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Question 2018/19 Speedmaster MODIFICATIONS

As I've been reading this forum for almost a year now, there have been new (and great) threads on specific mods - like the Corbin seats, both 2-up and solo - and some other things, but it seemed to me that it might be good to have one central thread for beginning discussion on a whole realm of different mods.

Then, if any mod becomes really popular, like the Corbin seats, we could start another thread specifically for that mod.

The way I'm wired, all things can be improved upon. There is nothing that cannot be improved, and I'm always trying to make things better - in both mechanical things, and for me, in all realms of life.

So I've already got a list of mods I'd like to make on my new Speedmaster, and am wondering where to find such mods, or do they even exist? This forum might be a great place to start such discussions.

Here's a simple example that maybe we can use in starting this thread: I can't stand the clear lenses on the turn signals. I love smoked signal lenses that hide what's inside the signal, but let the orange light come through when the signals are on.

Anyone know of a source for smoked turn signal lenses for a Speedmaster? Does Triumph offer them?

Here's another one: I'm an old goat who loves chrome. Anyone know of a good source for alternative chrome turn signals that will easily fit the Speedmaster?

I know I'll be coming up with other areas to modify.

Hope this thread can be a help to everyone here......

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Hmmm.......plenty of views, no replies.

Would love to hear others thoughts on this thread...........

Areas I'll be looking at in future, already discussed by many:

Seat - original fits me pretty well, but no long rides yet.

Footpegs or floorboards? Already noticed legs wanting to shift position last night after 20 minutes.....

Handlebar? I have a great new HD bar for a Sportster on my shelf....might try it out. Original fits me ok.

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I get the message loud and clelar! No one likes my idea of a MODIFICATIONS thread for the new Speedmaster! No Problem!

Well, anyway I guess I'll TRY posting a question here and see if I get any response.

Stage I improvements to bike engines involve simply moving more air through the engine by reducing resistance on both the intake and the output ends - air filter and exhaust.

While on the exhaust side we all know about the Vance & Hines slip-ons for the bike, I NEVER hear anything about any options for improving intake airflow with an improved air filter, like K&N.

Why is nothing said about this? Are there any options? Will it void the warranty?

Hope someone reads this and can help.........

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I would be interested as well. I recently picked up an '18 Speedmaster with the Maverick kit. Kept all the take offs. Doesn't seem to be much out there with the limited searching I have done. Really like the drag bars though.
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Here's a mod I'd like to do: make it so the DRL will illuminate by itself (i.e., without the headlight itself) while driving.
There was a thread in 2016 about this for other Triumph models. Evidently I'd need to buy a new LH switch cube and a new headlight (both Euro specs) in order to get this functionality. Cost could run a few hundred bucks. But since the bike is produced in Europe to behave this way, I've got to believe changing out those parts would be plug and play. So, I'm wondering:
1. Has anyone done this mod?
2. If so, what are the part numbers I need? And are there any complications I should expect?

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How about air filter? K&N make one for the SM/Bobber?

Does the ECU need re-mapping if you get one?

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Hmmm.......plenty of views, no replies.

Would love to hear others thoughts on this thread...........

Areas I'll be looking at in future, already discussed by many:

Seat - original fits me pretty well, but no long rides yet.

Footpegs or floorboards? Already noticed legs wanting to shift position last night after 20 minutes.....

Handlebar? I have a great new HD bar for a Sportster on my shelf....might try it out. Original fits me ok.

GN

Here are my thoughts on the Speedmaster with over 3000 miles.

Seat, the stock one is okay, the comfort seat is great for about 15 minutes, then it loses support creating pressure points. I went with Corbin, its firm but I can ride with it all day without feeling those pressure points.

Floorboards, it was one of my first mods. I did not want to do it because they look like Elephant ears to me. My brother said give it a try you wont be disappointed, he was right. They make long rides so comfortable. If feel like riding hard I can move my feet all the way back hug the tank and let it rip. If I feel like just cruising I can move my feet forward. There is so much room to move your feet around. I do scrape the boards a little, but they move to let you know to back off.

Handlebars, I have heard some complain, but I love the beach bars. Like the floor boards I feel they work great for laid back cruising, but also are very good for hitting the curves. One thing I had to get use to was hard stoplight acceleration, you do have to make sure you have the right grip. After a few miles it was all natural for me.

I think this bike has lots going for it. At first I thought it would be just a cruiser, but it does everything I ask it to do. I would like more power, but that's me with anything I drive.

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Yoken -

Do the floorboards drag like the footpegs? Less? or more?

What is the total cost? You need the floorboards, mounting brackets, new shift linkage, right?

TIA,

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Yoken -

Do the floorboards drag like the footpegs? Less? or more?

What is the total cost? You need the floorboards, mounting brackets, new shift linkage, right?

TIA,

GN

I would say a little less, they also move about inch giving you a little more safety not to unload the bike.

I have seen the kit as low as $445, and it is a complete kit, everything is included. Lots of pieces with poor instructions, but you can easily figure how it all goes together.
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I would say a little less, they also move about inch giving you a little more safety not to unload the bike.

I have seen the kit as low as $445, and it is a complete kit, everything is included. Lots of pieces with poor instructions, but you can easily figure how it all goes together.
Yoken -

Curious as to where you might "see it" for $445 - would have to be a Triumph dealer, no? sounds great to me.....

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