Archive for ‘Triumph Tiger’

June 23, 2019

Jorge

The Replacement | I dropped into Johnny Scheff’s Motoworks yesterday and utilizing their deals on ’18 model bikes made good on this Tiger 800 XCx. Triumph are including pannier boxes for bikes in June too so the old black crow has a successor. I’m considering the name George for it after my grandfather George Lawrie who rode olive drab motorcycles in North Africa during WWII.

June 17, 2019

It’s a clean machine

The View from the Bridge | Another snapshot from a fortnight ago. Waiting for the gang to fill up at the Mount Carroll gas station. I always thought the windscreen had cat ears atop it…

June 14, 2019

Indian Blue

Tigress | On Display at a recent New Delhi Motorcycle show are a pair of Triumph XC 800’s . The model is Prabhjot, a model from Chandigarh, who, at the time, was pursuing a masters degree.

Photograph: Rajesh Karkera

June 7, 2019

Heavy Man!

Leadville | The prime destination last weekend was the old mining town of Galena. Historical seat of Joe Daviess Country and home of Ulysses S Grant. In the early C19th it rivaled Chicago in population and was the busiest steamboat hub north of St Louis.

June 6, 2019

Le Corbeau elle est morte!

Totaled | A sad day in GeordieBiker-ville. The insurance evaluation guy came by today and, after an exhaustive hour looking at the damage, wrote her off. Damages far exceed the value. Simple accounting with far reaching implications. The bike of my dreams was taken away in the back of a van.

June 3, 2019

She’d

S’mores | When the tents are pitched, the tea brewed it’s time to build a fire and light it. Luckily there was an ‘honesty box’ wood shed near the weekend’s outing. The Tiger toted fuel for the fire pretty good. Graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows anyone?

June 2, 2019

Collision Course

It’s not IF it will happen, but WHEN | So this was the reason for shortening the weekend: I had an accident on the bike, the first serious one. At an intersection in deepest Illinois farmland as I was leading the group the route took a left turn at a Stop sign. As I rolled to a stop the bike behind me barreled into the rear of the Tiger. Next thing I knew it was a scattering of me and bikes. The Tiger is beat up superficially and I managed to ride it the 200 miles home last evening – I frankly don’t know how. Today I went to the ER. X-rays found 2 broken ribs, a fractured wrist and a crack at the tip of my ring finger. Splint, pain meds, then healing. Remember kids! All the gear all the time! I could have come off a lot worse! The ride to that point was marvelous!

June 1, 2019

Motorcycle Wheels on a Gravel Road

Tiger Trail | the days riding around north east Illinois was enlightening. A good 150 miles of rural gravel roads crisscrossing Jo Daviess County. I learned to finally use the back brake on the loose surface; and to power through the looser gravel. The new tires performed exceptionally. The day (and weekend) were cut short… but we’ll get into that tomorrow…

May 31, 2019

Geodesic Dome

Tramping | That stands for Triumph camping. Here’s the tent set up at Blandings Landing on the Illinois side of the Mississippi. Rolling farmland interspersed with shady woodland connected by clean gravel roads. Good ride across the Northern part of the state along Stagecoach Road.

May 19, 2019

How fast are you gonna run?

Grand Prix | 1947 Triumph Tiger fettled and trimmed for speed. Perfect side elevation illustration in period airbrushed monochromatic.

May 17, 2019

Horizon beckons

New Boots | I finally managed to get the new tires levered on to the wheels. These are made for half road half trail use. Like having a pair of Vibram soles on the bike. They are befitting the Tiger

May 15, 2019

Gripper Stebson

Knobby Clarke | You can conjure up long forgotten or invent new creative curse words when changing a tire. Four ‘tar arns’, soapy water, elbow grease, and the job gets done… in 1 1/4 hours. I’m sure the front should go quicker now some semblance of a technique is being learned.

May 11, 2019

‘Gin ‘n’ Tonic

Tri-Umph | Three in the garage. Rainy day spent changing the oil and filter on the Bonnie. Getting it ready for some short outings in the coming season.

May 9, 2019

Under a Blue Sky

Capital Capitol | Punctuating the isthmus between Lakes Mendota & Monona the White granite domed State capitol building stands proudly with the gilt Wisconsin statue atop it. The morning sun glints of it splendidly. As the Wisconsin mottos says: “Forward!”

May 8, 2019

Shakea

Red Wing MN | With a name derived from the Dakota chiefs use of a red dyed swan feather to denote rank, this North Star State town on the banks of the Mississippi is a pleasant place to visit. Classic red brick architecture line a couple of very walkable streets. It is known for rugged work boots and clay pottery; as well as one of the earliest ski clubs in the US due to the Scandinavian population who settled there.