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thephantom 10-21-2010 02:46 AM

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Originally Posted by fivehitsweak
Yeah I must admit I didn't realise that Honda had done that with the VFR1200. Perhaps it is a mistake all manufacturers have to make at least once before they learn their lesson.

And if you think this Tiger 800 thread is long... check out the one in the "Yo Momma" section... 223 pages and over 250,000 views! :evil

Bikeaddict 10-21-2010 02:52 AM

I am sold! totally! bring me the money and the road version thank you very much. T_R_I_P_L_I_C_I_O_US !!!!!! :clap
(no, I dont work for Triumph)

warnabrother 10-21-2010 03:07 AM

doesn't do it for me.. too bug eyed, too much a copy of the F800 (which I prefer the looks of) and that beak... yughh.. looks like the bug threw up it's lunch..

also, I'm sure about the rest of the world.. but in Oz, the Triumph is not what I would call a very reliable brand.. I know at least 4 people with Triumphs of one sort or another, and all have had issues with their bikes.. and have heard many stories of similar "issues" from other riders/owners

the welding on all their frames is messy (lots of splatter), paint poor and the general fit and finish is not as good as their Japanese counterparts..

the motor's however are a blast to ride.. but I'm not sure how they'll go in a bike designed to be ridden offroad.. we'll wait and see

Dharuma 10-21-2010 03:24 AM

I may be in the minority, but I like the lights--I want something that's gonna light up the night, especially in central Texas where there are deer all over the road at night. The feeble one on my KLR just ain't cutting it. It's definitely more about function over form in this area.

thephantom 10-21-2010 03:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Dharuma
I may be in the minority, but I like the lights--I want something that's gonna light up the night, especially in central Texas where there are deer all over the road at night. The feeble one on my KLR just ain't cutting it. It's definitely more about function over form in this area.

I like the lights, look like they might actually work for a change. Not a fan of the asymmetrical look that BMW are fond of either.

pm9654 10-21-2010 03:53 AM

It may be very close styling wise as the BMW, but I do think it looks more aggressive, and as far as "going their own way", they DID. Using a triple for the motor!!! A VERY cool bike IMHO.

bug67 10-21-2010 04:10 AM

I guess I just don't see it. The F800 and the Tiger don't really look a whole lot alike to me. :dunno

I like the lights as well. As for the beak or extra fender or whateveryacallit, It's not being shown on the street model. Mayhaps it's removable? Either way, who cares? Don't want it? Go buy a bike that doesn't have one or break out the sawsall.

thephantom 10-21-2010 04:18 AM

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Originally Posted by bug67
As for the beak or extra fender or whateveryacallit, It's not being shown on the street model. Mayhaps it's removable? Either way, who cares? Don't want it? Go buy a bike that doesn't have one or break out the sawsall.

The beak is removable and interchangeable (you can fit it to the road model if you so desire).

williedikker 10-21-2010 04:39 AM

A few questions. What are the differences between the street and the dirt versions? From the pics it looks like no beak on the street and maybe an 18" on the front instead of a 21"??? Anything else? Also, since this bike is very similar to the 800GS seat and sizewise, how is this bike for 2 up touring? Not that my wife goes with me alot or I do alot of trips, but I'm looking to rid myself of my RT and want a bike that will travel nicely if needed.

beep 10-21-2010 05:03 AM

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Originally Posted by williedikker
A few questions. What are the differences between the street and the dirt versions? From the pics it looks like no beak on the street and maybe an 18" on the front instead of a 21"??? Anything else? Also, since this bike is very similar to the 800GS seat and sizewise, how is this bike for 2 up touring? Not that my wife goes with me alot or I do alot of trips, but I'm looking to rid myself of my RT and want a bike that will travel nicely if needed.

No-one has ridden one yet, apart from Triumph, so I doubt you'll get much comment on how comfortable it is. Main differences are the wheels (21" spoked front for the XC, 19" cast for the street version, 17" rear for both?), useful removable :evilbeak for the XC and taller suspension for the XC. The suspension on the XC will probably add an inch or two to the seat height, but the seat definately appears to be adjustable. Same frame and engine.

Other difference between the two might be price, Triumph will probably try to squeeze maybe another $1000 out you for the XC, because it doesn't handle so well on road ... no that doesn't make sense ... because it ... er .. has a beak!?

I would have thought either would make a good touring bike, but not as good for that purpose as an RT.

upweekis 10-21-2010 05:11 AM

anybody know the USA msrp yet?

Effigy 10-21-2010 05:22 AM

There is a difference between the bikes, for example the XC has a yellow "thing" on the left side near the motor that the street version lacks... What could it be?

fivehitsweak 10-21-2010 05:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Effigy
There is a difference between the bikes, for example the XC has a yellow "thing" on the left side near the motor that the street version lacks... What could it be?

Remote reservoir for the rear shock maybe?

beep 10-21-2010 05:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Effigy
There is a difference between the bikes, for example the XC has a yellow "thing" on the left side near the motor that the street version lacks... What could it be?

There you go - the yellow thing is worth the price difference alone! :evil It does look like a remote reservoir. And it's got yellow spring too. I've changed my mind I want the bike with the yellow bits.

Lenz1 10-21-2010 05:44 AM

Couldn't give a shit about the shape of the headlights - FFS - since when has the shape of headlights been an essential element / deal breaker on a supposed "tough as old boots" adventure bike.

I would have thought the more important potential deal breaker is Triumph's persistence with high center of gravity designs. If the engines were fully dry sump with remote oil tank (instead of being jacked up over a deep wet sump) and also rotated forward / laid down for the lowest possible center of gravity (see BMW 1300S and 1600), then there would still be good ground clearance with much improved handling.

It just bloody mystifies me why manufacturers of bikes that are supposedly focussed towards functionality / adventure usage are apparently oblivious to the benefits of light handling and rider effort for this application.


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