Trapping a Tiger - A Tiger tale from Oz

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Scaredofthedirt, May 28, 2011.

  1. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    My first Triumph was slow, top heavy and guzzled gas. Ten days after I bought it, I threw it and myself down the road at 100km/h (damn you road workers and unsigned gravel on blind corners!). The following day, we got stuck in the snow. Man, I loved my Tiger and its triple roar!




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    Unfortunately, I have poor impulse control and found myself needing some cash for this...




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    The deal fell through but my beautiful Tiger had already gone. It was not all sad, within a day my Tiger bounty transformed into this…




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    Eight months ago in anticipation of a shiny new Tiger 800XC ABS, I sold the last of my Bimotas.




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    Did I mention I have impulse control issues? A few weeks later, I stumbled across this. I really should stay away from ebay…




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    It was intended to be a transitional toy until the XC became available. Through the big speed giraffe I rediscovered my inner hooligan and confirmed I liked laughing like an evil madman!

    The voices keep getting louder “Tiger triple, must get a Tiger triple…” however as the big KTM is staying around for a while I now lack the dollars. What to? What to do….?


    To be continued…
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  2. Lee Gunn

    Lee Gunn Long timer

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    this is hilarious - can not wait to see what you buy next - bring on the triumph :freaky
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  3. Doctor

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    Your first post is a :csm
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  4. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    I took Mrs Dirt's Rockster out for a late afternoon Tiger hunt in the hills on the outskirts of Melbourne. Nope, no Tiger in the forest...


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    Wild beasts were on offer but it was not quite what I was after...


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    To be continued...
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  5. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    Is this a sign of a successful Tiger hunt?

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    Foggy.


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    I stopped at the Lake Mokoan lookout a few km north of Benella in central Victoria for a loo-sing break. Over thermos coffee, I swapped travel stories and debated karma with a butch nomadic lesbian.


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    Guess where?


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    Honey, look what followed me home. Can I keep it….?


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    To be continued…
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  6. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    My Tiger ain’t gonna be no trailer queen, however when Wilbur (our moody teenager didn’t come home Friday night) the weekend away and long backroad ride home I had planned with Mrs Dirt was cancelled. 6.30am saw me hitching the trailer in the dark and searching for the tie-down straps. I headed off on the 850km return trip to collect the bike whilst Mrs Dirt waited at home to whoop Wilbur’s ass.


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    I dropped in on Famous Roger who lives on a vineyard near Bright for the night. It was icy cold when I went for a stroll on Sunday morning. The clouds were hanging low on the nearby hills.


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    I discovered Famous Roger had been busy when I returned.


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    I arrived back in Melbourne mid-afternoon, unloaded the Tiger and took off for 100km spin through the Dandenong Ranges and Warburton Valley.


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    The Tiger is a gem. 36,000km old, one owner who treated it with care, loaded with tasty goodies….


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    The Tiger offers a plush ride. The triple engine is a beast. I love the growl from the sports muffler as it spins up the rear wheel on the dirt.


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    Tonight, I is one happy cat.


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  7. boy60

    boy60 Been here awhile

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    loving this thread. Good luck with your tiger:clap
    teenagers horrible things eh. :deal
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  8. Curryinahurry

    Curryinahurry Born 2 Ride

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    GO The Tiger!!!!:clap

    Mate... Bark busters and Crash guards..... you cannot go wrong about them... also look at tweaking the front shocks... I had Gold valves and progressive springs put in... Best $$ spent!! I have almost 70K Km done in 5 years!! :D

    Cheers

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  9. Hockley Boy

    Hockley Boy Been here awhile

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    You are going to love the Tiger, ride mine everyday all year round and it always puts a smile on my face.

    tigertriple.com for info and farkles

    Enjoy the new ride!:D
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  10. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    never seen safety knife and fork before....
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  11. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys.

    Any excuse for an extra pic.


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  12. raiden

    raiden curious travelor

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    Thats one sweet ride!
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  13. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    With over 2,500km added to the dial, the big Tiger continues to impress. Much less riding than I would have liked but I only managed one weekend tour on the Tiger this winter.

    Some pics from a 525km day trip today.

    Not such a bad spot for roadside thermos coffee.

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    Two and a half years on, the forest is yet to start recovering from the fires.

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    I probably should have paid more attention during the adventure rider training when they said “think before you act” before I went exploring down a rutted slippery clay track miles away from anyone. I came to this realisation when I attempted to chicken out and discovered it was too steep for me to turn around. No option but to go forward.

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    I was encouraged when I ran into some 4WDers at the end of the track. I pondered my situation over coffee and a chat. Oh well, at least now I had someone to help me pick up the Tiger if I fell. I did remember “body position” and the importance of “momentum” from the training and with no other choice attacked the climb. Man what a rush as the big girl growled, the rear tyre spinning as we slewed wildly across the track. The rest of the ride home seemed something of a let down…

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  14. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    Well, only another 60km added since the last post.

    Two weeks ago, I delivered my Dakar to its new owner.:wave

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    Today, I waved good-bye to my girlie. :(:

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    But its not all sad. The nice man left one of these in the garage. :clap

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    Let the farkling begin.

    Oh happy days. :D
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  15. KHVol

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    Keep it coming....you definitely have issues.....
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  16. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    A 50km introductory ride through the Dandenongs (the hills just outside of Melbourne) before breakfast.

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    After the bike had cooled, it was time to start fitting some of the many many many accessories that had been arriving from the internet over the last two weeks.

    I won’t bore you with the details but will mention just two.

    Crashbars – I decided to go with a big ficke-off set as I anticipate that they are going to get a heck of a lot of use. :D

    Headlight protector – hugely extravagant at three times the price of the factory plastic cover but it just looks so tough… :clap

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    Cruising home from an afternoon ride who should I see? Naturally, I just had to stop, say my thanks and offer him a ride :)

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