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    Ride Experience: Triumph Tiger Training Academy

    The Triumph Tiger Academy offers expert guidance and training on riding an adventure bike under challenging circumstances, when the road ends and dirt trails begin. We get to experience first-hand the Triumph Tiger Training Academy in Aamby Valley in Maharashtra, under the expert guidance of acclaimed rider and motorsport enthusiast Vijay Parmar. An adventure bike is designed for touring - for covering inter-state distances and for long hours in the saddle, over expressways, state highways and even single track roads, sometimes in the back of beyond. Of course, adventure bikes are primarily designed for covering long distances on tarmac, but when the going gets tough, and the roads disappear, these bikes also have the capability to take on almost anything - dirt, gravel, sand, slush and rocky terrain. And this is exactly the kind of job profile the Triumph Tiger is designed for. The Triumph Tiger family of motorcycles may be capable enough, but it's more often the skills of the rider which is lacking, and that is what the Triumph Tiger Academy tries to address. Triumph Motorcycles India has been organising the Tiger Training Academy for some time now, primarily for Tiger owners, adventure enthusiasts, and prospective buyers, to enhance their skills, as well as understand and use the off-road capability of the bikes to their full potential. This time around though, it was the turn of automotive journalists to upskill themselves, and the focus was on learning off-road skills on the Triumph Tiger 800. back to school at tiger training academy Back to school at Tiger Training Academy with chief trainer Vijay Parmar The day started with veteran rider and Triumph Tiger Academy chief trainer Vijay Parmar talking about practicing safe riding skills - choosing the right riding gear, using the correct riding techniques and following the do's and don'ts of adventure riding. The informal "classroom" training revolved around technique - what to do, what not to do, and how to pick up a bike which has tipped over. For many riders, riding a big adventure bike like the Triumph Tiger off-road seemed daunting at first, because of the tall stance and over 200 kg weight of the bike. triumph tiger academy slalom course Balancing the bike and understanding throttle response at the slalom course The course charted out near Lonavla in Maharashtra, started with a slalom course on slippery surface, to learn and familiarise with how the Tiger can be manoeuvred around obstacles. It seemed to be a case of easier said and done, but with a few runs along the course, things started looking up, for most of us. water crossings with a slippery bed underneath Water crossings were the flavour of the day with everyone enjoying to the fullest "I wish we had some more time to get familiar with the bikes. We just got on and immediately started tackling the obstacle course. It was intimidating at first, but it all fell into place. I definitely had a very good experience here and will go back with thrilling memories and definitely a set of better skills as a rider," said P Tharyan, Editor, Motown India. slipping sliding and falling on the triumph tiger Slipping, sliding and falling is part and parcel of any off-road ride Then it was time to explore the capabilities of the bike further - water crossings, going over obstacles and using the right mode. Most of the bikes in the training session were the top of the line variants - the Tiger 800 XRx and the Tiger 800 XCx. They come with different riding modes, switchable traction control, switchable ABS and choice of several throttle maps, delivering different throttle response on each map. For off-road use, it was simple - either choose the pre-set Off-Road map, or the Sport map, and switch off both traction control and ABS for off-road use. It was a gruelling session, slipping, sliding and falling, but eventually, it turned out to be an educating experience, both for riders with some off-road experience and some without. triumph tiger academy The Triumph Tiger Academy opened up new possibilities for all participants "I am used to being off-road, but only on 4x4 vehicles - that's more my scene, playing in the muck with my off-road vehicles. As a rider, I'm more of a strictly-tarmac, cruiser rider. This was the first time I've been on an off-road adventure like this, that too, on a heavy bike like the Triumph Tiger. But it certainly opened up a lot of possibilities, and I will go back from here, becoming a better rider," said Roshun Povaiah, Editor - Auto and Tech, The Quint. triumph tiger academy The slush test threw new challenges, and most participants came back better riders The Triumph Tiger Academy is a welcome change; for many of us, it was an experience to unlearn a lot of self-taught skills, and also to hone and learn many new things. Most of all, the session with professional guidance taught the participants one valuable lesson - trust the bike and have confidence, both on the bike and in your individual skills. Eventually, the Triumph Tiger opened up a whole new world of possibilities. triumph tiger academy The Tiger 800 may be a big adventure bike, but it has the capability to take on any kind of terrain Despite being a big, and heavy adventure bike, the Triumph Tiger 800 proved to be a capable and off-road worthy motorcycle. The biggest lesson I came back with, is this - never go on a trail on any off-road bike, alone; you will need all the help, in case of a fall, or even a mechanical problem. And falling over is part of the off-road experience, so wearing the right gear is absolutely essential. In all, adventures are best enjoyed in the company of friends and like-minded folks, and as for me, I just can't wait to head out on the next adventure on my Triumph Tiger.

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    The Lone Warrior- Triumph Bobber

    There are two types of bikers—those who buy and build bikes and those who buy built bikes. There are problem with both these kinds. When you decide to buy a bike and then build it your own way, there are endless ways to make it unique. But then, how many of us are willing to walk the plank and take the plunge to see through the project? And when you go the other way to buy bikes as they are, you lose exclusivity and should be happy with a bike that looks just like the 100 before it. Triumph has decided to walk a thin line in between these two categories by bringing you a custom bike that is factory built. Not convinced? Read on. The Triumph Bonneville Bobber could be the bike that gives you the pleasure of owning a Bobber without all the pain. And from the looks of it, the bike manages to do just that. It has all the characteristics expected of a Bobber—a low stance, single seat, wide flat bars, minimal bodywork, sculpted tank, wide rear wheel and hard tail look.

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    Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster First Ride Review: Classic Cruiser Done Right?

    The Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster First Ride impressions show several aspects of the latest Triumph that is set to launch in India in the coming months. We ride it in California to get a taste of what is to come. And what a place it was to test out the new Speedmaster. We rode a distance of a tad bit over 170 miles, which is about 275 kilometres, in San Diego which threw a mix of sceneries at us. We had long flowy corners, sharp turns, switchbacks, highway, inclines, declines, a little bit of the city and of course, riding along the vast stretches of road that take us along the coastline. Such diverse riding conditions are more than enough to test the mettle of any motorcycle, no matter what kind it is. Triumph-Speedmaster-Review-3Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster. (Photo Courtesy: Kingdom Creative) Let’s begin with the design of the Speedmaster. Now, this one is a Bonneville which means it needs to look contemporary and yet fresh. In order to do that, at first glance it seems that Triumph has combined two of their existing Bonnevilles – the T120 or the T100 along with the Bobber Black to make the Speedmaster. It seems so because the Speedmaster does carry over several elements from both of them, especially the Bobber black and that’s evident in the stance of both these motorcycles as they are really similar. But then, there are several unique elements to the Speedmaster as well. This includes the likes of the new headlamps which are all LEDs and come with a unique DRL design. The tail lamps and the indicators are LEDs as well. Triumph-Speedmaster-Review-5The Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster sports all-LED headlights with Daytime Running Lights. (Photo Courtesy: Kingdom Creative) Then, there are the spoked wheels which sport the dual 310mm discs with Brembo callipers. There’s a new handlebar and the footpegs are now forward set for more cruiser-like riding ergonomics. The best part? The Speedmaster comes with a twin seat, unlike the Bobber siblings and thankfully, the rear seat, as well as the chrome-finished grab rails, are removable. So, if you want, you can still have a single seater look and yet have the option to switch back to a double-seater – something that a lot of people wanted with the Bobber. The fuel tank has grown to a 12-litre capacity and the dual paint finish on it looks fantastic. And yes, those lines on the fuel tank are painted by hand. When you look closer, though, you will find some finely detailed elements in the Speedmaster – like, the retro-styled battery box, the carburettor styled throttle body, the drum brake inspired rear wheel hub and the finned exhaust clamps. So overall, the design looks familiar but still a bit different and with the neat and clean lines that the Speedmaster sports, it will age very well and look good even after years. Triumph-Speedmaster-Review-6The finish and detailing on the Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster is fantastic. (Photo Courtesy: Kingdom Creative) On the mechanical front, the star attraction is the engine of the Speedmaster. It has the liquid-cooled 1200cc parallel twin engine which is the same as the one you would find on the T120 and the Bobber. But the engine comes over in the exact same state of tune as the Bobber. This means, the Speedmaster generates 76 BHP at 6100 RPM and a respectable 106 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM, and it comes mated to a 6-speed transmission. There’s ABS, switchable traction control and also ride-by-wire on offer which makes way for dual riding modes – Road and Rain. What’s new is the addition of Cruise Control which is operated through a single touch button, which makes it easy to use and the system works wonders when you need it to. Also, just like the Bobber and the Bobber Black, the Speedmaster gets the hardtail look too but it has a KYB monoshock suspension hidden underneath the seat. The rear suspension is preload adjustable which means carrying a pillion or luggage is going to be a bit easier on this one. Triumph-Speedmaster-Review-2Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster has a hard tail look. (Photo Courtesy: Kingdom Creative) When it comes to riding, the bike is actually a treat. No matter how you ride it, easy or hard, the bike feels confident and will commit to the line you take. And at this point, there’s a confession to make. The roads to the Palomar Mountain in Northern San Diego is filled with exciting turns and when it came to carving mountain roads, we just had to push the Speedmaster hard. Triumph-Speedmaster-Review-1The Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster is an engaging motorcycle to ride. (Photo Courtesy: Kingdom Creative) And when did, the bike was a pleasant affair. The feedback from the brakes is just right and the bite is great as well. The transmission was smooth and never did we miss a gear or had a false neutral. No matter what RPM you lug the engine at, the power band is wide and very usable. The fuelling is good too which gives it a smooth and progressive throttle response and overall, the Speedmaster is very friendly to ride. Yes, at a dry weight of 245.5 kilos, it is not the lightest bike around and yes, the stubby front tyre and the beach bars demand considerable rider input but that’s the fun part as the bike always feels engaging to ride. But, if you ride it too hard, you will end up scraping the footpegs way too easily and the wind bursts that follow are enough to tire you out. We would highly recommend the adjustable wind deflector which comes as an accessory with this bike. And while the instrument cluster shows almost everything you would need to know, it is not tilt-adjustable like it is in the Bobber and that’s something we missed. Triumph-Speedmaster-Review-4The Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster has an informative instrument clsuter. (Photo Courtesy: Kingdom Creative) In short, the bike requires takes some input from the rider but it is also a pleasantly rewarding experience. At least in California, how it performs in India – that we will have to find out once the bike is launched here and we do our road test. Well, to wrap up the whole Speedmaster experience, we rode it for quite a substantial time and distance in California and it one has left us mighty impressed. It does come across as a complete motorcycle in almost every way but what remains to be seen is the kind of price tag that it comes with because that will be essential to its success in India. If they get it right, this one might just be the best Bonneville to make its way to our country. And perhaps, one of the best value for money cruisers in the Indian market.

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    India Bike Week 2017: Over 15,000 Riders Attend Two-Day Bike Fest

    There were quite a few new bike launches this year at IBW 2017 This was the 5th edition of the India Bike Week There were a few eminent personalities at IBW this year as well

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