Hi, I’m struggling a bit with comfort on my 2002 triumph trophy 1200. I’ve owned the bike since new and since I’ve added a new bike to my garage I’m really noticing how uncomfortable the riding position of the trophy is for me now. I don’t want to get rid of it without trying to improve the comfort because I’ve realised it’s been with me for nearly a 1/3 of my life!
I thought I’d try to bring the handlebars up and back, thinking about 1 1/2" inches both way. I’ve trawled the web for solutions and it would appear there are 3 ways.
- Gen Mar risers, but they seem out of production everywhere and would only lift the bars up, not back.
- A new top yoke, I’ve found a couple on the web but Moto-CNC seem to keep coming up. They will allow me to convert the bike to normal handlebars rather than the existing ones that clamp around the fork tubes. These do seem expensive, in the region of £180-£200, then I’d need to add the bars ontop.
- A plate or parts that fix to the top yoke and allow normal handle bars to be fitted. Moto-CNC do a generic 41mm fork version that costs about £120. CRK (caferacerkits.co.uk) seem to sell a T300 handlebar riser kit for £100, but it is designed for their kits so I guess I’d have to call them to discuss.
My question is has anybody done this? Are there any pitfalls and any other solutions that can be used? Or have you used one of the above?. I know I might have to replace the hydraulic lines for the clutch and brake, but would hope the wiring would stretch/reroute.
I’ve changed the bars on a '92 trophy to trident versions and did the same with a '98 sprint sport, but these trophy bars are the highest available, I think.
I’m still uncertain what to do as I think I might have outgrown this bike, but it still looks new to me and I’ve only done a paltry 16000 miles on it in 20 years. It carriers a ton of kit and is far better to go camping on than my other new bike which just doesn’t have the carrying capacity for tent, stove, sleeping bags, mats, chairs etc along with normal luggage.
I think I might be wasting my time trying to improve the comfort, but I thought I might ask and see.
Edited to correct my mistake, Forks are 43mm not 41mm.