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Old 21st August 2019, 15:46   #31
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Default Re: Matt Black Triumph Street Twin 900 HT - Bonnie oh Bonnie!

I booked my Street Twin btw. Still Undecided on the colour though. Red is available for delivery next week, while the matte grey is only available for delivery mid Sep. Got to make a decision.

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I also recently acquired Muc-Off Matte Paint Detailer from Spartan Progear in India, and it gives a nice protective coat to the tank and side panels. Do ensure you take off those safety stickers on the tank on day one else it'll leave a nasty border around it which is impossible to get rid off. I am living with it
Ah ok. Thanks for this. Does this detailer also take care of "knees scraping against the tank thus slowly making the area look glossy" part of it? What stickers are you talking about? Would you have any pictures?

I am curious, how do you do oil maintenance now?

Thanks, Adi_petrolhead! How's the bike been so far? I can't wait to get my hands on this beauty!
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Old 22nd August 2019, 00:09   #32
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Does this detailer also take care of "knees scraping against the tank thus slowly making the area look glossy" part of it? What stickers are you talking about? Would you have any pictures?



I am curious, how do you do oil maintenance now?



Thanks, Adi_petrolhead! How's the bike been so far? I can't wait to get my hands on this beauty!

1) Detailer does add a protective layer. As I said, matte paint is pretty hard wearing on this bike. With my seating position, I doubt my knees scratch the tank at all. So can't comment.
2) There's two stickers near the fuel filler cap. You'll see them when you see the bike next time, I don't have pictures.
3) I call for a home visit and once they brought a paddock stand to carry out oil service. The most recent service, they didn't send anything, service was done easily on the side stand as well. But as expected the chain service was pretty bad and I had to do it all over again after washing the bike.
4) Bike's been great for me. My mileage is pretty low. I would have ridden about 1000 kms in the last 10 months(don't judge me, I don't ride in monsoon and peak 50 C summers ever). Bike is fuel efficient, tank range is easily 250 kms for cruising. One thing I don't like is the ever so short chain service interval (500km or 3 months which ever is earlier) and the tyres. The stock tyres are pretty bad to say the least. When new, they do a good job in the wet. But as I mentioned here before the tyres are bad for dry grip. A little bit of sand and the rear skids. Not at all confidence inspiring. I'd suggest you to change them to Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 - tyres ASAP. Those are a league above the stock Phantoms and have much better grip in the dry especially over loose sand and gravel.
5) Wind blast at 100 kph is evident. Have to get used to it I guess.
6) If I could get one accessory or change on the bike, would be a bench seat. The stepped seat currently is just a little unsettling for my liking. Surely uncomfortable in long journeys, bench seat is far more comfy and gives you a commanding position on the bike. At least consider a Gel seat add on. I haven't got around to buying the extra bench seat nor the gel add on. But plan to get it soon enough.
7) A run in tip, initial 1000kms, pls get the chain cleaned and serviced at least twice. Also, after riding, keep a check on coolant levels. I had some coolant leaking issue. Keep the RPM below 5000 for 1st and 2nd gears, you can accelerate and open throttle slightly more in the 3rd and 4th gears. Keep speed limited to 100 kph. Clutch action is too smooth, you'll get used to super easy shifts very soon. Don't ride the rear brake, pads wear out easily if done so and they're expensive to replace.

All the best and hope you get your Matt Bonnie soon!

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From the current colours, I'd choose the grey matte metallic.

That's the one msnarain was talking about, Ironstone Matte Grey.
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Msnarain. You can just add a full 3m protection laminate on the entire fuel tank, it is precut to fit the tank.

I went to a regular non 3m sticker guy, made him buy original 3m laminate from the shop selling it and made him cut it to size to fit my versys tank. I stuck it over the fuel emergency stickers blah blah. I added a border black tape on a black tank to keep the corners from peeling out. You can choose a color tape closest to your tank color.

3 years down, and far more tougher use than you will ever see on your triumph, and its holding beautifully.

And it cost me 20% of what a 3m official dealer would have charged me.

And i didn't need to do all this ridiculous packages for detailing etc. Granted i did not have a chrome silencer, but you can have that polished once in a while by any local fellow. Just supply the best cloths, solution etc yourself.

If you feel rich and cant put in leg work, just go to an official 3m dealer and finish the job. Join the triumph local whatsapp chapter, you will get better recommendations.

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