2013 Triumph Trophy SE – First Look
Triumph is jumping back into the heavyweight sport-touring arena with an all-new motorcycle for 2013 wearing the familiar Trophy model name, but looking nothing like the bike last seen in 2004. The 2013 Trophy is the third new bike to be launched by the company in the last 18 months. It’s based upon the same liquid-cooled, 1,215cc transverse in-line triple found in the Tiger Explorer with a six-speed transmission and 6.6-gallon fuel tank. The powerplant is mounted in a twin-spar aluminum frame with a WP 43mm male-slider front fork and fully adjustable WP remote reservoir rear shock suspending the single-sided swingarm/shaft final drive. Throttle-by-wire provides both traction control and cruise control, and the base model also features an electric windscreen and linked ABS. The rider’s seat height is adjustable between 30.3 and 31.1 inches, and 31-liter side cases are standard. A 55-liter top box is optional along with heated seats and more. Claimed wet weight for the base model is 662 pounds without the side cases.
Here in the U.S., for 2013 we will only be getting the top-line Trophy SE version of the bike, which adds an integrated audio system with Bluetooth technology compatible with headsets and GPS devices, USB input and iPod/MP3 player compatibility, as well as electronic adjustability for the suspension. Riders select their preferred damping setting—Sport, Normal or Comfort—then match it with the bike’s load—Solo, Solo and luggage or Two-up—all displayed on an LCD screen. The SE also has a tire pressure monitoring system and an additional 12V power outlet for the passenger.
The Trophy SE will come in Pacific Blue or Lunar Silver paint schemes. Full pricing is slated to be confirmed in early September, with the first bikes available in dealerships in the U.S. in January 2013.