Several months ago I stopped by Eugene Cycle Parts to say hi to Rod and to see if he still had the two 2008 Triumph Tiger 1050s on the floor. We walked in the door and a couple of old riding friends were there checking out the bikes. Unfortunately, this was the last time I would talk with Riley before he passed away, but Ron whom has several bikes and owns both the 2006 and 2009 Tigers offered great advice on both models.
I ummmed and awwwwed, put some thought into trading the America for a Tiger and just couldn't decide. A couple of months later I was back down at Rod's shop taking his demo for a test ride. Wow, what a bike!!!
I love the look of the new 2009 model.
Fortunately I did not rush into a foolish financial move. There is just something about the America that I know I would kick myself for letting her go.
The 2006 is more off road oriented and is more what I am looking for.
So I decided I could keep the America, save my pennies and search for a pristine '06 model. The best of both worlds, but a comment was made in the shop that first day, a rumor about a Tiger Cub with the 675 triple motor. Several searches online confirmed the rumor so I thought it best to wait.
I am the first to admit that I procrastinate and today it paid off, the rumor was not only confirmed but word has it that it will be an 800cc adventurer. I was excited for a 675 Tiger Cub, but I am stoked to learn of an 800.
This marketing campaign is not helping:
Here at Triumph, we're really busy developing two brand new adventure bikes. It'll be a good few months before they're ready.
EDIT: more pics:
Oh yes, it will be mine.