2009 Triumph Tiger ABS Review

Review Title: All-Around Great Bike
Ratings
Overall★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Reliability★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Quality★ ★ ★ ★
Performance★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Comfort★ ★ ★ ★

I bought this bike as a supplement to my BMW R12RT touring bike. The Tiger has only one weak spot -- a seriously under-sprung front suspension. Even at my weight of 170 lbs, the springs were about 50% too light. I installed RaceTech springs and a Gold Valve fork rebuild kit, and it transformed the handling of the bike. The stock rear suspension is good for my weight. The engine and transmission are as good as you can get for this type of bike. The front brakes are a little grabby though, so be cautious if you don't have ABS - I will replace with Carbone Lorraine pads at my next brake fluid change. The saddle is a little better than average, but could be improved. I use this bike in warm weather and when teaching various MC classes. This bike is easily the equal of the BMW R12GS I had a few years ago -- and at a much better price.


Upgrades:
RaceTech springs and Gold Valve rebuild kit, Triumph tail bag and hand guards

About the reviewer:
Author:
Height:5' 11"
Miles or hours spent on the review:4000 miles
LocationFrederick, Maryland, United States
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Submitted: August, 2010