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2011 Adventure Bike of the Year

Motorcyclistonline has deemed the Triumph Tiger 800 XC the 2011 Adventure bike of the year!

Triumph Demo Ride @ Foothills BMW/Triumph

Had a nice time over at Foothills BMW/Triumph demoing a few Triumph motorbikes. Brought all my gear, jacket, helmet, and gloves, signed in, and got on the schedule for a Tiger 800. I was a little nervous, as I hadn’t been on a bike for a while. I’m looking to buy in the next year. After receiving a safety brief from Mike, the demo ride leader, off we went. It was a group ride out 6th ave and back, about 12 miles round trip. A little later, I got a ride on the Speed Triple, but I think I enjoyed the Tiger a lot more. The Tiger is much more my style, upright seating, comfortable, but still extremely enjoyable, and it won’t mind going off-road occasionally.  The last ride of the day on the Street Triple R was scheduled at 3:30pm.

Since I had a few hours to kill, and was hungry, I headed next door to Carnations Restaurant. Ordered an iced tea, and promptly got a Coke, haha. They fixed that and brought a roast beef dinner. I wrapped that up with a slice of banana creme pie. The lunch was so quiet alone, I usually eat out with my family, wife and 3 munchkins, so the quiet was strange.

Headed back to Foothills and waited for my Street ride. Off we went, the guy in front of me on the Tiger 800 I was on earlier kept stalling, at nearly every stop. I wondered what problems he was having, but it sounded like rider error when I got back. We ran into a few raindrops on 6th ave, but it felt good on that warm day. After returning, I thanked Mike the demo coordinator, or Road Show Lead, and headed home.

Nice article at Motorcycle Colorado that talked about the demo ride at Foothills too.

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2011 Triumph Tiger 800 & 800XC Review

Motorcycle.com reviews the Triumph Tiger 800 and 800XC. They go over the differences between the 2 bikes, and of course, they like the engine. Based on the 675cc triple, the 800 exhibits lots of low end and mid-range grunt, with little vibration.