Triumph Trophy 1200 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2003 Triumph Trophy 1200 from United States of America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance10800 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB750

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 from United States of America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired1200 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles

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

2000 Triumph Trophy 1200 from United Kingdom

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance17500 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GSF600 Bandit (Unfaired)

Summary:

Great fun, confortable, and fantastic value for money

Faults:

Slight misfire at low revs when accelerating.

General Comments:

This is a vastly underestimated tourer, with plenty of power and comfort to match.

Although its looks are not to everyone's taste, the large fairing gives excellent protection from the elements.

It is great fun to ride, has phenomenal acceleration, and has 'presence' on the road, ie if car drivers cannot see a Triumph Trophy coming, they need a sight test.

Only a couple of negatives. It is a very top heavy bike, and therefore difficult to handle in slow traffic.

It has a very large turning circle, and is difficult to manoeuvre off the stand manually. Probably sounds stupid, but a low geared reverse gear, as fitted to some big tourers would have been a welcome addition.

Also a gear indicator would ALSO have been useful. I am often not in top gear when I should be, because the engine is so flexible.

In summary. Although the Trophy is no longer in production, it is a lot of bike for very little money. I see no reason to spend upwards of £12k for a touring bike, when a £3k to £4k Trophy 1200 gets all you need.

Final tip, always get on, and off it on the side stand and pull it upright. If it falls over you'll need several helpers to pick it up and to avoid a hernia.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2009

2000 Triumph Trophy 1200 from New Zealand

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles

Summary:

Great bike, still love the look of it

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Pulls like a freight train. Gives Japanese bikes of the same vintage a run for their money.

Still turns heads.

Very reliable, and plenty of storage with the panniers.

Pretty heavy in slow traffic and tight turns.

Brakes well and behaves in heavy traffic.

Important to keep the maintenance up and tyre pressures right.

Has plenty of class and heritage.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2009

1991 Triumph Trophy 1200 from United Kingdom

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 4 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired22649 kilometres
Most recent distance23598 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda CB750

Summary:

Fast, comfy, but very heavy to maneuver

Faults:

Bike was stood for 2 years, so needed the carbs stripping and cleaning, as it kept flooding.

I have just noticed there is a fork seal weeping; all related to age of bike.

The fairing, once removed, never goes back on properly!

At low speed it handles like a puppy on a lead, and the turning circle is pathetic, it takes me about 10 shunts to get it out of my gate.

General Comments:

The bike is very quick, but doesn't instill confidence when entering a corner at speed. It is quite comfy 2 up.

The cooling fan comes on after very short time, but so far it has been reliable, so I suppose that's what it's all about.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2008

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 14 reviews