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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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.

Triumph Trophy 1200 (1991-2004)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£2,850 (2003) - £3,140 (2003)
Private used prices
£2,570 (2003) - £2,820 (2003)
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Engine size 1180 cc
Power 108 bhp
Top speed 135 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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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.

Specifications

Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12 secs
Max power 108 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Weight 237 kg
Seat height 830 mm
Fuel capacity 25 litres
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 165 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1180 cc
Engine specification 16v transverse four, 6 gears
Frame Steel tube spine
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Front brakes 2 x 310mm discs
Rear brake 255mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/50 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(6 reviews)

  • Excellent for bigger rider

    Alchamist

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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. 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.

    14 January 2011

  • trophy1200

    rookierugby

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    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 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.

    13 December 2009

  • Trophy 1200

    pmhuff

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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.

    12 November 2007

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

    dwyffordd

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 great invention saves getting messy,great bike. Strengths: Riding position, torque and price.  Weaknesses: Weight, turning circle and paint quality.

    31 October 2006

  • A reborn Triumph for born again bikers

    stevowarrior

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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.

    28 September 2006

  • Big comfortable reliable tourer that will move as well

    rick8431

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 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.

    24 March 2006

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