Tail tidy time
Not happy with the official kit, Relphy does it all over again
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!
Triumph fender removal kit Ð very easy to fit, but just not quite right