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Gents.

I'm by no means what you would call an experienced rider but have well and truly caught the bike bug at the age of 55.
I absolutely love my BB and it's a keeper for sure. I've thoroughly enjoyed doing some not so adventurous mods ( some by dealership others myself) and as it stands now am extremely happy with what I've ended up with.
I retired early and moved to Thailand, I keep very busy doing hard landscaping work for friends here but need and enjoy leisure time and hobbies to keep the body and brain active.
Much as I like my BB I'm looking to do some longer distance rides with local groups. There will be a support van for luggage so the limited carrying options on the Bobber aren't an issue but despite this I'm not so sure that the Bobber is the best bike for covering longer daily distances. I may be making excuses to justify another purchase but the bottom line is this, I want another bike. I like Triumphs, have a dealership within 200km ( that's close considering I'm in Thailand) and also like the fact that I'm buying British.

So Gents, opinions and suggestions please. From the Triumph range, what do you think would be a good choice of 2nd bike to go with my BB. which combination would cover all the bases?
 

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The new Speed Twin, I am putting a deposit on one.
Already have the Bobber, Thrux R, Bonnie, Rocket 111, BMW RT, BMW 800 GT, a 750 Yamaha FZX (baby v-max) & a 750 suzi DR Big.
I am also interested in the new Niken which I am thinking about getting in March.
You cannot have too many bikes.
 

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I think as an all-rounder the Tiger 800 takes some beating. If you lived in the Alps with super smooth roads, bends to die for, and fast Autobahns I'd recommended the Street Triple but for Thailand a Tiger would be perfect. :nerd:
 

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The obvious choice if looking to stay with Triumph and looking to rack up the miles in comfort would be the new Tiger with either the 800cc or 1200cc engine.

I carried out a test ride on the 1200cc variant a couple of months back and was hugely impressed. It’s remarkebly comfortable, handles fantastically and although you don’t require luggage options at this moment in time, it has that base covered should it be a requirement in the future. As far as Triumph’s are concerned... it is the jack of all trades without a doubt!
 

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If not for the long distance aspect, I’d say the natural complement to the Bobber would be a cafe racer. I actually like the air cooled 900 Thruxtons better then the new 1200s. I’d use the bobber for the long(ish) rides and get 2015 or so Thruxton for when I wanted to be sporty (but still retro). (I should say, I did 900 miles on my Guzzi 750 Racer last summer, so I am obviously willing to compromise on comfort a bit!)
 

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I think it depends on your riding style, your physical measurements and aesthetic sensibilities. I have an Indian Scout for multi-day rides, bought a couple of years before the Bobber and if I was looking for a long distance ride now and wanted to stay close to the Bobber in feel, I’d consider a Speedmaster.
 

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I would get a BMW R1200 GS. There is no better long distance tourer. If you must have the Triumph equivalent get the Tiger 1200.
 

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I'd go for Triumph Tiger too, and I'd go for the 800 as it is lighter and nimbler and really has plenty of power. The 1200 is more powerful but heavier and bigger. my 2cents anyway.

Now if you go off-brand, the KTM Duke 790 would call to me...

I'm currently down to just two bikes, the Bobber and a 2018 Goldwing. The Goldwing is absolutely fantastic, there's no bike like it. Same's true of the Bobber of course.
 

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I would get a BMW R1200 GS. There is no better long distance tourer. If you must have the Triumph equivalent get the Tiger 1200.
I like the BMWs but a ridiculous price in Thailand so not on the cards unfortunately.
 

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Good to see so many suggesting the Tiger because it's exactly what I was thinking to give me a good combination of bike styles and riding options. I'm only 5ft 8 so may be on my tippy toes. I know the seat adjusts but not sure if the showroom bikes have it already at a low setting or at the higher setting. At any rate, I'll give one a test ride in the New Year and see how it feels.

Thanks for the advice.
 

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I think it depends on your riding style, your physical measurements and aesthetic sensibilities. I have an Indian Scout for multi-day rides, bought a couple of years before the Bobber and if I was looking for a long distance ride now and wanted to stay close to the Bobber in feel, I’d consider a Speedmaster.
I do like the Speedmasters but a little to close to the Bobber from my perspective. I like the idea of changing it up a bit and having a choice of differen style bikes depending on need and how the mood takes me.
Regarding the Indian Scout. Amazing looking bike but a ridiculous price here in Thailand. They will loose a lot of business here because previously they were on a price par with Harley but now that Harley has started assembling here the prices have just dropped significantly. For example. A Fat Bob just dropped in price by £11k.
 

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As the Bobber is already a kind of naked, street oriented hot rod I would stay away a naked/unfaired bike and go for a do-it-all bike like a Tiger.
My personal preference (having owned one) would be the 1200. It simply excels at everything and you can load it up with your passenger + luggage & travel for days.
I did not enjoy test riding the 800 after owning the 1200, but that is down to personal preference and my own height/weight. The 1200 simply feels better suited to me and it’s nimbleness and power delivery is spot on. It’s so smooth and easy to ride it’s almost telepathic.

The Speed Triple R is also an amazing bike (owned one for a year), but found myself being very naughty at every opportunity. It is a more single minded bike and will limit you both distance wise and passenger/luggage wise. So in many ways it’s a lot like the Bobber too.

I also thought about a Speedmaster, but like you also came to the conclusion that it is too similar to park next to my Bobber.

The Tiger 1200 ticks every single box and if you can handle the weight/height you’ll really like it. I recommmed trying one if your dealer has a demo bike available.
 

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You might say I'm biased. I'm on the second Tiger 800 and think very highly of them. You might want to consider an aftermarket saddle, I have the Corbin.



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The Corbin looks great on your bike and probably rectifies one of the issues I had on the 800 (seat comfort). It was actually your photo that inspired me to get one for my GSA!

The Tiger 1200 seat was very comfy OEM and @Freddy I have friends about your height who use the low seat (though they are on their tip toes).
I think you should also test ride the 800, as I understand they have updated the triple engine. I tested the previous generation of the 800.
 

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I'm only 5ft 8 so may be on my tippy toes. I know the seat adjusts but not sure if the showroom bikes have it already at a low setting or at the higher setting.
They do a 'Low' version of the Tiger, the guy in this video is 5'4" and he recons he can get both down, but take a test ride and see if you like it, if not don't worry there're lots of other amazing bikes out there!

 

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I know what mine would be, if I was getting a second bike....



Thruxton R
 

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@ eisen77. I don't think the 1200cc Tiger is available in Thailand. Only the 800cc models XR, XRT & XCA. I'm leaning towards the XRT as I'm unlikely to do any serious off-road riding and if I did it would only be paths and tracks which the CRT appears to be more than capable of.
I've looked at a number of video reviews and it appears that the 2018 models have had extensive modifications and improvements as Triumph attempt to take on BMW. If the reviewers are to be believed then it seems the engine improvements are effective and I believe the seat has also been improved greatly.
There are quite a few videos which have the Tiger going head to head with BMW and Honda ( Africa). The 2018 Tiger seems to stack up.
@ Guzzlazz. Love the Thruxtons but not really a touring option.
@ Chico. The Corbin looks cool. Totally changes the look of the bike.
 

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They've gotten to be a ridiculous price in the U.S. too. :frown2:
TBH I wouldn't pay the price on principal. Triumph have an assembly plant here so the price is very similar to if I buy in the UK. BMW nearly double the price, Harley were the same until they opened a plant here last month.
 
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