2013 Triumph Trophy spied again

Triumph's all-new tourer breaks cover

Posted: 22 February 2012
by Visordown News

TRIUMPH'S all-new tourer – almost certain to revive the Trophy name when it's launched later this year – has been spotted testing by spy snappers for Spanish magazine Motociclismo.

With Triumph's long history of developing new bikes in Spain's favourable winter climate, it's no surprise that's where the pictures have emerged, and they show a tourer that's likely to send a shiver down BMW's corporate spine.

The new machine comes hot on the heels of the new Tiger Explorer and shares much of that bike's technology including the 135bhp, 1215cc engine and shaft-drive transmission. And just as the Explorer has something of the BMW R1200GS about it's appearance, the tourer could easily be mistaken for one of BMW's offerings.

In terms of performance, it should sit somewhere between the BMW R1200RT and the new K1600GT, but the three-cylinder motor will endow it with quite a different character, somewhere between the thumping torque of the two-cylinder BMW and the creamy smoothness and high power of the six-cylinder machine. At the right price (something Triumph has been particularly successful at finding in recent years) it could be an extremely tempting alternative.

It seems to have an aluminium beam frame, although much is covered by bodywork, while the suspension is dealt with by upside-down forks and a single-sided swingarm at the back.

In terms of kit, Triumph has been on the high-tech warpath recently, smothering its range in anti-lock brakes and recently starting to add traction control to machines including the Explorer. The Trophy is sure to get both those gadgets, along with plenty more; expect an electric screen, heated grips and seat, tyre pressure monitors and the sort of trip computer that would make astronauts jealous.

We're guessing the official launch is going to be around October, with sales starting in early 2013.



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The guy riding looks quite tall and the screen is the same height so should give good protection, the rear footpegs look a bit high which could be a compromise.

Should come out as I look for a new bike so will definitely be interested

Posted: 22/02/2012 at 11:33

Why not make a bike that takes its styling cues from the Daytona range ?

Posted: 22/02/2012 at 14:34

That is truly a fantastic looking BMW RT.

Posted: 22/02/2012 at 18:22

To me that looks more like an ST1300 than an RT...like an ST1300 that's been working out and losing weight. I want one.

Posted: 22/02/2012 at 19:51

I'm sure you meant the bike looks like the R12RT, not GS. If so, you are exactly right! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. "Explorer has something of the BMW R1200GS about it's appearance, the tourer could easily be mistaken for one of BMW's offerings."

Posted: 22/02/2012 at 21:57

Another new BMW... quality.

Posted: 23/02/2012 at 10:45

Sounds more like a GTR1400 with a cylinder missing?

Posted: 23/02/2012 at 21:08

Triumph make nice bikes but I think what made them so successful in the past years was that they took on designs differently then other companies. Now the last 3 models could be mistaken for BMW (Tiger800, Explorer and now the Trophy). I think they are on a very slippy slop with these "inspired" designs.

Posted: 25/02/2012 at 21:35

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