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2013 Triumph Trophy SE Review

The Trophy has excellent wind protection and agile handling but excessive engine noise.

The Trophy has excellent wind protection and agile handling but excessive engine noise.

Photo Credit: Rich Cox

Greg Drevenstedt
May 6, 2013
Filed under Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycle Reviews, Triumph Motorcycle Reviews

The Triumph Trophy SE is the only all-new model in this comparison, yet it seems strangely familiar. Its liquid-cooled, 1,215cc in-line triple is the same engine found in Triumph’s Tiger Explorer adventure tourer (though the Trophy has a taller sixth gear and recalibrated throttle-by-wire settings), and its styling, cockpit and features are eerily similar to that of the BMW R 1200 RT. At the Trophy’s world launch last year, Product Manager Simon Warburton freely admitted that the RT was Triumph’s design benchmark (Rider, December 2012 and on The unanimous sentiment among our test riders, however, is that Triumph missed a golden opportunity to develop a distinctive look for the Trophy.

For the American market, the only Trophy model you can buy is the higher-spec SE, which includes an audio system, Triumph Electronic Suspension, a tire pressure monitor and a third 12V socket as standard equipment. Curiously, especially given the competition, heated grips are a $250 accessory. Our test bike had a heated grips button, but no heat! (For $1,500, the limited-edition Launch Pack adds heated grips, heated rider and passenger seats, a color-matched top trunk with carrier, a taller touring windshield and foot air deflectors.) Furthermore, what would be the accessory low seat elsewhere is the standard seat in the U.S., dropping adjustable seat height from 31.5/32.3 inches to a more inseam-friendly 30.3/31.1 inches. The well-equipped Trophy SE will set you back $18,999—less than the BMWs, but more expensive than the Kawasaki and Yamaha.

Like the other bikes in this test, the Trophy has standard locking hard saddlebags. Their 31-liter volume is about average, and their locking and mounting mechanisms are easy to use. What makes them unique is the Triumph Dynamic Luggage System, which allows the saddlebags to sway over a 5-degree arc and links them together, effectively isolating the chassis from unwanted inputs.

The central multifunction display is very detailed and customizable.

The central multifunction display is very detailed and customizable.

Helmet: Arai Vector-2 / Jacket & Pants: Joe Rocket / Boots: Aerostich / Tailbag: Wolfman

Helmet: Arai Vector-2 / Jacket & Pants: Joe Rocket / Boots: Aerostich / Tailbag: Wolfman

2013 Triumph Trophy SE

Base Price: $18,999
Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles

Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse in-line triple
Displacement: 1,215cc
Bore x Stroke: 85.0 x 71.4mm
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Valve Train: DOHC, 4 valves per cyl.
Valve Adj. Interval: 20,000 miles
Fuel Delivery: Fuel injection w/ throttle-by-wire, 46mm throttle bodies x 3
Lubrication System: Wet sump, 4.2-qt. cap.
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated wet clutch
Final Drive: Shaft, 2.55:1

Ignition: Digital inductive
Charging Output: 950 watts max.
Battery: 12V 18AH

Frame: Aluminum beam twin-spar w/ engine as stressed member & cast aluminum single-sided swingarm
Wheelbase: 60.7 in.
Rake/Trail: 27 degrees/4.7 in.
Seat Height: 30.3/31.1 in.
Suspension, Front: 43mm male-slider, Triumph Electronic
Suspension (TES), 5.0-in. travel
Rear: Single shock, TES, 4.7-in. travel
Brakes, Front: Dual floating discs w/ opposed 4-piston calipers & partially linked ABS
Rear: Single disc w/ 2-piston pin-slide caliper & ABS
Wheels, Front: Cast, 3.50 x 17
Rear: Cast, 6.00 x 17
Tires, Front: 120/70-ZR17
Rear: 190/55-ZR17
Wet Weight: 689 lbs.
Load Capacity: 371 lbs.
GVWR: 1,060 lbs.

Fuel Capacity: 6.6 gals., last 1.1 gal. warning light on
MPG: 91 PON min. (high/avg/low) 48.8/43.2/35.4
Estimated Range: 285 miles
Indicated RPM at 60 MPH: 3,000

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This article was published as part of a Sport-Touring Shootout in the May 2013 issue of Rider magazine. Click on the links below to read the other parts of the series.


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  4. Dennis Duchmann on September 9th, 2015 12:55 pm

    Don’t let the steep MSRP scare you; even higher for 2015. There are brand new leftovers still in many dealers’ inventory. I purchased my 2014 TTSE recently from a local dealer at a deep discount. Other than no heated grips, this bike comes loaded with electronics and creature comforts for long distance touring. My favorite features on the “SE” are the TPMS, the XM satellite radio with bluetooth connectivity, and electrically adjustable wind screen. The 1215cc triple is a pure joy as well!


    Dave Stockslager Reply:

    Triumph Trophy SE has my interest. but have not ridden one yet. Can’t make myself spend 18-19K, but 14-16K may. Had a Sprint 955, loved motor and handling, but old body can’t take that seating position anymore. Thanks for comment, you have me thinking.


    Chuck Reply:

    Dave, what constitutes a deep discount? I have found new 2014 TTSEs as well, but only discounted by the current promo or $1500. I would love to know the discount from MSRP you were able to get and if the promo was part of the discount. I believe cost on the bike itself is at or about $15,769 “invoice”. I am really not inclined to pay full retail for new old stock.


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