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Hello everyone.
Waiting for some parts to arrive for DIY modding: throttle spacers, TEC booster plug, yellow fog light.
Currently running x pipe from TEC, V&H, couple of saddle bags from SW Motech.
Hope to post some photos later when everything is done.

Anyone tried any suspension upgrades? Shocks and steering damper? Not sure about the damper though as I mainly ride in the city.
I know ohlins from Thruxton should fit in the back, however it is the front which bothers me most, especially during braking.
I'm a heavy rider (115kgs fully kitted) so a suspension upgrade was my first mod. Ohlins rear (TR 923) and front springs (FSK 151). The bike is night-and-day different (in a good way). The back end is much tighter and even more confidence inspiring than it already was as stock. In fact I find myself throwing the Speed Twin around with more abandon that I do my MV Agusta!
 

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Hi all,

New to the board so a quick note to say g'day from Sydney, Australia and to post the customary list of mods... ;)

Currently installed;

  • Ducati spacers throttle fix (my opinion - definitely better, although not so forgiving for lazy throttle jockeys).
  • Triumph genuine accessories (TGA) machined headlight bezel
  • TGA clutch-cable guide (why??)
  • Dart short screen
  • Rizoma 48mm risers (drops the bar 3/4 inch - works well with the bars and pegs, below)
  • Rizoma 30 degree handlebar
  • Motogadget Blaze Disc bar-end turn signals (trying to decide whether or not to take an angle grinder to the stock front turn-signal mounts...)
  • Denali horn (f'kin loud!)
  • Booster plug
  • Free Spirits X-pipe (decat)
  • Rizoma eccentric adjustable rider peg mounts
  • Rizoma pegs
  • ACG and Clutch Inspection cover badges
  • Sprint Filters hi-flow (forward-facing cone filter kit)
  • Rizoma bobbins
  • Evotech radiator guard
  • Evotech sump/engine guard (an absolute bitch to fit!)

On order/to-do:
  • Rizoma eccentric bar end mirrors
  • 44-tooth rear sprocket
  • Triumph genuine engine bolt kit (black)
  • Custom seat
  • Rizoma front brake reservoir
  • 340mm front disc upgrade
  • Tec tail tidy
  • LED strip integrated brake and turn-signals
  • Powder coat heel guards and throttle body covers (black)
  • Matt-black side covers
  • Custom matt-black/grey tank wrap w. stylised Triumph logo
  • SC Project 70's Conical Short cans (8 weeks wait - almost unbearable!)

Future plans:

  • Thruxton R lower tree
  • Thruxton R Showa USD forks
  • Thruxton R Brembo front brakes
  • Either Free Spirits or LSL top tree (yes I saw the JL Customs bike and I want it!)

Yep - that's an certified freakingly stupid amount of unnecessary extra $. Especially seeing as if they announce a Speed Twin R I'll probably trade this one for a $15k loss... But hey - bikes eh?

Photos to follow
 

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I'm a heavy rider (115kgs fully kitted) so a suspension upgrade was my first mod. Ohlins rear (TR 923) and front springs (FSK 151). The bike is night-and-day different (in a good way). The back end is much tighter and even more confidence inspiring than it already was as stock. In fact I find myself throwing the Speed Twin around with more abandon that I do my MV Agusta!
Interested in the FSK151 springs. Didnt realise these were available. I’ve put the TecBike cheap and cheerfuls in but still cant deal with my weight (80kg without kit) as bottom out in hard braking.
I am on the fence to just get a full cartridge kit up front. However this could work. How are you finding the front specially?
Fork dive/bottom out sorted? Did you opt for the per-load end caps too? Are you able to set the sag within range etc? Thanks!
 

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Hi all,

New to the board so a quick note to say g'day from Sydney, Australia and to post the customary list of mods... ;)

Currently installed;

  • Ducati spacers throttle fix (my opinion - definitely better, although not so forgiving for lazy throttle jockeys).
  • Triumph genuine accessories (TGA) machined headlight bezel
  • TGA clutch-cable guide (why??)
  • Dart short screen
  • Rizoma 48mm risers (drops the bar 3/4 inch - works well with the bars and pegs, below)
  • Rizoma 30 degree handlebar
  • Motogadget Blaze Disc bar-end turn signals (trying to decide whether or not to take an angle grinder to the stock front turn-signal mounts...)
  • Denali horn (f'kin loud!)
  • Booster plug
  • Free Spirits X-pipe (decat)
  • Rizoma eccentric adjustable rider peg mounts
  • Rizoma pegs
  • ACG and Clutch Inspection cover badges
  • Sprint Filters hi-flow (forward-facing cone filter kit)
  • Rizoma bobbins
  • Evotech radiator guard
  • Evotech sump/engine guard (an absolute bitch to fit!)

On order/to-do:
  • Rizoma eccentric bar end mirrors
  • 44-tooth rear sprocket
  • Triumph genuine engine bolt kit (black)
  • Custom seat
  • Rizoma front brake reservoir
  • 340mm front disc upgrade
  • Tec tail tidy
  • LED strip integrated brake and turn-signals
  • Powder coat heel guards and throttle body covers (black)
  • Matt-black side covers
  • Custom matt-black/grey tank wrap w. stylised Triumph logo
  • SC Project 70's Conical Short cans (8 weeks wait - almost unbearable!)

Future plans:

  • Thruxton R lower tree
  • Thruxton R Showa USD forks
  • Thruxton R Brembo front brakes
  • Either Free Spirits or LSL top tree (yes I saw the JL Customs bike and I want it!)

Yep - that's an certified freakingly stupid amount of unnecessary extra $. Especially seeing as if they announce a Speed Twin R I'll probably trade this one for a $15k loss... But hey - bikes eh?

Photos to follow
Be interested to see how you find the front disc upgrade. Which one did you go for? I’ve been debating this myself along with the Brembo RCS MC upgrade.

I still think the R is a non starter so your money may be safe. They released the new Bonny up which all the upgrades just bring them in line with the mods already achieved on our bike (weight loss etc). I used to have the same concern but have realised by the time I’m done with mine it will be my own version of an R - your list pretty much surpasses it!
A stock R could be a suspension and brake upgrade to the stock Speed but you already have that covered in your list (a list that lines up with my ideal world money is no object list).
Plus I seem to see a fair amount of Thruxton R owners swapping out their forks for aftermarket... so an R may not gain much as you may end up doing the same mods. Though if it comes out will be the better bet for new owners off the bat. And I will still get FOMO no doubt.
 

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Interested in the FSK151 springs. Didnt realise these were available. I’ve put the TecBike cheap and cheerfuls in but still cant deal with my weight (80kg without kit) as bottom out in hard braking.
I am on the fence to just get a full cartridge kit up front. However this could work. How are you finding the front specially?
Fork dive/bottom out sorted? Did you opt for the per-load end caps too? Are you able to set the sag within range etc? Thanks!
Hey Ethan,

Yep - the Ohlins fork kit comes with the preload caps (although there are some other AM caps around that I understand work well if you're only looking to increase the preload a small amount). The real value is in the progressive springs though. I got mine from a suspension specialist who was able to select a spring that fit my weight requirements (I don't think Ohlins offer this as part of the off-the-shelf FSK kit). Front is now ok to good-ish in my opinion. My other bikes are rocking 43mm Showa and Marzocci USDs so I am spoiled and probably have high expectations. I think that's why I'm so keen on a full fork replacement...

I was looking at the Brembo kit but, as I am probably going to change the forks, I thought I'd start with the Free Spirits caliper mount extensions that will allow me to fit 340mm discs. I'll do that and a pad upgrade (plus maybe swap out the brake lines for some Speigler's or Hel's). Anything more before the fork upgrade is likely to be overkill and unbalance the braking behaviour as even the Ohlins won't be able to keep up with the braking power.
 

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Hey Ethan,

Yep - the Ohlins fork kit comes with the preload caps (although there are some other AM caps around that I understand work well if you're only looking to increase the preload a small amount). The real value is in the progressive springs though. I got mine from a suspension specialist who was able to select a spring that fit my weight requirements (I don't think Ohlins offer this as part of the off-the-shelf FSK kit). Front is now ok to good-ish in my opinion. My other bikes are rocking 43mm Showa and Marzocci USDs so I am spoiled and probably have high expectations. I think that's why I'm so keen on a full fork replacement...

I was looking at the Brembo kit but, as I am probably going to change the forks, I thought I'd start with the Free Spirits caliper mount extensions that will allow me to fit 340mm discs. I'll do that and a pad upgrade (plus maybe swap out the brake lines for some Speigler's or Hel's). Anything more before the fork upgrade is likely to be overkill and unbalance the braking behaviour as even the Ohlins won't be able to keep up with the braking power.
Thanks for this. The info is helpful.

I think in essence that answers my underlying query as to whether to jump to these springs or go for the one of the aftermarket fork internals.
Reality is had the Ohlins springs been available (or I known) I'd have gone the same route Vs the cheap generic springs I have up front. And may have been satisfied.
But now I'm thinking I may be best off going the whole hog on the front to match the rear.
The rear is good now with the YSS but the front is not there.

I've come from a bike that I had set up for my weight with aftermarket rear shock and front forks revalved and both ends sprung to my weight/riding etc.
Prior to that the Street R (older version).
So much like you probably have high expectations of a stock bike. Probably too high for a stock retro!

In hindsight I think your Ohlins springs and rear option would have been a better punt from the off for me Vs my more budget attempt - while still nicely matching the bike with the black springs.

Now I think I'm going to get the next step and look at the Nitron or ktech internals.

Interested to hear how the disc upgrade goes. I'm debating it but on the fence.
 

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I put the ace bars on mine in 2019, as I had them on my street twin and loved them, but of me there was too much forward lean and weight on my wrist compared to the Street. I have since very reluctantly removed them as I love the look, but it was just too uncomfortable.

Got some risers and am going to try it again this year with 20mm extra height. I hope that makes the difference especially after seeing yours... Man I like that look.

 

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I put the ace bars on mine in 2019, as I had them on my street twin and loved them, but of me there was too much forward lean and weight on my wrist compared to the Street. I have since very reluctantly removed them as I love the look, but it was just too uncomfortable.

Got some risers and am going to try it again this year with 20mm extra height. I hope that makes the difference especially after seeing yours... Man I like that look.

At 6'1" I have a decent reach, so it may not be as much an issue as someone with a shorter reach. Though there is a bit of weight on my wrists and hands, though I'm hoping with a little core strengthening and some tank pads I can take some of that weight off of my wrists.

Another gratuitous shot. :ROFLMAO:

 

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At 6'1" I have a decent reach, so it may not be as much an issue as someone with a shorter reach. Though there is a bit of weight on my wrists and hands, though I'm hoping with a little core strengthening and some tank pads I can take some of that weight off of my wrists.

Another gratuitous shot. :ROFLMAO:

Is that bar the same size/diameter as the stock bars? Did you buy different risers too?

I have swapped the riser on my speed to lower the bars a little. So wondering if I can use this riser, or the original speed one, with this bar.

Love the look!
 

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Is that bar the same size/diameter as the stock bars? Did you buy different risers too?

I have swapped the riser on my speed to lower the bars a little. So wondering if I can use this riser, or the original speed one, with this bar.

Love the look!
No, the bar is not the same outside diameter as the stock Speed Twin bar - the center bar is 1" I believe and the LH & RH bars are 7/8" (it's a 3-piece bar), where the Speed Twin bar is 1 1/8" center tapered to 7/8", so new risers were required. Good news...the kit included replacement risers, making the kit a direct swap.

This was the kit I bought.


Triumph of Seattle is my local dealer, so I was able to purchase online and walk into the shop to pick up - this saved me a few days postal travel. I ordered on a Wednesday, Triumph of Seattle received them from Triumph of America on Thursday, and I had them picked up and installed by Friday night.
 
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No, the bar is not the same outside diameter as the stock Speed Twin bar - the center bar is 1" I believe and the LH & RH bars are 7/8" (it's a 3-piece bar), where the Speed Twin bar is 1 1/8" center tapered to 7/8", so new risers were required. Good news...the kit included replacement risers, making the kit a direct swap.

This was the kit I bought.


Triumph of Seattle is my local dealer, so I was able to purchase online and walk into the shop to pick up - this saved me a few days postal travel. I ordered on a Wednesday, Triumph of Seattle received them from Triumph of America on Thursday, and I had them picked up and installed by Friday night.
Thanks man. Just waiting on the seller shop to confirm it includes the risers. It states the same part number and says "kit" so hopefully so. But it's going for a steal so am dubious!
 

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Haven't posted here in ages but I couldn't keep my ass of the bike during winter, and unfortunately, dropped it on ice. Stupid I know. Anyway, got new seats, a cargo net (extremely useful), Kriega racks and bags not pictured, as well as a windscreen the insurance people thought was a good choice. Planning to swap it out with a shorter, metallic Rizoma one soon. Don't mind the anime sticker, girl's gotta express her interests somehow
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At 6'1" I have a decent reach, so it may not be as much an issue as someone with a shorter reach. Though there is a bit of weight on my wrists and hands, though I'm hoping with a little core strengthening and some tank pads I can take some of that weight off of my wrists.

Another gratuitous shot. :ROFLMAO:

What seat is that? Looks nice!
 

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Haven't posted here in ages but I couldn't keep my ass of the bike during winter, and unfortunately, dropped it on ice. Stupid I know. Anyway, got new seats, a cargo net (extremely useful), Kriega racks and bags not pictured, as well as a windscreen the insurance people thought was a good choice. Planning to swap it out with a shorter, metallic Rizoma one soon. Don't mind the anime sticker, girl's gotta express her interests somehow
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Looks nice! What seat option did you go with? I am looking for seat and there are not many options.
 
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