TRI­UMPH’S TIGERS

Four Tri­umph Tigers let loose in Le­ices­ter­shire’s back coun­try. But which one has the most back-lane bravado?

BIKE (UK) - - CONTENTS - By Ben Lind­ley Pho­tog­ra­phy Chippy Wood

Get­ting ad­ven­tur­ous in the Le­ices­ter­shire bad­lands on Hinck­ley’s ad­ven­tur­ists.

RE­MEM­BER THE ORD­NANCE Sur­vey? Be­fore satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, blokes in breeches spent years look­ing through theodo­lites and en­gag­ing in trigonom­e­try. They built our first maps and to­day an OS map still beats the com­pe­ti­tion in one im­por­tant area: dis­cov­er­ing green lanes. And to­day snap­per Chippy Wood, off-road ex­pert Jon Pear­son and Uk-to-aus vet­eran John Hogg are do­ing just that… Hinck­ley have given us four Tigers to use – the long-dis­tanceready

Tiger 1200 XRT, ad­ven­tur­ous Tiger 800 XRT, off-road ready Tiger 800 XCA, and the hard-stop­ping, bullish Tiger Sport. Cue a six-hour es­cape deep into English coun­try­side, bomb­ing down back roads, leap­ing over steep-sided bridges and hunt­ing down dusty old trails. Exit enor­mous Tri­umph fac­tory, ne­go­ti­ate three round­abouts, and you’re straight into sleepy mid­sum­mer coun­try­side. I’m rid­ing the blue Tiger 800. It’s the top-spec XRT ver­sion with a 19-inch

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