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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #60 on: February 12, 2011, 04:59:12 pm »
whitedelight go and ask BMW about their comfort seat, everybody I talked to who bought this said that this is the seat that the 800gs should have come standard with.
 

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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #61 on: February 12, 2011, 10:03:33 pm »
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #62 on: February 12, 2011, 11:24:59 pm »
Thanks whitedelight, good comparison report.
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #63 on: February 13, 2011, 08:41:04 am »
whitedelight go and ask BMW about their comfort seat, everybody I talked to who bought this said that this is the seat that the 800gs should have come standard with.

Yep I have heard that too.Johno at BMW Waterfront also has a contact who will rebuild the seat to your specs.He says it will cost anywhere between R600-R800.
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #64 on: February 13, 2011, 09:34:44 am »
The footpeg hangers have been part of the GS1200 frame[mainframe] for a long time and one of the big reasons why a big GS is so easily expensively damaged in a crash. Or summarily written off. Customers of these class of bikes do not accept "welded back on" solutions. :xxbah:
Thereore, if the p/pegs are not a problem on the GS, how can it be a problem on the Triumph?
 

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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #65 on: February 13, 2011, 10:21:48 am »
The footpeg hangers have been part of the GS1200 frame[mainframe] for a long time and one of the big reasons why a big GS is so easily expensively damaged in a crash. Or summarily written off. Customers of these class of bikes do not accept "welded back on" solutions. :xxbah:
Thereore, if the p/pegs are not a problem on the GS, how can it be a problem on the Triumph?

They just seem to protrude a little further out.It is a sweet bike though.
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #66 on: February 13, 2011, 11:07:40 am »
Booked a test ride tomorrow morning,want to see if the hype is justified.

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I think that a little poll on the test ride outcomes could reveal something interesting (can we add this to this thread, or start another?):
1) Don't like;
2) Pretty OK, but there are better options;
3) Quite like but won't buy one;
4) Really really cool, will buy one like yesterday;
5) Dig it as my next bike;


The Demo bike Tiger XC FWM gave me Saturday morning . I went with no expectations just to ride the XC same as I ride my GS.

Mirrors is better positioned than my 800 gs , old school flicker on/off button on the XC , prefer my GS's indicator controls .

Handlebars is a bit shorter in width on the XC than on the GS . I found the seating position comfortable with enough butt space , on longer trips me thinks will be kinder to my butt  ;D

left FWM's ,  down witkoppen , down Cedar rd " met 'N K@RK Spoed  :3some: , and "YES YOU WANT TO WIND IT'S LITTLE EAR " :3some: , " Awesome power , awesome sound ". Past broadacres left onto the Farmall plots and some more :3some:
Hit the dirt rode , stopped as I always do on this road " ABS off "  10 km off Dirt mixed with Nice flat streches  , Deep Ruts , potholes , rock , mudpooles and even a watercrossing. This the road I travel daily on my way to work  ;D

1st impression after winding it down the road , hitting potholes and ruts , has much less headshake than my GS , Handles lighter between the legs , you can throw it around , liked the power to bodyweight positioning  ratio spinning out of turns , did a  couple of emergency brakes , felt very confident after the second one . It handles well  and  I started to get the feeling of fun as it was surprisingly nibble .
Had a couple of wheel spins  starting to slide side ways  ď still winding itís little ear ď corrected brilliantly.
Heading back to FWM winding it some more , this will be very addictive , I like it , Iíll buy it , Having done a couple of long trips on my GS , that to me will be the true test in order  for me to make a final Decision.
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #67 on: February 13, 2011, 11:25:00 am »
Sweetspot did you feel comfy riding it from the moment you climbed on it.I did and did not get the same feeling with the GS
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #68 on: February 13, 2011, 12:15:10 pm »
LoL brake assist on an 800 LoL must be in the head. Wich I could demo one of these Triples so I can pull all the kak out of it.

Like Popi said the break assist is awesome. Stops that big fat bike with two people on with great ease. :thumleft:
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #69 on: February 13, 2011, 12:27:28 pm »
Good write up Sweetspot...but did you have an ABS equipped model? Afaik they are not in production yet...
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #70 on: February 13, 2011, 12:39:17 pm »
Sweetspot did you feel comfy riding it from the moment you climbed on it.I did and did not get the same feeling with the GS
Good write up Sweetspot...but did you have an ABS equipped model? Afaik they are not in production yet...
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Yes felt immediately comfotable on it , would need handlebar raiser's in a standing position , what impressed me most was how quickly the handling gave you confidence , it's easy to ride where as opposed to my GS you have to work it.

Thanks Adventures ! No XC did not have ABS ,  I always stop with my GS to switch of the ABS , I followed the same routine.
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #71 on: February 13, 2011, 12:51:35 pm »
Was this the same kind of reaction when BMW launched the F800GS years ago? I was not part of the WD forum then, but I must agree that the feedback so far about the 800XC is wonderfull, if I where to buy a new bike now I think that the Truimph has more points in the bag then the Beemer. Now I cannot wait for Aprilia to launch their new 750cc DS bike next year...........
 

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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #72 on: February 13, 2011, 12:54:30 pm »
Nice reports.

Bike position can be worked with, unless it's real shit.

But general ride , engine and design should be good. Maybe I'll go for a  testride to the local dealer. Allthough it will be hard to find some proper offroad/untarred road around here :)
 

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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #73 on: February 13, 2011, 01:05:32 pm »
Ridden the GS800 often, never the Triumph, so no comparison comments from me. Only one thought; when it comes to an D/S bike above say, 650cc, you need a multi for more power. Here lies the only possible gripe with the Triumph, it's a triple and sure to be wider across the crank than a twin? On dirt wider is bad.
 

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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #74 on: February 13, 2011, 03:46:22 pm »
Ridden the GS800 often, never the Triumph, so no comparison comments from me. Only one thought; when it comes to an D/S bike above say, 650cc, you need a multi for more power. Here lies the only possible gripe with the Triumph, it's a triple and sure to be wider across the crank than a twin? On dirt wider is bad.

How much wider do you get than the GSA? It's pretty capable on the dirt, struggles more in the soft sand but that's the smaller front wheel and the extra weight.

Keen to hear more off road reports on the Triumph.

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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #75 on: February 13, 2011, 05:58:45 pm »
Any of you checked out the Triumph adventure clothing? Some really kick ass stuff, and VERY well priced. Both jacket and pants have good ventilation, loads of pockets, jacket goes for +/- R3300.00 and the pants around R2400.00. They also have very good DS boots going for just over R2K...
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #76 on: February 13, 2011, 06:28:22 pm »
I did I did looks really nice.
Jacket looks the part.
But I couldnt find helpfull info, just that it is quality build


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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #77 on: February 13, 2011, 08:00:33 pm »
Yes White Rhino, but the GSA is a off-road Goldwing, and literally as wide.
 

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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #78 on: February 13, 2011, 08:02:22 pm »
Ridden the GS800 often, never the Triumph, so no comparison comments from me. Only one thought; when it comes to an D/S bike above say, 650cc, you need a multi for more power. Here lies the only possible gripe with the Triumph, it's a triple and sure to be wider across the crank than a twin? On dirt wider is bad.

I love my GS and know what it is capable of and by no means a technical expert , Why would the wider crank on the XC as opposed to the shorter crank on the twin be bad on Dirt ? I found the handling in corners , potholes and ruts easier at higher speed to handle .
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Re: New Triumph 800 test ride
« Reply #79 on: February 13, 2011, 08:31:14 pm »
Ridden the GS800 often, never the Triumph, so no comparison comments from me. Only one thought; when it comes to an D/S bike above say, 650cc, you need a multi for more power. Here lies the only possible gripe with the Triumph, it's a triple and sure to be wider across the crank than a twin? On dirt wider is bad.

I love my GS and know what it is capable of and by no means a technical expert , Why would the wider crank on the XC as opposed to the shorter crank on the twin be bad on Dirt ? I found the handling in corners , potholes and ruts easier at higher speed to handle .
Sweetspot was still smiling last night from all the fun he  had with the triumph!!! i am amazed that they stuck that old indicator system on such a lekker bike? surely surely that could be changed?
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