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California Newbie
« on: March 25, 2015, 04:34:19 am »
Hello all,
Just wanted to get access to info on the Trophy SE.
My good riding buddy owns one (I encouraged him to buy)
and now I am considering one myself, or a Gold Wing.
Hmmm....are they mutually exclusive?
or should I buy one of each? :)
Currently I ride a Harley '99 Dyna and an 09 Road King
100k miles on the Road King, All SCMA and IBA
distance riding.
Hope to find some good info to make a decision between
the Trophy and the Gold Wing.
Gonzo
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Re: California Newbie
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2015, 07:00:48 am »
 :400: GonzoCrossUSA and  :821:.

I too have come from an Harley background and am a real convert to my TTSE.  It is different to Harley's on every level.  If I had enough cash and space I'd still own a Glide as the riding experience is so different.  I do have a '51 Panhead, but that's another whole can of worms.

Only being able to own a Harley or TTSE I am happy I decided on a TTSE.  I am equally happy that I rode half a million miles on Electra Glides.

Enjoy your decision making process but if you want to keep your Road King don't take a test ride on a TTSE as you will definitely buy after riding one!

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Re: California Newbie
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2015, 02:41:17 pm »
 :400: to the forum.  Dave is correct, the test ride is a dangerous thing for your wallet.  Have you test ridden the Gold Wing?  When I was in the market in 2010 I looked at Gold Wings and could not find a single dealer of any Japanese brand that allowed test rides.  The Harley and BMW dealers on the other hand were glad to let you take one out.  The Trophy wasn't out then, but I had 2 Beemers before the Trophy and would never go back.  There's a reason Harley's have such a loyal following, and a lot of BMW owners are just as loyal.  Hope Triumph and its dealers attain that level of service.  Mine certainly has, but then they are a BMW dealer as well.  Best of luck with your choice, whatever it may be.   :821:
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Re: California Newbie
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2015, 03:02:35 pm »
Hi GonzoCrossUSA and :400: to the Forum !

If you are seriously thinking of getting a Trophy AND a Gold Wing that's fine,
just make sure you get the Trophy first, and you will then realise you can save a heap of cash,
as there will be no need to buy the Gold Wing  :008:

On a more serious note, will your buddy let you have a ride on his Trophy ?

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Re: California Newbie
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2015, 03:11:55 pm »
Hahaha
Thanks for the welcome responses.
Yeah, it's gonna be an adventure doing the search.
I have had the opportunity to test ride both models
...and chat with riders that have done the same.
half the camp went GW and the other half went TTSE
It really boils down to what one wants to do.
I do feel the GW is much roomier for the 2 uppers
and Honda has a better dealer network.
But Triumph is slowly working to improve both their network and dealer quality.
I'm just accustomed to finding a Harley dealer on almost every corner!
Which is a good thing when one is out riding the USA for 30-40 days
So it is a concern of mine to have access to dealers around USA and Canada.
The Trophy seems to be more sporty yet well suited for the distance riding
And the fuel economy is pretty awesome!
I'll keep y'all posted on the final outcome  :001:
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Re: California Newbie
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2015, 03:15:41 pm »
Hi Gonzo

I came to the TT from a GL1800 Goldwing. Yes it's a little more roomy but it's longer far heavier and not so nimble. I have no regrets making the change  :169:
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Re: California Newbie
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2015, 03:45:50 pm »
Hey SS, were you a 2 up rider on the GW?
How's the TT handle when 2 up and what does your pax say about the 2 bikes?
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Re: California Newbie
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2015, 04:12:02 pm »
Welcome to the Forum :400:
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