Hello, new to the forum and a Speedmaster 2018 owner/rider (I'll migrate to the approrpiate section after I'm done saying hi)
Had Thumper for a year and a couple of days now, coming from an EFI America for the 2 years previous after 23 years away from 2 wheels due to an 'incident' with my neck. Had a bit of epihony just after my 50th anniversary of birth when going round Stowe circuit (in the middle of Silverstone GP Track) driving an open wheeler wearing full race safety gear, that it may be time I lost a couple of wheels and gained my freedom back on the road seeing as helmets were back in fashion on my head!
Thouroughly enjoyed the America but never felt safe and I always felt too heavy for the bike. Took her for a service and rode out on a new Speedmaster.... seemed like a fair swap!
Loved the extra power instantly of the 1200 HT engine, but could not get on with the seat, my bits and bobs kept going numb. I opted for the brown quilted seat next visit to the dealer, but this was even worse so swapped it for the comfort seat, which lacked support and wasn't brown. Had it toughened up inside with some harder gel/foam and covered in brown leather but I was still losing feeling in the middle of my trousers. At my wits end I bought a Corbin Solo seat and whilst this was much better I got lumbar ache after 250 miles in a 290 mile day, but less numbness and I found could ride a lot further than previous before having to shake some feeling back.
Did some research on lumbar relief and bingo... installed the Bobber
mid controls (see I am in the right forum). This was a revelation... No numb nuts! No backache! I could have probably got away with the standard seat and just added the mid controls! Had to change the handlebars too along the way, the standard beach bars are some form of sadistic joke by Triumph and only a masochist could enjoy them IMHO YMMV.
Love tinkering with little mods, have decatted her and adapted the ECU and recently tried the Trident Silencers, but they are not for me sadly.... too much of a hooligan sound for my aging ears so ebay here they come!
Been far and wide in the UK and bimble around locally in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and am planning a pilgrimage to Devon/Cormwall second week in October during the upcoming heatwave here in the UK
First bike ride was on the back of my Cousin's BSA Bantam 185cc in the very early 70's aged about 7, behind my Dad (an ex-biker of the 40's and 50's), with a aluminium colinder strapped on to my head with a bootlace. I was hooked and pillioned my neighbours thrpoighout my childhood and had a 50cc lined up in the garage 2 months before my 16th birthday.
Previous background was in the 80's and 90's riding all sorts of Jap singles, twinpots and four cylinder's and refurbing classic Brits... Meriden Triumphs, Nortons, Ariel, BSA... what ever came my way, even a few barn finds.. with a couple of mates.
Anyhoo, that's me and below is my pride and joy, Thumper (before the mid controls)!
Thanks for having me.