Test rode a Triumph Tiger and Speed Triple today
Hit the local dealer today, and test rode a 2010 Tiger SE, and a 2009 Speed Tripple with the Arrow package.
Wow. Wow. Wow. Those machines are really smooth, and quite a lot more powerful than the V, especially that Speed Triple. I liked the Speed Triple more than the Tiger. It's fueling was spot on, where as the Tiger was a little snatchy down low. The Speed also pulled quite a bit harder. It would take me a little while to learn how to use the power of that machine. Second gear wheelies are really easy, just roll it on. The suspension on the Speed was also nicer than the Tiger. The Tiger, while not set up for me, was softer,and suffered from nose dive when on the binders. Probably nothing a little tweaking wouldn't fix. Both machines reminded me of how hard the suspension on the V really is. The Tiger is silly comfy. The ergos are perfect for me, very much like the V. As I mentioned both bikes were very, very smooth. The trannys shifted very nicely, although I did hit a false neutral between 2nd and 3rd on the Tiger. Both machines really felt like quality. Triumph builds a good bike.
I was pretty impressed with both machines, but the biggest lesson of the day was just how good the V is. I realized that I don't need to be in any sort of hurry to replace the V. It has lots of power, and power that I can use without going ape **** crazy. It is more fun to use all the power you have, than only be able to use 80% of the power 95% of the time. The V is comfy enough, and will be more so with my new saddle on it's way. The V is 1/3 to 1/4 of the price of the big triumphs, so all in all I feel well pleased to have been able to test both bikes, and while the Tiger might well be my next machine, I am in no hurry to get one.
2007 Versys Black, V35 Bags, H&B Bars, Skidmarx Hugger.Fender Ex., Avon Distanzia, Braided Lines, Hella 65W bulbs Arrow Can, DNA Air filter, GIVI tall screen (for winter), PCIII, Baldwin Saddle. **SOLD**
2011 KTM SM-T. Crash bars, E55 Top Box, Fender extender front and rear.