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Old 02-21-2012, 11:21 AM   #1381
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Here's some new photos I took of the new Triumph for those who are interested.

http://yodagoat.blogspot.com/2012/02...orer-1200.html

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Old 02-22-2012, 08:28 AM   #1382
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At the Honda Crosstourer press introduction, last weekend in Catalonia, Tarragona, Spain, (read my test report here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...633877&page=76 ) I've met an collegue motorcycle journalist from Sweden who already had an opportunity to have a first impression ride on the new Triumph. Even after the 200 km ride with the Honda, he stated "that the Triumph had the best cards to become best in its class".

I'm looking forward to the Utrecht International Motorcycle exhibition starting tommorow where the new big Tiger will be on display, trying to get my hands on an test ride soon...!
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:30 AM   #1383
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Nice one. Looks good.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:33 AM   #1384
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What do you guys think of it? Could be a real contender for the GS over here in Scotland. Lots of singletrack roads with poor surface but not much real off roading. (well not on a GS sized bike anyway.)
Stuff like this.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:02 AM   #1385
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I may ride up to the motorcycle show in Charlotte this weekend just to sit on it and get a feel for the ergonomics. I like most of what I see so far. My two biggest concerns so far are gas mileage and the 1st gear ratio.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:13 AM   #1386
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Its got quite a small tank (20 litres i think) compared to other bikes, but it does feel a bit more top heavy compared to a GS. My mate Bob is 5'9 and he said he really noticed the difference. I'm a bit taller at 6'4 so it didn't feel it as bad but that was with an empty tank. Perhaps it has a wee tank to keep the weight down a bit.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:14 AM   #1387
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I think the tank range is about 180-200 miles but don't quote me on that.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:40 AM   #1388
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What do you guys think of it? Could be a real contender for the GS over here in Scotland. Lots of singletrack roads with poor surface but not much real off roading. (well not on a GS sized bike anyway.)
Stuff like this.
Looks like you are always on the wrong side of the road.
And you probably need good rain gear.



Seriously, I'd love to ride there sometime.
At least during your week of summer...



I really do actually have a relevant observation from your photos. I'm tall enough and my lady friend is short enough that she's mentioned a number of times that her view is largely of my back or looking around me. Don't get me wrong, she loves the back seat on the Super Tenere.

But the Triumph's rear seat looks a lot higher than the step up on the Tenere. To me, it means that if the Trumpet's seat is flat and big enough otherwise, the shorter pillions ought to really like it. And what makes the lady happy...
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:40 AM   #1389
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I think the tank range is about 180-200 miles but don't quote me on that.
with 20 liters or approx 5 gallons that's 40 mpg to get to 200 miles. Triumphs are usually not quite that good on gas, but we all wait and see,,,,,, tick, tick tick
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:40 PM   #1390
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March 7th I'll have the chance to drive the new explorer, thanks for the invitation to triumph italia



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Old 02-22-2012, 03:47 PM   #1391
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I may ride up to the motorcycle show in Charlotte this weekend just to sit on it and get a feel for the ergonomics. I like most of what I see so far. My two biggest concerns so far are gas mileage and the 1st gear ratio.
I may too... Is there designated motorcycle parking?
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:13 PM   #1392
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I may too... Is there designated motorcycle parking?
Unknown, back in the old days when they saw Atlanta as a viable market they had motorcycle parking. Not sure about Charlotte.
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:05 PM   #1393
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Unknown, back in the old days when they saw Atlanta as a viable market they had motorcycle parking. Not sure about Charlotte.
That's a extremely sore subject for me. Why in God's name did they pull the show out of Atlanta? The show normally was held in mid January right around my birthday. Going to ogle all the goodies was something I looked forward to every year.
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:13 PM   #1394
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That's a extremely sore subject for me. Why in God's name did they pull the show out of Atlanta? The show normally was held in mid January right around my birthday. Going to ogle all the goodies was something I looked forward to every year.

Feeling your pain! At least Greenville was doable in a day but Charlotte? Not for me.
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:24 PM   #1395
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That's a extremely sore subject for me. Why in God's name did they pull the show out of Atlanta? The show normally was held in mid January right around my birthday. Going to ogle all the goodies was something I looked forward to every year.

Show up in Cleveland was day after mine in january! Happy Birthday to me
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