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Trophy SE vs FJR
« on: February 13, 2016, 08:56:23 pm »
I was out and about today and visited Triumph of Warren in Warren, Ohio today. They've been a Yamaha dealership for decades and took on Triumph about 3 years ago. What an impressive place! The showroom was beautiful and well stocked with Triumph motorcycles and Triumph accessories and general merchandise. The staff was friendly and very helpful.

I asked about sales of various models and of course the classics are a big seller. They had a Street Twin on hand, what a looker. They don't move a lot of Daytonas or Street and Speed Triples. I inquired how the Trophy sold and they said quite well. But is has created a problem of sorts. As I understood, they haven't sold an FJR1300 since the Trophy came out. Or maybe he said they only sold one. In either case in that market Trophy trumps FJR.
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Re: Trophy SE vs FJR
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2016, 01:05:06 am »
I would have been happy on either one, but when I ride the Trophy my wife is usually with me and the Trophy got the nod over the FJ for two up travel. I am glad I got the Trophy.

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Re: Trophy SE vs FJR
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2016, 03:21:50 am »
FJR has an almost religious following.  Yamaha has paid a lot of attention to refining it since 2013, not much for years prior to that.  The good thing is that they are following BMW's formula for 'evolving' a popular model, rather than clean sheet revamp. 

The main thing I still don't like about it is that it looks every bit like one of the sportiest Big STs, but the suspension just can't quite keep up  when the pace quickens in the twisties.  And even though the front of the bike is very slim, the seat area is wide and spread my legs rather far apart.  It's feels like humping a whale.  TTSE is the exact opposite,  wide up front for great wind protection but narrow in the mid section like a wasp for the pilot.

I like that my VFR1200 and TTSE are each optimized for the opposite ends of the ST spectrum.  But I can definite see the appeal of the FJR for those who prefer one the splits right down the middle.
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Re: Trophy SE vs FJR
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2016, 09:12:02 pm »
A buddy of mine moved to Ohio for work with his 3 sport bikes.  He complains that there are no fun roads for sportbikes.  He will never ride a cruiser.

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Re: Trophy SE vs FJR
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2016, 09:16:51 pm »
*Originally Posted by twowheeladdict [+]
A buddy of mine moved to Ohio for work with his 3 sport bikes.  He complains that there are no fun roads for sportbikes.  He will never ride a cruiser.
He must be on northern Ohio.  Southern Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia have excellent biking roads.
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Re: Trophy SE vs FJR
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2016, 09:31:36 pm »
New Bremen, OH.

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Re: Trophy SE vs FJR
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2016, 10:43:57 pm »
When I was looking for a Trophy, I called the shop you speak of, very friendly and knowledgeable. They said they even carry the OEM trunk.

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Re: Trophy SE vs FJR
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2016, 12:12:22 am »
New Bremen area is rather flat with nice straight roads. Tell him to venture to the southeast and he will find 555 and some other GREAT sportbike roads. If that isn't enough West Virginia has lots of great twisties.