When the Triumph Trophy SE broke cover earlier this June, the comparisons were quickly made between Britain’s most advanced motorcycle ever, and the German competition it was so clearly trying to emulate. While Triumph Trophy’s engineers and designers clearly took a long-look at the BMW R1200RT, and tried to improve upon the staple of a touring bike, Triumph’s marketers may have been asleep as the switch, as the Triumph Trophy SE has one thing the BMW does not: a bigger price tag.
The only variant headed to the US market, the Triumph Trophy SE will cost just shy of $19,000 when it arrives in dealerships in January 2013 — a stark price difference to the R1200RT’s current $17,350 MSRP. Though, it should be said that BMW is set to debut a water-cooled version of its R1200GS adventure-tourer in a month’s time, which could also mean the release of an updated and water-cooled RT as well. On the bright side, the Triumph Trophy SE is priced $1000 lower than the BMW K1600GT making it a good middle-ground option between the Bavarian company’s two dominant models in the touring space.
Coming with a bevy of features, Triumph hopes that the electronically controlled WP suspension, ride-by-wire throttle, traction control, electronic cruise control, linked anti-locking brakes, tire pressure monitoring system, and dynamically shifting panniers will help offer enough bang for the buck for touring riders here in North America. At the heart of the Trophy SE is Triumph’s 1215cc 132hp three-cylinder motor, which comes with a less-than-impressive 10,000 mile servicing interval. Let us know what you think of Triumph’s latest creation in the comments.