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Hi everyone,
It's winter for a lot of folks, and not much discussion on the list.
Weather here has been occasionally chilly, but rideable, and I'm pushing 20K miles now on my bike after getting it back on the road at the end of last year.
20K miles is not a lot for these bikes, but mine sat neglected for many years before I made the purchase, and I've needed to replace a bunch of rubber and do a lot of scheduled maintenance that was overdue.
She's running nice.  She feels great at an indicated 80+, and my commute is probably 15-20 minutes shorter each way because I ride when I can. (66 miles/day highway/heavy traffic).
Unfortunately, my fairly new tires are starting to look a bit squared-off already after only 6k miles of mostly highway riding.  What's up with that?
There are a few others that have year-round riding weather (Bob, Samuel, Ed, maybe Jack, Greg, and some others).  How many miles do you have on your bikes?  What is your average per year?
I've had mine for almost 3 years and made the purchase at 7K miles, so I'm averaging about 7K/year so far, but a lot of the kinks got worked out during those first 3 years and I'm hoping to up the ante a bit this year.  I could easily ride double that if I rode every day the weather is good (and if my bike isn't down for extended periods for maintenance)..
- Dave
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Hi Dave, Glad to read your bike is running well. It takes awhile to get the bugs out. It takes longer if the Triumph Trophy ownership is new to you.  
 I bought my 900 Trophy in 2003 and used to rack up about 10,000 miles per year. I haven't done the long summer rides since I moved to California three years ago. The bike now has 107,000 miles is still running perfect and still goes as fast as when I bought it. GPS indicated 130, the speedo showed more.
 

 Years ago I used Avon tires. Man, did those tires last. 20,000 front and 10,000 rear. They are no longer available, rats. Dunlop Road Smart tires also lasted well. My brother is getting high mileage out of Michelin Pilot Road 4. So I put the Road 4's on my recent build job. It was a 1200 Trophy, but now it is more like a Trident.
 

 My brother used to do some serious commuting to work before he retired, about 150 miles per day. Most of his commuting was on the freeway and that surface was cement. He retired and moved out to the country where all the roads were asphalt. He noticed a decrease in the mileage he was getting out of his tires. The rear tire was getting 9,000 miles on cement then was only getting 7,000 on asphalt.
 Squared off tires are just a normal thing for freeway commuters.
 

 Greg Andrews
 


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Hi Greg,
I'm running Michelin PR-4 Touring tires on mine as well.  42PSI rear, 38PSI front.  The pavement type anecdote is interesting.  I would have expected concrete to wear tires more than asphault.  I'm on concrete for most of my ride.  Maybe I need to also confirm that my pressure gauge is accurate.
- Dave

 
      From: "[hidden email] [TriumphTrophy]" <[hidden email]>
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    Hi Dave, Glad to read your bike is running well. It takes awhile to get the bugs out. It takes longer if the Triumph Trophy ownership is new to you. 
I bought my 900 Trophy in 2003 and used to rack up about 10,000 miles per year. I haven't done the long summer rides since I moved to California three years ago. The bike now has 107,000 miles is still running perfect and still goes as fast as when I bought it. GPS indicated 130, the speedo showed more.
Years ago I used Avon tires. Man, did those tires last. 20,000 front and 10,000 rear. They are no longer available, rats. Dunlop Road Smart tires also lasted well. My brother is getting high mileage out of Michelin Pilot Road 4. So I put the Road 4's on my recent build job. It was a 1200 Trophy, but now it is more like a Trident. 
My brother used to do some serious commuting to work before he retired, about 150 miles per day. Most of his commuting was on the freeway and that surface was cement. He retired and moved out to the country where all the roads were asphalt. He noticed a decrease in the mileage he was getting out of his tires. The rear tire was getting 9,000 miles on cement then was only getting 7,000 on asphalt.Squared off tires are just a normal thing for freeway commuters. 
Greg Andrews
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Re: Running nice

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Those are great tires. Next time consider the pilot 4 "trail" model. And I
bet most of the wear will disappear. That dual compound model has a wider
strip of hard rubber down the middle. Which stops most of the lean in wear.
I have one on the rear and really like it. Its been great other then
sucking up a 5/8x4" machine bolt on the same day I mounted it. But that was
pitched by the front and not the fault of the tire. I have a cheap V rubber
single compound on the front. It also wears at a much slower rate. It is a
tad shifty in the rain. But all around better than I expected. As soon as
it either wears or hardens I plan on replacing it with a trail model as
well.

Samuel
On Jan 13, 2017 3:03 PM, "David Webb [hidden email]
[TriumphTrophy]" <[hidden email]> wrote:

>
>
> Hi Greg,
>
> I'm running Michelin PR-4 Touring tires on mine as well.  42PSI rear,
> 38PSI front.  The pavement type anecdote is interesting.  I would have
> expected concrete to wear tires more than asphault.  I'm on concrete for
> most of my ride.  Maybe I need to also confirm that my pressure gauge is
> accurate.
>
> - Dave
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* "[hidden email] [TriumphTrophy]" <
> [hidden email]>
> *To:* [hidden email]
> *Sent:* Friday, January 13, 2017 2:10 AM
> *Subject:* [TriumphTrophy] Re: Running nice
>
>
> Hi Dave, Glad to read your bike is running well. It takes awhile to get
> the bugs out. It takes longer if the Triumph Trophy ownership is new to
> you.
>
> I bought my 900 Trophy in 2003 and used to rack up about 10,000 miles per
> year. I haven't done the long summer rides since I moved to California
> three years ago. The bike now has 107,000 miles is still running perfect
> and still goes as fast as when I bought it. GPS indicated 130, the speedo
> showed more.
>
> Years ago I used Avon tires. Man, did those tires last. 20,000 front and
> 10,000 rear. They are no longer available, rats. Dunlop Road Smart tires
> also lasted well. My brother is getting high mileage out of Michelin Pilot
> Road 4. So I put the Road 4's on my recent build job. It was a 1200 Trophy,
> but now it is more like a Trident.
>
> My brother used to do some serious commuting to work before he retired,
> about 150 miles per day. Most of his commuting was on the freeway and that
> surface was cement. He retired and moved out to the country where all the
> roads were asphalt. He noticed a decrease in the mileage he was getting out
> of his tires. The rear tire was getting 9,000 miles on cement then was only
> getting 7,000 on asphalt.
> Squared off tires are just a normal thing for freeway commuters.
>
> Greg Andrews
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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