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Triumph Tiger 800 And Tiger 1000 Spied Testing

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There are heavy revisions to the Tiger 800 for the coming model year.
There are heavy revisions to the Tiger 800 for the coming model year. (Stefan Baldauf/)

Triumph is gearing up for the 2020 model year with a new addition to its adventure line. Spy shots reveal a Tiger model, an apparent update to the existing Tiger 800.

The Tiger 800 looks to be production-ready, and reveals a number of revisions. The larger looking front wheel indicates this to be an XC with a revised beak, headlight, and windscreen. Moving further back on the bike, the shrouds on the side appear to be new, as does the shape of the header pipes. There’s a new skid plate on there as well. Triumph looks to be utilizing a redesigned main frame and bolt-on subframe and a newly designed swingarm. The fork appears to be Öhlins kit, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Öhlins was utilized at the rear as well. The instrument display also looks to be new.

We can also see the radiator has been split into two halves, no doubt to improve cooling effectiveness.

Triumph redesigned the Tiger 800 XC for the 2018 model year, so perhaps this is a new, possibly more off-road-capable addition to the family.

Changes to the engine are likely to be coming as well, to help the machine meet Euro 5 standards without sacrificing too much in terms of performance. That is also likely to include changes to the suite of rider aids and electronics.

These changes appear to be in place for a reported Tiger 1000, which was also spied testing. This machine appears to be in an earlier stage of development than the 800, owing to the propensity of wires and aluminum mounting blocks for test equipment clearly visible. If this Tiger does eventually release near the 1,000cc mark, it would be a much more direct competitor with bikes like Honda’s Africa Twin.

Those details are likely to be coming soon, so be sure to stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Waterproof Tents You Can Take Motorcycle Camping

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Don’t get caught sleeping in a wet tent.
Don’t get caught sleeping in a wet tent. (Image by Pexels from Pixabay/)

Experiencing the outdoors on two wheels, whether it’s a weekend getaway or an epic, multistate adventure motorcycle tour, is best done by forgoing the hotels and finding a place to camp. If you’ve ever had the unfortunate circumstance of camping in the rain, you come out knowing that you don’t ever want to do it again or want to make sure that you have a waterproof tent.

We’ve selected some easy-to-pack and waterproof tents that you can take with you on your next motorcycle camping trip.

Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent

Perfect for the solo motorcycle camper, the Lynx 1-Person Tent has enough room for you and your gear with its extra vestibule.
Perfect for the solo motorcycle camper, the Lynx 1-Person Tent has enough room for you and your gear with its extra vestibule. (Amazon/)

Weighing in at 4.2 pounds and packing down to 17-1/4 inches long by 5-1/2 inches wide, the Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent packs small and light, giving you more room to pack other camping supplies. The included rain fly expands the covered, usable area so that you can store your shoes, backpack, or any other gear outside of your tent and away from the rain.

Coleman Dome 3-Person Tent

Coleman has been producing outdoor and camping supplies for more than a century and the quality in its Dome tent shows.
Coleman has been producing outdoor and camping supplies for more than a century and the quality in its Dome tent shows. (Amazon/)

If you're enjoying your motorcycle camping trip with another rider or a passenger, then buy a three-person tent, like the Dome from Coleman. A general rule of thumb when tent buying is that you want to add another person in your decision to account for gear and items you'll bring with you on your trip. The Dome features a waterproof exterior with inverted seams, cuffed zippers, and a welded floor that ensures there are no holes from where the material is stitched together. The three-person Dome weighs in at 8.2 pounds and packs down to 2 feet long, 5 inches wide, and 5 inches thick, which is on the heavier side but can still be packed on a motorcycle.

If you want more or less room, the Dome also comes in a two-person, four-person, and six-person size.

Bessport Camping Tent 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent

Bessport’s removable rain fly keeps you protected when it’s pouring, but lets you enjoy the scenery when it’s dry.

RSVP for August 29 TMSC Meeting

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Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) meeting, August 29, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the new TTI Headquarters Building, 1111 RELLIS Parkway in Bryan, Texas, 77807 (see link to map below), in Rooms 1122 and 1124. Both members and non-members are invited to attend the meeting.

If you plan to attend the meeting please RSVP by emailing Christie no later than noon on Tuesday, August 27 and be sure to include you your license plate number. The license plate number is needed because of the way that parking permits are processed on the RELLIS campus. RSVP-ing in advance and providing your license plate information will help us save time Thursday morning (and will help us order the right amount of food for lunch)!

TTI Headquarters Building, 1111 RELLIS Parkway, Bryan, TX can be found at the link below. Google Maps describes the building as “Under Construction” but it is now complete and open for business!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/TTI+Headquarters+-+Under+Construction/@30.6481323,-96.4751556,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x86442b0a8ca85417:0xdc9c685f9bb723c2!8m2!3d30.6481323!4d-96.4729669 

The agenda will be as follows:

10:00 – 10:10 AM | Opening Remarks & New Member Introduction | Chris Beiries, TMSC Chair

10:10 – 10:20 AM | TxDOT Update | Lisa Johnson, TxDOT

10:20 – 10:30 AM | Motorcycle Training and TDLR Update | DPS/TDLR/TTI

10:30 — 11:00 AM | Safety Tips for Riders and Motorists, part 1 | Group discussion

11:00 – 11:10 AM | Break

11:10 – 11:30 AM | Safety Tips for Riders and Motorists, part 2 | Group discussion

11:30 – 11:45 AM | TMSC Updates on Motorcycle Safety Activities | Members

11:45 – 12:45 PM | Lunch and Networking

12:45 – 1:45 PM |Planning session, part 1:  Ways to address alcohol served at motorcycle dealerships | Group discussion

1:45 – 2:00 PM | Break

2:00 – 2:30 PM |Planning session, part 2:  Ways to address alcohol served at motorcycle dealerships | Group discussion

2:30 – 3:00 PM | Open Discussion and Adjourn

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