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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-08-2015, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Why no love for the Trophy?

I currently ride a Thunderbird, a bike I love, but maybe getting a bit bored by it. I took a demo ride on a Trophy and liked it, other than the rear set pegs (I'm old). But reading threads on this forum I've read a lot of comments about what a good bike the Trophy is, but rarely have had seen any that show an excitement, and love, for the bike. Is it just a good, but boring bike to ride? The other bike I am thinking about is a Honda F6b, and when I go to that forum I read over and over folks commenting about how much they love the bike, how they are so glad that they traded in their whatever, etc. Am I missing something or is the Trophy just not a bike to get the blood racing with excitement?

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Hi Vito,

I've owned my 2013 Trophy SE since it first became available thru my dealership in January 2013. It replaced a Kawsaki Concours-14 that had 63K on it when I crashed it in August 2012. I ordered my Trophy in October 2012 after reading reviews in the British Bike magazine. It now has 75K miles after making two major tours around North America in 2013 & 2014, along with several shorter trips outside Florida. I found the bike to be reliable and comfortable on long trips, after replacing the stock saddle with Triumph's Comfort Seat.

As for "loving" the bike, I can't say that I've ever loved a piece of machinery since it can't respond in kind. I appreciate the technology, design and implementation of this and my previous bikes. I've also never given a bike a name as some riders do.

I was certainly excited about this bike when I read about its various features, in particular cruise-control and electrically adjustable suspension. If Kawasaki had deigned to implement c/c on their 2013 Concours-14, I might have bought that instead after being a Kawi rider since 1973.

At the end of 2014 I decided that I wanted to get a bike that would be suitable for off-road riding and selected the BMW R1200GS Adventure, but kept the Trophy. This summer I made a tour to Alaska on the GSA and was glad on several occasions that I'd not ridden the Trophy there since it would have restricted my routes too much due to the limited ground clearance.

Not being a cruiser rider, as you apparently are, I would be hard-pressed to appreciate the F6B, Harleys, or the T-Bird and the often minimalist windscreens. It's obviously a different clientel that buys those bikes, compared to Sport-Touring bikes.

If you haven't already done so, I suggest that you visit the forum on Triumph-Trophy.com. There is much more activity there than on this forum and you would presumably find some Trophy-lovers there who may give you responses more to your liking.

Good luck with whatever you select. Ride Safe!

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It might be because the demographic for Trophy owners tends to be older and most are long-time riders, having owned enough bikes previously so as to be somewhat jaded. Some bikes find my favor more than others. However, bikes come and go, it's the love for the Sport and lust for ever better machines that spring eternal. Today it's the Trophy... tomorrow, maybe another bike.

This forum doesn't get a lot of traffic. There are Trophy SE specific sites, where the enthusiasm level are considerably higher.
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I currently ride a Thunderbird, a bike I love, but maybe getting a bit bored by it. I took a demo ride on a Trophy and liked it, other than the rear set pegs (I'm old).
Hrm... I rode a Thunderbird for three years before my Trophy, putting 40k miles on it during that time and riding all over the eastern seaboard. The position of the pegs on the Thunderbird are forward (though not insanely forward) and I found myself often using the passenger pegs on that bike as a secondary resting position for my feet and legs when I would get tired after long periods of time in the saddle. The passenger pegs on the T-bird are just a little bit further back from where the standard pegs are on the Trophy.

Frankly, I find that the position of the pegs on the Trophy allow you to sit in the saddle for longer periods of time without fatigue. They might take a little bit of getting used to if you are accustomed to that forward peg position, however.
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The other bike I am thinking about is a Honda F6b, and when I go to that forum I read over and over folks commenting about how much they love the bike, how they are so glad that they traded in their whatever, etc. Am I missing something or is the Trophy just not a bike to get the blood racing with excitement?
The F6B is very much like the Thunderbird, but with all of that extra fairing attached. I have sat on them, but was not impressed.

Story time... I was at a Honda dealer in Orlando and one of the sales reps tried to convince me that the F6B was a better bike for long-distance riding than my Trophy. I am not one to be insulting to people that are trying to make a sale normally, but this claim was so ridiculous that I laughed in his face and walked away...

The F6B is a great bike if you are going to be doing some mid-range cruising, but if you are going to do some serious long-distance riding you are better of looking for a sport-touring style bike. There is a reason why the majority of bikes doing the Iron Butt rallies are things like R1200's, K1600's, other sport-touring bikes, and of course Goldwings.

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I've not owned all that many bike, but the Trophy is the best of the lot and by a wide margin.

I too am surprised at the lack of enthusiasm on this forum so I basically browse here for information concerning Triumph in general and Bonneville specific.

The TTSE is a wonderful bike, not the most powerful of the sport tourers but with more than enough. Based on rides on a FJR and ST1300 the Trophy is the most comfortable with the best wind protection.

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Be wary of the big six Honda, if Mpg's are a concern.

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I've owned my 2014 Trophy SE since August. It's a GREAT bike and I love it! It does many things very well, none the least of which is to provide a VERY comfortable, fully protected ride. The windscreen is electrically adjustable and works very well. All the magazine reviews, perhaps unfairly, were somewhat lukewarm about the bike back in 2013 after its initial launch while comparing it to the top of the line, and much more expensive, K1600 Beemer.

It's a BIG bike, heavier than most, and a bit challenging for those shorter in stature. I'm 5'-11" and find it quite manageable, but if I was under say 5'-9", it would be rather difficult to ride in stop n go, and to get on/off the center stand. Triumph offers a "low rider" seat to try to get around this limitation. The triple, "ride by wire" EFI'd engine, as well as the six speed transmission, are VERY smooth and certainly powerful enough for any sane rider. The rev limiter kicks in at 9500 and the torque band is quite meaty through the mid range. Peak TQ is nearly 90ft-lbs and maximum HP is 132. The bike weighs nearly 650 lbs, fully fueled, but its acceleration is still quite pleasing.

It has a plethora of "high tech" electronics . . . cruise, link ABS, suspension, and an elaborate, somewhat complex, instrument panel. It gets GREAT fuel economy . . . some rider's reporting mpg averages in the mid 50s. The tank hold 6.6 gallons, so riding well over 200 mile between refueling stops is typical.

The other forum for specifically for late model Trophies, previously mentioned, is the place to be for tons of info. The vast majority of owners are very enthusiastic about their Trophies, but like all newer bike designs, some tend to express criticism over minor faults and issues with their bikes all in the name of sharing valuable information.

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The Trophy has by far the best wind and rain protection and the ess is sweet too, I needed it for 2up riding but the bike was too tall for me at 5'8", strange because my legs were cramped while riding? I ended up on a k1600gtl bought used. The Trophys motor was like riding my 1050 s3 so it seems they did a good job on the engine. I can't imagine commuting on that bike though it's got to be 3' wide at the front! and again really tall.
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Ive owned many triumphs.
2000 Thunderbird
2002 trophy 1200 (4cyl)
2003 speed triple
2006 Rocket 3 Classic
2012 Rocket 3 Roadster
2014 Trophy SE

Every one had some some quirks except maybe the speed 3 and TBird. I like triumphs (obviously) Part of the allure for me is you don't see as many as most other bikes. That being said, The Trophy SE is solidly my Favorite. Handles great has all the features i need and Maintenance is a breeze. Just replace the rear tire, 5 bolts and off it comes. brakes were a breeze as well as oil changes. Center stand is a huge benefit when doing maintenance. Braking is outstanding and it tracks perfectly strain even when you stomp on the foot brake. Love having the sirius XM. Listen to breitbart in the morning then switch to my USB for music. I have even gotten sever weather alerts.
If I had to complain about something. I think I'd like a little more power (But i'm coming from an R3 so I guess I'll get over it.


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My perspective comes as a non-owner but current Sprint owner who was looking ahead to the day I will pull the trigger on something a little more tour oriented than the Sprint.

I sat on one at the dealer and found the handlebars in my lap (ok, maybe not lap, but still) and the bolt straight upright sitting position to be way too much Goldwing, not enough Sprint. Sadly crossed the Trophy off my dream list. The FJR 1300 seems to be a better fit for me between Sport and Touring.
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