The Triumph Tiger is a great concept. Great engine power band, with torque to rival its German sister (BMW GS). This coupled with the posture of the ride, handling, and the excellent fuel capacity make this a bike with wonderful touring potential. Hinckley Triumph enter stage left. Refinement is t...
The Triumph Tiger is a great concept. Great engine power band, with torque to rival its German sister (BMW GS). This coupled with the posture of the ride, handling, and the excellent fuel capacity make this a bike with wonderful touring potential. Hinckley Triumph enter stage left. Refinement is this bike's major flaw, with support from the dealer leading in the mid to minor flaws. Sitting still on the bike, one would expect the machine to excel in all areas intended for the breed. In fact, in many of these it does. When considering the BMW GS in competition with the Tiger for your next purchase, heed a few learned warnings I discovered with less than 2K on the odometer: At riding speeds, the buffeting from the badly placed windscreen, and poorly shaped fairing will have you reaching for the aspirins after less than an hour of ride. Many riders have experimented with Triumph's shorter and taller screens, with varied success; mostly this seems to depend on rider's height. Expect to shell out $145 USD for each of these experiments. Next, comes the handlebar and footpeg vibrations. The issue is so bad that the mirrors are useless after 40+MPH, and your hands are quite numb in no time at all. After talking extensively with the dealer on this issue, they left it at "that's the nature of the bike." I confirmed this with a few other riders. Most of these gentlemen have made modifications anywhere from using a bar snake to investing in well-padded gloves. At any rate, this lessens the problem, rather than remedies. Expect to shell out $$ for this as well. The seat will be the next thing that is noticed. This is merely a useless item that feels as if it has bottomed out after a 1/2 ride, with my modest 160 lbs. Unfortunately, Corbin does not make a seat after the 1999 year model, and will require the bike for 3 weeks in order to custom fit one. Expect to pay $300-500 USD for a custom job at one of the better-known shops around the country. Also expect to be without the seat for 3-8 weeks depending on the time of year. Lastly, on the intolerable issues is the heat. First, the heat from the engine is quite uncomfortable on the mid to upper legs. I have ridden standard-style bikes for quite some time, and this is a first for that kind of heat. Second, the black plastic covers between the tank and the seat heat up in the sun such that it will leave a mark if legs are kept there (which is the natural position for the bike). The next items are purely preferential, but are worth noting to the prospective Tiger owner, nonetheless . 1. Heated handgrips are NOT standard and will cost about $200 USD 2. Center stand (a must for a bike of this nature), is NOT standard, and will cost $230 USD. 3. 2 hards bags are nearly as much as the entire 3 bag system on the BMW. They are made by Givi, and marked up like they were made by Ferrari. 4. After market selection is non-existant. Nobody wants to invest in making accessories for this bike (Givi, Powerbronze, and Bagster excluded)! Any of these items ordered from Triumph, expect to wait at a minimum of a month. I received the heated handgrips and bags after 4 1/2 weeks, and the grips were missing the wiring harness. They came three weeks later. I am still waiting on the sport screen I ordered after 5 weeks. To summarize, those planning on buying this bike, should view the MSRP that you'll pay (and you will pay FULL MSRP for this "premium British" bike), as merely a starting point. You will have some time and $$$ to go before making this a truly usable bike that reaches its potential, albeit with a bit of buzz in the grips. OR, for a few hundred more (after adding in the over-priced Triumph accessories), you could get the GS, with all the issues ironed out on the show room floor.