2013 TRIUMPH TROPHY & TROPHY SE | FIRST LOOK

All-New Tourers Set To Drop

***UPDATE (09/03/12): **Pricing for the US market has been released. The Trophy SE will start at $18,999 and dealers should begin receiving units in January 2013

WORDS: Kevin Hipp PHOTOS: Triumph

Triumph is set to release a new touring motorcycle into the North American market in January of 2013. The new 2013 Trophy and Trophy SE will be powered by a liquid-cooled, 1215cc, DOHC inline-triple claimed to produce 132 horsepower and 89 lb.-ft. of torque. The motor hangs from an aluminum twin-spar frame equipped with a single-sided aluminum swingarm that houses a low-maintenance shaft final drive.

The Trophy name has had a long history with the British manufacturer and can be traced back to 1948. Steve McQueen and Bud Ekins used them in the movie The Great Escape and also for the 1964 International Six Day Trials. Triumph last used the name on their tourer in 2004.

The new Trophy will be the most technologically advanced Triumph to date. A ride-by-wire throttle opens the door to traction control and electronic cruise control, as well as optimized fuel economy. The electronically adjustable windscreen will offer 6.5 inches of travel, with a memory function that automatically returns it to your last pre-set position when the bike is re-started. Seat height is adjustable from 30.3 to 31.1 inches.

Linked ABS and electronically adjustable suspension help keep the 17-inch, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels connected to the pavement. The front suspension consists of a WP 43mm inverted fork with manually adjustable rebound damping for the standard version and electronically adjustable damping on the SE version. Rear suspension consists of a single WP shock with manual preload and rebound damping on the standard version and electronic control on the SE version. The SE’s damping options are Sport, Normal or Comfort, and the preload options are solo, solo-plus-luggage, or two-up. Dual 320mm floating discs with Nissin four-piston calipers in front and a single disc with a two-piston caliper in the rear bring the 662-lb. machine to a halt.

Another attractive feature that Triumph included on the SE is an integrated audio system with Bluetooth functionality. A USB input has been added so one can hook up an iPod or MP3 player and listen to tunes while riding.

Triumph’s Dynamic Luggage System has been brought over from the Tiger and allows up to 5 degrees of rotation for each side bag to aid in weight balance. An optional top box is available and features a powered, 12-volt socket on the inside for charging electronic devices while on the move.

The 2013 Trophy was unveiled at Triumph Tridays in Neukirchen, Austria, on June 22-24. The SE will be the only version brought to the States and pricing starts at $18,999. Dealers are scheduled to start receiving units in January 2013.