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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Like the preceding Explorer adventure bike, Triumph’s new tourer, the Trophy,  has probably swept to the top of its class first time out by, if not being shiningly the best at anything, then certainly being the best tourer overall. It has a fabulous powertrain, decent handling, glorious comfort and more gizmos than you can shake a hefty stick at.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Essentially the same, all-new, 1215cc, shaft drive triple which debuted earlier this year in the Tiger Explorer adventure bike, but slightly detuned to give more torque and flexibility. Triumph claims the aim was to deliver over 100Nm of torque all the way from 2500rpm to 9800rpm. The result is peaks of 132bhp @ 8900rpm and 89ftlbs @ 6450rpm (compared to the Explorer’s 135bhp @ 9300rpm and 89ftlbs @ 7850rpm) and a fabulously grunty, crisp delivery. Gear ratios also different to the Explorer, most notablly with 6th now tagged an ‘Overdrive’. There’s also an improved version of the cruise control introduced on the Explorer. Triumph also claims impressive fuel consumption of 54.5mpg @ 75mph while service intervals are and impressive 10,000 miles, minor/20,000miles, major.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

In place of the Explorer’s tubular steel trellis is an all-new aluminium twin spar design (Triumph’s first, incidentally) designed to be as slim and light as possible and also claimed by Triumph to be the lightest in the class. Longer shaft drive housing/swing-arm also lengthen the wheelbase for added stability. Even so, steering is light and sharp (although the bike is still so big it’ll never be confused with a sports bike). Ride is stable and plush, although some found the suspension a little choppy, seat is 3-hours comfy, screen is the best in the business.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

There’s pretty much all the toys imaginable: electrically adjustable screen, adjustable seat, Triumph’s electronically adjustable suspension, ABS, traction control, cruise control, integrated stereo system, massively sophisticated instrumentation, clever luggage system and plenty more as options.

Triumph Trophy 1200 SE (2012-current)

Detail Value
New price £14,299
Dealer used prices
£11,250 (2013) - £12,830 (2014)
Private used prices
£10,130 (2013) - £11,540 (2014)
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Engine size 1215 cc
Power 132 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Triumph’s best yet – although the jury’s still out on reliability. Paint, finishes, detailing etc, particularly of things like the screen’s optical quality, are up with the best.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Both are pretty reasonable compared to their direct rivals from BMW and considering what you get for your money. The SE spec version, with TES, stereo and tyre pressure monitoring system, is, at £1300-odd extra, probably the one to go for and the one Triumph expects to sell the most of. But both are excellent machines.


Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2012: Model launched

Other Versions

Triumph Trophy 1200: Basic version does without SE’s  electronically adjustable suspension or audio system for £1350 less


Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 132 bhp
Max torque 89 ft-lb
Weight 301 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 26 litres
Average fuel consumption 52 mpg
Tank range 300 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1215 cc
Engine specification 12v liquid-cooled triple, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin beam
Front suspension adjustment Electronic damping adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Electronic preload and damping adjust
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs, 4-piston calipers, ABS
Rear brake 282mm disc, 2-piston caliper ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 ZR 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 ZR 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Best handling tourer


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Quality and Reliabilty

    When this bike was unveiled I was very disappointed i was expecting a sprint st with shaft drive not a Goldwing challenger so I bought A Tiger 1050 instead. Took the Tiger in for a service and they lent me a Trophy. I could not belive how well this bike handeled light flicable and loads of ground clearance beter than the tiger, ignor how it looks you need to test ride this bike. Traded in the Tiger and I have loved every minute with this bike. Bought the standar model the suspension can all be adjusted preload and damping without tools in seconds no need for comlicated electronics and has way more setings than the electronic version. I have no need for a radio just listen the the engine also without the radio you get an extra 5lt compartment under the seat, but the most surprising thing about this bike is the fuel consumption riding hard I get 55mpg and taking it easy I can get 60mpg!

    18 November 2014


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