Tiger 800: Welcome to Triumph's legitimate GS beater

Published: 03:01PM Dec 3rd, 2010
By: Web Editor

Let’s get right down to what you want to know about this bike above all else - is Triumph’s new Tiger 800 better than BMW’s class-leading R1200GS? According to MSL’s Bruce Wilson who has been putting the bike through its paces across all types of terrain in Spain – Yes.

Tiger 800: Welcome to Triumph's legitimate GS beater

Don't think that just because the Tiger 800 is a tourer it's no good through the twisties, it devours them

Look, it’s simple. The Tiger 800 really is better than the almighty GS Beemer. I make the distinction between the two bikes because if you’re in the market for this type of machine, then the GS is the adventure type of bike that you’ll use as the yardstick to judge others by.

Well, you would have done until now because as of right now the Tiger 800 is the on-road/off-road globe-trotting benchmark.

That’s genuinely what I believe and I’m writing this fresh from getting off the back of the bike after its international launch in and out of Barcelona.

A bold statement? Maybe. But one I’m happy to stand by, even if it does raise a few eyebrows. I’m a big fan of the GS and regular readers of MSL will know I’ve clocked up nearly 10,000 miles on my longtermer GS this year, a great motorcycle – no doubt – but (and I am sorry about this GS fans) the German behemoth falls behind the British battler in so many ways when thrown in the ring with the new nimble Tiger...

• Read the full review in MSL magzine - Issue 604 - January 2011

Words: Bruce Wilson
Photography: Paul Barshon

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