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Triumph Trophy is back - 'I rode the first one'

By Phil West -

New bikes

 17 November 2010 12:02

The Triumph Trophy is back - see spy pictures and read the full story in this week's MCN.

With Triumph’s recent success dominated by Speed and Street Triples and big tourers being absent from its range since 2003, it’s easy to forget how significant the Trophy is to the Hinckley marque. 

When Triumph relaunched 20 years ago its first bike wasn’t a Daytona or a Tiger or even a Trident (although two of those three were to follow very shortly after) – it was with the 1200 Trophy. I should know. I was the first journo to ride it.

In fact the word ‘significant’ doesn’t say the half of it. That first ride simply HAD to prove the new Triumph concern’s credibility.

The 1200 Trophy did just that – and more in fact. Over the subsequent, formative Hinckley years, the big tourer, both in 900 triple and 1200 four guises, and including one significant facelift in 1995, went onto to become one of the longest lived of the original Hinckley machines (only finally going out of production in 2003) and a vital steady seller.

Back then the Trophy certainly wasn’t cutting edge. But its solid, durable engineering, credible performance and contemporary (if conservative) style and spec were revolutionary enough at a time when British motorcycles were either jokes or classics or both.

The Trophy set Hinckley, literally, on its way. It’s return now looks set to take the firm into new territory yet again.