28 June 2015


After I took the TomTom Ram mount off the Explorer I had expected fitting it on the R3 would be simple. No chance. 

The R3 has larger diameter handlebars and the u-bolt I had was too narrow. There started search for the larger one that came in the TomTom box. Of course it wasn't there but I got lucky and found it in with some other assorted crap. 

Finding a suitable place was always going to be a challenge but I think I managed it. 

Luckily I didn't cut the cable so I have the full metre with the BMW type plug on the end. The power socket on the R3 is behind the engine on the left side. There is also cover that side covering the throttle bodies and injection. The wire fits nicely in there, leaving a loop at the bar end to cope with lock to lock turns. That's the theory anyway.

The other job was to fit the Klicbag chromed brackets. Triumph use Torx head bolts and Klicbag use Allen.

I didn't have any big enough and luckily my bike club mate in the Meldrews. Cal, did.

It took about ten minutes to fit the brackets and then I popped the saddlebags on. 


I think they look pretty good. They are locked on from the inside with a key that locks the handle.

What's next? Maybe fit the Givi tank bag? Need to see if the Tanklocksystem will work on the R3!

Plus.  Of course Baloo needs to be found a good home. With the current lack of a screen he will be back in the wind after two years of shelter!

27 June 2015



A slight hiccup as I forgot to take the invoice and my insurance with me. I took the "man bag" with Döra's paperwork though.

So I had an extra ride back home on Döra and back to Laguna.

The R3 was outside and had been cleaned and polished. They had done the first service and fitted the power supply socket. 

Sadly they didn't have the time to fit the Klicbag pannier rails for me, and so I left them at home.

It was a little sad to trade-in Döra but a new era awaits.

My first stop was Tesco to fill the tank and then off via coffee at the Blue & White cafe where I took a couple of pix.

Outside the Blue & White Cafe

Outside the Blue & White Cafe

It is pretty much a fluke that my ShoeI  Qwest matches the bike paint job.

And then it was home. Non-biker life sometimes gets in the way.

At Home

One small job was to assemble the panniers.

When I say assemble, I mean fit the brackets onto back of the Klicbag panniers. I forget to say they arrived yesterday.

Easy-peasy even for someone with ten thumbs!

The next job is to fit the chromed brackets into the bike. Triumph use Torx head bolts and the ones at the rear that also hold the rear mudguard in place have slots way bigger than anything I have in the garage.

Luckily, Cal a fellow Meldrew has some larger Torx bits. The bolts that come with the Klicbags are normal Allen keys.

Next to check how and where I can fit the TomTom!  The u-bolt I took of Döra is too small as the Rocket has larger diameter handlebars. I don't have one but hopefully my brother does have a spare.

25 June 2015


Moving from a bike with panniers to a bike with no luggage as standard is a bit of a problem. 

I am off to France for the weekend, next weekend on the battlefield tour of the Somme.

I had a look at the thirty year old Swagman panniers I have in the garage and although they are sound, they need a lot of work to clean and get ready. But on a new bike I need new luggage!

After some weeks of research I sorted the bike I wanted, and now luggage.  

Triumph OEM panniers,  that they fit to the  Thunderbird LT and America LT look very nice but at nearly £700 they are way too expensive.  

I joined a few forums to see what are popular and apart from the OEM panniers, there were two other main choices, Klicbags and another from Belgium.  In the end I opted for Klicbags as they leave very little presence when the panniers are removed. 

That they are removable is a boost as I won't want them fitted all the time. So I ordered a set. They come out at half the price of the OEM models and are also very well regarded.  

They are made in the Netherlands and so the prices on their website are in Euros.  The UK distributor is in the UK Midlands and they have them in stock. The price actually (with tax) adds up to less than the website quoted prices!  Unusual.

15 June 2015

New Era begins...

A new era begins on Saturday 27th June 2015. I change from a Texer to a Rocketeer.

And here she is.

The post from "On the Road" - http://invictamoto.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/rocketman.html

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