Triumph Tire Pressure Monitoring System (tpms)

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  1. FAT999

    FAT999 Member

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    Hi all, does anyone have the Triumph tire pressure monitoring system fitted on their bike? I know there are cheaper alternatives but am considering fitting one (because it integrates with the instrument display on my Street Twin, or at least it's supposed to).

    Any feedback from users would be helpful before I throw money at it.

    Cheers!
     
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  2. Thripster

    Thripster Elite Member

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    Welcome from a fellow newbie. Don't have TPMS but somebody will slime by soon with an answer
     
  3. Gyp

    Gyp Well-Known Member

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    I didn't realise that they do the TPMS for the Street Twin.

    The main use of a TPMS for me is to remind me when to pump the tyres up rather than to tell me I have a puncture as, in nearly 40 years of riding I've had one puncture, and that was in a tube on an old moped. I'm expecting any puncture on a tubeless tyre to be noticeable through the bars before it's disastrous.

    With that in mind, £255 plus an hour to fit sounds like quite a lot (the amount I paid for the FOBO2 I've got on the SS seems extortionate too, though it has confirmed that my SS has the common deflating front tyre issue)
     
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  4. Johnjo

    Johnjo Senior Member

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    I had it fitted as standard on my xrt tiger. Thought it was a bit of a gimmick tbh.

    In reality it's a great system. I'd give the tyres the usual kick before riding off and check the pressures on the fly. Its surprising how much the pressures increase when the tyres are really hot !

    Don't think I would pay to have it fitted as an extra. Price seems very steep.

    Hope that answers slimey enough for ya. ;)
     
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  5. FAT999

    FAT999 Member

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    Thanks...you're right, it's certainly not a cheap option. I actually have a workshop credit for an hour so that might take the sting out if I decide to fit it.
     
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  6. DavidBrownLaw

    DavidBrownLaw Well-Known Member

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    I have a Garmin GPS on my current bike (non-Triumph) with the monitors on the tires. I find it quite annoying. They only work part of the time and I constantly get messages about the valve monitor not communicating with the GPS. I don't know anything about the Triumph system, but for that price, I'd think twice. Check your tires regularly. If you pick up a nail on the road, you will know about the same time the monitor tells you. Maybe before. Otherwise, your regular checks will take care of what you need.
     
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  7. barneymusician

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    Hmmm. reading here and on "the other main Triumph forum"....I just bought the Triumph TPMS...partly as in the sale, partly because I'm on a mission to optimise my Street Twin and like a poster above, like the idea of utilising the integrated optional feature and partly for what it actually does.
    HOWEVER! I (stupidly) hadn't factored in for the technical install (naively thinking it plug and play, it does look like it should be) which I've read involves a link to the bike's computer, the tyres coming off etc etc so does need to be done ideally by a dealer workshop (London Lind in my case) or associate, the quote I was given at Vauxhall Bridge being 1 hour required at £110 ex VAT so £132...ouch. So add that to the sale price I paid of £192 (normally around £240 I think) and that's £324...for getting a message to say "pump your tyres up". There's a rather compelling argument to say better to check with your eye, hand and arse (does it feel lumpy when riding?) and occasionally at the petrol station with the - often free and if charging only £1 - tyre gauge/pump there OR just buy a gauge, Halfords doing a currently discounted key-ring one with 4.5 out of 5 stars by 87 reviewers for £7!
    THEN there's some anecdotal evidence from the forums that pointing out the TPMS system can be a bit temperamental...WHAT?! AND you have to change the battery - or get it changed - at some point. For that sort of money I was hoping it might also make me a skinny soy latte with cream and cinnamon on the top when I take a break!.
    I'm also looking in to the option of tubeless spoked wheels so goodness knows if it works with those.
    I try to use as little tech as poss when riding and definitely not interested in taking calls, listening to music, scrolling through screen options etc...for me riding is about getting away from all that for a while and being present in the moment so I do also wonder if this tech addition a distraction from that.
    I might be selling mine...more research to be done...
     
  8. Gyp

    Gyp Well-Known Member

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    The triumph system doesn't sound ideal.

    I'm using a FOBO Bike 2 system on my Street Scrambler

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/FOBO-FB157...nitoring/dp/B00WBD00FO/ref=asc_df_B00WBD00FO/

    Screws on in place of the valve cap and connects to an app rather than to the display. You don't need to be using the app when riding though, just check it when you want to and/or it will alert at set pressures (high low).

    Saves scrabbling about under the bike with my old knees!

    The batteries last about a year, but they are easily changed as the sensor is outside of the tyre, not inside it.

    Not cheap at about £75 but a lot cheaper than the Triumph option it would appear and can easily be removed/moved to another bike in the future. Replacement batteries are about a quid each if bought in bulk
     
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  9. barneymusician

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    Thanks for this info. It did take me down an Amazon rabbit-hole of comparing systems but all useful. Having now looked, at least for me, I don't feel those other systems as robust or safe yet to compel me to try though in principle a good idea along with the option of being able to check tyre pressures via an app and bluetooth so can be done from anywhere within bluetooth reach in advance. That's a facility that's got one over on the Triumph one as with the Triumph TPMS you don't know until you've maybe taken the cover off the bike, fired it up and it showing on the dash.
    I imagine the tech and manufacturing tolerances for this app/bluetooth/tpms will improve with time so I will keep my eye on that and related reviews in the bike press.
    In conclusion I now see that my purchase of the Triumph TPMS was a - very out of character - poorly researched and impromptu purchase. With the cost of the units, the cost and time of fitting, future battery replacement and potential maintenance issues, at least for me it doesn't line-up with how and why I ride.
    For someone else, perhaps wanting to utilise all the tech potential, with a premium bike like the RR for example, a good and regular relationship with their dealership etc etc, I can totally see how it would fit.
    I'll be selling it.
    Xmas prezzy for yourself or a fellow biker anyone??!! :)
     
  10. Dawsy

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    What's wrong with a tyre pressure gauge? Cheaper and far less complicated
     
  11. Eldon

    Eldon Elite Member

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    #11 Eldon, Dec 18, 2022
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    A friend has a Ford Focus with TPMS and when the tyre fitter changed tyres he damaged the (quite bulbous) valve neck on the inside of the tyre.
    A replacement was £30 odd a few years ago.
    My bikes live in the workshop on front and rear paddock stands. Before an outing how long does it take to check levels, lube the chain and check both pressures?

    No time at all so not for me then but each to their own.
     
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  12. Gyp

    Gyp Well-Known Member

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    Nothing at all, but less convenient. I tend to put on my gear before heading out to the garage and with that on it's a bit bulky getting on the ground and scrabbling about (and my decision to ride with luggage makes getting to the valves trickier anyway).

    On days that I'm riding I can check the pressure from my bed. If they are ok I know I can just put on my gear when I'm ready and go. If they are low I know I've got to address that before putting on the gear.

    The main reason I got mine though was that I was able to track pressure in the tyres and confirm that my front tube was faulty and it wasn't simply my imagination.

    OK, simply replacing the tube would have been cheaper I guess...
     
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  13. Dawsy

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    Fair enough, but I always check mine the night before a ride or before I get geared up.
     
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  14. Eldon

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    #14 Eldon, Dec 18, 2022
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    Really! :rolleyes:
    Oh come on its a 2 minute job and if you need to do it more than once a week then you don't need a smart phone to tell you there's a problem surely?
    Are you one of those who check the weather outside your door on your phone rather than looking out of the window?
    :confounded:
    I once took a load of phd students on a walk over the moors in Derbyshire. I noted one had sandals on so asked him why the unsuitable footwear. His answer was a classic, oh don't worry its not going to rain as I've checked my phone... eh!!

    Let's not forget that time spent hands on also provides the opportunity to note other issues like, is the chain getting slack...... oh wait I've got an app for that :joy::joy:
     
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  15. Helmut Visor

    Helmut Visor Only dead fish go with the flow
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    Not sure it really matters what others do, or are comfortable doing, pre ride as long as you're happy with the way you do things. Pretty sure there are many on this forum who would be apoplectic at some of my antics (I don't clean my bike after every ride :scream:) but they work for me. As long as it isn't dangerous does it really matter :confused:
     
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