The Triumph Trophy III that sets in my garage has had a thorough road test. 32,000+ miles in two years with conditions from city commuting to touring in the Rockies and the great plains of Oklahoma and Texas.
The bikes stand-outs are easy ergonomics, reliability as evident by only general maintenance through the miles and its pleasing appearance with a nice exhaust note.
The Trophy is truly a long distance rider. The longest distance in a day that I have traveled on the machine is 1100 miles with minimal fatigue.
The machine also has a solid feel. In windy /crosswind situations the machine holds the road quite well. While being solid ( somewhat heavy) it is not at all difficult to maneuver around town on city streets. It is well balanced.
Another plus is the "butter smooth" three cylinder engine. The power plant of the Trophy III definately adds to the limiting fatigue and overall pleasurable experience of its operation in various operating environments.
Payload is generous with the voluminous saddle bags and with a luggage rack on the tail and proper organizing with generous use of bungee cords, a substantial amount of camping gear can be carried. Weather protection, the design of the fairing allows for exceptional rain and wind protection in inclement weather. Last but not least is the Trophy's snappy response hence the " sport " in sport touring.
The machine handles quite well in the " twisties" keeping up with most sport bikes but with the added benefit of the fairing and relaxed ergo's mentioned previously for serious touring which can become painful when attempted on a sport bike.
With so much good to say of the Triumph Trophy III there must be no bad. Oh contrar ! The fairing, while well designed for diverting weather from the rider is also rather well adapted at diverting heat from the engin onto the rider too.
While this is fine in the winter months it can be very " humidifying" during the warmer times of the year. Also, while the 900cc powerplant opperates the machine well it can feel sluggish. Yes, there is the 1200 Trophy but it does not feel as smooth as the triple nor is the exhaust note as pleasing.
Personally, the 955 engine would have been a stronger choice for the Trophy III, more power as in the 1200 but with better power than the 900 without loosing " that feel " of a triple.. You can "help" the Trophy III on the power by dropping a tooth on the front sprocket. However the drawback here is vibration at 5500rpm/ 75mph range.
While the vibration is not overly anouying it is noticible.
The Triumph Trophy also suffers from fewer after market " goodies" than other bikes in its class i.e. pipes, trailer hitches, rimes and seat. While Corbin does make a seat for the Trophy , there is generally less of a line of after market to choose from than other models or makes.
Having owned and ridden many different makes and types through the years what is my overall % of 100 rating of the Triumph Trophy and letter grade ?
Style : 95%
Reliability : 99%
Fit & fINISH : 99%
Comfort : 90%
After Market " stuff ": ha, ha, ! You are kidding, right?
Overall it gets an A for a grade. It is a wonderful Sport Tourer that could easily become great.