TRIUMPH TROPHY 1200 SE (2012 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Annual servicing cost: £210
Power: 132 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.5 in / 800 mm)
Weight: High (664 lbs / 301 kg)


New £13,500
Used £5,300 - £8,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Essentially the same 1215cc, shaft drive triple which debuted 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 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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 extra, probably the one to go for and the one Triumph expects to sell the most of. But both are excellent machines.


5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 52 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £210
New price £13,500
Used price £5,300 - £8,000
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 132 bhp
Max torque 89 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 300 miles

Model 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

Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH TROPHY 1200 (2012 - on)

8 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH TROPHY 1200 (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.

Review your TRIUMPH TROPHY 1200 (2012 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Engine: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.1 out of 5 (4.1/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Equipment: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Annual servicing cost: £210
5 out of 5
29 May 2020 by Barrie

Version: SE

Year: 2012

It's a heavy bike so not suited to everyone. Yes, I would recommend it if it suited a buyer's needs.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Dealer

3 out of 5 British let down!
18 April 2020 by David Sheppard

Version: SE

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £260

Good when it's working, sadly let down by poor quality design, build quality and aftershaves experience.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 1 out of 5

Blown up!

Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5

Let me down too many times. Triumph aftersales shocking!

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Bough new from a main dealer

5 out of 5 Best Bike and I have had a few.
24 August 2016 by Bill Harrison

Year: 2013

After spending two weeks touring in Scotland on this excellent machine I can't wait for our next tour, Comfort, economy, large fuel tank and great reliability. Bike never missed a beat in over 2000 miles. If I had one issue it would be with the cruise control as I have found it a little awkward to use, but having said that it's not really needed as the Bike is comfortable and easy to control without it.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5

Engine is very good a few rattles but it is due for it's 20,000 mile service now so I will have to see if the rattles die after.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Luggage is big enough but can be a pain to close as things tend to get caught easily and you have to take care when closing the Panniers and Top box. Heated seats have two settings uncomfortably warm and sweaty arse, so I don't bother with them.

5 out of 5
08 March 2016 by Lyno

Version: 1215

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £80

I thought The size might be a problem, having come from a smaller adventure bike and only being 5'7". But no problems have ridden on un-surfaced mountain passes through Hungary and Romania with no problems whatsoever. 500 mile days are no problem.

Ride quality & brakes 1 out of 5

Its a heavy Bike so takes a fair bit of stopping, however superbly reliable, with ABS that's never intrusive .

Engine 2 out of 5

Fantastic power band, addictive sound over 7,000 RPM

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

15,000 miles with no issues.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I do 5000 - 7000 miles a year, one service every 10,000 @ £160.00 Bargain!

Equipment 5 out of 5

This is the basic bike, which I think, has now been discontinued. So nothing that I don't need, ie: radio, engine modes, electronic suspension, takes seconds to adjust manually !

Buying experience: Great Value, way better than Similar BMW, and its British!

5 out of 5 Puts the 'sports' into Sports Tourer
09 September 2015 by Wildman

Version: SE

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £250

Great bike. Was initially put off by the size pulling it around in a car park. But once you get it above 5mph the weight and size just disappears. So glad I decided to stick with it! This bike does everything brilliantly. Wanna pootle around on a Sunday afternoon? Check. Wanna do two up continental touring with all the gear? Check. Wanna chuck it round some twistery? Check. Although it doesn't change direction like, say, a 675 Daytona, it's amazingly agile for such a big bike and carves through bends like it's on rails. Quite how Triumph have managed to get it to handle so well is beyond me! This is my daily commuter bike and, yes, you can work the traffic with it as well. would recommend to anyone!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

I've ridden sports bikes that don't handle as well as this! All day long comfortable and will cruise for hours at UK illegal speeds without breaking sweat. Covers lots of distance very quickly. Superb!

Engine 5 out of 5

Grunty and torquey, but with character

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Electrical problems sorted under warranty

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Bought new from dealer. Great Service

5 out of 5 Better than most, envy of many
03 September 2015 by JohnBoy

Version: SE

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £250

Hard to fault, always a pleasure to wheel it out.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

comfortable and effortless

Engine 5 out of 5

smooth and powerful, a good match

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

All good, easy to adjust to suit, looks like new.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5


Equipment 4 out of 5

pointless cruise control, electronic controls and settings fiddley.

Buying experience: bought from a dealer as low mileage demonstrato, better value

5 out of 5 2015 Trophy is a Triumph (in more ways than one!!)
05 June 2015 by Gordon Rowe

Version: SE

Year: 2015

Excellent all round tourer. The way the luggage closes, it is always catching on things, and you have to constantly readjust to get the boxes to close. Cruise control a bit jerky and hard to reach but other than that all good (no great actually)

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

need to keep active so I don't fall asleep its that comfortable!!

Engine 5 out of 5

Satisfyingly powerful at all levels, smooth at cruising speeds

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Only 3 months old, so far no issue other than the aerial snapped? Not sure how it happened, but Triumph replaced it under warranty

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

54.5mpg, can get more on long (sensibly ridden) motorway journeys

Equipment 5 out of 5

A lot of bits to learn, but once you master it, most very useful. Cruise control is a bit jerky, and button a little stretch to reach though

Buying experience: Excellent experience with Triumph in Manchester

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 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!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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