I had an '01 Bonneville (it seduced me back into motorcycling after a
35 year break!), and after a year I changed to a Trophy.
I am 5/8", 31" inseam.
The Trophy I found very top heavy (stationary), but once moving, no
problem at all.
As others have said: unless the steering is absolutely straight,
don't use the front break at parking speeds.
I could (at a stretch) just get my feet flat (normal motorcycle
boots). I found (when stationary) I would feel the foot-pegs behind
my ankles, and play springing them back/up, but not a problem.
Most likely to drop it with your foot slipping sideways when parking
if you choose something slippery to put your foot in (I've done this
twice, once on diesel spill, once in some doggy-doo).
Apart from that, I learned to let the seat slide me forward into the
tank. If you know you are doing it, you can ensure your manhood isn't
affected. If you try to sit back on the seat, you will be
uncomfortable and you will have trouble getting your feet down.
Again, as others have said, pick your parking place so you never have
to push the bike up any slope. Unless you are REALLY strong, you
won't do it.
Getting it onto its centre stand takes a little getting used to, but
once you master it, it is easy enough. Stand beside the bike, left
hand on the left bar, right hand on the pull-out lever. Use your
right foot to push the centre stand so it touches down, then slowly
push the bike upright until you feel the other centre stand foot
touch the ground. Now put all you weight straight down on your right
foot and pull back on bar and handle (keeping it all straight). If
you try to pull up with the handle you risk tipping the bike away
from you. It takes a bit of a knack, but it becomes straight forward
with practice. I would suggest having someone to stand on the other
side of the bike when you first try it, just to give you confidence.
And, if it is going wrong, just lean it back onto the side stand.
The Trophy after the Bonneville was a revelation, much more comfort,
handling, performance, grin factor. Oh, yes, much more fuel usage and
Hope some of that helps.
You can find more of my ramblings here:
Although I gave up my Trophy, it wasn't because of the bike, it was
due to an arthritic left little finger that gave me agony pulling the
clutch lever. My new mount has electric assistance.
ex '02 Trophy 1200
ex '01 Bonneville
ex '56(?) Tiger Cub
--- In TriumphTrophy@yahoogroups.com, Lenny <motoleo@...> wrote:
> I'm a new member and I do own a new Bonneville (02) and a 79 T140
> Bonneville. I'm considering purchasing a 97 Trophy and haven't seen
> but I'm hoping I will not have a problem with seat height and my
> touching the ground at a standstill.
> I'm 5' 10" and have a 30" inseam. I've tried an 02 Tiger and that
> tall and top heavy.
> Curious to see if any other riders/owners are the same size as me
> there are any issues with seat height, to heavy steering at low
> Lenny Seidman