I've just come back from my test ride today.
What an utterly remarkable bike! It's certainly the best finished and most expensively built bike I've seen from Triumph and was certainly drawing crowds when it was parked outside the dealer's showroom.
Probably the nicest surprise was the suspension. I've never ridden such a heavy bike that wasn't upset by braking, accelerating or cornering. The combination of brilliant suspension and a very solid frame made it completely stable and predictable.
The engine was as good as I could of hoped for and the only sign that it had shaft final drive was a slight snatching when pulling away or suddenly backing off the power. Talking of power, there was plenty! Even the fuel consumption was promising, with the average from new on the trip being 49mpg.
What killed it for me was the physical size of the bike. I'm used to riding early Hinckley Triumphs, so even with only a 29" inside leg and 5 10 1/2" height, a bike with lots of weight, a high centre of gravity and excess bulk is not a problem. But, the Trophy was in another league! This is not only very tall (I was on the lowest seat height and I could only support the bike on tip toe, even in thick soled boots), but it's extra w-i-d-e around the saddle too. The first time I stopped at a roundabout it was pure agony in both my hips as I tried to balance the bike.
I gave it a really good go, with a nice long test ride, but I spent most of my time worrying about having to stop and it hurting as badly as it did at the first roundabout! I had to ride about 10 miles further than I wanted too to find a roundabout that was actually big enough to turn around on safely! When I stopped outside the dealer, I had to park right next to a kerb to be able to get off!
My first thought would that it could be a good bike for someone who's 6'3", with a 33"+ inside leg.
When I went back, the dealer was very helpful and suggested that I try the 1200 Tiger Explorer as well. Despite the fact that it's a tall monster traillie, I still managed to get both feet flat on the ground and it felt like stepping on to a 650 twin after the Trophy. I only went about 3 or 4 miles on the Tiger and it was so much more fun to ride; I came back with a huge grin on my face. That Tiger is a really nice bike!