Tro­phy time

Of­ten-over­looked used Tri­umphs of­fer a lot

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No­body wants a Tri­umph Tro­phy, it seems. I’ve men­tioned the 1200 Tro­phy be­fore, as a par­tic­u­larly slow seller, but it’s not just a rare sight on our roads – its resid­u­als are ap­palling. I’ve been pon­der­ing a 2013 model, with un­der 22,000 miles on the clock, up for sale by a dealer at £6900 and it re­mains un­sold.

Th­ese cost around £13,000 when they were new: over £14,000 for the SE ver­sion. You’re look­ing at de­pre­ci­a­tion of close to 50% over four years and rel­a­tively few miles. A BMW R1200RT, same year and mileage, would be over eight grand at a dealer.

In­trigued, I checked out some other Tro­phy sell­ing prices. If you want a cheap(ish) used su­per tourer, this is ab­so­lutely the one to go for. I can un­der­stand why a dealer would put up a 2015 SE model, with 500 miles on the clock, at £10,500, but you just don’t need to pay that sort of money. I reckon you could get a 2012/13 model, in su­per con­di­tion, from a dealer for around £6000, if you hag­gled hard. Less if you look through MCN Bikesfor­sale.

Tri­umph’s 1400 Ex­plorer is an­other great bar­gain. How about £4500 for a 2012 model with ABS and all the toys? Four-and-a-half grand! Ad­mit­tedly, it had 54,000 miles on the clock, but who cares? And if you don’t like the high mileage, six grand is all you need for some­thing su­per, with un­der 20,000 miles on the odo.

The mes­sage is clear – if you’re go­ing to try and make a gi­ant tourer, or a gi­ant ad­ven­ture bike, what­ever you do, don’t build a BMW clone, be­cause the new­bike buy­ing pub­lic will choose the gen­uine ar­ti­cle ev­ery time. But it is great news for Tri­umph-lovers who want to sniff out a bar­gain. NEXT WEEK Top tips on buy­ing and sell­ing a bike for a good profit

Tri­umph’s Bmw-alike was slow to sell, but that means you can find bar­gains

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