TRIUMPH TROPHY 1200 (1991-2004) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Hinckley Triumph's first bike slowly evolved into a fully-fledged tourer with a slightly sporty personality"

Triumph Trophy 1200 motorcycle review - Riding

"Hinckley Triumph's first bike slowly evolved into a fully-fledged tourer with a slightly sporty personality"

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

Originally more sportster than tourer, Hinckley Triumph’s first bike slowly evolved into a fully-fledged tourer with a slightly sporty personality. The main change to the Triumph Trophy 1200 came in 1995 with a much-improved fairing and bodywork, as well as colour matched hard luggage fitted as standard. The Triumph Trophy 1200 is a proper, big (and tall) old school tourer with decent ability and classy touches.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

Like many Triumphs, the Triumph Trophy 1200 is not only tall but its suspension is quite firm - especially for a tourer - but that just means the 237kg (522lb) bulk is well controlled and the Triumph Trophy 1200 won’t squirm or wallow through bends like a lot of softly sprung touring bikes. Instead, when the road turns twisty, the Triumph Trophy 1200 can maintain the pace and give a fun and sporty ride.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Triumph Trophy 1200's four cylinder 1180cc engine was detuned from an original high of 141bhp to a softer 108bhp for its touring role, but lost none of its silky smoothness or roll-on friendly torque. The Triumph Trophy 1200 is ideal for touring as there’s enough grunt to haul pillions and luggage along at three figure speeds, all without having to stir the gearbox unnecessarily.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Early Triumphs were massively over-engineered on the one hand and very simple, basic machines on the other, so reliability issues with the Triumph Trophy 1200 are few and far between. Paint and metai finishes were rather poor for the first two years however. All of this was massively improved on the Triumph Trophy 1200 post 1995.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Pricier and less sophisticated than comparable Japanese bikes, and without the reputation and ruggedness of BMW. Nevertheless the Triumph Trophy 1200 is a well equipped, capable (if slightly big and heavy), classy and, compared to BMW at least, cheap tourer. Find a well looked after one and you won’t go wrong… Find a Triumph Trophy 1200 for sale

Insurance group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

That sleek slab of plastic offers good weather protection, but could possibly benefit from a slightly higher screen since air spilling over it can hit the rider full on the helmet. The Triumph Trophy 1200's fairing’s not as wide as some of the competition, with slightly less protection for the hands and feet, but that’s the price you pay for good ground clearance and a modicum of sporty handling ability. Pillions are well catered for on the Triumph Trophy 1200, with a broad, flat seat and well-placed grab handles running on either side of the seat.

Owners' Reviews

8 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TROPHY 1200 (1991-2004) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your TRIUMPH TROPHY 1200 (1991-2004)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.1 out of 5
Engine 4.6 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

29 July 2015 by Trev

Fabulous engine and total reliability. Front brakes and forks need upgrading with Daytona items for much better stopping power and fully adjustable suspension. My forks have been tuned by Maxton with their rear shock also fitted. Very early ones like... Read more mine have larger carb jets fitted and do around 38-40 mpg. Later jets increase this to 42-45 under similar riding.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Best on long distance touring but can do anything but off road. Have done 1000 miles in a day quite often. Brindisi-London my longest continuous ride.
Engine
5 out of 5
Good strong power right through the range. Mine showed 116bhp at back wheel between 5000miles and 150,000 miles when last tested. Much better roll on than my 1200 Daytona. Will hold indicated 140mph all day.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Engine covers paint is not long lasting. Has still never failed to get back home in 180,000 miles. Fork seals fail quite often. Daytona type 4 piston brake calipers are far better and the pads last 3 times longer. (Use T595 pads for stronger stopping power).
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
Came with Givi paniers from new. Have added the clock from later model Trophy.
Buying experience

Bought new from a dealer Market M/C of Tring in 1992. Paid £7149.

4 out of 5

Try One

27 June 2015 by David

Brilliant tourer, in the past three years I have toured Spain, France and Portugal and to be honest it has been near perfect but I rated it Four out of Five because of the weight and whilst I have never dropped it I find it demanding riding over... Read more cobbled streets in old town centres. I would rate it highly and considering the price of them I would recommend anyone wanting a tourer to give them serious thought.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
great tourer but cumbersome for short hops
Engine
5 out of 5
Its a doddle to ride the torque makes life easy.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
this is an average over 17 years
Equipment
5 out of 5
Upright, good visibility, very comfortable seating and pegs, I'm 6 ft. Panniers and top box provide loads of storage . I have a high screen and don't have any discomfort. Clock, fuel guage, temperature guage, immobiliser all included.
Buying experience

Bought privately 17 years ago from a fastidious owner. Then it was £2250 on e bay auction with 9000 miles and very good condition.

4 out of 5

Excellent for bigger rider

14 January 2011 by Alchamist

Purchased a '94 Trophy as my first bike - and so far it has been excellent. Starts on the button and rides nice and smoothly. Plenty of room for my long legs and easy to balance. It has been very forgiving with my while I have learned how to ride it.... Read more Overall it has been a dream for both commuting and the "fun" rides. Plenty of power when asked, but nice and smooth on the day-to-day stuff.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

trophy1200

13 December 2009 by rookierugby

I,ve had this bike about 6 months now and so far been realy pleased. As the review states its a bit old school, but i find it can move on quite fast on most roads. Its big strong and well put together, as well as being very comfortable. The furthest... Read more ive been is this years WSB at Magny-Cours, it carried me and all my kit plus 2 other peoples tents no problems on a 1000 mile round trip.It does what it says on the box,and is good value for the money. And the best bit is its British.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Trophy 1200

12 November 2007 by pmhuff

Bought new Feb 2000 slight problem with engine within first week diagnosed as faulty coil and replaced under warranty. Now on 62000 miles and still running like a dream, smooth, fastish, hurtles across roundabouts, 14 hours riding in a day and... Read more still no sore arse and carries enough kit for a fortnight away with tent, sleeping bag etc. Would I change this bike....not in a million years, British racing green, union jacks - hey its great to be touring europe flying the flag.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Bought April 2005mls when bought 1500 mls mls now 4000 bought from woods abergele

31 October 2006 by dwyffordd

great for long journeys 2 up,averages about 41 mpg, a big improvement on my diversion in the way of sheer power & torque & able to give many a sports bike a run for there money if the road has nice sweeping bends.have fitted a scottoiler... Read more great invention saves getting messy,great bike. Strengths: Riding position, torque and price.  Weaknesses: Weight, turning circle and paint quality.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

A reborn Triumph for born again bikers

28 September 2006 by stevowarrior

If like me you are a born again biker looking for a lot of bike for your money, one you can get out and tour on in comfort, then look no further than the Triumph Trophy. A good solid VFM machine, try and find a 1999 or later model. The screen and... Read more fairing were restyled to minimise buffering for 99 and it worked. Strengths: Comfort, stylish & loads of storage with the full luggage system. Weaknesses: Bit heavy on the fuel.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Big comfortable reliable tourer that will move as well

24 March 2006 by rick8431

I have owned this bike for two years now. I use it for commuting and days out as well as long touring holidays. I have been to southern Spain and Prague as well as touring France and Germany. The reliability has been excellent and comfort is first... Read more rate. A 500 mile stretch in one day followed by the same the next day is no problem.  Strengths: Fast, comfortable, excellent fairing, good handling. Excellent luggage. Weaknesses: Fuel economy could be better. Thats a minor issue. In a perect world it would have shaft drive, that again is a minor issue.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Read all 8 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1991
Year discontinued 2004
Original price -
Used price £2,500 to £2,900
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £100
Performance
Max power 108 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12 secs
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 165 miles
Specification
Engine size 1180cc
Engine type 16v transverse four, 6 gears
Frame type Steel tube spine
Fuel capacity 25 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 237kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake 2 x 310mm discs
Rear brake 255mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/50 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1991: Triumph Trophy 1200 launched.
1995: Complete revamp for Triumph Trophy 1200. New fairing, lights, exhaust, retuned engine and now with hard luggage as standard.
2002: Triumph Trophy 1200 deleted.

Other versions

Triumph Trophy 900. Three cylinder version (and the preferred option for many) using Trident 900 motor.

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