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Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by ScrambDaddy, Jul 12, 2010.
I wouldn't necessarily assume the centre stand is standard because it's in the photos.
had the privilege to ride a tiger 800 round Europe and England for near 9 weeks in July august September with two of my best mates..
have a strom at home (Australia) and the comparison was interesting....
great engine but lacks some character as it has no power band...not the the strom is much better
very good fuel economy..on par with strom
top heavy...humm this i didnt like..did i mention im 161 cm tall
great riding position to up to 130 kph and none of the buffeting you get with a strom
i think the strom handles better for me but the upside down forks of the tiger are better as are the brakes even though they look much the same as the strom
overall a very good bike well worth consideration
and a special mention
thank you to the guys at ON YER Triumph Aston Clinton just outside of London who sold us the bikes bought them back, allowed us to us their address for registration and insurance and were great in all way!
how fat is the bum....
Does anyone have a spare ait filter they could overnight me today, and I'll get one back to you later this week? I need to get my bike on the road for a couple days before leaving on a trip this weekend, and this is where I'm at:huh
It was my first solution, but this works better:
Called around and can't find a dealer with a filter in stock. Called triumph USA, and they're back ordered:huh I mean, wtf? They don't think people ride these bikes
Anyone have a filter? Is there an aftermarket option? I tried looking on k&n site, and they're not showing anything.
Excellent looking bike.
Check the passenger foot pegs.
Finally some sort of solution.
I hope you guys are wrong. They better release an offroad XC version! I say they will if they want to continue thier trend! They will probably release the XC version next. They better!!!
Call around to different dealers
Sorry didnt see this. Call Engle Motors in Kansas City MO. I bet they have one.
Press release mentions spoked wheels as an option.
I went on a quick last minute 2 day ride with two friends to Arkansas this weekend. Oh man was it fun! I didnt want to come home. There were 2 new Tiger XC's on the trip and one 1200GSA. We rode just short of 1000 miles of which were almost 500 miles of dirt. My impression of the Tiger XC is now 10 out of 10. We went from railing corners to gnarly jeep/ fire roads, washed out creek beds and so on. The Tiger did awesome. You will notice that I strapped 2 large Wolfeman Rollie bags to the each side of the bike. I used the straps and attached them to the frame. It worked brilliantly! I started the trip with a new tire! Got 4000 out of the last one. I also realized that I took a lot of pics of the right side of the bike. Not sure why...? I should have some video coming soon too. It turns out the Go Pros didnt work some of the time. Oh well enjoy.
Woke up to this at 5 am. It rained all night, made the ground soft and then my bike fell over.
Not necessarily; looks like either a 19" or maybe even a 21" front wheel. This immediately puts it in competition with the Yam 1200 Tenere, KTM 990 and BMW R12GS. Cruiser Class ADV/Touring!
So far no one has mentioned a very major design element on this new bike:
Single Sided Swingarm!!! Triumph only use it on the Speed Triple. I wonder how it will hold up off road?
I notice not one photo angle showing the left side of the bike. Is this thing Shaft Drive? God, I hope not. That right there would add about 30 lbs. to the weight.
Cast wheels can be very tough, depending how they are built. My DL1000 Vstrom wheels were truly amazing ... as tough as any dirt bike wheels I've ever seen. Baja tested. Not like the old days. Heavy as Hell but strong.
If Triumph manage to keep the weight down (like they did with the 1050), then the big Tiger could be a player.
Obviously ... won't be as nimble or capable off road as the Tiger 800XC, but should compete well in the "Freighter Class" of ADV bikes.
Me? I'll take the 800 ... but not until Triumph knock off another 20 lbs. or so. It's too heavy for an 800 IMHO.
Once you've loaded it up with bash guards, racks, luggage and gear ... you end up riding an over weight Pig that becomes a liability off road and not easy to handle. I've been all through this with BMW GS's and my V-Stroms. I'll stick with a Thumper for time being.
They must be very different from the soft as warm butter DL650 rims then. One drop (roughly 5mph) and the front was bent.
You obviously have special talents! I have no idea how anyone could "Bend" a wheel from a 5 mph drop ... on any bike!
I never bent my V-strom wheels, I put a couple dings in them. I never crashed the bike, if you crash, things change. All bets off.
On my three Baja and Mexico rides I hit embedded rocks at 70 mph. That is what it took to put a minor dent in the V-Strom's DID wheel. I hit dozens of similar obstacles so hard I thought sure the bike would break in half. I only put in two dents in 1000's of miles of torture. Not bad.
Perhaps the DL650 has different spec wheels? Or Suzuki changed the wheels? I had an '02 DL1000. I was shocked at the abuse they took.
I've also hit some bad stuff on my 1050 Tiger ... hard. (not on purpose)
It's a 19" front.
My guess is that it's a stock windsceen, cut down, and painted. (Probably on the inside.) I think it looks great! I'm thinkin' about it... Ken
Its a shaft drive but i'll stick with my XC!!
Possibly. Maybe it was 10mph. Just a get off due to target fixation. It wasn't me though but my poor wife with her bike. Front rim wasn't straight to the point it induced serious weave.
I finally got around to weighing my XC. This is with a full tank of gas, racks, guards, ect...
any comment on the strength of the cast wheels?
Yes, I've mounted this one, but actualy no pics ....