Superbike legend Carl Fogarty lifted the lid on Triumph’s newest arrival to the Tiger family… and hailed it the perfect ‘everyman’s’ bike.
The most successful World Superbike champion, famous for his aggressive track style, gave visitors to the MCN London Motorcycle Show their first glimpse of the Tiger Sport.
“It’s still got enough power and torque even for me, but it’s also agile enough to be great for the daily commute and for having some fun at the weekend,” said Foggy.
“To be honest looking at all the new bikes coming out of Hinckley I’m really struggling to pick out the best two. There’s something for everyone.”
The former King of the Jungle said the Sport’s rider focused technology, multi-level traction control, cruise control and slip resistant pegs “probably gave it the edge”.
Triumph’s new Tiger Explorer XCA and Speed Triple R were the other big hits with visitors to the Excel Arena, where famous fans of the brand rubbed shoulders with real riders.
David Jackson, from just up the road in Leyton, east London, jumped on the new Speed Triple S and beamed: “I’m looking for a new bike and this is superb. Triumph have really upped their game with the new models.”
I love the Triumph Semi Active Suspension, the better wind resistance, bigger screen… they all just make it that bit smoother, so it’s like riding a couch.Rhys Lawrey, AKA 2morrow Rider
“The Speed Triple, like many of these new models, gives you the best of both worlds. It’s perfect for a bit of power or a long ride but it’s not too unwieldy.”
Javan, from Cambridgeshire, preferred the XCA: “I like where Triumph are going at the moment in exploring new territory. If Bear Grylls is a fan then that’ll do for me.”
Top Gear’s Richard Hammond and Long Way Down producer Russ Malkin checked out the Triumphs with friend, fellow adventurer and Triumph ambassador Charley Boorman, while the Custom Corner and Ace Cafe bar also drew the crowds.
Thousands flocked to the first day of the Show, which kicked off with a sliding show by Triumph stunt riders Nick Apex and Ernie Vigil in the Sports and Performance Zone.
Nick tried out the Speed Triple R for the first time minutes after landing at Heathrow Airport from the States.
“I was jet-lagged, got off the plane, got on the bike and fell in love,” he said: “I love the styling cues like the Diablo Red stitching on the seat, those lights and the redesigned exhaust system which produces that sweet Triple sound we love so much.”
Drift buddy Ernie says the rider configurable Ride By Wire mode makes the new Speed Triple the perfect ride for their show.
“The new bike has traction control and ABS which we don’t need too much for our act, but the power delivery is vastly improved. Triumph have taken the original Speed Triple and done the impossible by making it even better.”
Rhys Lawrey, the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the world on a bike, had his sights set on the new Tiger Explorer XCA.
And he admitted in a whisper that Tigger, the mud-splattered Tiger 800XC that took him through 71 countries over six continents, might not get a look in if he goes long haul again.
“Shhh. Don’t say it too loudly but I’d take the XCA next time. I love the Triumph Semi Active Suspension, the better wind resistance, bigger screen… they all just make it that bit smoother, so it’s like riding a couch.”