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Triumph Tiger 1996. Review and pics

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Triumph Tiger 1996. Review and pics
« on: February 24, 2009, 11:53:46 PM »
The latest bike I have tried recently is Thumper's towering Triumph Tiger, that we travelled down to Cambridgeshire to collect a couple of weeks ago. Well those of you that know me are aware that I am vertically challenged and the Tiger has a seat height about the same as the peak of the Eiger! So I was a little daunted as I clambered (literally) aboard for the first time, especially as Thumper had been forced to reverse the "shortarse" spec mods he had carried out earlier in the week when Toggs reported a drastic reduction in ground clearance when cornering.

So it seemed appropriate that the first place I rode this leviathan was in Atherstone Bus Station! Back out on the open roads around Atherstone the commanding riding position, imperious and easy going performance from the meaty triple engine soon built my confidence, despite a slightly vague and remote feel to the front end, especially in sharper corners.





Oddly despite being a true Brit the Tiger felt somehow Germanic, military even. In fact I felt that I should be at the head of an armoured column of tanks, and I was half expecting aline of these to be in my mirrors:

At junctions I thought that ought to pull up and survey the landscape to pick the safest route for my troops!


Survey the way ahead on the Tiger at junctions

The engine note, especially with the pipes fitted sounded glorious  and omitted a guttural roar redolent of a WW2 fighter on a low flypast.

Comfort levels were supreme. combining with a cosseting ride and a generously proportioned, upright riding position.

Overall, although the bike is not for me (it just too big), I understand the appeal and can easily see why they enjoy such a large and enthusiastic following.

Why not try one of these for your next machine Thumper??

« Last Edit: October 03, 2015, 11:40:11 AM by Radar »



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Re: Triumph Tiger 1996. Review and pics
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2015, 11:08:52 PM »
I rode this bike again in 2009 and really enjoyed it. Better than a BMW GS?

Re: Triumph Tiger 1996. Review and pics
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2015, 12:06:56 PM »
When you say it felt 'Germanic' was that a compliment or a criticism?  ;)

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Re: Triumph Tiger 1996. Review and pics
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2015, 11:52:08 PM »
When you say it felt 'Germanic' was that a compliment or a criticism?  ;)

Hmm...a compliment I think :-\