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New Triumph 800 test ride
« on: February 02, 2011, 05:34:23 pm »
Took the new Triumph 800 for a little spin today.
 
Only covered about 5kms, all suburb riding, no high speed stuff so opinions are very under qualified and incomplete.
 
First impressions:
- Great looking bike (looks like the designer started with the F800GS in mind, it's uncanny how similar the lines are);
- Easy to manoeuvre;
- Lighter in the front (could be good for more technical sections);
- Engine runs smoothly;
- Good and even acceleration (not twitchy);
- Dials look a bit dated;
- Braking feels fairly responsive;
- Made a few squeaks on stopping (could be the stiffness);
- Handle bars felt a bit low (would need to put raisers for off road riding);
 
My over all impression:
- I felt that the F800GS had a more solid look and feel (the same impression you got a few years back when you closed the door of a BMW car compared to that of an Audi - more sturdy);
- Although smooth, I didn't get the feeling of WOW this is great, gotta  have one;
- I wouldn't trade my F800GS for the Triumph 800, but if I was in the market without a bike, I would look at both;
- Will definitely take business away from BMW;
- The aftermarket extras will take a bit of time to reach the maturity level and choice provided for the other brands;
- The Triumph still has to be put to the test, time and terrain. The 800GS has a few years on the Triumph with a very good history.
 
 
 
Maybe others can add their experience
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2011, 01:23:18 am »
So whats the mill like? A locomotive? A jet? A tractor?
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2011, 04:30:29 am »
So whats the mill like? A locomotive? A jet? A tractor?

The parallel twin of the F800 is more responsive than the Triumph.

Ceratinly not a jet, nor a locamotive more like an electric train - smooth, nice and easy - not terribly exciting.
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2011, 08:14:09 am »
where did you get the bike for the test. think i want to take a ride as well.
But for me, it's like a night out with a porn star, every time I press that starter button. Schneller! Schneller! Tiefer! Ja, ich bin geil! Ich komme!  >:D

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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011, 08:24:30 am »
Triumph SA have 6 demos, 3 800s and 3 XCs.  Call your nearest Triumph dealer to book a test ride...

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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2011, 09:20:08 am »
Triumph SA have 6 demos, 3 800s and 3 XCs.  Call your nearest Triumph dealer to book a test ride...

Mean Machine in Pretoria @ 012 348 7799
Centurion Lifestyle in Centurion @ 0861 406406 / 012 643 0209
Fourways @ 011 465 1540
Triditional Triumph in Edenvale @ 011 609 4590

Sooooo... you DO work for Kawasaki  :imaposer:
Thanx will try Mean Machine, will give them a call.
But for me, it's like a night out with a porn star, every time I press that starter button. Schneller! Schneller! Tiefer! Ja, ich bin geil! Ich komme!  >:D

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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2011, 09:32:08 pm »
Ahhhh!!
White Rhino ...
... if ever before I've had my reservations of buying an 800GS (and believe me when I say that I have been taking my time!),
this (the last 'consideration' to measure against the GS) post/thread has jus given me the confirmation I needed, and has cleared up any doubts I may have had! BEEN waiting for something like this! (Not to discredit Triumph at all though ... me thinks they did a superb job!)
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2011, 06:36:44 am »
Ahhhh!!
White Rhino ...
... if ever before I've had my reservations of buying an 800GS (and believe me when I say that I have been taking my time!),
this (the last 'consideration' to measure against the GS) post/thread has jus given me the confirmation I needed, and has cleared up any doubts I may have had! BEEN waiting for something like this! (Not to discredit Triumph at all though ... me thinks they did a superb job!)
 :thumleft:

CroftsMan, the thrill factor is heightened when you change the air filter and the exhaust. I've had mine for 28,000kms and never had a days problem, been to Namibia and other off road adventures. There are a few second hand ones available, some at good prices. Take the savings and farkle the bike (there's lots you can do - PM for a list of goodies), you will have an amazing product.
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2011, 09:00:36 am »
Thanks White Rhino ... will do ...

That was another worrying thought though ... been seeing so many 800GS's for sale lately;
other places too, but mostly here on the forum.
Almost got me concerned.
 

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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2011, 09:10:39 am »
800GS will always be the Bench mark to which others will be judged  :thumleft: Like I said the Triumph looks like a great bike but there is just not enough to make me want to get rid of my GS to get it
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2011, 10:04:33 am »
I much prefer the motor of the Triumph to that of the BM. IT definately has quite a bit more poke.

One MAJOR problem with the Triumph though is the pillion pegs. Like others mentioned they are mounted to the subframe. This however is not correct as they are infact mounted directly to the frame!!  :o From what I could make out there is no seperate subframe as it is part of the frame.
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2011, 10:12:59 am »
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2011, 10:29:24 am »
The salesman at Triumph Fourways took my F800 for a spin, he had never ridden one  :drif: . His comment was: Excellent brakes, there's more weight on the front wheel than the Triumph and the BM has a more active low end, the benefit of the parallel twin.

I've done quite a bit to my bike so it's not comparable to the standard 800. Very important to me is the piece of mind I get from the excellent service I've had with Northside. They are a good outfit. Never had to wait for spares, services and always had rapid turnaround.

So the whole package deal is affordability, quality, durability, extendability, serviceability, rideability, saleability, looker, safety, availability of parts and accessories. I get all of that so I'm a happy chappie  :laughing4:
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2011, 10:33:37 am »
The salesman at Triumph Fourways took my F800 for a spin, he had never ridden one  :drif: . His comment was: Excellent brakes, there's more weight on the front wheel than the Triumph and the BM has a more active low end, the benefit of the parallel twin.

I've done quite a bit to my bike so it's not comparable to the standard 800. Very important to me is the piece of mind I get from the excellent service I've had with Northside. They are a good outfit. Never had to wait for spares, services and always had rapid turnaround.

So the whole package deal is affordability, quality, durability, extendability, serviceability, rideability, saleability, looker, safety, availability of parts and accessories. I get all of that so I'm a happy chappie  :laughing4:

Yes I forgot to add that. I found the Tiger's brakes very disappointing. Very little front-end dive but the brakes have very little initial bite.
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2011, 10:39:58 am »
The salesman at Triumph Fourways took my F800 for a spin, he had never ridden one  :drif: . His comment was: Excellent brakes, there's more weight on the front wheel than the Triumph and the BM has a more active low end, the benefit of the parallel twin.

I've done quite a bit to my bike so it's not comparable to the standard 800. Very important to me is the piece of mind I get from the excellent service I've had with Northside. They are a good outfit. Never had to wait for spares, services and always had rapid turnaround.

So the whole package deal is affordability, quality, durability, extendability, serviceability, rideability, saleability, looker, safety, availability of parts and accessories. I get all of that so I'm a happy chappie  :laughing4:

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Couldn't reitterate this more WR! I must admmit, that Northside have been the only BM dealer that have given me allround good service ... (and believe me when I say it ... I have tried 4 other BM dealers, and they've just tried to "schnai" me!)

And to round it off ... my next bike has to perform on and off the tarmac, and perform commuting duties too, as well as keep my pillion happy on a couple of Sunday morning hauls once in a while ....

... 'tis been a looong and especially daunting task to find a bike that can even come close to fulfilling all the tasks, even if not fully, but at least coming closer than ANYTHING else out there on the market!

Soon soon SOONEST, I'll be a proud owner of a 800GS!!   :biggrin:
 

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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2011, 04:19:01 pm »
Could it be that the new Triumph's pads have not yet bedded on the disks? I have that feeling every time I install new pads (or disks).
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2011, 04:23:28 pm »
The salesman at Triumph Fourways took my F800 for a spin, he had never ridden one  :drif: . His comment was: Excellent brakes, there's more weight on the front wheel than the Triumph and the BM has a more active low end, the benefit of the parallel twin.

I've done quite a bit to my bike so it's not comparable to the standard 800. Very important to me is the piece of mind I get from the excellent service I've had with Northside. They are a good outfit. Never had to wait for spares, services and always had rapid turnaround.

So the whole package deal is affordability, quality, durability, extendability, serviceability, rideability, saleability, looker, safety, availability of parts and accessories. I get all of that so I'm a happy chappie  :laughing4:

Yes I forgot to add that. I found the Tiger's brakes very disappointing. Very little front-end dive but the brakes have very little initial bite.
Well that is why it 'aint diving, because it 'aint braking  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2011, 04:24:17 pm »
Rhino, you said you changed the air filter in your 800?
Give more details please
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2011, 04:28:46 pm »
The salesman at Triumph Fourways took my F800 for a spin, he had never ridden one  :drif: . His comment was: Excellent brakes, there's more weight on the front wheel than the Triumph and the BM has a more active low end, the benefit of the parallel twin.

I've done quite a bit to my bike so it's not comparable to the standard 800. Very important to me is the piece of mind I get from the excellent service I've had with Northside. They are a good outfit. Never had to wait for spares, services and always had rapid turnaround.

So the whole package deal is affordability, quality, durability, extendability, serviceability, rideability, saleability, looker, safety, availability of parts and accessories. I get all of that so I'm a happy chappie  :laughing4:

Yes I forgot to add that. I found the Tiger's brakes very disappointing. Very little front-end dive but the brakes have very little initial bite.
Well that is why it 'aint diving, because it 'aint braking  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

I though as much.  ;D
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2011, 04:32:08 pm »
Stick to the topic please
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