2002 Triumph Trophy 1200

Summary:

The best bike I've had so far. Love this machine

Faults:

Nothing wrong with the bike at this point, but need new brake pads.

General Comments:

This bike is taller than my previous 4 motorcycles, because of being a sport tourer, as opposed to cruisers and other standards I have owned.

The ride is the most comfortable I have experienced, due to the upright position and other ergonomics.

The seat was replaced by previous owner with a firm Corbin.

It has a taller windscreen added, a top box, and new pipes.

Fast acceleration 0-60 in 3.9. Roll on is fantastic in any gear.

I'm a big guy, and this machine handles me very well.

Mostly used for commuting.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2012

2001 Triumph Trophy 1200

Summary:

Comfortable, fast, and dependable sport-tourer

Faults:

Chain snapped at 5 mph (28k) ; my own fault for letting it go too long unchanged.

Front blinkers are set up in a way that they will be damaged when the bike is dropped; have glued back together or replaced blinkers 3 times.

Petcock is plastic and has broken, but still works. Sometimes selecting PRIME or RESERVE doesn't deliver fuel immediately.

Fork seals go out every other year; could be a function of hot climate.

False neutral between 3rd and 4th gear developed around 25K.

Plastic "chrome" around headlights has chipped away.

General Comments:

This has been a very reliable bike. Parts are very expensive, and dealership service is hit or miss. With luck, you can find an independent mechanic (often cross-trained on Ducati) to save some expense. Very easy to perform basic maintenance (oil change, brake pad replacement, etc.) at home. Air filter is a total pain to access, though.

I have Two Brothers exhaust pipes, which make this bike loud enough to set off car alarms. They also make this bike faster than my father's stock Trophy 1200. The Trophy doesn't accelerate, it just warps between your current speed and the speed you want. Tremendous torque and roll-on power at any legal speed. Six speeds, and the ratios are pretty well spaced with stock sprocket sizes.

Have maxed this bike out at 130 mph indicated (speedo reads about 10% high), with plenty of throttle left.

Used to get 38-42 mpg according to odometer, whether city or highway, and now find myself getting 36-40 mpg. The bike prefers a higher octane gas, but I use regular unleaded any time but summer.

The Trophy runs kind of hot. Use Water Wetter and more water-biased blends of coolant (70 water/30 coolant) to make it run cooler.

Blinker lights on dashboard impossible to see in full sunlight.

Stock seat is not very comfortable, but I have put 10 hour days on this bike, comfortable the whole time. No trouble with vibrations; bar end weights are stock.

Locking, removable hard bags hold a lot; I once fit $80 worth of bulky groceries in/on the bike. A top box can be found, which holds almost twice the volume as one hard bag.

Seat height is high, but perfect for me with a 34" inseam. This is a top-heavy bike, and is easy to drop in the driveway. Not unmanageable, though - I have ridden 100 miles or so on dirt roads 'not recommended for passenger cars'.

On a bike that can easily do 600 miles a day, I'd prefer to have shaft drive.

There aren't many aftermarket options, but you can find windshields, bar risers, and seats from several sources.

This bike is gorgeous from any angle. It's also pretty unique - I have only seen 4 or 5 others on the road, ever.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2010

2003 Triumph Trophy 1200

Summary:

A lot of bike of bike for the money, very under rated

Faults:

Worn rear tire upon purchase.

General Comments:

It is top heavy, practice in empty lots to get the feel of it.

It moves. 3 digits, you won't know until you look at the speedometer!

Eats Interstate and 2 lane - no problem.

Can be thirsty at high speed.

Get seat reupholstered with stiffer foam.

Can be twitchy in STRONG crosswinds.

Not very happy on dirt or gravel roads.

Did 750 miles in 3 days (mostly mountain roads) none the worse for wear. I'm 59 and 6'1". This bike is as capable as most owners, if not more.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2009

1997 Triumph Trophy 1200

Summary:

Wonderful tourer with comfort and handling

Faults:

This bike has been such a reliable tourer. It never left me stranded!! The clock was kind of erratic. I did have the wiring harness under the fairing wear down, and it caused the headlight to stop operating. I fixed that on the road.

General Comments:

Like everyone else says, this bike was underrated. The short comings were not having a shaft drive, which makes touring much more easier. The suspension was soft, so I installed Racetec in the front and an Ohlin in the rear. Made for a much more competent ride.

Great luggage, and I had the heated grips and the rear trunk. I did get my money's worth!!! Loved the bike for what it was... a great touring machine.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2009

1997 Triumph Trophy 1200

Summary:

Best used sport tourer for the money, maybe just period

Faults:

Fouled plugs.

I finally wore out the stock head bearings.

Fuel starvation.

General Comments:

I love this bike. The motor is bullet proof, it handles well and stops even better. The resale is terrible - since you can only buy used now, all the better.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2005

2002 Triumph Trophy 1200

Summary:

The Trophy is a beautifully styled, fun riding, exceptional sport tourer

Faults:

The shifter linkage had mounting bolt which came loose. While this problem seems minor, it takes about 2 hours of disassembly and reassembly to correct properly.

Vacuum hose was loose. This was a very minor problem which manifested itself as a rough idle and was quickly fixed.

General Comments:

This motorcycle has been very reliable as demonstrated by the few minor problems listed.

Although it has a high center of gravity on the open road, it handles well.

It is very to fun to ride, has excellent power and acceleration, and is an all around great sport tourer.

My only complaint is the seat height which is especially challenging for shorter riders. I count myself as one at 5'4".

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2005