Speedmaster Forward/mid/ Straight/beach?

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  1. Herman66

    Herman66 New Member

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    Hi, new to Triumph, seriously looking at a 2019 Speedmaster.
    Currently own a 2016 HD Low Rider.Thinking of a trade in an a bunch of cash...Like the blacked out look of the Bobber black and would like to transfer that in part to the Speedmaster.
    Ok..I am 5ft 7in
    1. Does anyone ride with the straight bars and forward controls? ( maverick kit)
    2. Does anyone ride with straight bars and mid control?
    (This is the option I am most interested in).
    3.Is it true that you cant do a roadside puncture fix with these tyres?
    4. Has anyone elses pillion got covered in crap in the wet?
    5. Does the speedo steam up?
    6. Is the T120 engine reliable?
    Q1.I dont want to be bent like a paperclip!
    Q2.Is it comfortable?
    Q3.I should explain first that my last 2 Harleys had mag wheels and I was able to fix 2 punctures with CO2 and strips on the road.
    I heard on here its not possible
    to do this with the Speedmaster tyres?
    Q4. I have had 2 demos on the speedy one solo one in the wet with my better half. Her leather jacket was covered from her arse to her hoodie in spray and crap. Coming from the gap between the mud guard and number plate..
    Q5.Both Harleys that I have owned had this problem..
    Q6.Hearing about gearbox problems and corrosion issues.

    Thanks in advance for any imput.
     
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  2. joe mc donald

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    Welcome to the family. If I had a 2016 low rider I would be looking at a straight swap no cash. Yes the Speedmaster is a nice reliable bike. Some of the very early ones had a couple of problems but these days all been ironed out and they just go on and on. I think people on here have done just about everything you have mentioned and customised their steeds to the way they want them.
    Happy New Year.
    Joe.
     
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  3. MadMrB

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    This may be of interest, the guy is a bit of a prat, but he has a Speedmaster with straight bars from the Bobber and has had the engine blacked out like the Bobber Black.

     
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  4. Herman66

    Herman66 New Member

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    Thanks Rob.
    Thanks Joe, been offered an ok price on the Hog, done 20,000..wanting lots of extras on the Triumph.
     
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  5. Herman66

    Herman66 New Member

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    Thanks Mad Mr B..I will give this a watch, hopefully just the sort of info I need.
     
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  6. Herman66

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    Very informative Mr B..wish I knew how tall he was..
     
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  7. garethr

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    3. You could repair a puncture in a tubed tyre at the side of the road....

    if you
    - had a centre stand or some other way to lift the wheel clear of the ground
    - carried a tool kit, tyre levers, a puncture repair outfit, spare tube(s), and a pump or gas cartridges
    - removed the wheel
    - removed one side of the tyre from the rim
    - patched or replaced the tube, depending on the damage
    - refitted and inflated the tyre
    - refitted the wheel.

    (If I remember correctly.)

    It was the only option in olden times :).
     
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  8. Herman66

    Herman66 New Member

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    Lol....yeah...I don't pick up many punctures but it does happen....what about the foam stuff you can pump in the innertube, wondering if that would work?
    Anyway, more to consider I guess, thanks for your input anyway.
     
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  9. Herman66

    Herman66 New Member

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    Do Triumph sell service manuals for their (new) bikes like Harley Davidson?
    With torque settings etc.
     
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  10. joe mc donald

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    The thing these days is things like tyres are a seal fit and though they can be changed and blown to fit on the rim it is a bit of a nightmare.
    Regards
    Joe
     
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  11. joe mc donald

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    Haynes are pretty good for this type of info.
    Regards
    Joe.
     
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  13. Herman66

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    Thanks Joe
     
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  15. half ton

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    I have the Triumph workshop manual and have to say it's far superior to the Haynes,I have found too many errors in Haynes over the years,
     
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  16. MadMrB

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    #16 MadMrB, Dec 29, 2019
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    I have recently got the Triumph service manuals for both my bikes (downloaded free ;)), and they are so much more clear and intelligable than the Haynes manuals, but I've also found the Haynes manuals useful.
     
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  17. Herman66

    Herman66 New Member

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    I have a Haynes for my 1980 Honda XL125 SA and it was really useful as I stripped the bike completely down, its just when you go to put it back together and it says 'just reverse procedure'!
     
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  18. joe mc donald

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    That's not a problem. Just read the book back to front Job done.
    Regards
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  19. Herman66

    Herman66 New Member

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    Nice one Joe!
    I am seeing on Utube it is possible to convert a wheel to tubeless. Just wondering if anyone has done this with a Bobber or Speedmaster?
    I'm not overly worried about punctures just hate the idea of being stranded.
    # tubeless wheel conversion
     
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  20. garethr

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    The good thing is that the flat tyre is very much less likely to roll off a modern rim.
     
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