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Coat and Pants
Tank Bag and Saddle bags.
Front Strobe Lights
Matris Fork Cartridges
My 2006 Triumph Thruxton.
During most of '06 and the first half of '07 I had been eyeing the Thruxtons that Triumph was offering. I really liked the look of them as they brought back fond memories of my '66 Bonneville cafe'
Finally, during June and July of '07, I began to look more seriously. The '06s still had the "checkerboard" strip down the center of the tank and seat cowl but for '07 the center strip had been changed to one wide strip bordered by two smaller ones. I found that I really preferred the earlier paint scheme. This was both good and bad. By this late in '07, with the '08s to soon be showing up in the dealerships, I felt that I would be able to negotiate a little better deal. The down side was that the choices were going to be limited.
On Friday, the 27th of July, I found myself at Cycle Riders of Orlando.
There I met with Beck, one of the salesman.
Beck showed me this '06. It was a good start as black was the right color.
We spoke at length and finally...
A deal was struck!!
Next I met with Jamie, the finance manager, to finalize paper work.
The plan was to return the following day and take delivery. My financial backer/chief photographer, AKA, the wife, and I arrived at the dealership about 1:00, just as typical Florida weather struck. The rain began coming down in sheets at what looked like about a 45º angle. We tried to wait it out but it soon became apparent that I would not be riding the bike home as this had settled in for the afternoon. So, back we went to get the truck.
Upon returning, we were able to get him loaded safely and make the trip home with out incident.
Bright and early the next morning I set out to remove the cocooning and get him unloaded.
New rooster in the hen house!! I was a little surprised at how much larger than the Bonneville the Thruxton really is .
There, there ol' girl, it's gonna' be alright, you won't be forgotten.
Grins no extra charge!!
Next came the delicate and thoroughly enjoyable task of making Booger my own.
First came a few housekeeping chores. Not necessarily glamorous but very useful. I will have to let the bike sit occasionally for weeks at a time. The solution for this is a battery tender to keep the battery up. I have really become accustomed to using these as I have several batteries that I already maintain in this way. The tenders that I use are from Harbor Freight and usually can be had for 5-6 bucks on sale. I have come across one that did not charge adequately but if you catch it in time they will replace them.
The yellow lead has an inline fuse holder with a 10 amp fuse. The red and black leads are color coded with polarity restricted connectors. Even I shouldn't be able to screw that up.
When not in use the connectors get tucked behind the left side cover.
When needed they get fished out and plugged in.
Next came a center stand. I know that many of you have no desire to have a center stand as they would just get in your way. They are extra weight and restrict ground clearance. For me these are not really issues as I will not ride hard enough to ever know the difference. I use the one on my '69 constantly, I like the way the bike looks on the center stand and I like being able to climb on it, start it, and then rock off it when I'm ready to leave. Further more, it makes working on the bike immensely easier, I couldn't even check the oil by myself with a side stand.
I ordered the stand from one of the local dealers and found that it was quite a complete kit.
Installation was very straight forward and could be done on the side stand with out removing anything.
I had a little difficulty installing the return spring but once I found a suitable tool even that was accomplished in short order.
The one problem that I did find was that the side stand would contact the center stand when both were retracted. This was quite unnerving as when it happened, I couldn't lower either stand due to them being bound together. Trying to balance the bike with one hand while trying to get one or the other to release made for a few tense moments. If I were doing this again I would see that I had someone there to hold the bike while I disentangled these two.
The solution was a little work with the angle grinder to the foot of the side stand.
I also purchased a shop manual. I got it from an e-bay seller whose e-mail address is email@example.com It is a reprint but nicely done and I believe complete.
At this point I was able to start on the fun stuff.
The first thing that I intended to deal with was that pair of lollypops protruding from the bars. Now really, what self respecting cafe' could go 'round like that?
There, that's better.
I chose the Triumph bar end mirrors because they were supposed to be compatible with the solid clip-ons that my '06 has. Because of the solid bars none of the internal mounted mirrors would work. The Triumph ones are made by Napoleon and seem to be of good fit and finish.
While I was at it, I replaced the grips as well. I have always liked the Gran Turismo type grips and I had this pair on hand.
Next, we really had to do something about this; lollypops!! Every where I looked there were lollypops.
I ordered a mini rear fender from Bella Corse
It was pretty universal and so took some fabrication to get it to fit.
The biggest problem was the fact that the front of the mini fender was horizontal while the front brace of the bike was angled up. This fit the stock fender perfectly but not this new fender.
I started with a piece of aluminum angle that I had in the shop.
Cut and bent it to try to match the angle disparity between the fender and the brace.
Added a couple of screws to match the mounting holes for the factory fender.
Sandwiched the fender between rubber pads and nylon washers.
Same thing for the rear, only with out the angle spacer.
Next I began to work on the mounts for the replacement turn signals that I also got from Bella Corse. As many before me have done, I will be mounting brackets for these to the inside threaded holes of the upper shock mounts.
I started with a piece of 1" aluminum flat bar that I bought at Home Depot. I cut a piece of this too long on purpose so that I could see just where I wanted to place the light.
And every thing got a coat of low gloss black.
I had a little interference between the plastic and the allen head bolt on the left side but a little work with an exacto knife quickly fixed it.
And these are the final results.
I think I really like the look, it seems much leaner and more business like. I do notice that the license plate is leaned pretty flat so I hope I don't attract any unwanted attention from local law enforcement. We shall see.
I have also installed a rear alert brake flasher. I got it off e-bay and while the price was right, less than $20 including shipping and handling, it doesn't have as fast a cycle rate as I had hoped for. Perhaps if I find something faster I may revisit that issue at a later date.
In 2008, Florida legislature passed a law that provided for a $1000 fine for improperly mounted license plates on motorcycles. It was part of a bill that was primarily aimed at the sport bike guys and their 100MPH wheelies. The plate verbiage got thrown in along with it and was aimed at the chopper guys with their plates displayed vertically on the side and the sport bike guys who just stuck the plate up under the fender in front of the rear tire when they eliminated the stock fender. While I don't think it would really apply to me, stuff like this is ripe for abuse by law enforcement so I changed the mounting of my plate.
I got the plate bracket from Signal Dynamics
I chose the one with two LED strips in an attempt to get as much more lighting as possible. Both strips include a bright and dim feature so I have both running lights as well as brake lights. I also incorporated two tiny white LEDs to act as tag illumination lights. Perhaps unneeded but none the less I hope they will eliminate one more possible complaint from law enforcement.
I made a simple bracket from aluminum bar stock bent to the proper angle and painted everything low gloss black
We like more light!
And finally I came to what will probably be my last change for a while. Those stock exhaust. Mannn, are those things weak. After posting on the Triumph Thruxton Group,
checking the websites of several venders and watching/listening to several video clips of the different brand pipes available, I finally settled on the Epco pipes from Epco Stainless Exhaust out of Ohio.
The price was pretty good, $449.50 delivered to the door, I liked the sound of them from what I heard on their video clip, and I liked the fact that they were stainless instead of chrome.
The first thing that I noticed was that they were considerably smaller than the factory mufflers. A quick check on the bathroom scales established that at about 3 pounds they were a good 4 pounds lighter as well.
Removal of the factory exhaust was a snap requiring only a few tools.
Next came the transfer of the rubber bits.
I did find that upon mounting, the angle of the left muffler support which attached to the back of the passenger foot peg was not just right. But, a little massaging remedied that. The next thing that I noticed was that the center stand stop was not hitting the stop correctly.
But, by removing the plastic stop pad things got better.
Not a perfect match I'll grant but I think it's workable. If this ends up chewing up the rubber stops I'll try to build a little piece to improve the angle between the two.
All in all I'm pleased with my choice. The finish is great, they look like chrome. Further more, as time goes by and the inevitable scuffs and abrasions occur, I should be able to polish them out again just as you do aluminum, of course with a good deal more elbow grease. They don't splay quite as much when seen from the rear, tucking just a little closer to the bike. And they do sound throaty, I have missed the thump and rapp of my Bonneville. I have noticed one little quirk. They tend to pop a little when closing the throttle. The originals could have done this but as quiet as they were perhaps I just didn't notice it. The classic cause of this is an exhaust leak, sucking fresh air in when the throttle is closed. I did not seal the joint at the pipe as recommended in the manual. I may go back and do this just to see if it helps. However, my air injection system is still in place, so really, isn't that an air leak on over run? And there is always the issue of jetting. Who knows, that also could be the cause of this symptom. Since it isn't real bad I will ride for a while and see how it goes.
I know that many have already been here and done this but I'm the new guy. Hopefully you can relive all the fun you had doing this stuff to yours by watching me do it to mine.
Here is a short video clip of the stock exhaust.
And here is one of the Epco Exhaust.
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