Triumph Tiger 800 XCx Ownership Review

A few months back we had posted regarding our hunt for the ideal dual sport bike (read here). After having gone through a lot of test rides of various brands such as the Ducati Hypermotard & Multistrada, Kawasaki Versys 650 & 1000 and the Triumph Tiger, we decided to go in for the Tiger. IMG_20170304_123601

Our hunt for a good bike led us to Mangalore where we caught a glimpse of a well maintained 2015 Tiger 800 XCx. After a couple of test rides and background checks at Triumph, we decided to pick it up. With a seat height of 840 mm and 21 inch wire spoke wheels in the front, this is really a tall bike and took us a while to get used to the higher engine weight. The BMW 1200GS fairs better in weight management due to its boxer engine which is lower to the ground.IMG-20170226-WA0041

With the slow induction to the Tiger family, an off-roading workshop organised by Keerthi Triumph in Bangalore came as a boon to understand this mild beast and its capabilities. We did have a few falls but each of them taught us a lesson on how to negotiate difficult terrain and use the bikes power and capabilities to our advantage.

Our first long ride was to Ooty which is about 350 kms from Bangalore. With a few other Triumph riders, we got comfortable experimenting with the various rider modes (Road, Off-Road and Rider) with the Sports option giving us access to the full 94 bhp of the triple cylinder engine. Despite being a tall bike, we were able to comfortably swing it around steep curves of the Kalhatti Ghat and loved every moment of it.WhatsApp Image 2017-06-20 at 3.00.18 PM

So far, we have changed the rear wheel bearings, front indicators (damaged from dropping the bike), added a more powerful horn (Denali Sound Bomb), Bark Busters hand guards and installed panniers (side luggage) and a tank bag. Service intervals are at 10,000 kms which is pretty decent, however, we are advised to lube the chain every 500 kms.

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Our 2015 Tiger XCx standing next to a 1995 Yezdi Roadking at a tea estate in Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu

Words cannot express the feeling of riding such a beast especially on Indian roads with the raw power pumped out of the sweet sounding triple engine. Not to mention, every stopover attracting crowds curiously checking out the mean machine and clicking selfies with it. Needless to say, we are extremely satisfied with our decision and eagerly look forward to our South India ride next.

Happy riding folks!

Team Moto Adda

Honda brings Africa Twin to India at Rs 12.90 lakhs

The premium adventure biking segment is heating up in India thanks to the growing disposable income and a penchant for glamorous two wheels. India clearly has the biggest market for two wheelers which is evident with the growing number of brands entering the country. Biking clubs for all popular models have sprung up all over the country with the most prominent being clubs for RE Bullets, Thunderbird, Yamaha R15, Pulsar 200NS, Avenger, Yamaha RD 350, Jawa and Yezdi Motorcycles, Mahindra Mojo, Triumph Motorcycles, Harley Davidsons, Ducati’s, Kawasaki Ninja and many more.

Come any weekend, you will spot a bunch of them gathering around the outskirts of the city preparing to ride out for an overnite trip or just for breakfast. Another growing trend is the fascination for adventure motoring with avid riders exploring remote terrains which were almost inaccessible earlier.

With the entry of brands such as Kawasaki with their Versys 650 / 1000 or Triumph with the Tiger 800 XR, XC and Explorer variants or the Ducati with their MultiStrada models and BMW with 1200GS, riders today have a wide choice of go-any-where bikes at premium price points. The latest entrant to this segment is Honda’s globally acclaimed adventure bike the Africa Twin.Honda Africa Twin is Honda’s first 1000cc variant assembled in India and will be sold at an inaugural price of Rs 12.90 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. This is sweet news for adventure bike lovers, however, only the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) transmission variant will sold in India.

Also known as the Honda CRF1000L, the Africa Twin was purpose build for the popular Dakar Rallies and continues to be a hot favourite for many motorists across the world. The adventure tourer is powered by a liquid-cooled 998 cc, parallel-twin engine which churn out 87 bhp of power and 92 Nm of torque. The engine is mounted on a lightweight, chassis designed specifically for both on and off-road use. The seat height of 850 mm make it the tallest bike in its category and uses 45mm upside down Showa suspension. To know more about the AT and it’s history, try this link – Honda Africa Twin

Honda Africa Twin Vs Triumph Tiger 800 XCx Vs Kawasaki Versys 1000:

Comparing the Africa Twin to its competitors in India, the bike will pit directly against Triumph’s Tiger 800 XC variants with similar specs but the latter boasts of a triple cylinder 800 cc engine churning out 94 bhp of power (can go upto 98 bhp with aftermarket exhaust) but lesser torque. However, the Tiger XC variants score over the AT with its superior WP suspension that can cross over mighty obstacles with utmost ease and a dream to ride on the tarmac due to its more powerful triple engine. The Versys 1000 is the most powerful and the smoothest among the three with it’s 4 cylinder engine producing 114 bhp and 102 nm of torque. However, the Versys is a soft-roader and cannot handle very rough terrain like the Africa Twin and the Tiger XC variants.

We are eagerly waiting to get our hands on the Africa Twin to get a feel of the bike and its full potential. Till then, let’s drool over these pics.

A visit to BMW Museum in Munich, Germany

If you are a fan of German automobiles, then a visit to the Mercedes Benz museum in Stuttgart or the BMW Museum in Munich is a must.

During our visit to Germany back in 2015, we made it a point to visit Munich and spend half a day at the BMW Museum which is located at Olympiapark not too far from the city centre. The museum is an ode to the beautiful and powerful machines built by Bayerische Motoren Werke or Bavarian Motor Works.

Here is a photo feature of some of their masterpieces. For the entire set of images, do visit our Facebook page (Moto Adda) – BMW Museum Images on Facebook

BMW Welt / Museum, Munich, Germany
R7 Prototype, 1934
Twin cylinder 800 cc, 35bhp with top speed of 145kmph
R 39, 1925
BMW 328 Racing Saloon, 1939
2000 cc inline 6 cylinder, 136 ps with top speed of 230 kmph
BMW launches over the years
BMW 3.0 CS, 1971
BMW i5 ion Concept
Isetta, 1955
Also known as the Bubble car, has only one door at the front with a folding stearing
 
M1 Homage (Right)
BMW 3, 1930, 15 ps
R5, 1936
500cc twin cylinder, 24 bhp with top speed of 140 kmph
BMW R50/2, low compression 500cc boxer engine
BMW 335, 1939. 3485cc inline 6