TRIUMPH TROPHY 1200 (1991 - 2004) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£130|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Pricier and less sophisticated than comparable Japanese bikes, and without the reputation and ruggedness of a 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
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.
|Engine type||16v transverse four, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Steel tube spine|
|Fuel capacity||25 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||35 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£130|
|Used price||£1,500 - £3,000|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||108 bhp|
|Max torque||78 ft-lb|
|Top speed||135 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||12 secs|
|Tank range||165 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
Triumph Trophy 900. Three cylinder version (and the preferred option for many) using Trident 900 motor.
Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH TROPHY 1200 (1991 - 2004)
12 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£130|
Annual servicing cost: £100
This bike is so good I’ve talked my son into buying one
Love to do 400 mile days solo I’m twenty stones light and although the brakes work as designed I prepare the brakes of the zzz 1100
Better all round engine than my zzr1100
27000 miles and no problems at all (yet).
Do my own spannering
Quite a bare bike really
Annual servicing cost: £200
A beautiful looking bike when I bought it in 2003, still stops folk in their tracks when they see it 16 years later. Super smooth to ride, awesome tourer for the Mrs, carries everything you need for a few nights away in side panniers and top box.
It outperforms me. Allegedly still pulls above 155mph but what would I know
I have noticed some sports bikes can outperfrom mine despite me giving it lots of wellie. But then again, it has old fashioned carbs and a lovely exhaust sound so who cares....
Regular servicing sports out any niggles, the important bits seem to be bullet proof.
If it is not dry, warm and daylight I tend not to take it out nowadays so consequently it is well looked after and cheap to run.
All the storage you could want, wish it was really waterproof though. Still, I have the pannier inserts which solve that problem....
Buying experience: £3,500 or thereabouts
I bought my bike in February 2018. I had promised myself in 1990 that I was going to have a Hinckley Triumph but kids and life happened until this year. And I wish I hadn’t waited. From the moment I sat on her I have looked as if I’d eaten a coat hanger, so smitten am I. Had a few days out around Devon, Somerset and Cornwall then went on a Continental tour or France and Spain with a friend and his wife on their GSX1400. What a joy in almost every respect. One niggle came around half-past-France with a squeaky dry speedo drive that took some finding but was soon addressed temporarily with some chain spray. The only other complaint was the seat. As a 6’1 long legged gent I found the seat shape to continually push me into one single position which when you’re covering around 200 miles daily was literally a pain. I did eventually get used to it, so probably tells you more about this born-again-biker’s derrière than the bike’s seating arrangements. In short I love my bike and cannot imagine selling her now such a member of the family is she. Indeed I’m now looking to add to my garage, a Daytona 1200, then a Speed Quattro and eventually a Rocket III. The bug has bitten, and I’m thankful for that.
3,500 miles and the bike just purrs now a cam tensioning spring has been changed. Took approximately 90 seconds to complete!
Buying experience: Superb, thanks mainly to the fastidious servicing the previous owner bestowed on the girl.
As I decided to write a review about my Triumph Trophy, the only options it offered me, was 1 out of 5. Personally, I would not give this bike a star. Although my bike was a 2003, and it all comes down to how previous owners had looked after the bike, I first noticed that the black pain, surrounding the engine, was peeling away from the engine. The next thing was the oil leak pulsating out from the alternator seal (which became a pain to replace). The seating position, was not at its best although the bike handled and rode well. I found it very difficult to judge the engine oil level through the oil level glass. And if I was a couple of inched shorter, the windscreen may have saved me from turbulence so bad, it felt as though my head was in a wind tunnel. Any speeds over 50 MPH, became unbearable. Moving about on the seat to lower my head height, became compulsory when travelling on motorways. And I think the design of the screen caused this to happen. After working on this bike, I felt that the screen, was not the only design issue. This bike was a disaster. Thankfully, I have sold the bike to hopefully a happy Triumph lover. As this bike has put me off Triumphs, for the near future.
I can not score this high just because of the turbulence caused by the faring.
Again, with the oil leak and the black coating paint, peeling away from the engine, I feel that the standards of this bike are poor.
With the problem with the oil leak and the hard to see oil level glass. I found I can not score the bike as reliable. Especially as the factory fitted data tool alarm, continued its annoying sound every time someone walked past the bike. Very poor!...
I believe that their are better touring bikes built in 2003, that not only ride better, but are mechanically and economically streets ahead. Like the BMW K1200GT... The bike I swapped the Trophy for.
Although the speedo dials look nice, everything was quite mechanical, lacking any extras. Although the on board clock was very nice.
Version: 1180cc 142bhp frame number 202
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 mine have larger carb jets fitted and do around 38-40 mpg. Later jets increase this to 42-45 under similar riding.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Annual servicing cost: £100
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 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.
great tourer but cumbersome for short hops
Its a doddle to ride the torque makes life easy.
this is an average over 17 years
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.