Triumphs New Trophy Having been a fan of Triumphs now for more years than I care to remember (I had a 3 TA back in the 70s) I was invited to the launch evening on the 1st November of the all new Trophy 1200. My last two bikes had been from the Hinckley Factory and I was intrigued how this new bike was going to slot into the already competitive large tourer market. There’s a special place for the Trophy name in the history of Triumph: the first bike to emerge from the Hinckley factory 21 years ago, kick-starting John Bloor’s revival of the famous but failed old marque, was the four-cylinder Trophy. Now the name is back, on a machine that underlines just how far, and fast, Triumph has moved on in two decades. The latest incarnation is a touring bike, the sector dominated by BMW’s accomplished R1200RT. The launch evening happened with all the lights and music and the trophy emerged from the smoky stage. Over a very nice Chili and a pint I was able to secure the very first test ride slot for the following Friday morning (the benefits of being retired!) I am greeted by a very nice sunny morning with reasonably dry roads, a few damp patches and wet leaves here and there but very nice for November. On my arrival at Lings, the bike is being moved out of the show room and prepared for my demo ride. After all the paper work is signed insurance etc I am given a very good demonstration of the controls by the sales team and then we are good to go. It’s funny how all of a sudden the nerves remind you the bikes 15K and how embarrassing it might be to drop a bike that has The SAM Observer December 2012
The December 2012 edition of "The SAM Observer"