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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-28-2011, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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2011 vs 2012 Tiger 800?

Am trying to decide between buying a 2011 model, while they still can be found, and waiting til winter or next spring to buy a 2012.* Won't have opportunity to speak of to ride during next 6 months.

I am hearing of new 2012's already trickling into US dealerships.* Here are my specific questions:

Do all 2012's have black frames?

Is it more of a glossy or flat black?* Any good photos you might post to show that part of the bike?

Any word from Triumph on why they made the change?* I actually prefer the silver, which is the reason for all these questions and my quandary, but wonder if there was a problem with the silver.

Any other reported changes going from the first model yr to the second?

Thanks!!* * * *Den
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-28-2011, 08:18 PM
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It is a flat finish, and it is a dark graphite (gray). If you look at the engines bars, which are flat black, you can see the difference hopefully. I am not the best photographer. I don't know if it shows in the pics, but there looks to be some metal flake in the finish.
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Looks to be similar to the 1050 frame powder coating ....

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Thanks Box Monkey!

Box monkey, awesome photos! Can't thank you enough!

Others referring to the new frame color as black sounded less exciting, more like a "blacked out" cruiser. Very much like the dark gray.

Any chance of sharing wider angle photos of your entire bike to see how the new frame looks with the white? Just like your's, white is the color I want.

Heck, if you get tired of your bike and are looking for a buyer . . .

Thanks again. And here's to many good years on your new Tiger.
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I'll try to get some more photos in the sunlight tomorrow.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-28-2011, 11:06 PM
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The 2012s are doing a little more than trickling in now. It seems there are quite a few around. Bought one this afternoon and know of at least two other dealers not too far from here with 12s. That's without looking too hard. I think you will see more 12s from now on than 11s. Funny how so many people that pre ordered are still waiting when there are so many unsold sitting in showrooms.

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Funny how so many people that pre ordered are still waiting when there are so many unsold sitting in showrooms.
The local dealer here has a black road abs with the silver frame that is not spoken for, and it only arrived a week or so before two white road abs bikes with graphite frames. I originally wanted a non abs road, but not sure if there was a mix up or what only abs bikes came in. So I took an abs model. I didn't want to wait any longer.
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Excuse the dirt, and the faded tail bag. I am still deciding on a top case.
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