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The spirit of discovery

Triumph Tiger Explorer shot with rider looking into a dip in the background

 

 

If it’s there, we should conquer it.

The spirit of discovery burns in every rider. The epic adventure and the thrill of seeing what’s round the next bend because it might just be that unforgettable image that will etch itself in your memory forever.

There are some who lead the way; men and women for whom going one kilometre further than the rider before is their reason for getting up each day.

Every great explorer craves the unknown, the inner joy of being the first to go the furthest, to go where no one else has gone before. Higher, further and deeper into the unknown, to emerge triumphant… a pioneer.

It might mean fitting screws to your tyres to beat snow and ice, ignoring the eternal mountain-edge drop to your side, powering up mudslides with only a hint of gravel for purchase. The greater the challenge, the better the buzz.

 

 

Low light image of rider on a Triumph motorcycle with mist

The man who started it all and set the stage for epic motorcycle adventure travel, inspiring thousands of riders to follow in his tracks when he became the first to circle the world on a 500cc Triumph Tiger 100 in 1973. It took him four years, during which time he clocked up an incredible 103,000km through 45 countries. Simon’s book, Jupiter’s Travels, is still regarded as essential reading for anyone considering a motorcycle adventure.

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THE GODFATHER OF ADVENTURE

Landscape, rocky desert

TED’S bullet proof tiGER

Just as the Bonneville land speed record is synonymous with the bike of the same name, Ted Simon’s Triumph has a special place in history. The Tiger he made famous has a DNA that has evolved to its current high-spec, rider-friendly self over 80 years… making it the world’s longest-running adventure story, even longer than the iconic Triumph Bonneville. Simon’s ‘Transworld Trumpet’ is arguably the most celebrated adventure bike in existence, with the distinctive pannier still carrying his route map.

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Ted Simon on Triumph Tiger 100 1973
Triumph Tiger sunset shot with mist illuminating the background

Pan Africa RALLY

Triumph’s search for adventure and discovery continues to the present day. The Tiger Tramontana, a prototype of the range-topping new Tiger 800 XCA, carries this epic bloodline into the next generation. Competing for the first time in the gruelling PanAfrica Rally in 2017, it took a hard fought second place in the ultra-competitive Maxi class to set the stage for the Tiger Rally adventures to follow.

Lopez brothers astride their Triumph Motorcycles

It was brothers Felipe and David Lopez, Triumph’s test riders, who spearheaded the assault on the Moroccan desert endurance race on the Tramontana, a Tiger 800 XCA development bike carrying the new-generation Tiger Triple engine. The bike – and its rider – took on seasoned Dakar Rally regulars to take the Tiger’s first podium finish, and once again demonstrate its leading off-road capability.



RHYS LAWREY

Back in 2014 and in-between jobs, Rhys Lawrey was looking for a challenge. So the 22-year-old jumped on Tigger, his Tiger 800 XC, to begin a 14-month odyssey that would span 90,000km and 71 nations.

Riding from the Ace Cafe in London he crossed Europe and Asia before swinging down into Australia and then back across to the Americas. He returned older and wiser with two World Records under his belt: the youngest person to circumnavigate the world and the most consecutive capital cities visited on a motorcycle.

He ploughed through deserts, mountains and jungle, celebrating two birthdays along the way, with Tigger needing only standard service items during his journey.


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Rhys Lawrey 2moro rider
Portrait standing next to statue of hand

Lea Rieck

In May 2016, Lea Rieck decided enough was enough when she found herself debating which tin of meat to buy in her local supermarket. Within weeks she’d quit her job and was beginning a world tour on Cleo, her Tiger 800 XCA.

Her trip included riding overland from Germany to Russia, numerous ‘Stans’, China and South Asia, then on to Australia and up through South America via the USA and across Canada. The German returned in late 2017 and said she was surprised to find she’d become a softer person as a result of her experiences during the ride west.

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Lea Rieck Riding in mountains

The final leg of the trip, returning via the capital cities of western Europe ‘through fresh eyes’, was another epiphany: “I realised that you don’t actually have to travel thousands of miles to have an adventure.”

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