Triumph's all-new 1200cc Trophy is still months away from being officially launched but an MCN reader managed to get the best shots yet after seeing the bike hidden behind a McDonald's.
The Trophy is Triumph’s assault on the class-leading BMW R1200RT, Honda’s venerable ST1300 Pan European and Yamaha's FJR1300. It is also likely to steal sales from the more expensive BMW K1600GT and Honda Goldwing, and perhaps even from cheaper rivals such as Suzuki's GSX1250 FA-ST.
The Trophy uses the same engine as the Explorer – an inline three-cylinder motor with 1215cc, 135bhp and shaft drive. Triumph appears to have gone to great lengths to create an extremely well-finished tourer loaded with the latest technology.
The list of accessories includes heated grips, heated seats, cruise control, electrically adjustable screen, sat nav, radio and a full complement of hard and soft luggage.
Like the Explorer, the Trophy will have traction control and ABS as standard. It will be officially launched at the Cologne motorcycle show in October with bikes in dealers towards the end of 2012.
For more details on the new Trophy 1200, pick up a copy of this week's MCN, out now.