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Has anyone ridden both the Triumph Trophy and Yamaha FJR, who can give me a valid comparison to how they handle compared to each other?


It seemed like all I had to do was press a knee against the FJR's gas tank and she turned that way...nimble and smooth as hell.  But a little cramped for my long legs (6'-2", 34" inseam).


I haven't had a chance to test ride the Trophy (I just sat on one in a showroom during the winter, felt nice), but did test ride the FJR and liked it a lot - but now the Triumph TROPHYS are becoming rare (stopped making and importing to USA in 2017) and none close to me in a dealership or private sale, so wondering if I should make a long trip (take a day and back to the ones I've found interesting) for just a test ride of a Trophy or not - if it isn't much like the FJR's nimbleness and upright comfort/handling - just go for a local FJR. 

Better yet, anyone close to Syracuse, NY, USA (UPSTATE) - maybe within a couple of hours drive,  that has a Triumph Trophy who is willing to let me check there's out?  I've been riding motorcycles ("M" license endorsement) since 1984, not one accident or ticket, very safe retired US Army and FAA Commercial helicopter pilot too, with a current NYS Commercial Driver's License ("A" class).  That would be great!

I'm asking all this because I've spotted a few good deals on Triumph Trophy's, some used and some left over 2017 models, but I'm not keen on travelling so far to find out if I even like the Trophy in the first place (long Island, PA and Virginia).

So, any assistance with this matter by having comparison experiences to share; or even letting me sit on one for a short test ride would be great.

Thanks.
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Re: Can anyone compare Trophy's ride characterists to a Yamaha FJR's?
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2018, 06:03:48 PM »
I try to ride as many different bikes as I can. I have driven the 2013-2016 5-speed FJR and was impressed with the confidence the chassis gives you.
The engine just runs perfectly. It is so smooth, you hardly feel any vibrations and the engine gets catapulted forward with insane ferocity as the revs climb. The high revving engine makes it quite nervous though, in the higher regions. I do mean this quite explicitly, it's not a bike for beginners.
Fairingwise, you're better protected on the trophy. The fairing does deflect a fair bit of wind, but without heated grips (that come standard though) it's gonna be cold sooner than later.
The panniers are comparable with the trophy, though I haven't looked in to that as thoroughly as i did with the rest of the bike.
Fuel consumption is comparable to within 20% of the trophy but maintenance is a thing. The rear linkage has to be lubricated regularly for the risk of seizing rear shocks with breaks in the suspension as a consequence. Also, plan to visit a few more stops every year since the intervals are at 10k km or 6k miles.

Really, it's not a bad bike, just more sport than tour if you ask me. It's more comparable to the BMW K1300GT in my mind or the GTR1400 from kawasaki. The trophy is more on par with a BMW R1200RT but far superior in most every way if you ask me.
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Re: Can anyone compare Trophy's ride characterists to a Yamaha FJR's?
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2018, 08:57:08 PM »
The Members Map can be really useful, ( when Members add a Pin to show their location ),
and the nearest Member to you ( ddoyle2 ) is at Baldwinsville - around 15 miles away !

He hasn't been active on the Forum for a couple of months, so is unlikely to see your Topic,
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Re: Can anyone compare Trophy's ride characterists to a Yamaha FJR's?
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2018, 05:16:41 AM »
Thanks COCONUT, I sent a PM asking as suggested.
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Re: Can anyone compare Trophy's ride characterists to a Yamaha FJR's?
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2018, 09:00:33 AM »
Hi av8or-dave,

not only do we share the same Christian Name but also height and inside leg.

I have owned an FJR and 2 Trophies, done about 80,000 on each type of bike.

I like the Trophy because it fits me better and the riding position is not so aggressive on the Trophy but at 67years old I'm more of an upright rider than I once was.  I always felt too big for the FJR.  The tank range is also much better on the Trophy.

I do a lot of escort riding with Police and our local lads are on FJR's and I have no trouble matching their pace and when we do two races in a day whilst I'm having a relaxing lunch they are off looking for a petrol (gas) station.  Because I do escort riding the Trophy has a lot more road presence than the FJR.

I think Yamaha put together a motorcycle better than Triumph because the FJR needed GTO (Gas/Tyres/Oil) whereas I've had a few niggley problems with the Trophies.

As in all things, you gotta make a choice and both bikes do a great job but on balance I have a Trophy, not an FJR (and I could have either).

Enjoy the process.

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Re: Can anyone compare Trophy's ride characterists to a Yamaha FJR's?
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2018, 12:57:47 AM »
Thanks for the reply.

6'-2" too eh! 

I stopped on the way home from work tonight at a local shop (called "MICROBORE", in North Syracuse, NY: give 'em a plug here, they always treat me right and have parts I need for my 1982 Yamaha Seca 400) that mostly deals in used bikes and repairs (owner flies helicopters like me too) and sat on a Kawasaki Concours they had on the showroom - NO WAY I COULD RIDE THAT BIKE FOR 1 Mile and be comfortable.  My legs are just too long to get to the foot controls without being in a jacked up knees bent angle!!!   Then I sat on a Yamaha FZ6 smaller sports bike (I believe), and even it fit me better than the bigger Kawasaki.  So, size does matter from bike-to-bike when you have LONG SHANKS like we do, along with how the manufacturer positions the controls.

Well, I'm told that I have a bit of "ENGLISH" in me from my father's side, Scots, Dutch, and definitely GERMAN (Meinen last name ist Deutch, ya!  There is a WWII German Ace with the same last name - rec'kon if related too?), but from my mother's side, both grandparents were first born in the USA Welch, so my "MUM" (as y'all say) was 100% Welch, so I'm 50%, Welch!  I guess the only UK country I missed was being Irish!   So, perhaps there is more commonality there too, eh!  Oh yeh, I learned to say "Eh" from being married to a Canadian for 26 years, eh!  Albeit, I lived in the south so much during my US Army (mostly aviation) career, I picked up a bit of a Southern accent and some of their phrasology too. 

Well, you've helped to convince me further that even if have to travel a few hundred miles without pre-test riding a Trophy, I should go for it and take the risk to test ride one when I get where it is at a dealer or private sale.  I'll be bringing a trailer for it to go back home on too, don't want to take a "maiden voyage" (for me) without experiencing it slowly and go down like the TITANIC did, on the way home, eh!

The first thing I would change on the Trophy is the center stand, to an after-market electronic one.  I found this bike to be very hard to get up on the OEM one when I had a chance to do that in a showroom a few years back in 2014.  That's the most I've "OPERATED" any part of this bike thus far.

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Re: Can anyone compare Trophy's ride characterists to a Yamaha FJR's?
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2018, 11:33:41 PM »
I just read a comparison article on the BMW 1600 vs Triumph Trophy vs an FSX. The BMW took top spot due to faster/larger engine, Trophy second  place the FSX third. Triumph due to comfort and HANDLING. It was a bike magazine but I dont remember which one. And I dont remember which F series bike it was.










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Re: Can anyone compare Trophy's ride characterists to a Yamaha FJR's?
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2018, 11:44:44 PM »
If it was a recent article, once again the Trophy gets unfairly compared to a machine that costs almost twice as much and has a larger engine and different feature set.  Motorcycle magazines!  Oh well....
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