After just signing the paperwork on my new to me 04 955 and coming from a KTM 640 LC4 Enduro, I would love to see a 675 tiger, especially since Triumph no longer offers a dual sport tiger option any more. Lighter weight would be a MUST. I have not heard anything in the rumor mill though. Build it and they will come. Look at the sucess of the Suzuki V-Strom 650, a bike I almost bought until I rode the Triumph. It must have better HP than the Suzook (over 80 would be nice) and be in the @ 420 lb range and it would be a winner. Price would need to be competitive but I would spend @ 8K for such a bike. Build it Triumph!!!
PS I think I may be a Triumph lifer so I hope there is an option for me to still hit the dirt roads in another 5 years. Although my 04 will still be running strong. Make that 10.
This thread has come up a few times in the last couple of months. The real question, to me, is why Triumph decided to pack it in with the Tiger. The 955 was a good design, and was incrementally approaching GS-status amongst the dual-sport community. The folks at Triumph have done a fantastic job at resurrecting the brand, so they must have had solid reasons for the decision to make the 1050 Tiger a roadie. Unfortunate, but it's a business after all.
Kind of like a super-moto kit but going the opposite direction. Triumph could build the bits for turning the 1050 into a proper trailie. That way the folks that want the tall roadie can have it and us die hards that want the off road capability can have that too. A dealer installed option would make the bike significantly more expensive but I'll bet the bike and kit could be had for the price of a R1200GSa. The other upside is full warrantee compliance.
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