Archive for ‘Triumph Tiger’

April 14, 2019

L’ amour

Je t’aime | French musician Serge Gainsbourg (L) gives a cheeky smile to his muse Jane Birkin who sits astride a high piped Tiger on some Rue de Paris. She’s sporting white thigh high go-go boots which puts the photo late sixties. – Moi non plus…

April 13, 2019

Reynard Road Crossing

Crabtree Farm | a sunny afternoon saw me take the Tiger for a quick fifty miler to Lake Bluff. Highlight of the ride was a red fox trotting across Sheridan Road in front of me. It was a slower section so no worries about hitting it. He was just minding his own business.

April 11, 2019

Blueprint Carrier

Job Truck | a site meeting in the City today saw me motoring down a brisk Lake Shire Drive with a gusting breeze off the choppy waters of Michigan. A nip through urban traffic and easy parking. The plans didn’t blow off the back – that’s another story – and a discussion of good project particulars accomplished.

April 8, 2019

April

Warm up | The mercury touched 70 today giving a warm sunny prospect to the spring like proceedings. Wish I’d spent the day on a windy road through the countryside. Just like this…

April 4, 2019

Compass bearing

All Points | when heading North South East or West what better mode than a kitted out Tiger for the road less travelled.

April 1, 2019

4/1

April First | Triumph Motorcycle Ltd are advertising a stunt experience recreating the epic border fence jump. Like Ekins/McQueen you’ll escape a German platoon but instead of careening into the second fences barbed wire, you’ll land in a ball pit cheered on by spectators.

March 31, 2019

Zzzzzzzz

Nessun Dorma | The aria from Puccini’s opera Turandot was famously used for the BBC coverage of the World Cup in ’90. Sung in true maestro style by Pavarotti it was also used by Pirelli tire manufacturer in their late 80’s advertising campaign. Direct translation from the Italian is “None shall sleep” so using it for a tire seems appropriate. So, back to the matter at hand: these are the two tires I got for the Tiger from old new stock at Motoworks yesterday. Knobbly treads for a bit better traction on gravel. I need to go look for some back roads now! Heidenau K60 Scout up front and Continental TKC 80’s in back. This combination is meant to be a good balance for compromise between asphalt and loose dirt.

March 26, 2019

Commute

Work Horse | though a tad chilly the overhead clear skies and spring sun allowed me to utilize the Tiger to attend a site meeting out in St Charles on the Fox River. Winding back roads in Kane County and no-nonsense humping along the interstate meant an efficient yet fun trip. Hey, even when you’re grafting you may as well enjoy yourself!

March 23, 2019

Blue & Ice

The Cat’s Whisker | a sunny early spring day gave me an opportunity to haul the pussycat over back roads across Lake county into Wisconsin and a lap of the still frozen over Lake Geneva. New saddle was extremely comfy, new leather jeans and boots kept me cosy. A perfect flight to broom cobwebs out of the feathers.

March 18, 2019

Giddyup

Saddle Up! | here’s the new perch on the Tiger. Like a BarcaLounger it creates a comfy place to enjoy the long road from. Dense foam concave shaped padding support the gluteus maximus as the miles accumulate under wheel.

March 17, 2019

Lakeside Livin’

Saddle Up! | I recently acquired a Corbin seat for the Tiger and after putting it on the bike went for a very brief spin down to the lake. Firm and comfy. Should make longer trips bearable for the butt.

February 27, 2019

Jump

Geologically Speaking- midweek comes around on schedule so that means there’s a hill to negotiate. Best to use a suitable two-wheeled tool to get over it.

February 24, 2019

Tea & Crumpets

The Riding Dead – current season of Ride with Norman Reedus sees him reunite with TWD co-stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Andrew Lincoln to take their motorcycles from the bustle of London to a tranquil Cotswolds. On their way they stop off at the 5000 year old Neolithic site at Stonehenge. The jaunt along the cross country A303 is undertaken under rainy skies. It’s a great episode.

February 16, 2019

Nacelle

T.O.M.C.C. – this months edition of the Owners Club ‘zine has an experienced Tiger on its cover amongst some wooded hills.

February 12, 2019

N66 º 33′ 45”

Spindrift Shadows – low arctic sun, hazy frozen sky and wisps of ice particles wash across some upper latitude highway. Make sure you’re wrapped up and heated devices and garnets are switched to ‘Sahara’. This looks cool – literally and figuratively.