Triumph Trophy 900 Reviews

1997 Triumph Trophy 900 from United Kingdom

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous motorcycleTriumph Daytona

Summary:

I will ride it until it outlives me

Faults:

The low-speed operation (idle range) had always been erratic.

Speedometer replaced at 9000 miles. It started slipping above 80mph.

Clock stops and starts, but not when riding. Perhaps a connection problem, as the vibration is perhaps helping.

General Comments:

General: Strong as a tank and understandably heavy but the skill comes easy with it. A modified chain guard is needed to keep underside of top-box and port side pannier clean. I use a tank bag, especially when touring, to 'compensate' for (probably over) weight carried in the top-box.

Mechanics: Unbreakable motor!!! Just checked valve clearances and are still within specification!

Electrics: Will change to a gel-battery to 'reduce' battery maintenance! I'm 61 and want to make my life easier. I ride little at night, but will try these 'blue-H4's.

Seating: Pillion is very happy. Have back-rest pad (Triumph-part) for her on top-box. I think rider's seat is too hollow. Might modify a secondhand one to try out.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2008

1997 Triumph Trophy 900 from Belgium

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 kilometres
Most recent distance27000 kilometres

Summary:

Great bike with superb design

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong up till now. Although there is a slight sound in the engine, which according to a Triumph specialist appears to be a broken bolt in the alternator.

Appears to be a common problem in the 900 engines from Triumph. Can be fixed, but requires the engine to be opened.

General Comments:

Comfort is great, I really love this bike, and the design is superb. Would definitely take another Triumph.

Eager to test the Rocket III. Completely other style, but such a great bike it looks to me.

It has a fantastic torque, giving it power at any speed and RPM. Open the throttle and you just keep on accelerating, just great.

And the best part is that - although the bike looks heavy - it is very maneuverable. I started with this bike, being it my first ever, and it handles as easy as if you you've been riding for ages.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2008

11th Jun 2008, 12:41

The alternator bolt is (AFAIR) a recall issue; you should get it done for free as the wrong bolts were used for a while.

1997 Triumph Trophy 900 from United Kingdom

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance16000 miles
Previous motorcycleTriumph Trophy 900

Summary:

1990's classic

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

My motorcycle has been extremely reliable, although in fairness my mileage is very low.

This is the second Trophy I have owned and it has the 1996 onward fairing. The fairing has 2 weakness in my opinion, 1) there is no wind protection for your feet and 2) the screen is too low. The second problem can easily fixed by buying a replacement screen from Clearview who are excellent (there is no financial connection between us).

The center of gravity is high and I do not recommend the bike for anyone under 5'9", although I note one of the other reviewers is 5'4". I am 6'1" and the bike is just right.

Power and acceleration are fine, I have the 3 cylinder 900cc engine which just sounds great.

There is a great owners forum over at yahoo groups, which I highly recommend you check out if you interested in buying a Trophy.

I think this is a bike that will last for decades, and as such they make a great second hand buy. They are a great ride and I am very happy with my bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2005

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 3 reviews