BMW K1600GT vs. Kawasaki Concours 14 vs. Triumph Trophy SE vs. Yamaha FJR1300 | Conquering The Divide

Four STs, Twice Over the Prow of America

By Marc Cook, Photography by Kevin Wing

Triumph Trophy SE
Price: $20,499 (As Tested)

Engine type: l-c inline-triple
Valve train: DOHC, 12v
Displacement: 1215cc
Bore x stroke: 85.0 x 71.4mm
Compression: 12.0:1
Fuel system: EFI, ride by wire
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Measured horsepower: 114.7 bhp @ 9100 rpm
Measured torque: 73.4 lb.-ft. @ 6800 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile: 11.44 sec. @ 118.18 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph: 4.50 sec.
Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 50/35/40 mpg
Front suspension: WP 43mm inverted fork with electronically adjustable rebound damping
Rear suspension: WP shock with electronically adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Nissin four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with ABS
Rear brake: Nissin two-piston caliper, 282mm disc with ABS
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Angel
Rear tire: 190/55ZR-17 Pirelli Angel
Rake/trail: 27.0°/4.7 in.
Seat height: 30.3-31.1 in.
Wheelbase: 60.7 in.
Fuel capacity: 6.9 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 697/655 lbs.
Colors: Lunar Silver, Pacific Blue
Availability: Now
Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact:
Triumph Motorcycles of America, Ltd
385 Walt Sanders Memorial Dr. #100
Newnan, GA 30265
678.854.2010
www.triumphmotorcycles.com


Yamaha FJR1300
Price: $15,890

Engine type: l-c inline-four
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Displacement: 1298cc
Bore x stroke: 79.0 x 66.2mm
Compression: 10.8:1
Fuel system: EFI, ride by wire
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 5-speed
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Measured horsepower: 123.0 bhp @ 8100 rpm
Measured torque: 86.8 lb.-ft. @ 6400 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile: 10.82 sec. @ 122.47 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph: 3.66 sec.
Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 47/32/39 mpg
Front suspension: YHSJ 48mm fork with adjustable spring preload, rebound and compression damping
Rear suspension: YHSJ shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Nissin four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with ABS
Rear brake: Nissin one-piston caliper, 282mm disc with ABS
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone BT-023
Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17 Bridgestone BT-023
Rake/trail: 26.0°/4.3 in
Seat height: 31.7-32.5 in.
Wheelbase: 60.8 in.
Fuel capacity: 6.6 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 668/628 lbs.
Color: Stone Gray
Availability: Now
Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact:
Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
800.962.7926
www.yamaha-motor.com

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jbutrus
I ride a 2012 Concours and agree with your assessments pro and con. Given the competition, I expect  Kawasaki to update the Concours reasonably soon. Updated instrumentation, improved integrated braking, electronic cruise control, and a slightly larger windshield would address most of the issues you raised and put the Concours well ahead of the Yamaha FJR-1300.  To put the price differential between the BMW K1600GT and the Concours in perspective, one could purchase a new Connie AND a one year old ZX-6 for the cost of the Beemer. Of course, if money were no object the 1600GT and a 1000RR for track days is a Sport Touring/Sport combination no manufacturer can touch. Great article!
jbutrus
I ride a 2012 Concours and agree with your assessments pro and con. Given the competition, I expect  Kawasaki to update the Concours reasonably soon. Updated instrumentation, improved integrated braking, electronic cruise control, and a slightly larger windshield would address most of the issues you raised and put the Concours well ahead of the Yamaha FJR-1300.  To put the price differential between the BMW K1600GT and the Concours in perspective, one could purchase a new Connie AND a one year old ZX-6 for the cost of the Beemer. Of course, if money were no object the 1600GT and a 1000RR for track days is a Sport Touring/Sport combination no manufacturer can touch. Great article!
Africord
I don't have a problem with your analysis.  But a shorter rider may come up with a different analysis.  One look at the specs flips the choice for luxo ST to the Triumph for this inseam challenged rider.  I also expect that my shorter arms (32" sleeve length) would not feel cramped at all. Different horses for different riders.
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