Tail tidy time

Not happy with the of­fi­cial kit, Rel­phy does it all over again

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

When I first saw the press shots of the Tri­umph Thrux­ton R, there were pic­tures of the stan­dard off-the-peg model that was gor­geous, but the one with the In­spi­ra­tion kit on it was ab­so­lutely stun­ning.

One of the things I liked was the way the back end was de­clut­tered with the re­moval of the rear guard and light.

As with most things, rules and reg­u­la­tions need to be obeyed, so when I re­ceived my new bit of kit (£155), it was noth­ing like the thing I had en­vis­aged. It was very well made, but it was the fact it pro­truded so far out the back. I know it’s all about get­ting the re­flec­tor be­yond the rear tyre to com­ply with leg­is­la­tion, but still... I fit­ted it, a very easy, straight­for­ward job, but I did not find it par­tic­u­larly aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing.

Not happy to stop there, I found that R&G had pro­duced their own ver­sion of a Thrux­ton tail tidy (£182). When it ar­rived I could not be­lieve the amount of parts in the bag. It comes in kit form and looks slightly daunt­ing at first, but once I read through the in­struc­tions it all be­came clear. The qual­ity of the kit is not quite as good as the of­fi­cial Tri­umph one, es­pe­cially when it comes to the wiring. The Tri­umph part comes with the cor­re­spond­ing wiring con­nec­tion block, whereas the R&G one comes with a bag of con­nec­tors that have to be crimped on, which is a bit of a faff.

The R&G tidy also has op­tions for where the in­di­ca­tors are mounted. They can be mounted ei­ther side of the num­ber plate, or on a spe­cial bracket near the top of the rear shock ab­sorber mount­ings. The stan­dard Per­spex num­ber plate looks rather large on the tail ti­dies, so I or­dered up an 8x6in Flexi Plate (www.flex­i­plates.co.uk), just a lit­tle smaller than a stan­dard one, and a lot lighter too.

After a fair bit of span­ner­ing, I know which one I like the look of the most. It’s R&G all the way, although I do need to fit a re­flec­tor now to keep it le­gal!

ED

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