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Hello all,
I picked up a new '18 Bobber from my local dealer on April 11, 2019 - traded in my '09 BMW F800ST for a more laid-back style of ride. The Bobber is kind of a retirement gift to myself. We recently bought a customized (bobbed) Royal Enfield Bullet 500 for my wife to ride (photo attached), so now we have two bobbers in the garage :smile2:
I am still in the run-in period with the Bobber, so I can't wait to get that first service done (I'm growing tired of short-shifting, varying the throttle, changing gears a lot).
I have owned many different styles of motorcycles over the decades, including a 1980-something Suzuki 350GSL, Honda Shadow 750, Honda VTX 1300, Honda Gold Wing (very used), Harley-Davidson Sportster Ironhead 1000 (a project bike), Royal Enfield Bullet C5, BMW R1100RT, BMW F800ST and now the Triumph Bobber.
I am really enjoying riding the Bobber! So far, it seems very well put together, and confidence-inspiring stable ride with plenty of go-fast when needed. If only I could squeeze one more US Gallon of fuel into the tank... :laugh:
I just purchased the Dart Classic Flyscreen, which I hope might help a bit on the highway at speeds over 65 MPH.
Photo attached - the leather despatch bag on the side is from my previous Royal Enfield Bullet, and is a make-do until I get my LaRosa left-side bag.
I'm happy that the forum exists, and I look forward to participating. Thanks!
 

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Welcome. Both bikes look great. I've always liked the Royal Enfields, and you managed to snag a Bobber in the best color too. Sounds like you'll fit in just fine round here :grin2:
 

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Welcome to the group! Glad to see you're already adding changes to make your bike your own. If you're looking for early changes that you'll notice with day-to-day riding, I'd highly recommend getting a BoosterPlug. Many of us have added it and it really helps smooth out the low speed throttle jerkiness that can be an issue. Looking forward to seeing pics of your bike and the travels of you and your wife.
 

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Thanks for the advice on the BoosterPlug, ysoslo! I just went to their web site and read about what it does and how it works - seems like a brilliant idea. I have noticed the tendency for the bike to try to stall when pulling away from a stop, especially after the engine is warmed up. Much appreciated!
 

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Thanks for the advice on the BoosterPlug, ysoslo! I just went to their web site and read about what it does and how it works - seems like a brilliant idea. I have noticed the tendency for the bike to try to stall when pulling away from a stop, especially after the engine is warmed up. Much appreciated!
If that's an issue for you, you might want to install 16-Tooth sprocket P/N = T1182516.

I did that despite my concerns that lower gearing might cause driveline lurching, especially when letting off the throttle. In reality though it's very smooth, it makes routine take-offs easier without needing to baby the clutch lever, and it launches hard, with ease, when you want it to. And yet it doesn't feel like the bike is geared excessively low. In fact, I still rarely use 6th gear under 70mph.

When you combine the 16-Tooth sprocket AND the Booster Plug, well, that's just golden.

-GPz/Gary
 

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Welcome to the forum. Two nice rides you have. For more fuel, some have switched to a Speedmaster tank. Pricey but, for them, worth the cost. No matter what mods you may be considering, someone on the forum has probably done it. Keep us posted on upgrades.
 

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Welcome to the Forum. You will get great enjoyment as we all do. The tank range is not bad, I installed the Speedmaster tank only because I found a used one for a great price and a little (3 liters) goes a long way! I also like the look of it with the tank badges.
 

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Thanks Gary! I did about 40 miles on my Bobber today in urban traffic, and I can attest that pull-aways from a stop are much easier now with the BoosterPlug installed.
I have 350 miles now on my bike, and my general impression is that the Bobber is geared quite high - I don’t feel that I should be in 6th gear until I’m riding at 70 mph for instance. Thanks for the suggestion!
 
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