Trophy v. C'ours v. BMW
- I have always wanted to own a touring or sports-touring bike.
Finally go to the point where I thought I could afford one. Had
been looking at the C'ours for a while. "Great bike for the price,"
you know. I know a lot of C'ours riders and they are a very nice
(huge) group, but they all complain about the buzz.
The Sprint ST is a beauty, but is too "sports" for me, and terribly
uncomfortable for the passenger -at least for the only passenger
that counts in MY life. She liked the arrangement on my T-Bird
with the sissy bar/pad.
My wife and I took a test ride on the C'ours at Bikeoberfest and
we were comfortable and pleased, for the most part. But even my
wife, after only knowing the Trophy casually, kept on saying how
the quality and finish of the C'ours just didn't seem as high as
that of a Trophy. Not to mention looks: the matched luggage and
top box are no comparison to the ugly bags on the C'ours; the
fairing is much more aesthetically pleasing and when you take
the luggage off, the bike is really nice looking.
We sat on the Kawa ZZR1200, but ergos are basically arranged
like a Sprint St. The luggage situation is really up in the air with
those, yet. We sat on the 1150RT and we both loved the look and
feel...'till I told my wife the MSRP.
At about the same time, I was trying to make deal for a left over
Sunset Red T900, but the dealership was asking MSRP. Then,
out of the karmic blue, a new 2001 platinum T900 appears in the
warehouse which no one really knew was there. (Nice story
behind this, especially for anyone who owns a business.) Since
both the Triumph Rep and my favorite dealer knew what I really
wanted, I now have my platinum Trophy 900 "Arabela". (12/01/01)
Even if I could afford a T1200 or even the 1150RT, I probably
wouldn't buy it, because I'm too small. I know how heavy my T9
feels...the Concours weighs almost 100 lbs more; the 1150RT
is almost 200 lbs more. The shaft drive is nice, but adds
tremendous amounts of weight. A chain is fine and dandy with
I've put on about 900 miles on it and at the 500 mile service, I
had gel grips and a Throttelmeister put on which have really
improved my ability for long rides -and would highly recommend
them to anyone planning on some long rides.
Neil has to decide for himself based on his "feeling" for the bike
and his wallet, but this is just MY story and I'm sticking to it...
- --- In TriumphTrophy@y..., "vsimanca" <vsimanca@y...> wrote:
> I have always wanted to own a touring or sports-touring bike.Yeah, I know just what you mean. Two years ago I finished a process
> Finally go to the point where I thought I could afford one...
like yours which zeroed me in on the Trophy. I rode everything I
could get my hands on, and read everything published/posted I could
find on every bike that was even remotely sport-touring in nature. My
ordeal ended up a choice between Trophy 1200 vs 900, and that was
hard enough. Opted for the 1200, but I suspect the best answer would
have been one of each because the banshee-wail of the triple still
My point: IMO Triumph, as they always have, makes motorcycles
targeting a smaller, more closely defined category of Enthusiasts
(um, choosier?) who can savor every motorcycle, but most of whom must
carefully pick just one, two if lucky, three or more if unmarried.
When I win the Lottery I'll own a Beemer, something Italian, an
Enfield, a Ural, and an assortment of Nipponese iron. Until then,
though, my Trophy keeps a stupid grin plastered on my mug.
Enjoy your neat Christmas present!
- Your decision sounds remarkably like mine. Go to message #3191 and
you can read my own process for picking the Trophy.
It is always good to see another 900 rider on the board, you will
love the bike.
- --- In TriumphTrophy@y..., "vsimanca" <vsimanca@y...> wrote:
>Then,Congrats on the new bike, good choice. So what was the story behind
> out of the karmic blue, a new 2001 platinum T900 appears in the
> warehouse which no one really knew was there. (Nice story
> behind this, especially for anyone who owns a business.)
the 900? I'm intrigued.
- --- In TriumphTrophy@y..., "rickwillmore" <willmore@i...> wrote:
>I'm intrigued.This might be a little long even tho' I'll try to be brief: the story
is a simple one yet, with a big lesson for anyone with a
business, especially a big one like Triumph America.
The platinum T900 had been "allocated" to a shop in the
Baltimore area, I believe...since June of 2001. But the dealer
either decided he couldn't afford to have that much money
tied-up on his showroom, or someone backed-out of the deal. (I
believe it was the former, since the FLA rep. stated it as "they
couldn't afford it.")
Well, turns out that Triumph America (in GA, of course) does
inventory only TWICE a year! Can you believe that?
I was trying to deal for a Sunset Red T900 with one of the
dealers in So. FL (S. Dade), but he was talking MSRP + T, T & T.
I had called my dealer (Palm Beach) several times, since I knew
I could get a
better deal (and better trade from him) and he had tried to find
me a demo, a slightly used one, whatever.
I have also met, and gotten to know, the FLA rep and he's a hell
of a nice guy. My dealer is the #1 Triumph and Ducati dealer in
FL , (probably the US, too) because he knows how to treat
customers. (This was my third bike from him). He kept hounding
the rep to look for a bike for me. The rep happened to be in the
warehouse after Biketoberfest and took a walk through the
warehouse looking for bikes. He found TWO T900s. One in
Sunset Red and my platinum one. Of course, he immediately
called my dealer and e-mailed me with the news, since he knew
I was trying to sell my T-Bird to go make an offer for the Red one.
Can you believe a company has almost 20 grand lying around
their warehouse and they don't even realize it? 'Course, I
suppose I might have gotten a better deal if they had waited
another couple of months to find it, but then again...
Anyhow, there it is. Sorry it's a bit long...
- Sound similar to the way I got my Trophy - a '97 with 28 km on it at
the end of 2000. A dealer had received it, done a predelivery (the
maintenance records show addressing of TSB's), taken a spin and parked
it. Triumph eventually pulled it back and put it in a dealer that
could sell it. A choice between a '97 BRG and a '00 Blue, with a
hefty discount for the '97? Enough said.
'97 900 BRG