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    Trophy SE or BMW 1200/1300GT?
    on: May 23, 2021, 06.09 pm
    May 23, 2021, 06.09 pm
    Considering either a used BMW '07/08 K1200GT or '09-up K1300 GT, OR Trophy SE 2014-up. From what I have read, these bikes are very similar in most respects. One item of concern would be potential final drive issues with the BMW, altho the GT seems to have much fewer problems in this area compared to newer RT's and GS's. I've not heard of any final drive issues with the Trophy (?). Opnions, please, and thanks!

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    Re: Trophy SE or BMW 1200/1300GT?
    Reply #1 on: May 23, 2021, 06.59 pm
    May 23, 2021, 06.59 pm
    There have been some isolated final drive issues on the Trophy, but not many.  There are a few areas to look for on a used Trophy.  Here's a link to a thread from our guru member on Trophies, coconut:
    www.triumph-trophy.com/index.php/topic,8776.msg102128.html#msg102128
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    Re: Trophy SE or BMW 1200/1300GT?
    Reply #2 on: May 23, 2021, 07.16 pm
    May 23, 2021, 07.16 pm
    If I didn't already have an SE, I'd be perplexed on making a choice between the two.
    However, the more modern electronics, better weather protection & better comfort makes the SE the winner.
    Also, having previously owned a K BMW, the SE's service costs aren't cheap, but certainly less frequent & less costly than the BMW's
    Just IMHO.
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    Re: Trophy SE or BMW 1200/1300GT?
    Reply #3 on: May 23, 2021, 09.01 pm
    May 23, 2021, 09.01 pm
    I traded my K1200gt for the Trophy.. I "loved" the power of the K1200gt.  Far more "get up and go" than the Trophy and in a way the Trophy is a step down!   But .......  I got the Trophy at 6000 miles and (touch wood) At 18000 it hasn't missed a beat...
    EVERY  TIME.. I  started the GT.. I would be concerned about what would break... I  think a lot of issue were sorted by the K1300Gt.. but I  just Couldn't do with the
    ...  what s going to break and how much will it cost .. angle of the BM... but . It was a real "wolf in sheep's clothing "

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    Re: Trophy SE or BMW 1200/1300GT?
    Reply #4 on: May 24, 2021, 04.54 pm
    May 24, 2021, 04.54 pm
    Thanks for the feedback, everyone!

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    Re: Trophy SE or BMW 1200/1300GT?
    Reply #5 on: May 25, 2021, 01.54 pm
    May 25, 2021, 01.54 pm
    Judging by your profile, may we assume that you went ahead with the Trophy?  :028:
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    Re: Trophy SE or BMW 1200/1300GT?
    Reply #6 on: May 25, 2021, 05.58 pm
    May 25, 2021, 05.58 pm
    RedMerle: Not yet. I sold my 2015 SE last year, and bought a metric cruiser, as I had issues w/left knee pain on the Trophy. I probably could have rectified that issue with a footpeg lowering kit. The cruiser is more comfortable leg room-wise, but it does vibrate more than anticipated, so I'm considering a sport-touring bike once again, and having a tough time decided which bike!

    The'07 K1200GT I'm looking at is in VGC, one owner, all the bells and whistles as a fully-optioned SE, and price is a low $5500. BUT the trophy would probably be cheaper to own in the long run, and is a bit more up to date. GT seems to handle as well (from what I've read online) as the Trophy (which I loved for its great handling), and final drive issues seem to be rare, compared with other BMW models, of late (1200/1250 RT's).




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    Re: Trophy SE or BMW 1200/1300GT?
    Reply #7 on: May 25, 2021, 10.59 pm
    May 25, 2021, 10.59 pm
    I keep rising to the bait regarding BMW final drive issues.  :430:
    Less than 1% of sold units are affected by this issue.
    Quite understandably, those that suffer a failure are very vocal about it, thus making it appear that the problem is more widespread than it actually is. My personal suspicion is that some of the final drive failures that do happen are due to neglected maintenance. I can only speak about my own experience, but I can attest that I have never had a problem with my final drives on five shaft driven BMWs in over twenty years and 250,000+ miles.

    I am happy with my Trophy, but would not hesitate to replace it with a new RT if I was looking to make a change.