Monday, January 26, 2015


Well to explain the bag problem as I packed the triumph OEM bags up a week or so before  to go away they seemed that there huge on the outside and are miniscule on the inside and a real disappointment for saddle bags.As I packed what i wanted there was no room left and I had packed stuff all compared to what I normally pack to go away on motorcycle rallies as it was just clothes really and no cooking /kitchen stuff I take and could not believe the lack of room.Would hate to be trying to pack for 2 peopkle to go on a trip as it would make it a real impossible task.
Would love to hear from others if they have been able to pack for 2 with the bags.
Well there was definitely going to be some problems when a rally trip came around and thats not far away and what to do Q came about as I was running out of time for this trip.
A search on the net as a previous post shows I had found the SW-MOTECH dakar bags from HERE which I was interested in for doing a bit more dirt riding as to not to wreck the OEM ones and were on the wish list to buy in the near future but no time to wait so a quick phone call was made and a plea to them to send the bags rush delivery and have got them and fitted up on sunday with a day to spare before I go away to melbourne.
the rack system was 2 bolts either side and on.
then hooked the bags up
swb5 - Copyswb10 - Copy
so then to see what packs in these saw nearly all in the 2  OEM bags fit into 1 of these and there overall size is smaller and not as wide either on the bike so does not make the ass of the bike the size of a truck going down the road.
so  am pleased with the result of getting them.
they expand higher than the picture above so should be great and have a waterproof liner in them so its double layered.
OEM bags are now packed away in a cupboard and may sell them to someone eventually .

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Just to help out with the whole bag thing the OEM triumph hard saddle bags


get the

unlika fence

no fence sitting on these

I would have rathered a protection pack or something else other than these

no wonder there giving them away with the bike Sad smile


Got the sump guard fitted up



and only needed these so a pretty easy job


then onto the radiator protector

2 allen keys and that was all the tools you need  to get this


so there its done and ready to go

a real easy job


yep there always a now

the crash bars are going to wait till the next service or when i can get the bike there for them to fit them

they have said it should be no problem to fit myself but will get them to do it as to not void any warranty issues with what the instructions said to cover me if anything goes wrong .

so those pics later on

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


A ride using the foam grips have had a result of

lika fence

not sitting on the fence about them

still a bit of a achey wrist but thats a ongoing ailment but it has done some relieving of the pain.Again these have  worked for me but may not for all as its a trial and error scenario for these things .

If you think it may help do it and try them.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Bought the protection pack that triumph offer for the 1200 xc

it consists of engine crash bars,sump guard,radiator guard and a small tank protector rubber which bought separately was a lot more than I paid so was worth while .


they were to be fitted at the 1st service but it didn't turn up in time and has now arrived but I am out of time to get it in to get fitted before I go away so am going to fit it up myself.

The rad AND sump guard seem to be no problem pretty simple process really then after reading the instructions and will get them done after work tomorrow but  for the engine bars they start mentioning specialty tools and adjustments of the swing arm bolt .

This seems way strange as  since  reading of the instructions the consensus is its not needed to be done and just  bolt them up on some forums so I am not sure.

Have to go to the dealer again tomorrow and if this is the case [special tools ] they are going to have to fit them as I don't have them to be able to do this .

Never told me this when I picked it up.

The headlight guard was also purchased and fitted so may save some expense later on if it does the job it is suppose to do.



you can see it sitting proud on the side shot [best i got at the moment]

more pics when I get the rest fitted up


Looking into some lights for the odd occasion of being caught out at night on some back road trying to do both as in see where your going and dodging the australian wildlife  and also something for a DRL[daytime running light] for better visibility to the other vehicles out there on the road .


The best option I have found is to try and get a spread beam and also a long distance spot beam for the driving light solution .

don't ask for much hey

Trying to find such a combination is a challenge for a motorcycle as you are restricted to size in what you can fit somewhere.

so the choice is these but they seem to be a real spot type with not so much spread


or these do both spot and spread beam so may be the ones


Oh the decisions to try to get it right

There are some lights being sold motorcycle specific but when you read the specs on them they are no better than the ones above.

Then the decision of some DRL is sorted out as i purchased a long while ago some of these


they come in 3-4 –6 combination and got a deal for a heap of them and will be used for this job as some were used on the car as well.

Have used one of these wiring kits on the car and am trying to figure out if it will work on the bike as its as easy as wiring straight to9 the battery and to the lights. They come on when the vehicle is started and turn off after about 25 seconds after the vehicle is turned /switched off.I am no electrical genius but it works on the alternator triggering it on then off [but dont quote me on this] someone chime in if you know but the easiest wiring i did and would be great if it works on the bike .

maybe I will have to just be the guinea pig and try it on the bike.


so its decision time to get something going before some rides that may require these and will update some where down the line .