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I rode a Tiger today

I missed the Triumph Demo Truck when it was at my local dealer but that turned out for the best as the roads suck around here anyway. I went to the Triumph site to checkout the schedule and today drove out to Boyertown, PA (about 65 mi NW of here) to catch the truck at Martin Motorsports. My buddy lives near there so I made him go too.
They have two groups of demo bikes with one of every model in each group (except the 675 daytona - only 1 of these total). Guided 20 minute rides take place about every 30 minutes. When you arrive, you sign the promise-not-to-sue form, they check your ID, and ask you what model you want to ride. It's 1st come, 1st served so if someone else is scheduled to be on the bike you want you'll have to choose something else or wait until the next session or so.
I chose the Tiger. It looked just like this one:

I really don't like the looks of the old model, with the two headlights and stupid jungle graphics. It looks much better now.
I've been more interested in lighter, more upright bikes lately (I must be getting old) and this has had my interest peaked.
Each bike has a label on the tank indicating the MSRP (brother p-touch). This Tiger, equipped with ABS, lists for $12,9.
I saw a shrimpy guy sizing himself up on everything and on the Tigger he could barely touch. I'm 6' & thought the height was nice.
The bike had 1100 miles on it, still shiny & new. Fired right up & purred nicely. The gauge was weird because the left side shows your fuel range in large digital readout and your speed is on the right, below the tach. At a glance, my eyes kept taking me to the left for some reason, seeing 175 and thinking "huh? Oh yeah, the speed is over there."

That area of PA is great! Our route took us down the highway a bit, then up into a series of hilly, twisty, roads through apple orchards and farmland. Had I caught the demo truck here, there's nowhere fun they could've taken us within 20 minutes. It was really a fun area to try a new bike.
The bike itself did not disappoint. It was zoomy in every gear, turning about 3500rpm at 65mph in 6th, quiet & smooth. I thought it handled real well, especially considering it looks so "upright". The fairing, although small, diverted most of the wind. I was expecting head turbulance from such a short screen but there wasn't any.
The mirrors are junky and your ankles are always warm but these things can be gotten used to.
If I could swing a new bike right now, I think this would be it. I picked up an '01 Bandit 1200S recently and it'll do for a little bit but not for long. I might sell three bikes and shop for a 2-3 yr old Triumph.

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Oh yeah, 6th gear roll-on was DEFINITELY quicker than that of the 919 but who cares anyway?

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That's pretty cool,I've never seen a microwave oven on a bike before.

Is that one of the options ?

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oh man, no jungle graphics???
no tiger eyes???

why even bother...

That thing looks like a total redesign compared to the one i checked out several years back.

What about one of the BMW GS's?

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The last gen to this gen are nothing alike.
The 06 and older are more like the GS/Adv bikes.
The 07 and later are much more like the FZ1.

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When I read the title ... I thought you may have talked to the sweet little hottie I hooked up with a few weeks ago ...

It's better to have loved and lost than live with the psycho for life!
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Oh yeah, 6th gear roll-on was DEFINITELY quicker than that of the 919 but who cares anyway?
thats impossible

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The 07 and later are much more like the FZ1.
You mean, ugly, top heavy and a dog in the curves??

j/k

Seriously, if you buy one turbo, don't leave it outside at night or someone, someone i say, just might slap some tiger stripes on it...


hey, fyi, did you know there's a landlocked 5 acres for sale a block from the shop? i'm gonna go look at it for swamp riding purposes.

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When I read the title ... I thought you may have talked to the sweet little hottie I hooked up with a few weeks ago ...
I thought those were cougars....you know, the old ladies that like guys younger than them.

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When I read the title ... I thought you may have talked to the sweet little hottie I hooked up with a few weeks ago ...

oh, sure. Like I'd want anything after YOU had it! Well, maybe one of your bikes but that's it.

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Thanks for the ride impression, gpz. I currently have a boinger for that particular bike in it's current form and am glad that you shared. Man, it would be a great single bike in my books and with certain mods I think I could definitely have a great relationship.
Crap, though........I'll have to wait for better economic times.

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I went to the same event yesterday and took a bonneville out on the first ride of the day. it was a neat ride and worth it to someone like me who only ever rode in-line 4's. If a money bag came out of the sky I would get the bonneville as a better 2 up rider. I live out there and there is great roads all over and the guys at martin have always been great whenever i've dealt with them.

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look like the truck will be up there a couple times...might just have to wander out and try one of the cruisers...

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demo truck schedule: Triumph Motorcycles - Factory Demo Truck Schedule

Hey Readinghornet - looks like I was in your backyard. Nice roads up there.
We were there around 2:30. They were cookin hotdogs on the grill. Anyone who rode the thunderbird got a free t-shirt. I talked her into giving me one anyway.

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Hey Readinghornet - looks like I was in your backyard. Nice roads up there.
We were there around 2:30. They were cookin hotdogs on the grill. Anyone who rode the thunderbird got a free t-shirt. I talked her into giving me one anyway.
Baltimore July 10,11....I may have to go up and ride that Tiger.

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I checked out the demo days and the one for southern NJ at DeSimone in Mt. Laurel has passed. Not all that bad a thing. I walked in that shop only once and will not revisit.

What's up with attitudes of dealers these days? Not a whole bunch is sellling, there's inventory on the floor, but their nose's are still in the air? This place sells Triumph, Ducati, BMW, and Victory. I was hoping to have a decent local dealer to deal with ... its not this one!

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