January 19th, 2013
Cheryl and I rode out to the Vancouver Show Saturday to check out the latest and greatest. Not that we haven’t been keeping an eye out for all these great bikes but seeing them in person is always a treat. Riding out to the show we were confronted with our infamous FOG. Cold out and frosty, this fog makes it almost impossible to see. At times it freezes on your shield but the real nuisance is how the fog saturates your shield making you wish you actually had a wind shield wiper.
Both Cheryl and I agree riding in this type of FOG is not fun and we would rather be poured on versus this crap. Having said that, there were pockets where the sun broke through and the glare off the wet roads was blinding. Sun glasses came out, FOG rolled back in and it was like this to the show and back home. We only live about 40 minutes away from Abbostford but riding in this stuff makes it seem further. In the end worth it though, we get to park for free and right in front of the entrance. Anyone driving a cage by the time we got there, around noon had to park FAR away and paid!
Is this a winner as a new improved Tiger 1050??? Read it on RoadRUNNER
For 2013, Triumph’s venerable Tiger 1050 gets a new name and becomes a more focused street machine. Splitting the difference between its stable mates the 800cc Tiger 800 and 1200cc Tiger Explorer, the new Tiger Sport’s 1050cc triple gets a substantial power boost for 2013, up to a claimed 123 hp and 77 lb. ft of torque. This newfound grunt comes courtesy of new exhaust and a revised intake system. In addition, new fuel injection calibration increases fuel economy by seven percent. Other changes for 2013 include a new (and very handsome) single-sided swingarm, new headlights, improved ergonomics, revised spring rates and damping, tweaks to the steering geometry, and Triumph’s latest ABS system. The new Tiger will be available in either Crystal White or Diablo Red, though U.S. availability and pricing have yet to be announced.
Starts at $19,999
The all new Triumph Trophy Motorcycle with 1215cc 3-cylinder shaft drive. The Triumph Trophy motorcycle gives you the torque, performance and handling for a sublime riding experience. Choose either the Trophy or the Trophy SE with the addition of electronically adjustable suspension and a sophisticated audio system.
Once again a rider has really been able to capture via his video just what ADV riding is all about. I am not sure we would ever be able to just ride pavement ever…well, we might have to when we get older…
Everyday I see the majority of bikes being cruisers on the road. When we both see an ADV bike there is an instantaneous instinct to want to wave and if they are loaded, Leslie wants to catch up with them and find out where they are going and where they have been. That is the ADV way for us. Just seems that ADV riders have more stories about the elements, the terrain, where their GPS took them only to find a gate closed on a dirt road. We love camping stories and where other riders found the “best” spot. We like to see at times how long we can go before we see people….finding that route that takes you where you can see things that a cruiser or car won’t let you is how we see it.
Have a peek…you will love this video too.
Our day started out early because we had to get down to our dealer PACIFIC MOTOSPORTS
to get our new tires mounted. We are leaving we hope Monday for just a short 2 weeks trip down to the KLIM Adventure rally and then we are not sure where.
Heading into a very rainy Atigun Pass, Summer 2011. We left for 44 days last year on June 29th. A part of me feels a little sad that we are not leaving this year for a similar trip. We would go back to Alaska in a heart beat and one day will return…some reflective pictures to remind us of the rain we battled!
Great pictures I found posted by this guy Tim Scott
What is art? To most people it’s a painting in a museum, a sculpture in an art gallery, or even a dramatic independent film that changed the way they think about life. By definition Art is the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. So technically anything that’s beautiful or appealing can be art.
Well in my opinion motorcycles are an art form all in there own. From the smooth lines of the frame, all the way to the winding curves of the pipes and tank. Even the gas cap, can be a focal point of a bike. Designers can spend years sculpting raw metal into one off beautiful concepts that defy all standards. Now it’s one thing to create this art, but it’s another thing to capture it in it’s natural environment…the open road! So I’ve compiled a list of the best Motorcycle Photography on the interwebs. Some of these are from commercial ads, others are private, but all are beautiful. Check it out!
A new website on the web that points ADV riders in the right direction for accessories, where to ride, gear companies who are top-notch, online dealers who have great reputations for their products and customer service. If you are getting into ADV riding and need info and direction, this is for you. If you are an avid ADV rider all ready this site is for you too. As a matter of fact it’s for all of us who love to ride and are in the market for accessories, riding tricks etc. Check it out….it’s a great bookmark!
ADVLife.us click here!
This is WHAT ADV riding is all about….those who ride the pavement only…need to watch this more than folks like us!
Make sure you watch the video…nice review…I am sure many more to come…I like this one! They mention 10,000 service intervals and 20,000 in between the major ones…same as BMW basically so not so new to the ADV bikes nowadays. Most new engines are requiring less time being “serviced”. Change your oil and all is good. Just kidding there is more to it. I like the shaft idea…no lubing chains…while in Alaska it was almost impossible to keep lube on our chains…this is a sweet bike no doubt. How do you turn the ABS on and off on this bike? Can’t seem to find my answer anywhere unless I am totally over looking it.
Hilde is holding down the fort at MotoUSA’s Southern Oregon HQ. With world-class dirt bike and ATV trails just minutes away, the hardest part is getting him to focus on the keyboard. Two wheels or four, it doesn’t matter to our Off-Road Editor so long as it goes like hell in the dirt.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Of course we would have taken these BIKES up North! Wouldn't you? CLICK ME and MAKE ME BIGGER!
Just a quick post after receiving many private messages and emails asking if we would have taken our 2010 BMW F650GS bikes on the same trip we did on the Triumph Tiger 800′s last summer. Our answer is YES…totally. Our Beemers would have easily made the trip through BC, the Yukon and Alaska. We would have never have thought twice about riding up there with our own bikes. I was asked then ‘why didn’t you ride your own bikes?” Hmmmmmmmmmmm…..the answer is simple…Triumph gave us two new adventure bikes to ride on a very long demo…why would we NOT ride Triumph’s bikes, put the mileage on them and get to test ride another model? Not sure why I was asked that question but if any other company came to us and said “hey, you want to take our bikes for a ride?” I would answer yes yet again.
The Triumph Tiger 800XC with the Triumph gel seat no doubt is more comfortable on the street and more comfortable in general riding long distances in the saddle. Having said that anyone who might be looking to buy either the F650GS, F800GS or the Triumph 800….you will love any of these bikes and they will take you as far as your imagination can go….so enjoy ADV riding…it’s the best way to LIVE!
Paul Barshon, Alessio Barbanti, Patrick Gosling (click on images)
HOW do you turn the ABS off on this bike? Is there a switch or do you have to manually do it? ANYONE KNOW?
Some reviews are just too wordy and this one is no different. But if you read it you will get the idea. We still do not like the luggage set up for these bikes…bikes meaning the Tiger 800. The mount comes off the Sprint ST and moves with the bike. Luggage mount is plastic as well. When you buy one of these bikes really have a good look at the mounts for the Triumph luggage. If you are going to go off road and you know we are all bound to have our bikes lay down to sleep…think to yourself….will this set up, will the mounts survive a dump?
It’s rare enough for to any manufacturer to admit its new adventure bike is a rival for BMW, even when that’s stating the very obvious. But Triumph has gone a step further, it’s not only said the R1200GS is in its sights, we’ve been told some rather more contentious stuff about the German bike…
You have to applaud Triumph’s directness, first simply for naming the GS as the Tiger Explorer’s benchmark and rival, where others shy away or try to wriggle out of any conflict. Then the oft-reported weakness of the GS’s shaft drive was homed in on by Triumph in descriptions of its own shaft, in language which you don’t have to boil down
very far to end up with: our shaft drive is reliable where the GS’s isn’t.
This is a very sweet looking custom design! Click on pics below for great Hi-resolution versions!
We built this Triumph Thruxton
and NADA Guides
. It will be raffled off at the Dealer Expo
, which means some lucky guy or gal will be riding this home after the weekend. Here’s what we did to put the RSD twist on classic Thruxton style….