I wondered what would happen to those welded pillion footpegs in a spill...
I've just come back to the hotel after our first day riding the Tiger 800 with the other Brit journos. One of the journos (who shall remain nameless, but alas, it wasn't me) crashed at low speed.
Pictured here is his bike. There's light damage to the bar end, brake lever, mirror and footpeg - all the stuff you'd expect to go down in a low-speed spill. But the crash also damaged the fork bottom, the exhaust guard, tank shroud and pillion peg.
The pillion peg sits wider on the bike that almost everything else, so you'd expect that to go down. I know that a few potential owners were worried about this as it's welded to the frame. It doesn't look to have any more damage than just the scuff marks you can see. The tank shrouds worked well - I'd rather have to pay to replace a piece of plastic than a painted panel. Good thinking Triumph!
Posted: 08/11/2010 at 18:35
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Strange that Triumph clearly thought of crash damage when designing the bike, hence the fairing shroud, but then welded the very long pillion footpeg hangers directly to the frame. Suzuki learnt their lesson years ago on this, following problems with the Bandit frame, not sure why Triumph thinks this okay on a semi-offroad machine?
However these bikes will be crashed a lot, so if it a problem Triumph will have to do a redesign or lose a lot of sales.
Apart from that it seems to crash quite wel.
Posted: 10/11/2010 at 09:15
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