17th Jun 2013, 02:46


I have a 1995 Triumph Trophy 1200 purchased new from John Fretten Motorcycles, Blacktown, Sydney, in 1996. It is in British Racing Green and my pride and joy. It has only done 45,000 km.

The only problems I've had is replacing the magneto (after working out why it was tearing through batteries) which cost AUD2000, and the vacuum diaphragm leaking after cleaning a disintegrated air filter out of the carburettors.

About 4 years ago 3 of the 4 indicators were replaced through John Fretten as the graphite stalks became brittle.

Recently, the remaining old stalk (RH Rear) suffered the same problem. On ordering through NT Motorcycle Centre, Pinelands, Darwin (I am currently living in the NT) they received a set of 2 indicators that were not anything like the ones on my bike (too small and a different shape).

After a number of queries with them I was told that what was delivered is the "correct Triumph part" and they no longer make the part to the original shape. It turns out the replacement part is the Sprint indicator.

What I would like to know is if any other pre-1996 Trophy owners have had the same problem with the indicators and, if they know where to go to get an original indicator (or copy)?

Paul of Darwin.

8th Jul 2013, 05:59

Just to let any readers know I sourced the correct indicator stalk for my Trophy from Sprint Manufacturing in the UK.

31st May 2015, 12:28

Hmmm I wouldn't use that dealer after hearing your experience!

16th Sep 2015, 05:08

I bought a 1200 Trophy 2 days ago with 50 thousand miles on it. I have always wanted a Triumph, just because of the name. This guy needed rent money so I got it real cheap. On my way home, I punched it and man does this thing have power. I sunk into the seat and hit 120 miles an hour in the blink of an eye. It was still climbing hard and fast at that speed, but I let go of the throttle. That was just a test to see what it could do. I don't plan on any fast riding, but it's nice to know this dog will hunt if needed.

22nd Nov 2015, 01:02

Blimey, I hope this dealer was dropped like a hot coal. They clearly know nothing. Changing ONE brake rotor? Why didn't they notice all the 'faults' in their first inspection? A fuel vacuum pipe can be obtained from any decent hardware store for next to nothing. Any problems are probably caused by lack of use and not using the machine hard enough in the first place. Mechanical things need USING. This displaces corrosion inducing moisture and lubricates all parts of the motor. The 4 cylinder Triumphs are amongst the most reliable engines in any motorcycle ever (see my Trophy 1200 report). My Daytona 1200 went round Europe for 3000 miles at the drop of a hat with no preparation at all. And FAST. I use 120mph as a base line on the autobahns and accelerate from there as required. Spares are widely available in UK and are reasonably priced 2nd hand.

Triumph have a helpline at the factory and are very helpful if required. My bikes are registered 1991, 1992, 1992, 1992, 1992 and I would take any of them to Europe right now with nothing other than brake pad, tyre tread to consider prior to departure. Buy and use with confidence.

Happy and safe motorcyling Y'all.

Trevor at Trophy12@supanet.com (UK)

11th Jan 2016, 04:29

Amen, why would you not want to know about the bike you have? Why did you buy it, because of the way it sounds ha ha?

4th Sep 2019, 18:58

I just came across this page today, Sept. 4, 2019. It looks like it has not been commented on in years, but I wanted to share about my 1995 T4. I bought it new in 1995 in Edison NJ USA. The dealer had a green one in stock, but I did not like the color, so I waited 2 months for the "Nightshade" blue to come from the UK. I had not seen the color before I took ownership, but for me it was worth the wait, I love it.

The bike has been very reliable over the years and miles (45000) with one exception about 5 years ago. The bike started running rough and with the help of my local mechanic we sourced the problem to the cam chain being loose. There is an automatic type of tensioner for the chain on the right side of the engine. As the chain loosens, the tensioner ratchets out to take up the slack. The tensioner had run out of travel and the chain was still loose. My mechanic braised a little nipple on the end of the tensioner to help take up chain slack and the bike ran good for about a year before I could tell the chain was getting loose again as the bike started to run rough. Then one day I hit the starter and the chain jumped time. No engine damage occurred, but the bike would not run. The chain was replaced, it cost me some mechanic hours to have it done, but now the bike runs better than ever! So powerful!

Only other issue was the rear turn indicators did get brittle, broke, and had to be replaced with ones I found on the internet. I have several bikes, but my Trophy is my favorite.