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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 10-29-2016, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Temporarily a non-wing owner- new bike!

So, some might remember that I got rear-ended back in August. As the spousal unit and I will not do any major touring for a few years (I am eligible to retire in 2, probably going to do so in 7) we decided to go different for now. This bike is still very comfortable and quiet, even for a passenger. Good weather protection. LOTS of performance and goodies! Bike has plug ports for rider and passenger for heated gear, XM, Bluetooth, electronic suspension, ABS/traction control, etc. And a warranty! We will get another Wing near retirement time so I plan to stay active here. The new bike is a new 2015 Triumph Trophy SE. My trunk kit should arrive this Wednesday. The fact that I also average 45-55 mpg is a bonus. Anywho, here it is...
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 10-29-2016, 01:58 PM
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Nice, I didn't know Triumph made a ST.

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Yup. I read a MC mag 'shootout' between this bike, the Concourse, ST1300, and BMW. Take the BMW away because for as much more money as it costs, it won almost everything. But, the Triumph got highest marks in comfort, weather protection and scored a little lower in outright performance, probably because it won the other categories. I have over 700 miles on it and I find the handlebar reach more comfortable than my Goldwing, but at the cost of a bit more knee bend. Not bad, just a little different.
With a 20k valve check interval, maintenance is also quite reasonable. And with a 6.6 gallon tank I can potentially have better than a 300 mile range.
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looks real nice, but the lady's seat don't look very comfortable. no back rest at all, no cup holders... no hand holds.



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I installed a cup holder yesterday . When my trunk kit arrives she will have a backrest. Spoke to a guy who has better than 60k on his 2013 model, lots of it two-up, and according to him his wife loves it. There are handholds next to the seat right above the saddlebags.

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And for the next few years, other than occasional 2 or 3 day trips, it is just me going to work and back most of the time. I will add a passenger cup holder after I decide the best spot for it.
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I don't see how or why the compared the mighty ST 1300 since it has been out of production since 2012. I really didn't look at triumph before I purchased my ST 1300 but it may be the bike that replaces it after I get more info on it. might I add that yours looks good in blue

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oops. I combined my research of several comparison articles in one post and did not type accurately. Sorry, my bad. The 2012 St1300 was compared to the Triumph, and later, in 2014, there is one with the TTSE, FJR, etc. It has continued to improve and I have seen very little negative with the 2015 model year.
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That is a great looking bike!!!! I hope it is as good a ride. Zoom Zoom.

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hope you do a couple longer term reviews, It might help me decide between the triumph and the FJR 1300. right now I am happy with the mighty ST 1300 and the 7.7 gallon gas tank doesn't hurt either, I've done 280 mile fuel stops a few times. mpg is about the same as your triumph. I have a sargent saddle and a clearview windshield

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