat rack at $110.49. A9730308 is the tubular single seat rack that is $118.99. Both would give you a secure base to strap a tool kit to without being in the way when you mount the bike.
Wal-Mart carries the Slime tire repair kit for about $38. Pair that with a handle bar bag carrying the standard tool kit you are pretty much ready to handle anything that you could fix on the side of the road. Together they should be about the size of a pillion seat.
Of course there is always the mini back packs I see on the sport bike crowd. There's not much room left in my fanny pack when I carry my .380. But then, I have saddle bags and a luggage rack with my Sissy bar.
I had one of those on my speedmaster. They're great for storing your registration and insurance cards and such. But tools....you won't fit anything worthwhile in there. The space is about like 1.5 cigarette packs. I had one and on the new Tbird i didn't bother because there's no notable space other than for paper or such.
well 56renegade - I must admit my bike cares an awful lot about it's style . I actually have the tubular steel rack, but with the new shorties I put on - the overall shorty look is much better with nothing on top of the rear fender, so now I have no rack on. I've taken to riding with a back-pack for errands and stuff. However I've saved the rack, so in case I go on an overnight trip I'll have a place to strap a small bag.
The overall look of our machines is one of the things that makes riding enjoyable. For you the backpack may be THE answer. You can carry the tools that you want and have room for those errand items as well. Your 'Bird looks the way that you want her to.
I bought the SE because of the seat, sissy bar, foot boards, panniers and I like the look of the long exhaust pipes. I can carry any tools that I want without changing the appearance of my bike. I will be changing the factory bag mounts to the Easy Brackets though. I took the bags off before she went in for service. It gave me a chance to ride bagless, but the mounts look awkward empty.
I did some timed standing quarter mile runs at the Geelong Revival a few weeks ago.
Thought people might find the times interesting (I struggled to find many times to compare against).
Times were as follows:
14.0377, 13.4042, 13.4022, 13.3972
13.4532, 13.2663, 13.3856...
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Hi, new to this.
i have a 2012 Thunderbird.Storm ABS and would like to fit a break modulator with interaction with the turn signals. I want to install a Kisan SM-1, but cannot find the turn signal relay anywhere. The circuit diagram appears to group it with the instrument cluster, but that...
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