Posted: 09 Feb 2014
The upsurge in interest for motorcyclists to broaden their riding horizons took a healthy toe-punt when Ewan and Charlie broadcast their ‘Long Way’ adventure bike rides. Needless to say the adventure bike market picked up pace and suddenly BMW’s R 1200 GS/adventure models were targets for other manufacturers. Triumph did a good thing by introducing the 800cc Tiger before the inevitable large capacity version. This plan has worked well because even though the Tiger is only 800cc it nets cheaper insurance and this makes it a viable proposition for many more people. The added advantage is that 800cc triple-cylinder engine – it’s a peach. With plenty of low down grunt from excellent torque, and healthy kick of power at the top end of the rev scale, this Tiger is rider friendly and brilliant for all tarmac usage. Yes, it can also scratch on twiting sections of tarmac, too. It’s not bad on comfort either, thanks to the tall suspension allowing the use of low footpegs, and a wide, perfectly placed handlebars – if adjusted correctly and not set at a pseudo off-road position. The Tiger is also fit for pillion use over distance, which is the reason why so many people opt to fit pannier systems – the reason why the pannier mounts are on the bike without the cases is probably because the former owner obviously knows it’s cheaper to simply buy new brackets for his next bike and utilise the kept cases. As with most adventure bikes, a plethora of aftermarket parts can spec the Tiger into a globe trotting tool – and it is more than capable of doing this.
THE AD SAYS:
2011 (11 reg), 800cc, 4,995 miles, yellow
Triumph Tiger 800. 3 months warranty. Full service history. Givi pannier Mounts and rack. Fully serviced and MoT. Low Mileage. Owner’s manual. Spare Key. Two Owners. Contact: 01904 425150. Price: £5,695
You can view the ad here.