I just read this article in the latest issue of Motorcycle Consumer News on the new Triumph Trophy. It has virtually every feature the current Goldwing has, but uses Bluetooth for audio/helmet interface, has an electrically adjustable windshield, and adjustable seat height. And you can be pretty sure it's not going to cost $24,000. Not that a 1200cc triple will compare to a 1800cc six in terms of engine performance, but it's also going to be quite a bit lighter - which is a plus to a lot of people.
I think as more and more manufacturers start realizing that people are adding all kinds of aftermarket technology to their bikes, that it would make sense to design it into the bikes from the start, and charge extra for it. As this happens, I think it's definitely going to encroach upon Goldwing sales.
Here's the article from MCN:
Triumph Motorcycles has announced the launch of its all-new shaft-drive Trophy, marking its official entry into the heavyweight touring segment.
At the heart of the Trophy is the same liquid-cooled inline triple engine developed for the Tiger Explorer. The shaft drive, 1215cc motor delivers a claimed 132 bhp @ 8900 rpm and 89 lb-ft of torque @ 6450 rpm and features a counter-rotating balancer shaft to quell unwanted vibration. A torsional damping system transfers power from the gearbox to the shaft drive through a sprung bevel gear, and the Trophy's metalastic shaft drive is designed to allow a certain amount of compliance in the shaft assembly. Triumph says that these features help to provide a refined drivetrain and overall chassis performance that ensures smooth and controllable power delivery.
Triumph also claims that the Trophy is the most technologically advanced Triumph ever, incorporating its new ride-by-wire throttle, traction control, electronic cruise control, electronic suspension, an electrically adjustable screen, an integrated audio system with Bluetooth functionality, linked ABS, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The rider seat height can also be adjusted between 30.3" and 31.1".
Two models will be available: the Trophy and the Trophy SE. Either model can be selected in Pacific Blue or Lunar Silver paint schemes. Both models feature headlight positional adjustment, center stand, rider seat height adjustment, lockable cockpit storage box with 12V power socket, a 6.6 gal gas tank and Triumph's unique Dynamic Luggage System (TDLS), which helps maintain chassis balance by decoupling the mass from the chassis and allowing each pannier to move through a 5° arc, thus optimizing stability. The Trophy boasts 31 liters of storage capacity per pannier, with additional storage available by adding the optional 55 liter, powered "Plug and Play" top box. The "Plug and Play" feature allows easy fitting and removal without the need to connect and disconnect cables or wires. It features a 12V socket on the inside to charge a camera, phone or any other electrical device while on the move.
Pricing will be set in early September 2012 with the first bikes available in dealerships in October.