Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Laclede, Id, USA
Re: Thoughts on the Triumph Trophy.
If you are looking for a replacement to the LT once again, the Trophy is as good a bike as the next one. My problem with buying another BMW is I have paid for 3 bikes it seems while only owning one. Repairs and better yet replacement parts for my LT goes on for miles. 2 centerstand, current one still broke, got used to it. 3 Comfort Drivers seats, 2 Comfort Passenger seats, all w/heat, as they all rip in the same place, & 2 Back rest pads. 2 sets of rear speaker covers. 2 sets of replacement speakers, 2 rear disc's and a rear end seal. 1 Rear End failure, Bought a spare so I'm ready should that happen again. 2 Electronic cruise controls, 3 wiring harnesses. did I mention the bike caught fire the day before I was going on a long trip and destroyed everything under the dash area just about so I had to replace both sets of electronics to the right and left grip electronics, speaker wire assbmbly, the headlight adjuster assembly. 2 radios, front speakers, it needs a new 6 cd rear deck, not gonna happen. Antenna broke. Main engine rear oil seal which destroyed the clutches ability to drive so the fiber plate needed replacing. Fuel pump. Thought the ABS pump went too but was the wiring harness, again! Fork seals, front steering dampner seals, The security system went out, horns blaring that was fun, had to come here and find the crossover to make the bike even go. Both the front and rear shocks. The gas milage wouldn't t when delivered! That was a first fix, an 05' buggaboo, took a year for them to get to that. Lousy fuel milage. Yeah! this bike taught me everything I needed to know about BMW build quality.
Now the TTSE did have some teething problems, most fixed in the 2013-4 year models. The head was redesigned for more bearing surface on the stems. The radios drained batteries till they solved that. Some of the CPU's had issues, and the front rotors made noise as the spacers weren't the correct material, anTriumph replaced. One helluva lot les faults than the Beemer. Now the brakes on this bike are as good as any abs I have ridden. I've got 3 Bikes with ABS and all are good. The LT might get the nod there as they were the first but 4000.00 for an new ABS pump? Screw that!
The TTSE gets the nod from me and despite all the let downs on the LT, I really loved that bike, a real love/hate affair. I'm hoping the TTSE brings me thru the end of my late 60's right up into my 70's in style with fewer issues. I got it with a Corbin seat too. I didn't like it either! I don't have the money for a RDL and yes they are a tall seat and would render lowering moot and put it right back where it was for a short guy. About the lowering. it didn't ruin the handling once I lowered front fork tubes 3/8 inch. Then was right back where it was when I first got it. No, the handling wasn't light to me it was sweet! Like my old Tridents were. Ride one and I betcha you'll like it too.
Brian A. Brodhead
God created all men, Samuel Colt made them equal
2005 BMW K1200LT Goldie goodtime plastic fm rock'n roamer
1975 Triumph T160 750 restored "Heather" For Sale
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