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« on: January 19, 2015, 12:58:13 am »

After 2 years on my VFR1200F, I decided I missed the "touring" aspect of "sport touring" so I gave myself an upgrade.



The dealer had a brand new 2015 Trophy SE, still in the crate, and he offered it for the 2014 price. It was between this and the R1200RT, and I just couldn't justify the extra purchase cost and ongoing maintenance costs for the RT when it came time to pull the trigger.

Anyway, I wrote a review of it here.

I love this bike!

It's not as fast as my VFR in a straight line, but it handles way better, and I love having the bells and whistles--and wind protection again.

The only drawback has been learning to shift gears again, after being coddled by the dual-clutch tranny on the VFR.
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2015, 10:37:38 am »

I'm curious to know how your projected maint costs stacked up... water cooled boxer maint is fairly minimal.
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2015, 07:22:59 am »

Beautiful bike.  It on my list of bikes to drool over  
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2015, 09:14:54 am »

Yep. Thanks for the write-up!
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2015, 11:20:29 am »

Nice write up/review. Congratulations on your new motorcycle!
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2015, 12:10:51 pm »

Beautiful bike.  May you have many of travels on it!
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2015, 12:23:02 pm »

Very nice!  I test rode one when they first came out.  I also was impressed at how well it handled and got up to speed for such a big bike!  It's quite a bit bigger than my Sprint, but I had no problems throwing it around.
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2015, 05:34:54 pm »

My last bike was the VFR, and before that, I had an FJR1300. Neither of them handles anywhere near as good as the Trophy does. I think I'm happier with this bike than I have been by any bike I've owned.

I've driven my GTO once since I got the trophy, to go to Costco. Other than that, it's been Trophy-riding every day.
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2015, 09:09:17 pm »

Beautiful Trophy!  Congrats.

BTW, VFR1200F is the manual clutch version.  Sounded like you had the VFR1200DCT.

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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2015, 10:49:36 pm »


Beautiful Trophy!  Congrats.

BTW, VFR1200F is the manual clutch version.  Sounded like you had the VFR1200DCT.




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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2015, 11:07:16 pm »


 áSounded like you had the VFR1200DCT.


Holy ton of characters!  Are you sure that's not the VIN?   Lol
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2015, 05:53:40 pm »

Great write up, thanks.

Enjoy and Safe travels!
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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2015, 07:19:19 am »

Great write up and glad you love the Trophy but I have to correct your comment about the RT service intervals. 6000 mile oil changes and 12000 mile valve checks on the new RT are not thousands of milea less than the Trophy 10k services and i bet you a six back if your favorite German beer the RT service time in shop hours is 30% less than the Triumph.
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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2015, 08:16:47 am »

having owned both Beemers and Trumpets, I will bet you a pint of your favorite American ale that the Trumpet will need to be in the shop 70% less than the Beemer.  Bigsmile

And the valve check interval on the Trophy is 20K.



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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2015, 08:51:30 am »


having owned both Beemers and Trumpets, I will bet you a pint of your favorite American ale that the Trumpet will need to be in the shop 70% less than the Beemer.  Bigsmile

And the valve check interval on the Trophy is 20K.






I do not want to get into a useless, baseless, factless pissing contest over which bike goes to shop more often, that is a silly debate as it has far too many variables, such as the fact that neither of my BMW's have ever, not once, ever been in the shop; so what does that mean?  Never had a FD failure, never had a fuel flange leak, nothing....it means NOTHING.

The OP in his blog stated two items he posted as fact:

1. His decision on the Trophy over the RT was based on the ongoing higher maintenance costs of the RT
2. The RT required service thousands of miles sooner than the Trophy which had a 10k interval.  He DID NOT say what that interval was for.

Let's assume it is for oil changes, okay fine.  The RT has 6k, the Trophy has 10k.  So let's assume riding 30k a year, a lot I know, but it is an easy number divisible by both bikes intervals.

That means, over 30k miles the Trophy will require 3 oil changes to the BMW 5, so the BMW requires two more oil changes or about $100 in oil and filters.  Now if we use that same 30k for valve checks you are at 1 for the Trophy to 2 for the BMW, the BMW takes about an hour tops, the Trophy I am sure, positive, it takes double, so it is a wash.

So SERIOUSLY, $100 every 30k miles is considerably higher maintenance costs?  I am having the Ducati valve and belt cost debate dejavu.

Maybe I should have thrown out there the fact that the heavier weight of the Trophy will eat tires faster than the RT and thus increase tire maintenance costs?  Silly right?  In fact, maintenance costs as a justification for any bike purchase is silly, period.

Listen, I am not bashing the Trophy, I like it....A LOT, in fact I came close to buying one; and the OP's opinion on things like value, features, comfort, preferences are all just that, his OPINION and I respect his opinion.

But when someone throws out things as facts, like maintenance costs, or reliability, then you should back it up with facts, otherwise it is BS and just a way to justify your purchase.

Frankly, I never understood why people need to justify anything they buy; why the hell can't someone just say "I picked this bike because I liked it the most"

Here, I purchased a 2014 BMW RT because I liked it better than any other bike on the market, period! Yeah, it cost me more than any other bike and I do not give a crap, I bought what I wanted and do not care if anyone else agrees with my decision or not, they aren't riding it....
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« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2015, 09:17:02 am »

Getting a bit cranky are we.
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« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2015, 09:37:55 am »


Getting a bit cranky are we.


Posted prior to second cup of coffee, so um, yeah just a bit.  Just some things get under my skin, nothing personal at all.
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« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2015, 10:41:48 am »

I'll jump in with this: after having done a number of "major" Ducati services at this point, I find it criminal what the dealers charge. I'm hanging a shingle and specializing in Ducati service. Bring me your dealer estimate, I'll charge 50%, and I'll still make a living. They're nuts.

Back to the discussion, now... Smile
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« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2015, 11:04:04 am »

Heck, I don't own a BMW or a Triumph.  So I'm having fun reading!

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« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2015, 12:35:03 pm »



Posted prior to second cup of coffee, so um, yeah just a bit.  Just some things get under my skin, nothing personal at all.

No problem.  I admit to the same as well as being a bit of a troll on this instance.   

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