Hm. I'm rather impressed actually.\n\nFascinating to compare it with the now departed Trophy 1200. The Beemer\ndoesn't have quite the grunt of the Triumph, but the difference is\nminimal, and the lower gearing of the K masks it to an extent. You can\nstill just roll it on from 35 in top. On the Trophy, though, I'd\nsometimes roll open the throttle, find the transmission starting to\nsnatch, and realise I only had 1000rpm or something on the clock. The\nTrophy is still the Torque Monster.\n\nOverall performance - Triumph, by a whisker. Slightly faster, but I\ndon't think the difference between 130+ and about 140 makes too much of\na difference.\n\nHandling - Triumph again. You can crank that Trophy over like you\nwouldn't believe. I haven't explored the BMW's limits yet, but the more\nupright riding position, the wider bars and (especially) the rubber\nmounts for the bars make the front end a bit lighter and more remote.\n\nBrakes - BMW. The Trumf's brakes were always adequate, but no more than\nthat. The BMW's are a bit better, plus you have the ABS.\n\nFairing - BMW knocks the Triumph into a cocked hat. Utterly brilliant\nshielding, and the leccy screen is a marvel. You can set it *exactly*\nhow you want, for any riding position or stance. Lovely. I've just\nridden through an M25 downpour and not got wet.\n\nComfort - a draw, if you ignore the fairing issue. They've both got\nutterly superb seats and riding positions.\n\nFinish - a draw. The Trophy has been through three winters in my hands\nand the finish is still excellent. The BMW is much older, and still\nlooks brand new, but I suspect it's been cossetted to a greater extent\nthan the Trophy.\n\nEquipment - BMW, for sure. The Trophy also had heated grips, but the K\nhas better instrumentation, including a temp gauge and fuel warning\nlight as well as a gauge, plus that ABS. The K also has a top box,\nwhich was only ever an option on the Trophy. The speakers for a radio\nare fitted in the fairing, so adding sound shouldn't be too hard,\nwhereas the Trophy had no provision whatsoever. Not that I want a\nradio, though. Only things I don't really like on the BMW are the\nindicator switches, and the fiddly steering and filler cap locks.\n\nTouring ability - yet to be decided, but I suspect the BMW will win.\nThe Trophy's Achilles heel is its ridiculous thirst. It's got a useful\nrange of about 160-180 miles, and riding like a nun can get this to 200\nmiles, but generally you're refilling every 170-odd miles, at a cost ov\nwell over £20 per tankful. I suspect the BMW will have a similar range\nbut require less fuel.\n\nOh, and the best bit. My insurance is due for renewal in three weeks'\ntime, and two renewal quotes dropped onto the mat at the same time. The\nfirst was for the Trophy, Ducati and CD250, fully comp, £408. Not bad.\nThe second was a revised quote, removing the Trophy and replacing it\nwith the BMW. £289. So it's saved me £120 on my insurance.\n\nSo yeah, I'm a happy bunny. I liked the Trophy, but I wouldn't have\nanother. If Triumph were to produce a decent shaft-driven tourer,\naddressing the main faults of the Trophy (which was, after all, one of\nthe original early-1990s bikes), I might be tempted.