September 13th, 2006 13 Comments » | View blog reactions
As the much anticipated new Triumph Tiger and other motorcycles of 2007 is going from rumour state to actual factory acknowledged production models, a clear trend emerge. 2007 will be the year we gear up for combat; the urban assault motorcycle is here. What I’m talking about is of course the trend Ducati started with their Multistrada back in 2003 of go-any-where motorcycles, the SUV of motorcycles if you will. In 2007 Ducati updates their take on the concept, Triumph tags along with their new Tiger, Kawasaki introduce a new model named Versys, and same thing goes for Benelli with their new Trek. In 2006 we saw Yamaha put out their MT-03, and Buell their Olysess.
Either all the manufacturers attend the same summer camp, or someone has learned that we city kids are addicted to the thought that we can go anywhere we want whenever we want. The same reason why we walk around in hiking boots, technical pants (means they have pockets on the side and can be zipped off to shorts) and everyone knows the meaning of terms like soft-shell. We live in the city but we certainly aren’t “city slickers” who wouldnt know how to handle ourselves in an erupting volcano; oh no, we can leave this city anytime we want, and go sleep under the stars in the jungle’ no problem.
Catering for the suppressed escapist dreams of city slickers or not, Im a fan of the concept and so are you if you have read this far. You got to love the idea of a light naked bike with touring capabilities. We dont need to be wrapped in plastic to protect us from the sensation of forward motion the wind might bestow upon us. Nor do we need a motorcycle that will take us to the summit of Kilimanjaro. What we need is a light sporty standard bike with a little wind protection, upright riding position, and the possibility to quickly slap on some luggage without bolting on an entire rack. Yes, wed like the idea that it would take us off road for a bit if we needed it (handling volcanoes remember), but most likely we wont need that so performance on tarmac remains the prime virtue and of course it has to look cool as well. I dont know about you, but I want one. I better mention that the 2007 Triumph Tiger photo is nicked from Triumphchepassione.com an Italian Triumph fan website that seems to have the Triumph factory under 24 hour surveillance.