2nd Mar 2006, 02:41
I recently (Feb. 2006) purchased a 1995 Triumph Trophy with only about original 11,000 miles on the machine. It is the Ocean Blue color, although I would call it a Royal Blue. The fit and finish of the machine is superb, and the fairing, plastics and other coverings are far superior in quality than my previous Honda ST1100 (2002 model year). Nothing about the machine seems flimsy or less than robust.
The motor is excellent in the performance area. While I can't yet speak to reliability, it seems to have gone the miles without mechanical or electrical difficulties thus far.
The ergonomics are well suited to me, and at 5'10", I don't have to stretch to reach the bars as I did on the Honda. While you have a slight lean forward, it is comfortable. I'll likely add some bar extenders to raise their height about 3/4 on an inch. That should provide just a bit more of an upright sitting position. Compared to previous motorcycles, one seems to sit in the Trophy as opposed to sitting on it. I am able to reach the ground flat footed, and this provides additional confidence when coming to a stop.
The sidestand is a bit strange as the machine leans over quite far. I imagine that when parking on a hill, this will help it from tipping should you choose to angle toward the hill's slant. It does take a bit more effort to right the machine though. The trick is to get a bit of momentum by standing up, and then as you seat yourself, rock a bit and the machine comes right up. When putting the bike on the sidestand, you'll have to remember that it isn't going to fall over, it just feels that way. On the subject of stands, I've yet to be able to get the machine up on the center stand. I couldn't do it with the Honda either. Accomplishing this with any machine over 500 pounds isn't going to be easy, but it sure would be great if manufacturers paid some attention to this.
For maintenance, everything seems to be within easy reach. Taking the seat off reveals easy access to the electrics, idle speed adjustment and a variety of connectors.
In slow, shallow turns, the Trophy tends to help you lean, which is a function of carrying its weight a bit high. Of course the ST1100 Honda and a previous V65 Sabre exhibited the same characteristic.
The gauges are easy to read and reasonably accurate. Lighting switches and other controls are easy to use, and have a positive feel to them.
Starting the machine after sitting in the cold is a simple procedure. A bit of choke and then off it goes, so that the big four rumbles along at idle. My Trophy came with carbon fiber D&D canister mufflers, and although I would prefer the original version, the D&Ds are not too loud. With a pair of saddlebags mounted, the exhaust note should fall behind the machine while riding, so everything is okay there.
The motor is smooth and provides very good power delivery. You'll not be left wanting in that area. You won't find yourself constantly changing gears to move at speed, since the motor provides good torque and horsepower for any need.
The power delivery of the motor makes for a relaxed feel, so covering distance should present no problem. What may hinder very long distance riding is the seat, but then, few motorcycles have a decent place to park your behind anyway. A switch to a Corbin seat is in order. Aside from being more comfortable for the driver, the scooped portions give the passenger some feeling of security as they aren't sliding into you every time the brakes are used.
On the subject of brakes, the force needed to apply the front binders is a little high. While it isn't too much to stop the machine, it could be lighter.
The transmission shifts effortlessly and the change from gear to the next is both light and positive. The ratios are well matched to the motor's power, and at speed the motor feels easy.
From my experience so far, I'd buy another without reservation.
8th Aug 2007, 14:30
I am very happy with my Trophy 1200, 1996, 10500 miles, £2250 via eBay in 2006.
Seems fine to me after NTV and FZR all good fun, but this is comfy, powerful, roomy and sensible, so a good alternative tourer at a favourable price.
20th Jun 2008, 13:16
I'm surprised by comments that say the bike is unreliable.
I belong to a Trophy group on the Internet with over 1,000 members, who all seem to agree that this is as bulletproof as a bike can be.
My 1996 Trophy 1200 now has over 60,000 flawless miles on it, only replacing what you'd expect over the years.
Service Bulletins have been issued for known problems, and if corrected, the bike should be like a tank.
3rd Sep 2008, 14:07
Have a 1995 Trophy 1200 and have never had any problem whatsoever. After all these years, she is still my favorite ride. Traveling is great but so is a slow mellow drive. I hope I can keep on enjoying her for the years to come since all metals and plastic are in top shape as well as the engine, still very lively. All components are in great shape. After this experience, if I come to buy another bike, she'll be a Triumph.
19th Sep 2008, 23:12
I bought a brand new Triumph Trophy 1200 in 1995. Here it is 2008 and now the bike is costing me some serious dollars to maintain. It's not the mileage, as it has only 7,000 gentle miles on the clock. It's not the fact that I did not do routine maintenance. All was done on time and in good order. Regular oil changes, fluid changes, etc. I think it is simply that now the bike is 13 years old and is failing.
I took my Trophy to a new local dealer and it's been there for FOUR MONTHS!!! The original issue was for a fuel selector valve issue. The bike would only run on PRIME. They uncovered some broken vacuum hoses. Unfortunately, they stated the replacement parts would be weeks, if not months coming over from England.??? Two months later, they arrived, but were the wrong hoses.??? New hoses arrived 3 weeks later. The dealer then told me the clutch master cylinder was in danger of failure because the fluid was pink.??? They ordered a new clutch master cylinder. That took two weeks. They then told me the tires were cracking (even though only 2 years old) and had to be replaced, as did the brakes, the brake fluid, and one of the rotors. Another week.
Finally, the bike was supposedly ready yesterday, however, when they test rode it, they said when they shut it off the vacuum diaphragm on the fuel valve failed, leaking a huge quantity of fuel everywhere, and had to be replaced. Another week.
Total so far with parts and labor? $2,300.00.
PLUS, the TIME that the bike has been in the shop is a travesty!
I should have simply sold the bike last year when it was running well and worth selling before these repairs. I have lost my entire summer with this bike in the shop.
I'd not buy another.
Could be just a BAD dealer, but it's fouled my taste for Triumph bikes!