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This month's ride magazine Trophy group test
« on: October 12, 2014, 07:17:15 am »
My copy of Ride arrived yesterday and they have published a test between the Trophy and the current WC BMW RT.

As tests go, it was pretty subjective and kept me reading to the end. What did shock me was the winner - the third bike, something called a "Yamaha FJR1300"  :005:  I really didn't see that coming. For one thing, I'd forgotten that Yamaha still built anything beyond their current Street Triple clone, the MT (Mock Triumph) 09. What makes it even more serious is, if I've read the conclusion correctly, that the RT seems to have come last  :005:

Whether they were right or wrong in their conclusion and even allowing for inevitable fence sitting in the conclusion, I must hand it to the Editor in being brave enough to let such a conclusion be published. I can just visualise Jim Hacker telling Sir Humphrey of his brilliant new idea and Sir Humphrey saying "well that's very courageous Prime Minister"!

When the BMW marketing department get to hear of this, there are likely to be consequences. At the very least, Ride Magazine will be at the very bottom of the list for new test bikes and I certainly hope that the Editor's position is safe when the backlash arrives. Perhaps he has his next career move planned already?

Anyway, well done Ride Magazine, you've restored just a little faith in journalistic integrity.







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Re: This month's ride magazine Trophy group test
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2014, 07:19:17 am »
So what factors edged the FJR over the Trophy?
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Re: This month's ride magazine Trophy group test
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2014, 07:49:04 am »
In the conclusion, it seems to be little more than how smooth and powerful the engine is  :187: Not a huge shock from a 1300cc four, especially in comparison to BMW's own WC. I'm not sure I can summon up enough enthusiasm to read the entire article again to give a fuller answer just yet!
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Re: This month's ride magazine Trophy group test
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2014, 08:31:00 am »
So in summary they preferred something bland but grunty as opposed to something better equipped and with personality but slightly less power? :008:

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Re: This month's ride magazine Trophy group test
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2014, 08:35:21 am »
Something like that, yes.
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Re: This month's ride magazine Trophy group test
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2014, 04:25:28 pm »
I was talking a couple of weeks back to a guy at Deal's Gap who was telling me he bought his FJR because the TTSE wasn't fast enough and compared his FJR to a sportbike and my TTSE to a Goldwing.  To each his own.  I've ridden the FJR and it is very fast.  The seating position would also become quickly painful over 100's of miles.   I said, "If you find the Trophy too slow you must have balls like a gorilla" and let it go at that... 
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Re: This month's ride magazine Trophy group test
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2014, 05:34:42 pm »
There is more to a sport bike than a powerful engine and the Trophy will run rings around the FRJ when it comes to cornering. When I test road an FJR the first thing I noticed was I scaped the pegs on the first roundabout I came to. That surprised me as I had just got on the bike and I wasn't really trying. Also I found the steering very heavy had to really throw it in and lift it out of corners handled like a 20 year old design. Sorry it is a 20 year old design  :745:

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Re: This month's ride magazine Trophy group test
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2014, 06:45:30 pm »
*Originally Posted by RedMerle [+]
Anyway, well done Ride Magazine, you've restored just a little faith in journalistic integrity.
Perhaps.. :084: .lets keep an eye open for a marked increase in Yamaha advertising  :017:
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