2013 Triumph Trophy SE Review

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2013 Triumph Trophy SE

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and static photos by Kenn Action shots by Mark

2013 Triumph Trophy SE

thanks to Schuberth North for the C3 World helmet

Here is a for you: Is the 2013 Triumph SE a sport-touring bike or a full on bike? If you live in England your answer will likely be “it’s a touring but if you live here in the USA then probably say “sport-touring”. This is due to our attitudes and the kinds of riding we do.

can get from one end of their country to the in a matter of hours whereas us would ride for days to the same task.

Since the SE doesn’t come with a it fits squarely into my of a sport-touring bike rather the “touring” bike moniker both Triumph and the Brits put on it. is another reason I feel the SE is more of a sport-touring bike than a touring bike – the we’ll get back to that a bit

Triumph started designing the back in 2008 and chose to go after the top dog of the near-touring, sport-touring Herr R1200RT from Unfortunately, at least in my eyes, in to beat the Germans they all the “British-ness” out of their design. other riders thought the was a BMW until either I told it was a Triumph or they took a look.

British designers always about the curves in the they designed and I can’t but feel that the Trophy have been more and less Me109.

While the may mimic the sharp right of its main competitor, the heart of the SE is completely British; a 1215cc that develops 132bhp (at and 89ft.lbs of torque (at 6,450rpm). I first started riding the I was surprised at how much grunt the had right off the line. You can get up to speed and be happy without ever above 5k rpm or half throttle.

a few days I figured out that the Trophy SE is satisfied with around town like it was electric wheelchair, it didn’t become happy until you the throttle open and spool the needle into the northern of the dial.

Judging by the furious that comes from the fuel tank at WOT, the in the Trophy SE is angry about stuffed between the frame of a luxury sport-touring bike. I the way the engine felt around but, other than very torquey, the performance “wow” me…..until I decided to use the like it was a serving wench and I was the of the manor (hmm…where did that come from?) The happy those whirring, screeching, noises that only make, coming from all that angular bodywork me that the heart of the Trophy SE to misbehave and be a bit naughty. I would have guessed there was a lurking underneath all that

Another great thing the 3-cylinder engines that is producing is the lack of vibration due to a balance shaft. Not to get too technical a big 3-cylinder engine only one balance shaft, running at the frequency as the crankshaft, to smooth out vibes whereas a big 4-cylinder two balance shafts, running at the frequency of the crank to smooth out vibes. Less parts = simplicity = Win! for the triples.

lack of vibration really itself when you are cruising at and all you feel is a very light coming through the bars. I’d to say that outside of an electric you’d be hard pressed to a smoother engine.

The first I threw a leg over the Trophy SE and it up off the side stand I thought, hell! This bike is top heavy! It’s going to be a gyp in the fanny to maneuver at dozy

It’ll probably be no fun to bung the corners at higher speeds (editor’s note: My inner apparently thinks he’s I chalk it up to watching too much as a young, impressionable child. my inner voice has a crappy of British slang so I apologize for any he may have caused).

At some on any road trip you’ll twists, turns and curves in the and, contrary to my initial THIS is where the Trophy

Triumph cannot possibly be the person who was in charge of the chassis and department during the Trophy’s enough money; whatever it is should at least double it. At the Trophy SE feels bulky and top but the moment the wheels start to all that bulk and top heaviness It took me a week or so to really pushing the Trophy in corners, and then I always felt I was leaving a lot of the bike’s ability on the

I’d start to push hard, harder, then a bit harder and suddenly my brain would up, see what I was up to and run off to strangle my courage. I could never mentally get how a bike that was so wide and so could possibly be so planted and while bombing around at speed. The Triumph Trophy SE is brilliance when the road some curves at you.

Not brilliant for a bike that over 650 pounds wet (the weight is 662 pounds to be exact) but for a sport-touring bike in general.

To achieve this level of Triumph turned to suspension WP for the front and rear suspension on the The SE version, the only version of us in the USA will be able to buy, has adjustable suspension at both Up front the 43mm upside-down adjust with the push a couple of pushes) of a button for dampening while the rear adjust for hydraulic preload and dampening.

Adjusting the suspension is you can adjust rebound dampening in modes (Sport/Normal/Comfort), and the preload has three settings (Solo, w/Luggage, Two-Up). You can feel the change height when you the preload (only when of course) and changing the rebound actually resulted in a noticeable in the Trophy SE’s ride and “Sport” was a bit too harsh on the flat and but really tightened things up in the while “Comfort” was plush on the but allowed the bike to wallow a bit leaned over. My default was “Solo w/Luggage” and “Normal” as I that to give the best ride without getting in the twisties.

A bike’s transmission,brakes and injection/engine management system a supporting role to the three components of a motorcycle; the engine, the and the chassis. My one main beef Triumph’s in the past has been ratchety transmissions; especially found attached to the liter motors.

Apparently Triumph out what they were wrong and fixed it as the 6-speed in the Trophy is wonderful; precise a light, yet satisfying, feel. I missed a shift or felt I was forcing the transmission to shift it would rather be off lying on a somewhere. As an aside, you can run first all the way up to 80mph before hitting the rev

For some reason I found to be both an odd and a strangely enjoyable to be able to do.

The brakes are a different They work fine and stop the Trophy in a quick but they had two issues; lack of and a non-linear feel.

The feedback never really bothered me too as the Trophy SE is fitted with a good ABS system as a safety The non-linear feel of the brakes kept catching me out. I’d a corner, mentally set-up my start squeezing the front lever and pressing the rear pedal and……..suddenly I’d find having to readjust my line I was going slower than I to.

I finally realized that the was the linked brakes. The front are partially activated by the rear pedal; the harder you press on the brake pedal the more it sends to one of the front brake This pressure sensitive means that you don’t any slow speed capabilities, the front brake won’t be in low-speed/low-pressure situations, but it also that you’ll have to your braking technique corners.

Once I figured out the I was able to modify my technique – but I wasn’t a big fan of the set-up. To me, linked are the answer to a question no one asked.

In all the I’ve done on Triumph’s never had to mention much the fuel injection/engine management because, well, there isn’t anything to talk Triumph has pretty much their game in this and the system in the Trophy SE is no different; the throttle and get instant response – time. I will mention I was getting, with my frequent to the north of the tach’s range, around 43mpg out of the bike.

Not bad for me and my “what’s a speed limit?” of riding.

Earlier I mentioned how the Trophy SE handled as soon as the started turning and I want to on that just a bit. are many factors that a bike’s low-speed handling and Triumph seems to have every one of them right on the One area that contributes to a slow-speed capabilities yet is often is the clutch.

A good clutch the rider to play with the delivery to rear wheel in a and linear fashion. I’m not going to say a lot the Trophy’s clutch as it would all out sounding like a paid for Triumph. Let’s just say within the first day of riding I was to turn the Trophy inside a 20′ with ease; something even after 8 years, 50k and a clutchetomy I still struggle to do on my FJR1300.

Sport-touring bikes are all about the of being able to link a lot of together in one trip; especially if curves are separated by miles and of straight roads. I’ll that I was “amused” by all the “gadgets” I first started riding the SE; and since the bike I rode had the pack” accessories on it there even more gadgets usual. I quickly grew to the heated grips but the heated left me a bit cold; literally.

It was having my … all toasty but only served to illustrate my legs were not as toasty as my was. This was because has done a great job in controlling the the 1215cc motor puts It’ll be great in the summer but a engine heat venting your legs in colder is nice.

The press bike I also had the larger windshield When in the full down the larger windshield put the wind at the top one inch of my helmet (I’m 6ft This not only caused a lot of but also caused the wind to zip the helmet’s top vents in such a as to be deafening – even while foam earplugs.

Putting the in a position where I was looking 1-2 inches over the top of it eliminated the and noise but also eliminated any air reaching me. I actually had to ride my visor open because I like I was suffocating with it due to a lack of any discernible airflow the helmet vents. I did find out you can completely dry while riding in the if you put the windshield in the full up position and go at least 40mph.

The Trophy SE me a few things about myself as Things like – I never that I really like cruise control on motorcycles and now I it on anything I ride. I also knew how much I would having an actual stereo on a instead of listening to music Bluetooth communicator speakers in my The stereo on the Trophy had Sirius/XM and could stream music your phone using Bluetooth technology.

It was also enough (combined with the wind protection) to allow you to the music at speeds somewhat the legal limit…..- even foam earplugs inserted in ears.

The downside to all this gadgetry is you a lot of switches to control it all and, the manufacturer wants to spend of money on parts (which obviously didn’t), those end up being the usual hard non-lit kind. At night on a back road you’ll be changing radio stations of radio volume, raising or the windshield instead of turning the grips on or off and numerous other faux pas while trying to the Trophy between the lines on the

The analog tachometer is easy to while the anolog speedometer, it’s smallish numbers, may a bit of a problem to the older Trophy SE who’s eyes have some acuity. The central of the dash is where the multifunction is located. This is where see all the information that isn’t, in cases, utterly important to the of riding.

The only exception to would be the fault messages the TPMS (tire pressure system) is reading low air pressure in one of the when it thinks it is like it doing on the test bike; I was reminded of a 1986 Chrysler New my mom drove as a company car – every so the computer system would and constantly remind you that door is ajar”…..even when it wasn’t “ajar”. After the 5th of stopping to check the tire I just gave-up and ignored the

I think the only two things I didn’t like about the SE were the throttle spring and the The Trophy has a throttle-by-wire system works well but comes the factory with a return that is too light. If Triumph the effort it took to twist the it would perfectly mimic cable operated throttles.

The are…. just lousy. If you them to see what’s directly you (which actually shows the of the trunk, if installed, and the bottom of arm, and just a little of actually behind you) you can’t see anything that may be in your rear ¾ view. If you the mirrors to see your rear ¾ then you lose the ability to see behind you unless you bend head down and to the side.

that are too small, poorly and don’t work are par for the course sport bikes but sport-touring should have mirrors actually do their job properly.

Triumph set their sights on the BMW R1200RT and then set about a bike that would the Beemer at its own game. The Trophy matches the R1200RT in any subjective I can think of except maybe in the of the electronics, and soundly trounces it in all categories; power, handling, smoothness, etc. Were I in the for a new sport-touring bike the Triumph certainly be on the short list – and at the top.

The only thing stops me from contemplating items I’d need to sell to buy one this minute is that the didn’t “speak” to me. Maybe too good, too polished, too….polite, but not did it stir my soul and make me it. The Trophy does everything you ask it to do batting an eye but it also never you and goads you to do more either.

once did I look at the Trophy and that little voice “you, me, the road – lets go see kind of trouble we can get into”. Of most other sport-touring don’t do that either so isn’t a failing of the Trophy per se, a characteristic of the sport-touring breed.

If you are in the for a sport-touring bike and like the of a radio, more upright position, and a smooth engine to go with your superb and near sportbike power the Trophy SE deserves a good, look.

Smooth, 3-cylinder

Excellent handling

Plenty of carrying capabilities

Comfortable, ergonomics

The Bad

The mirrors

The buttons to everything are not lit at night

Linked take some time to get to and don’t offer any benefits

spring is too light.

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