TRIUMPH TROPHY 1200 SE (2012-on) Review

Published: 21 September 2012

"Fabulous powertrain, decent handling, glorious comfort and more gizmos than you can shake a hefty stick at"

TRIUMPH TROPHY 1200 SE (2012-on)

"Fabulous powertrain, decent handling, glorious comfort and more gizmos than you can shake a hefty stick at"

  • At a glance
  • 1215cc  -  132 bhp
  • 52 mpg  -  300 miles range
  • Medium seat height (800mm)
  • £14,299

Overall Rating 5 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

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 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their TRIUMPH TROPHY 1200 SE (2012-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Best handling tourer

18 November 2014 by twiggmj

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... Read more 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!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2012
Year discontinued -
New price £14,299
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 132 bhp
Max torque 89 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 52 mpg
Tank range 300 miles
Specification
Engine size 1215cc
Engine type 12v liquid-cooled triple, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin beam
Fuel capacity 26 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 301kg
Front suspension Electronic damping adjust
Rear suspension Electronic preload and damping adjust
Front brake 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

History & Versions

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

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