1994 Triumph Trophy 1200 from Germany

Summary:

It's an excellent, good handling, unfussy, fast tourer, with more than enough of everything

Faults:

Needed new coils soon after I got it, but they weren't expensive and they were swapped easily.

I've just had a new rear tyre fitted, and was told the wheel bearings are just on their way out, so they'll be replaced this winter - probably do the front wheel while I'm at it. The only other thing is that when I use it for shortish runs, say about 20 km, it doesn't seem to charge very well. If I do a long run, it's no problem.

The bike cost me 1500€ altogether and has given me excellent service. I don't think I can complain about the faults above based on the mileage done.

General Comments:

I love the beautifully smooth engine and the huge torque it has. I can sit in top gear most of the time. I cross the border into Switzerland every day for work, and it goes through at less than 30 kph in top gear and then pulls away.

It's a bit on the heavy side for the Black Forest (where I live in S. Germany), but it does everything I want very well despite that, and the handling is very predictable and steady.

Brakes are excellent, but it's the engine braking that really impresses me.

It's very comfortable. Even though I'm vertically challenged, I have no problem getting my feet on the ground - don't know why some people do!

It is quite capable of cruising flat out if the autobahn is empty; that's an indicated 255 kph.

It's an old (like me) bike now, but it's a very good bike too, and I wouldn't contemplate selling it. Think I need a Street Triple, too.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2012

2002 Triumph Trophy 1200 from United States of America

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

2000 Triumph Trophy 1200 from United Kingdom

Summary:

Surprisingly quick, great fun and very comfortable

Faults:

Misfiring, when accelerating. Found not to be carburetter problems. Eventually diagnosed as an ignition coil breaking down.

General Comments:

Great value for money, comfortable tourer.

Surprisingly good acceleration, although mpg is not as good as many modern bikes of the same type.

Also top heavy. This takes some getting used to, but once moving, this bike is a dream to ride.

I had a skittish 600cc Suzuki Bandit previously, and although it was a very reliable bike, it was not very comfortable on long runs, nor did it give any protection from the elements.

The Trophy gives excellent protection, is less prone to cross wind issues and is what it is, ie a big heavy powerful touring bike. If you are not worried about mpg, then these bikes are a lot of fun for low cost.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2011

2001 Triumph Trophy 1200 from United States of America

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