Triumph will enter the touring segment in 2013 with its all-new, shaft-driven Trophy – the British manufacturer’s answer to motorcycles like BMW’s K1600.
The tourer will be available in the US in January of next year, though US and Canadian markets will only get the top-of-the-line SE model and not the base-model Trophy.
The Trophy will be powered by the same 1215cc, shaft-driven three-cylinder engine that was developed for the Tiger Explorer. The 132-horsepower package will get a counter-rotating balancer shaft to smooth out any vibrations and that will work in conjunction with a torsional damping system designed to transfer power from the gearbox to the shaft drive.
The new Trophy also gets ride-by-wire technology that incorporates traction and cruise control as well as optimizing engine efficiency and fuel economy, according to Triumph. The Trophy gets a 6.6-gallon fuel tank.
The newest from Triumph features an electrically adjustable windscreen that can raise nearly 6.5 inches and comes with a memory function that automatically adjusts to your last pre-set position when you restart the bike. Both the rider and passenger seats are heated and feature a range of options – and adjustability from 30.3 inches to 31.1 inches in height.
The Trophy features headlight positional adjustment, a center stand, lockable cockpit storage box with 12-volt power socket and Triumph’s Dynamic Luggage System (TDLS). The luggage system helps maintain chassis balance by decoupling the mass for the chassis, allowing each case to move up to a five-degree arc to help with stability. Each pannier features 31 liters of storage capacity and an additional 55-liter “plug and play” top box (able to be fitted and removed without the need to connect and disconnect cables or wires) will be available as an option. The top box also features a 12-volt socket on the inside to charge a phone, camera or other electrical device while on the move.
The SE model gets an integrated audio system with Bluetooth, USB input and iPod/MP3 player compatibility. The SE also features adjustable WP suspension and riders can opt for three settings – sport, normal or comfort – and combine that with the bike’s load – solo, solo plus luggage or two-up. What they have selected can then be viewed on a dot matrix LCD screen.
The SE also gets a tire-pressure monitoring system and will be available in Pacific Blue or Lunar Silver. No word yet on the bike’s MSRP.