Test rode a Triumph 800 & 800XC and 1200 Explorer today
I had the afternoon of work so arranged with my local Triumph dealer for test rides on the Tiger 800, Tiger 800XC and 1200 Explorer.
The standard Tiger 800 is very much a road bike, quite stiff, fantastic motor,k and good handling i liked it a lot.
The Tiger 800XC was really good bigger front wheel, longer travel suspension, and a slightly more relaxed riding position. I have ridden quite a few bikes recently and when it comes to change time the Tiger 800XC and Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 are at the moment top of the list.
The 1200 Explorer was disappointing great engine, and one of the best gearboxes and clutches i have ever used, but to me it felt a bit heavy and boring after the 800,s. I also could not get on with the ergonomics, i did not find it very comfy, whereas the 800,s were very comfortable.
I had a 2 hour test rides on each bike !!!!!! so it was a very good day.