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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-30-2011, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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Is there any place to hide some tools?

I love the look of the bike all by itself, and trying to avoid putting a man-purse on my bike. Are there any seats out there that have hidden compartments? Or another suggestions?

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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.
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dazco,
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.
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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.
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well dazco, I like the look of 'your' bike so much - I now have it on my computer as my screen saver - and have on order from Libby's my local dealer: the T-Bars, Shorties, and Big Bore

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LOL!!! Thats great ! I think you'll like it all, especially the shorts. But if you like mine you will need more thing. It also has...

chrome fork legs
chrome control housings
chrome front brake res cover
teardrop mirrors
chromeline shifter peg
thunderbird emblem clutch embellisher (cover)
chrome levers
rear fender medallion (the little round chrome "Triumph" medallion)
chrome license frame
chrome upper and lower triple clamps

So if you want it to look just like mine, your wallet is going to get very light !
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I love the look of the bike all by itself, and trying to avoid putting a man-purse on my bike. Are there any seats out there that have hidden compartments? Or another suggestions?
How big a space do you need.

One possibility a box behind the number plate, a hollow spacer with a slide out drawer.

Or the number plate could just drop forward as the door.
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I love the look of the bike all by itself, and trying to avoid putting a man-purse on my bike. Are there any seats out there that have hidden compartments? Or another suggestions?
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.

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I love the look of the bike all by itself, and trying to avoid putting a man-purse on my bike. Are there any seats out there that have hidden compartments? Or another suggestions?
I've been thinking about getting one of these...
http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/de...oduct_ID=17198
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I've been thinking about getting one of these...
http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/de...oduct_ID=17198
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.
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