My New Ride: 2011 Triumuph Tiger 800XC

My New Ride: 2011 Triumuph Tiger 800XC

Let me count the ways I love this motorcycle...

So far, I have invested about 800 miles in our relationship. Like any new relationship, I am taking the time to get to know this machine. The more I ride it, the more I like it. So does everyone else. I find that whenever I go to replenish the parking meters, there is always someone studying the Tiger, as if they have never seen one in person. Come to think of it, I have yet to see another one on the streets of LA, but I know they are out there.

What I like about modern Triumphs in general, is how unbelievably smooth they are, and how any gear really seems to be the right gear. I have been riding in Southern California, and the riding is very different from the Mid West. Canyons are just a few minutes away, and the riding can be very technical. Part of the challenge is knowing what gear to be in for the ever changing turns and curves. Just when you think you are in a groove, you are surprised by a 15 mph decreasing radius turn. The beauty of this engine is that is really smooth in every gear at almost any speed.

I will be sure to share the tales of the many epic rides I will do on this motorcycle.

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