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post #31 of 46 (permalink) Old 06-01-2019, 07:45 PM
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Dave there is more to life than working but I was forced into early retirement worked 31 year at a TEC college (TAFE) and the GOVT at the time wanted to get rid of all the workers the teachers were safe but no one else was, I was planning early retirement but when redundanceys were offered I jumped at it and got a good pay out and being born before 1960 was able to get my SUPA at 55 years old and now just drawing a self funded pension, I owned everything which helped, I still have another 7 years to go to get the old age pension but being tight with my money will make it with some left over, I still have 1/2 my pay out stached away which help to keep my toys lol, I have a big workshop up the back and being into Nortons most of my life I pick up a few paid jobs working on them.
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I just picked up a maroon 2017 today. Found a great used one with really low miles. I didnít need another bike but couldnít pass up the opportunity. Any input on best modifications for the T120 would be appreciated.
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Any input on best modifications for the T120 would be appreciated.

If your bike doesn't already have them, I'd recommend swapping out the OEM tank badges for a set of 4 bar tank badges.

Clearview windshield, Pazzo levers, JW Speaker Evo 2 LED headlamp, Booster Plug, Triumph LED indicators, 4 bar tank badges, chrome throttle body, clutch and inspection covers.
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. Any input on best modifications for the T120 would be appreciated.
Probably the most useful modifications are 1) Changing the rear sprocket to a 39 or 40 tooth, 2) install a shim between the shift lever and the case to reduce the odds of bending the shift forks on a minor tip-over. 3) Bar end mirrors, and 4) install a self cancelling turn signal kit (ST2 is the brand most people use)

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Dave there is more to life than working but I was forced into early retirement worked 31 year at a TEC college (TAFE) and the GOVT at the time wanted to get rid of all the workers the teachers were safe but no one else was, I was planning early retirement but when redundanceys were offered I jumped at it and got a good pay out and being born before 1960 was able to get my SUPA at 55 years old and now just drawing a self funded pension, I owned everything which helped, I still have another 7 years to go to get the old age pension but being tight with my money will make it with some left over, I still have 1/2 my pay out stached away which help to keep my toys lol, I have a big workshop up the back and being into Nortons most of my life I pick up a few paid jobs working on them.
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Anyway enjoy it when you can get out on it and ride safe.

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we're all different. My advice to anyone is don't borrow too much money especially as you get older. It's a great place to be to NOT owe money.

Sounds like you have a good plan and in that lovely climate over there.

Oh well, I must admit when the weather turns s*** over here I have a little car I use; don't like cars much but sometimes it's so wet and/or cold

Keep it shiny side up.

Here is a 1969 Bonneville thought you all may like to see.... (NOT mine by the way wish it was). The guy who owns it got it as a US import and he restored it back to showroom condition. Nice

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I just picked up a maroon 2017 today. Found a great used one with really low miles. I didnít need another bike but couldnít pass up the opportunity. Any input on best modifications for the T120 would be appreciated.
Very new to the T120 as well, but the stock OE mirrors are poor. They look good IMHO but practically the rear view isn't great. I may well be investing in some decent bar end mirrors.

I may also replace the grab rail with a rack to take a top box as I often carry things when i commute.

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I already installed a GIVI SR6410 Top Rack and added a Hepco & Backer Legacy bag (like to always carry some tools). I also see (literally) the need for the bar end mirrors. I have a set on the Speed Twin the view is much, much better. I also installed an MRA windscreen (the funís gone out of picking bugs out of my teeth...).

Iíll try to search the site for info on the shifter shim/bent shift forks from minor tip-overs...

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the stock OE mirrors are poor. They look good IMHO but practically the rear view isn't great.
JMHO, but the stock mirrors are great. I won't be replacing mine. Whoever had your bike before you left them on the bike for three years.

If you ride at night with the stock mirrors, you'll find your elbows and upper arms block the glare from lights immediately behind you. If this were not the case, the mirrors would have to be adjusted to cut the glare, and you'd have no visibility to the back or sides.

Mirrors are best used not for looking behind you (which can be done by moving your head slightly) but instead for preventing a merge into a lane that's already occupied. With bar ends, your field of view gets restricted because the mirrors are farther away. You have to look down to look back.

Like so many things about the T120, I quickly found that Triumph did things for good reasons. I didn't immediately start a lot of modding just because the bike is different from anything previously owned. Glad I didn't.
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JMHO, but the stock mirrors are great. I won't be replacing mine. Whoever had your bike before you left them on the bike for three years.

If you ride at night with the stock mirrors, you'll find your elbows and upper arms block the glare from lights immediately behind you. If this were not the case, the mirrors would have to be adjusted to cut the glare, and you'd have no visibility to the back or sides.

Mirrors are best used not for looking behind you (which can be done by moving your head slightly) but instead for preventing a merge into a lane that's already occupied. With bar ends, your field of view gets restricted because the mirrors are farther away. You have to look down to look back.

Like so many things about the T120, I quickly found that Triumph did things for good reasons. I didn't immediately start a lot of modding just because the bike is different from anything previously owned. Glad I didn't.
Yes you make a good point; the danger is one can just change for changes sake and then it becomes pointless.

My bike is stock apart from the Triumph fly screen and the previous owner made a very decent mud guard at the front.

The dangers of modification; overall the OE attention to detail on the T120 is superb. Everything works as it should and I just checked the standard heated grips which work too. Nice to know for those cooler autumnal days. So I agree be careful what you wish for or change

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Hereís a picture of my T120 with Bikemaster bar end mirrors, MRA windscreen, Corbin Gunfighter saddle, Givi rear rack with Hepco & Becker leather bag.
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