Originally Posted by stillwater0302
I kinda, sorta got a crush on a 900 Trophy. My previous bikes have included three Hondas, a Kawasaki, a Suzuki and a Fuji. (Longer story with the Fuji.)
I still retain a '94 Honda Magna (v-4) and an '09 Kaw KLR-650. I get to ride about 5k or 6k per year. I'm not *completely* uncomfortable doing my own work on bikes.
Beyond the normal fluid changes, chain adjustments and brakes, I have:
* Magna: Replaced the clutch & starter clutch. Pulled the 4-bank carbs to clean and sync, rejet.
* KLR: replaced the cam chain tensioner (doohickey,) pulled the carb to adjust. Installed a radiator / thermostat bypass (thermoBob,) & drill-thru-frame bolts, sprocket replacement & I just replaced my first tires (what a pain.)
So... not a bike mechanic but I'm not completely foreign to it and enjoy wrenching a bit in the garage. Honestly, the proliferation of other owners with the same model often helps as folks enjoy posting youtube tutorials of much of the work.
On to the Triumph story. I was considering something like a FJR1300 or ST1100/1300 to replace the Magna. I've enjoyed the Magna and have set it up with bags/case, Mustang seat and windscreen but would prefer something that would eat miles a bit easier on a long day.
While looking for the right replacement, I came across a 2000 Trophy with <10k miles and ~$3,000. I looked at it and what a gorgeous bike! It starts without issue and I arrived on a cold, Fall evening of rain, so didn't ride it. I can say that, with my stats (6'3", 32" inseam, 225 lbs.) the ergonomics were absolutely spot-on. I really, really want this bike, aside from the fact that the price is half the budget I set aside for a sport-tourer.
The current owner said he had only owned it for a few months. It was part of an estate sale from a collector who owned a number of bikes. The current owner left it at the Triumph shop who cleaned/sync'ed the cards and replaced the petcock. The current owner is moving on to new hobbies (flying.) I suspect the tires are originals and would need to be replaced in short order.
He mentioned that the coils had *not* been replaced, to his knowledge. The only odd thing I noticed was, from ignition-on (lights on,) to starter, then running, that there seemed like an unusually long gap between the lights flicking off then turning back on... almost like they were logic/relay driven. Normal?
No observed leaks.
The bike is beautiful and the ergonomics are nice. I'm not a terribly hard rider though the Magna has certainly scraped pegs a number of times. I'm looking for comfort and reasonable agility for 400-600 miles a few times per year. I am somewhat reluctant due to the comparatively small number of U.S. Trophy's and available parts / reliability. Honda/Kawasaki/Suzuki are known to me. My last Triumph was a '72 TR6 back in 1988.
So, am I up to this? Thank in advance.
Well, I'm no expert, but I am rebuilding a Trident...and I am using a Trophy frame to do so. Had a title problem on the Trident (fire, all docs lost and then NC DMV!). I snagged a beaten Trophy with a good title and am in the process of swapping everything onto the titled Trophy frame. I may even put the Trophy hard bags onto the Trident. Most of the major bits are interchangeable throughout the line, it seems. I also have a Sprint Exec and the same applies there as well. Fairings and such seem to be the biggest difference, engines swap (tho there are some performance differences IIRC...cams?). I'm not finished with the Trident yet, but so far, nothing has come up to bite me in the arse. If she rocks your world, go for it! I went from an old Honda 650 and a 700 to the Sprint and love it. A friend has an S3 for sale, rode it a few times, (now I am wondering if I can trade the wife in on it "You have too many motorcycles" is the typical complaint.....!). Triumphs will get into your blood....! And lot of the parts interchange, as well as bits from other bikes (Ex. Shocks on the bikes, same as a Kawa shock).
I do a coupe of 500+ mile trips on the Sprint Exec (similar to the Trophy) and with typical "Let the blood flow" stops, it is no problem. very well planted, comfortable w/o being a Honda Barc-0-lounger, and tons of fun in the twisties. My main trip is straight across the NC mountains (Thru Nantahala Gorge) and into Alabama. The Exec is not an S3 but it does me fine. Do check the coils, do a search and you will find lots of info here on the Gill coils...but all relatively minor problems. The only major thing I keep in mind is keeping a topped up battery and not trying to start the bike with a low battery....(potential Sprag killer). I drooled over several Platinum Trophys and Execs....love that color...ended up with BRG. My Exec (same engine as the Trophy 900) has 65K or so on it, no problems.