2013 Triumph Trophy First Look

June 22, 2012
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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2013 Triumph Trophy
The Triumph Trophy is a full fledged touring platform from the British manufacturer. It will arrive at US dealers starting in October with price expected in September.

Triumph Motorcycles continues to expand its model lineup with the introduction of the Trophy. Based off the 1215cc Inline Triple powering the Tiger Explorer, the new Trophy features top-shelf touring amenities not seen on the British marque’s existing mounts. Triumph promises its new Trophy SE will arrive on dealer sales floors this January, with MSRP still to be determined.

A fully-badged touring platform, the Trophy features a broad fairing and integrated saddlebags. It varies from its Sprint ST/GT predecessor by incorporating a shaft final drive, as well as touring-specific features such as an adjustable windscreen, as well as traction control and cruise control. The electrically-adjustable screen makes use of a memory function, to reposition after bike restarts, with Triumph stating more than six inches of range in height adjustment. Also adjustable is seat height, which can be positioned from 30.3 to 31.1 inches.

Standard kit on the Trophy also includes a centerstand, 12v outlet and a range-enhancing 6.9-gallon fuel tank. The panniers deliver 31 liters of storage apiece, with an additional 55-liter top case available (the top case offering a second 12v socket). Riders also benefit from an LCD info console, couched between analog speedometer and tach, which is controllable via left-side switchgear.

Available in two specs, the Trophy and Trophy SE, only the latter will be offered to the US and Canadian markets. The SE varies from its standard sibling with its electronically adjustable suspension, integrated audio system and Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The audio system is Bluetooth compatible, with USB input and iPod/MP3 functionality.

2013 Triumph Trophy SE Specifications:
The Triumph Trophy SEs electronically adjustable suspension controls settings on the WP components.
Engine: Liquid-cooled Inline Triple
Displacement: 1215cc
Bore/Stroke: 85 x 71.4mm
Fueling: EFI, ride by wire
Valvetrain: 12 valve, DOHC
Exhaust: Stainless steel 3-into-1
Final Drive: Shaft
Clutch: Wet, multi-Plate
Transmission: 6-Speed Constant Mesh
Frame: Aluminum beam twin-spar
Swingarm: Single-sided, cast aluminum alloy
Front Wheel: Cast aluminum 5-spoke 17 x 3.5in
Rear Wheel: Cast aluminum 5-spoke 17 x 6in
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire: 190/55 ZR17
Front Suspension: WP 43mm upside down forks, electronically adjustable rebound damping (sport/normal/comfort) with 127mm travel
Rear Suspension: WP monoshock with remote oil reservoir,electronically adjustable hydraulic preload (1up, 1up+luggage,2up), electronically adjustable rebound damping (sport, normal,
comfort), 120mm rear wheel travel
Front Brakes: Twin 320mm floating discs, Nissin 4-piston calipers, linked brakes (front brakes partially activated by rear), ABS (non-switchable)
Rear Brakes: Single 282mm disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper, ABS (nonswitchable)
Seat Height: 30.3 in – 31.1 in
Wheelbase: 60.7 in
Rake/Trail: 27.0º / 4.7 in (119mm)
Fuel Tank: 6.9 US gallon
Wet Weight: 662 pounds (without panniers)
MSRP: $18,999

The SE’s electronically adjustable suspension controls settings on the WP components. The 43mm USD fork is adjustable for rebound damping through three settings: Sport, Normal and Comfort. The same rebound damping settings are offered on the WP rear monoshock, with the electronic adjustment for preload also three settings: 1up, 1up+luggage and 2up. The standard Trophy suspension is manually adjustable.

The Trophy’s suspension is mated to an aluminum twin spar frame, with the single-sided swingarm also aluminum. Braking components are Nissin calipers – four-piston fronts pinching two 320mm discs and 2-piston rear clamping a single 282mm disc. The braking system is linked, with Triumph only specifying that the front brakes are partially activated by the rear. ABS comes standard and is non-switchable.

As a Triumph street entry, the Trophy features one of the marque’s signature Inline Triples. Its liquid-cooled 1215cc Triple was first showcased in the Tiger Explorer adventure-tourer. Triumph claims 132 horsepower and 89 lb-ft torque from the DOHC three-cylinder lump (MotoUSA has yet to dyno the Explorer). The Trophy utilizes ride-by-wire technology, which allows for the traction control and cruise control functionality that impressed us during our Tiger Explorer First Ride.

Scanning the new Trumpet’s spec sheet, one of the most noticeable figures is the 662-pound claimed wet weight, which doesn’t include the panniers (previous luggage from Triumph have tipped our scales to the tune of 26 pounds). Triumph’s previous Sport-Touring entry, the Sprint GT, weighed 594 pounds as tested during our 2010 Sport-Touring Shootout (a weight which included panniers). The new Trophy’s weight class will see it line up with the 690-pound Kawasaki Concours (read more in the 2009 Sport-Touring Shootout)

Visiting the Triumph factory last year, company reps promised new models were on the horizon which would fill obvious voids in its lineup. And the Trophy represents a full-fledged touring platform from Hinkley, performing a touring role the sport-biased Sprint never totally fulfilled. Triumph expects the Trophy SE to arrive at US dealers in January, available in Pacific Blue or Lunar Silver. An announcement on pricing promised in September.

Update: Triumph Trophy SE pricing will start at $18,999.