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  • Offline Pa Triumph Guy

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    Trophy Lite
    on: Sep 14, 2017, 01.52 pm
    Sep 14, 2017, 01.52 pm
    I am watching closely the Trophy market.
    Anxious to take a test ride.
    My 12K mile service is just 400 miles away on my Tiger 800 XRX and the dealer has a used 2014 to test ride.

    My concerns are weight and size.

    I do not want to deal with a heavy bike anymore.
    We had a 2013 Triumph Rocket III Touring bike for three years.
    You were always watching road conditions when stopping and parking stalls when parking.
    Loose gravel and you might go down and a downhill slope in the parking stall means hard backing the thing out.
    WATCH - may have to back in here or pull straight in there.

    I love the looks of the Triumph Trophy but I have heard a couple make a statement about the weight.
    I have a 28 inch inseam and so getting feet on the ground can be difficult.
    I wish Triumph would come out with a 1000CC version that might be able to be made a little shorter and lighter.
    Keep those awesome Trophy amenities but do a quick pass over the original size with a shrinking ray gun.
    Would any of you feel you would have any interest in a liter size sport touring Trophy?

    These are just some thoughts from an older and shorter human.
    What are your thoughts on the idea?

    God bless and ride safe!!

    Michael

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    Re: Trophy Lite
    Reply #1 on: Sep 14, 2017, 06.38 pm
    Sep 14, 2017, 06.38 pm
    I think many of us would like the Trophy lighter and smaller. But if you want the luxury of torque, power, riding comfort plus some other nice aspects I don't know of a better option than the Trophy as it is. You do not want me to ride a Honda Deauville or similar, do you ?  :038:

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    Re: Trophy Lite
    Reply #2 on: Sep 14, 2017, 08.02 pm
    Sep 14, 2017, 08.02 pm
    Henk:

    I wish there was a way to make my voice and/or opinions heard to Triumph.
    Is the Triumph R&D department actually looking at what people want or are they guessing what people want?
    What data are they using when they decide what to create or update?
    What makes it even harder over here in the US is that there are so few Triumph dealers to even visit.
    I sit in the big black hole void of anything Triumph.

    One nice thing is that next week I take my 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRX in for it's 12K mile service.
    The dealer is 98 miles away.
    They have a 2014 Trophy in silver sitting in the house.
    My wife and I will be test riding it then!
    Won't be able to sleep the night before!!

    And you could always ride the Deauville at night what all bike headlights look the same!!
    Or better yet, step out and get a Honda Pacific Coast!

    Thanks for the input.

    God bless and ride safe!!

    Michael

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    Re: Trophy Lite
    Reply #3 on: Sep 14, 2017, 08.35 pm
    Sep 14, 2017, 08.35 pm
    Hi ,

    I'm on the shorter sied also , you will need the lowering kit otherwise it would be downright dangerous. With those its much better for parking, backing up etc
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    Re: Trophy Lite
    Reply #4 on: Sep 15, 2017, 01.31 am
    Sep 15, 2017, 01.31 am
    Hi There,

    I am going to be brutally honest and confess that the TTSE is probably too big a bike for me for a number of reasons.  First, my age at 67 and not riding for over 30 years has really put a damper on my enjoyment of the bike.  Secondly, my utilization of the bike is not what I really wanted when I purchased it.  I am not a touring type.  I should have gotten the Bonneville T-120. 

    As for the height issues, I am 6'2 and can stand flat footed and such but the bike still seems big. I would be down right frightened to attempt to ride it if I was of a shorter stature. 

    Needless to say after all of that, I have a growing affinity towards the TTSE as I ride it more and more.  I love the features and the comfort and smoothness this machine affords.  I also know that as I continue to practice the bike will lose its size and become one with me.

    Good luck on your decision and test ride. I hope you are able to make the right decision.

    My Best,
    Gary

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    Re: Trophy Lite
    Reply #5 on: Sep 15, 2017, 01.34 am
    Sep 15, 2017, 01.34 am
    Be very careful on the test ride. Probably better if you bring your wallet along that day.
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    Re: Trophy Lite
    Reply #6 on: Sep 15, 2017, 01.50 am
    Sep 15, 2017, 01.50 am
    Firstly welcome PATriumphguy.  Secondly, dittos on what BluddyL says. You are going to be blown away on a test ride, hang on to your wallet.  Thirdly, I have a 28 inch inseam 66 yrs. old and get along very well with the Trophy.  Yes I have to be careful where to park and it gets a little harder loaded down for a tour.  But I manage.  Fourthly, Hermy's is quite a ride from Billtown but well worth it. 

    I don't ride two up anymore I guess that could be an issue for you.

     I do buy riding boots that have a thick sole to help with reach.  Every little bit helps.

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    Re: Trophy Lite
    Reply #7 on: Sep 16, 2017, 07.52 pm
    Sep 16, 2017, 07.52 pm
    *Originally Posted by rpeters549 [+]
    Always a balance and trade offs.  For comfort, options, power, it comes at the cost of weight and size.  Want rain and wind protection?  Got to have frontal surface area for that, and it comes with mass. 

    Small bike or big, we always have to be cognizant of conditions riding and parking.  The Trophy is big, yes, but it offers so damn much for the poundage!  My last Goldwing was at 1000 pounds as I rode it.  It was easier to ride with a lower CG and such, but the TTSE is just different.  You can't get the engine that low, you can't package all that other stuff down low, etc, and keep it a Triumph.  But, at several hundred less pounds I get a lot more features that I love!

    Have to admit though, I don't understand the height concerns.  I am 5'10", 32" legs.  I have the taller Euro seat in the low position and flat foot easily.  The only reason I do not have it on the higher position notch is it throws off the lines and looks goofy to me.  The stock 'low-rider' was too short for comfort. 

    I DO, big time, wish the bike had tip-over protection!  Something besides plastic and paint!  Odds are decent that someday, somehow, conditions will warrant the bike taking a nap for some reason.  If it does, I just hope I am on a mattress at that moment.  I though about this less with the Wing because the stock bars were awesome!  Heck, I let it nap twice, not counting when it fell after getting rear-ended.  No biggie - pick it up and ride off without damage.  The TTSE?  I am ALWAYS paying more attention because I know it will not fare as well.
    Year round rider here!