I recently discovered that my 2015 Triumph Speedmaster won't go faster than 97 mph. Having seen the issue raised on a Facebook forum I decided to write to Triumph. It may not be that important to most people but as an old time Triumph fan, breaking the ton matters to me. My old carb model 790cc Speedmaster would hit 108mph without issue. Even my old 67 TR6 would easily do a ton. I pointed this out to Triumph After sales. Their response has stunned me.
In 2011 speed limiters were introduced on all the range. Triumph told me that they did this to avoid stability issues. I asked them if their Speedmaster before 2011 had a stability issue at high speeds. They said they didn't. They also state that there is no way to remove it.
There is nothing in any road test or in any of the company's literature about a speed limiter.
I now own possibly one of the first Triumphs since the Tiger Cub that wouldn't qualify for the ton up.
How can a company that built it's name and it's reputation on the salt flats of Bonneville do this. To do it without telling anyone would seem to be sneaky and underhand.
The Speedmaster would seem to be a misnomer. Branded as their sports cruiser, it's a joke.
Presumably their new Bobber will be restricted too. When will manufacturers take notice of their loyal customers. It's up to us how fast we go, not them. What's the point of tuning your bike if the power is cut every time the needle hits 95mph.
If only there was some kind of motorcycle publication willing to write the story and take them on and get this kind of behaviour stopped😊
Technical and tyres
Thanks for that. Real helpful.
For anyone who is interested, it seems that this exhaust does have two db killers inside but you would have to drill the rivets and partially disassemble the can to get them out. So they are not really designed to be removed.
I'd still be interested to hear from anyone who has and weather the resulting sound produced was worth it
I have the R77 Stainless Steel with Carbon endcaps on a ZZR1400. The sound is definitely louder with Baffles removed, this is handy when approaching sleepy Cagers at junctions.
We've used Shad panniers and top box on three different bikes. Same boxes but new fitting kits for each bike. I suppose the boxes are around 3 years old now. They've survived several European trips and a few rallies as well. The inner straps work well when someone (not me!) forgot to close a pannier properly recently. I was expecting to get the contents hurled at me, following behind, but everything stayed put.
When I first saw them I thought they looked a bit flimsy compared to some of the more expensive makes but so far they've been really good and seem to be waterproof too, as no leaks so far.
@Colonial-Piglet will you please be more careful , motorsport is dangerous ( as if you didn't know ) we often have signs around our racetracks telling us motorsport is dangerous and not take copy it on the public road when you leave , spoil sports .
BSB & TT
I take your point about Shakey, It's just that sometimes he runs his mouth off. In the past he scathed about the showdown format, Well after his Oulton Park "Performance" last month it sure worked out for him this year. Don't like Ducati in Production racing (and never have tbh) as they have always bent/manipulated the rules to suit themselves.
Legal and insurance
Thought I'd share my experience of bike insurance for a trip involving non-eu countries in 2016.
Research before the trip suggested Green Cards were no longer needed/available and border insurance should be available at the borders. However I eventually purchased a green card in UK from "Tour Insure" based in Germany and my mate decided to chance it, as it wasn't cheap 208 euro for 1 month.
Our trip eventually took us though Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina. On the first border crossing from Romania into Serbia on the E-70 directly south of Timisoara, my friend was unable to buy any insurance at the border but the border staff let him in anyway. The second non-eu border was from Serbia to Bosnia (Bosut/Velino Selo), where he was not allowed to enter Bosnia before purchasing some insurance which was possible at the border, they accepted my Green Card without question.
If you're interested in the trip, check it out here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH_LR3eSezzFwe8aLesPG2hcRaAekz-vY the border crossings are in part 2 and 3.
Hope this helps others like me who was a bit confused pre trip what the score was.