1990 Triumph Trophy 1200 from United Kingdom

Summary:

The very best

Faults:

3x sprag clutch, fork seals, wiring harness, ignition coils.

General Comments:

Wonderful. It was designed for someone exactly my size, 6'3". Have done well over 1000 miles in a day several times. Cruises easily at 140mph as long as the fuel lasts. Mine is number 202, one of the first ever built at Hinckley in the first batch. Has never ever let me down.

I have replaced the forks and brakes with 1000/1200 Daytona items and have a Maxton rear shock and matched fork upgrade, so the handling is very, very good. Have done dozens of track days on it.

It looks very ropey now after 22 years and many winters of riding, but it goes as new. I have had it on a dyno at intervals, and it still makes about 118 BHP at the rear wheel, just as when new. Uses no oil and the engine noise is only slightly louder than my other (number 204) identical model with 20,000 recorded miles. MPG was 37 MPG over 140,000 miles, but I decided to renew the carb jets and found the earliest (larger) jets were still fitted, so replaced them with rec. size. MPG is 10% better now.

I also have 1000 Daytona, 1200 Daytona, TT600 and 675 for comparison. All totally reliable.

Anyone with a question on these earliest bikes can email me on trophy12@supanet.com and I will try to help.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2015

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