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Dirt and Trail July 2018 issue 2

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you with too much information, but we are all thoroughly impressed! If you are looking for a bit more dirt prowess and sheer comfort over the previous models, then you need to go and ride this one. You won’t believe it’s the same bike… And they even throw in a television up front dear boy. Most impressive! You can be sure that we’ll be doing a more in depth review of Triumphs Big Bertha Adventure machine soon. The 800 Tiger XCA: More of the same. We have always been of the opinion that Triumphs 800 really was a game changer in the 800 market. It’s got lots of personality, runs beautifully and, unlike the first renditions of the 1200, from the very start, they gave this bike excellent off- road credibility. A couple of years back, they replaced the first models suspension with WP units and those are still to be found on the latest rendition. The good news is that although they have spent significant sterling on all of the upgrades to this motorcycle, it still retains the original bikes appeal. It is still undoubtedly an 800XCX. Some of the new tech is obvious – like, as an example the really modern TFT display that replaces the old digi analogue clocks – and some of the LED lighting that now sprinkles the bike…. But, a lot of the improvements are very subtle. They tell us that the Tiger has undergone more than 200 upgrades to the chassis and engine. They also tell us that the engine is even more responsive thanks to some fine tuning, a lighter, more free flowing To achieve all of this, the Triumph engineers have taken a leaf from their 800 Tiger book, with almost 100 changes to the new 1200 Tiger. The new bike is significantly slimmer and toned and almost a very significant 10kg lighter than the previous generation. Weight savings are achieved across the engine, chassis and exhaust components. Significant engine upgrades have been implemented for more immediate power delivery and feel. And as mentioned earlier, the clever chaps at Triumph UK have done a sterling job at enhancing the riders ergonomics and comfort. In short this means that your derriere will survive the longer trips in far greater shape than on previous renditions of this machine. They have included the new “Off Road Pro” riding mode, with a choice of up to six riding modes – and initial impressions are that it all really works rather well! We only took a rather short trundle through the countryside, so we are not going to bomb 28 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2018

exhaust and gearing mods. Both of our riders seemed to feel that it feels better than the old one in the dirt. We’ll test that claim against our previous model in future issues – but this little adventure route that we rode re-confirmed this bike as one of our firm favourites. Let’s plant a little seed Triumph. You have that wonderful 1050 mill. How’s about slotting that into a midrange adventure bike soon? On The Road: Tiger’s offering to the road market is the Tiger Sport 1050. Now it sounds as if we are gushing a bit, but if we were to buy a bike for everyday use – and to head out to ET for the weekends, this is well worth your consideration. It’s powered by the 1050 triple cylinder mill – an amazing, smooth configuration for all kinds of riding. The bike is fast, with great manners – and it is plenty comfortable for hours in the saddle. We love it. What a cool motorcycle. You’ll read more about this one in RideFast soon. The street Classics: These are all powered by Triumphs famous twin cylinder fuel injected engines – and – if the word pretty comes to mind, you’d be correct. Forget about speed and performance – these bikes are all designed to take the road in absolute chilled style and comfort – and each bike is a head turner in its own right. We rode them all. Our Ed first swung his leg over the new speedmaster – needless to say, he looked completely ridiculous in his adventure gear on a bike like this. The bike is fun. Low to the ground with these massive cowcatcher type bars that leave everything open to the wind. Make sure that you don’t have a hole in the seat of your jeans… The Thruxtons – well if you have never ridden one – you’ve missed out on a great big part of motorcycle life, you have to. It’s built for superbikers (Especially the ‘R’) and classic fans and it’s so easy to understand why it is so popular. The Bonnies are just what they set out to be. Comfortable, attractive and fun to ride. The 900 is so chilled, the 1200 makes you smile. A very unassuming motorcycle that just makes so much sense. The Bobbers… now we’ve all been itching to ride these – they were only available in very limited quantities, so a demo was never made available to our lot. It’s a fun machine – and the beauty of it is the fact that you can go to town on more customization. If this type of bike is your thing – go and have a looksee, really good fun! Roadsters: Well fellows: If you have never had the sheer joy of riding a road going triple cylinder racer, then you’ve really missed out. They are available in two configurations – the 675 Street triple RS and the slightly faster 1050 Speed Triple. We grinned from the moment we started until the moment we stopped and parked the bikes. You can read all about them in this months issue of RideFast Magazine. They are quite simply more fun than – well just about anything really. Please Mr bank manager this magazine really needs a new delivery bike… Triumph news; The Triumph dealership is open in Sandton and there is a team of friendly faces waiting to greet you. They have pledged to keep one of each bike available for test rides – and that’s so cool - bikes are an affair of the heart – look touch, feel smell and ride. Give them a call, pay them a visit, a dynamic operation for a great brand… Chat to them about service centres and so-on in your area. (011) 444-4441 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2018 29