3 months ago

RUST magazine: RUST#35

TIGER FEET – RUST spends three days traipsing through mud and gloop in Wales to establish the dirt credentials of Triumph’s new 2018 Tigers SUSPENSION SMARTS – Top US suspension tuner Alan Stillwell starts his regular rider-help column (with tyres?!) SET SAIL – when the road ends, it’s that or fly. July Behl floats his away across the Darien Gap A FOOT SOLDIER’S TALE – Rick Kemp investigates the life of the TRF regulars… plus, of course, lots more We’ll blame the weather. Oh yes, it’s lovely right now, but when we had those bikes in the van, when we were sat at the airport waiting to flyaway for five days on the Iberian trails, what was it like then? A white out. So many frustrated plans... Still, somehow we did get three days in, skidding around in the dirt on the latest Triumph Tigers to lift our mood and raise our appreciation of these fine adventure bikes. So while this issue is – as South Eastern Trains might say – a little delayed, it is nonetheless in many parts glorious. Made with love and in the spirit of sharing. As ever, wishing you happy riding and reading. Jon Bentman (Editor, RUST)

adventure w TIGER 1200

adventure w TIGER 1200 Having been significantly updated as recently as 2016, the Tiger 1200’s list of updates is about half that of the Tiger 800’s, ‘up to 100’ say Triumph. Again they don’t detail every last one (we’ll take their word) instead listing a very similar top-10. Big news for 2018 is a 10kg weight saving. That’s good news, but Triumph’s 1200 has always been the woolly mammoth of adventure bikes, so even 10kg still leaves it short of the competition. Yeah, 248kg dry compares to 244kg wet for a BMW R 1200 GS – don’t stop with the w Slimfast Plan just yet, Tiger… mind as to which of these I prefer to ride. On virtually every point of comparison the Tiger feels superior and the clincher (after the great on-road engine performance) is the great level of confidence it instills when ridden offroad. This is a bike you trust, implicitly. It is, I feel sure, because of this bike that BMW had to develop the 850GS. They needed to anyway, because the 800GS was never quite right, but the Tiger made sure they worked all the harder. How good the 850GS is remains to be seen and first reports from the world launch (hey, where was our invite?!) aren’t entirely favourable so the new GS really does have its work cut out if it’s to match this latest and greatest Tiger. Ah, an unfortunate last word (in fact a number): £12,450 (for the XCa) in the UK. Boy, that is not cheap (the opposite). But this is 2018, check out the list RRP on all manner of things, but cars and bikes especially – costs of production worldwide are escalating. It’s going to need some recalibration for us to get used to that. 20

2018 Triumph Tiger 800 & 1200 21

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