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Mar 29th 2017, 12:07 PM   #1
 liberpolly's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
Triumph Tiger

Another bike I am looking at - Triumph Tiger. Very interested in owners feedback, especially if anyone took it on local trails/fire roads etc.
Mar 29th 2017, 01:06 PM   #2
  Feb 2016

  Vstrom 1000, DRZ 400 XR600 and way to many vintage mxers to list
I hosted a few adventure rides over a period of two or three years. Our starting point for the rides were at the Triumph Dealer, here in Spokane.

On a few of the rides, I rode the Tiger 800 XC as well as the Triumph 1200. On each of the rides we tried to incorporate 70 miles street and 70 or 80 miles dirt.

The 800 XC has the 21 inch front wheel. The adventure rides were mainly logging roads and 50 inch wide ATV trails. I thought the bike handled well and did fine on the dirt. I certainly would not single track the bike.

My biggest problem was the side bags and their system of connection. They vibrated like mad on the dirt and made a lot of noise. Otherwise, as I stated I thought the bike was quite capable on the dirt and and handled well on the street.

The 1200 Explorer was much less capable in dirt, but was a great road ride.
Mar 29th 2017, 01:25 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  In the past.

I have a Tiger 800 XC. Many more road miles than dirt but I liked taking it on fire roads. What @dstevens says about the triumph luggage is true. I took it up over the road between Ellensburg and Wenatchee and dropped it while riding some fist size gravel. Broke the case and the passenger handle. If I were planning on spending days in the woods and needed luggage I would go with some soft side bags.

I liked the bike so much though that I decided to stay with the triple and bought a Street Triple R.
Mar 29th 2017, 02:12 PM   #4
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  NW Oregon

Originally Posted by wrecks
What @dstevens says about the triumph luggage is true.
To me the Tiger 800 is the one bike that looks absolutely correct with Pelican cases. They're so brutally, uncompromisingly utilitarian and uncool that they wrap right around to cool again. And by being ugly they actually highlight how good looking the bike is rather than detract from it.

The cases that say "fuck you, they're tough and they work."
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Mar 29th 2017, 02:54 PM   #5
 Bald Guy's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  Versys 1000 SE LT+, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
I ride a 1200 Explorer XC. Great on pavement, A taller bike with lots of legroom. Engine is flawless. It has some electronic aids like ABS, traction control, with 3 levels of intervention and cruise control (Which is wonderfully quirky). The stock seat is the best stock seat I have ridden, which is damning with faint praise.

No mechanical issues.

For me it is not a single track or off road bike. Unpaved roads are OK, but at 586 pounds it can be a handful.

Yup, I like it!

I heard some negative things about the luggage so I chose not to purchase the OEM stuff and bought a set of Mosko Moto Reckless bags. Really good stuff!

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Edited by Bald Guy on Mar 29th 2017 at 02:56 PM
Mar 29th 2017, 05:30 PM   #6
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  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

  Speed Triple R
I had a '13 Tiger 800 for 3+ years and 27,000 miles. God, I loved that motor! Took it on 600+ mile day rides, ripped around the Steens, did Hwy 36 in Cali; forest roads, etc. the bike never even flinched.

I had a Pelican 1400 top box on an Altrider rack, used Kriega bags for the overnight stuff. Worked fine. Madstad screen made it pretty comfortable.

At 500 lbs loaded it's no ballerina, no.point in wrestling it on tight track, that's just asking for trouble.

The only reason I traded it was because all the riders around here are...ah...well, they're Hoons, not to put too fine of a point on it... so I got a Speed Triple R.

Good luck with your choice.

Mar 29th 2017, 11:15 PM   #7
  Jan 2016
  Redmond, WA

I've got an 800 XCX and love it. I skipped the factory bags and went with Bumot. Burley stuff and they work great! Mine hasn't seen much off road work but it'll do fire roads easily. The motor is a true peach. Nels at 2wheeldynoworks tuned it for me and left me with a super smooth and linear powerband. Can't say enough about the motor. It also has the 3 traction control modes, which left on nanny mode, can seem a tad intrusive. Cruise control for the highway is awesome when you need to use your right hand to pick the bee out of your helmet. Best way to see if you'll like it is to demo one. I was trying to decide between the F800GS and the Tiger. The motor on the Tiger is what sealed the deal for me.

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