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Old 11-04-2012, 12:31 PM   #21 (permalink)
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"Big as a Goldwing"
Really doubt if its all THAT big.
They designed it to beat the LT. Have you seen how large they are lately.
New LT's are lighter than the old ones so they must hide the weight somehow.
Helium filled frames?
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:27 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I have an 08 Wing which weighs 925# so I doubt that the new SE is quite that size...and I would bet the house that the SE handles much better than the Flex O Matic front end on the Wing...How about white or British racing green for colors?
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:54 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I have an 08 Wing which weighs 925# so I doubt that the new SE is quite that size...and I would bet the house that the SE handles much better than the Flex O Matic front end on the Wing...How about white or British racing green for colors?
This is my contention... from the photos I have seen, I am not a big fan of the blue or silver. I want some other colors to choose from! This is also one of the reasons why I am thinking I might wait a year before getting one... perhaps there will be more colors then!
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:55 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Most likely other colors, at least. Triumph has a history of changing colors (and little else) year to year. Waiting a year for a different color scheme also may give us time to learn of any "gotcha's" with all the new electronics on the SE model (and it will also let me put a few more miles on my little beemer so that I can more easily justify trading/selling it).
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:36 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Most likely other colors, at least. Triumph has a history of changing colors (and little else) year to year. Waiting a year for a different color scheme also may give us time to learn of any "gotcha's" with all the new electronics on the SE model (and it will also let me put a few more miles on my little beemer so that I can more easily justify trading/selling it).
I have the same sort of justification as well... I'll be able to ride my Thunderbird another year before trading/selling it, and also get it paid off in that time. It is a good bike, don't get me wrong, but I really want something that I can do some serious long-distance cruising/traveling on... I have the Thunderbird setup for it, but I think the comfort level on this bike will be higher.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:59 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Most likely other colors, at least. Triumph has a history of changing colors (and little else) year to year. Waiting a year for a different color scheme also may give us time to learn of any "gotcha's" with all the new electronics on the SE model (and it will also let me put a few more miles on my little beemer so that I can more easily justify trading/selling it).
I just know if they came out with a striking green I would have one sitting in my living room and Mrs. Lucky would finally have me in divorce court....My slight problem (according to her) is that I keep adding bikes but not parting with any of them....and then the Trophy pops up on the new Triumph horizon...I am a condemned man
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:20 PM   #27 (permalink)
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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!

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Old 11-11-2012, 02:28 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Thanks for that Tigger, as you know I can't test ride, but I liked the look of the Tiger more.
Hope it does well, but I plan on keeping the Rocket at least another decade as well as keeping my Trophy 900.
However should I win the lottery next week a Tiger is first on the list followed by an Audi R8...

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Old 12-04-2012, 02:33 PM   #29 (permalink)
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hey tigger, which seat option were you on? i know there is a low seat option and a standard seat in the UK... all US bound units i believe come with the low seat.... both seat options are height adjustable...

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:44 PM   #30 (permalink)
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hey tigger, which seat option were you on? i know there is a low seat option and a standard seat in the UK... all US bound units i believe come with the low seat.... both seat options are height adjustable...
I was wondering that as well because I'm 6'1" with 33" inseam and I had no trouble with the height - my legs were slightly bent, whereas on the Tiger 1050 they are straight.

From what I've readthe Trophy has been designed to suit a wide range of riders, including having a narrow seat near the tank, so for your height it shouldn't be a problem.

It is a heavy lump, as I found when back peddling it, but once underway and in stop/start traffic I found it fine. Would have to be careful where parking though as would be a pig to back peddle up even a slight slope.
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