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Old 02-13-2013, 11:02 AM   #21
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Since I rarely carry pillion and weight 175lbs, I seldom have to touch the setting. You're right, though, most people would probably prefer the SE bundle, so the expense of having another model is probably not worth it to Triumph.

I know the 1300 triple is more powerful than the oil-head RT, but I'm surprised to hear it is on par with K1600. Frankly, I don't even need all the power C14 has. What I could use is less weight, and I'm glad Triumph kept that in check with the Trophy.

I am curious if you test rode any other STs. Did you reference the FJR1300?
The K16 is more powerful of course, but its also 100lbs heavier and the power delivery is a little (ok - a LOT) peaky. The throttle goes from predictable to WTF?!?!! too quickly.

Rode the Concours and the FJR - both were ruled out by my passenger. She wouldn't even ride the Connie - did NOT like the " in the air" pillion. Also looked at the RT but was almost bored into unconsciousness by it. That bike has NO soul.

Thought about and quickly dismissed the ST1300. That bike just didn't do it for me at all.

Coming out of the luxury touring market, a lot of sport tourers were dismissed for lack of features too. The FJR and Connie and Sprint GT for example. While I like them as solo touring bikes, I have to consider my passenger's comfort as well. She rides with me a lot.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:07 AM   #22
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Wow nice. If I were to try to ride that, I don't think I'd be able to put my feet on the floor despite me even trying to get it up straight
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Wow nice. If I were to try to ride that, I don't think I'd be able to put my feet on the floor despite me even trying to get it up straight
Not as tall as it looks. Seat height is about 29". My stubby legs can hit the ground ...
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The K16 is more powerful of course, but its also 100lbs heavier and the power delivery is a little (ok - a LOT) peaky. The throttle goes from predictable to WTF?!?!! too quickly.

Rode the Concours and the FJR - both were ruled out by my passenger. She wouldn't even ride the Connie - did NOT like the " in the air" pillion. Also looked at the RT but was almost bored into unconsciousness by it. That bike has NO soul.

Thought about and quickly dismissed the ST1300. That bike just didn't do it for me at all.

Coming out of the luxury touring market, a lot of sport tourers were dismissed for lack of features too. The FJR and Connie and Sprint GT for example. While I like them as solo touring bikes, I have to consider my passenger's comfort as well. She rides with me a lot.
So true. I agree on every point. I can definitely see your pillion liking the Trophy. That pillion is a royal bench, compared to the C14 and FJR's sportbike-like perch. that ST1300 is practically geriatric. I would be embarrassed if I were peddling that for Honda.

Couldn't agree more on the RT. I read a lot about people complaining about some bikes feels like sewing machines. To me, that is definitely one! Great mile eater for sure, but motorcycles are supposed to light my on fire, not put it to sleep.

I take it your pillion also ixneyed the all too popular adv tourers?
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So true. I agree on every point. I can definitely see your pillion liking the Trophy. That pillion is a royal bench, compared to the C14 and FJR's sportbike-like perch. that ST1300 is practically geriatric. I would be embarrassed if I were peddling that for Honda.

Couldn't agree more on the RT. I read a lot about people complaining about some bikes feels like sewing machines. To me, that is definitely one! Great mile eater for sure, but motorcycles are supposed to light my on fire, not put it to sleep.

I take it your pillion also ixneyed the all too popular adv tourers?
My stubby legs say no to the adv tourers. I can't ride things with a 36" seat height - sure not with a pillion.

Considering the alternative bike was a Wing, the comfort level of the Trophy is EXTREMELY high. I fully expected my wife to reject it - but 5 minutes after riding it - SHE wouldn't shut up about it.

Where in SW Houston are you? I'm over in the Westchase area.
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I live in Mo City off hwy 6, just past SL, and worked for 10yrs in the Westchase district, next to Halliburton. Now I commute to the NW side.

lol... I too am inseam-challenged for the big adv tourer. Plus I am not too sure I like the whole concept of it, even if I am long-legged enough to ride them. If I ride dirt, it'll be on a real dirt bike, somthing like a 125 or 250cc. Otherwise, it's pavement only. Riding a heavy adv tourer feels too much like driving a 4x4 Excursion so I can hop the curb at the First Colony Mall.
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Nice, I love the triple burbling when backing off the throttle. Music to my ears. Congratulations
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Sat on one of these out at Polaris West the other day. Congratulations on the new bike.
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It does have a unique sound...
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