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Triumph Trophy 1200

Triumph Trophy, 1200cc, 97/98 (R)


Bought this bike last year for buttons when it was being traded in at the bike shop where I work, kept it for six months then gave it to my brother in law.

Huge amount of bike for the cash and excellent value considering they can now be had for around £800 to £1200.

Massively comfortable over long distance, I did 450 miles in one hit from Stuttgart to the east side of the Czech republic and still went out drinking and dancing that night! Fuel economy around 40 to 45 mpg for everyday riding with over 50mpg on long motorway journeys, giving at least 200 miles to a tank normally and much more when going gently. The fuel consumption and performance can both be altered by changing the size of the sprockets; various sizes are available and quite cheap.

Chain wear is average compared with other bikes I have owned, but I’m a big fan of Scotoilers which more or less do away with chain maintenance. Servicing costs are not bad, though Triumph specify fully synthetic oil which increases costs. Valve clearances seldom need adjusted when checked, but if they do pay a Triumph mechanic as it is a lot easier with the correct tool and you need the full range of shims.

Likewise, don’t try to change the air filter yourself unless you are veeeery patient and have long flexible fingers; it actually needs the carbs taken off to get the old one out and getting the carb rubbers back on is a nightmare! Don’t change it for a KN, they make the bike run like poop unless you get the jets changed- pricey. Rear suspension links all have grease nipples so no need for regular stripping (!).

The fairing gives good protection with only toes, knees and shoulders getting wet at speed though I found the flip up screen my one was fitted with gave a bit of a head bob over 80mph.

Front brakes are generally pretty good, though as with most of this age of Triumphs there is a lot of lever travel before anything happens even though it comes with braided hoses as standard. This is easily cured by slipping a small washer between the end of the master cylinder pushrod and the butt of the brake lever to act as a spacer. Back brake just does it’s job and is generally unspectacular, but can start to bind if it’s not kept clean.

Triumph Trophy 1200

Suspension is fairly soft, more tourer than sport, but still firm enough to get me safely round the Nurburgring! Handling is slow and certain if a little top heavy but it has freight train stability on the Autobahn. It needs a firm hand and positive throttle around town, especially round roundabouts if you don’t want it to feel like it is toppling over, but it never gets dangerous or scary.

Performance from the triple engine is pretty good considering the weight it is pushing (probably about 250kg with a full tank) and it has excellent stomp for overtaking without having to change down. The sound is fabulous.

As with all older Triumphs the centre stand was beginning to sink a little (on the first ones the stand would bend, with the later ones the mounts deform) so I had to be careful when using it that the bike wasn’t left with both wheels still on the ground and the bike teetering. Also, the sidestand mount gradually bends under the weight so the bike ends up at a ridiculous angle of lean eventually.

Not expensive to replace (I think it’s about £60 brand new) and better to do before it snaps completely overnight and the bike lands on its side. Mirrors on this bike are average compared to modern tourers, but certainly better than a lot of mid 90’s bikes. On the whole?

Buy one.

Triumph Trophy 1200
Triumph Trophy 1200
Triumph Trophy 1200
Triumph Trophy 1200

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