I have just picked up my new bike, a Blue Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Pro and its’s very nice too.
The Running In Phase
After I collected it at Lunchtime today I managed to do just under 100 miles, as part of the 600 mile running in phase. So at the moment I am restricted on how “fast” I can ride the bike. For the first 100 miles, the maximum revs shouldn’t exceed 3,500, the next 200 miles the revs shouldn’t exceed 5,500 and so on until reach I reach 600 miles and it’s had its first service. Thereafter there are no restrictions.
The running in phase is always the frustrating bit with a new bike, as you are riding at a slower pace. However, the positive side is it gives you time to get to know the bike
It is a very nice easy bike to ride, it feels really good and it seems to handle really well, with no real effort. I am still trying to figure out the different options and the different buttons.
There are various different rider modes and depending on which one you choose it will automatically change various setting ie suspension, ABS brakes, Comfort level etc. The choices are:
- Road – normal riding conditions
- Rain – for when it’s raining when riding can be a bit tricky
- Off Road
You can of course customise each of those settings to suit our riding style, so endless options to play around with.
- ABS Braking
- Heated Grips
- Fog Lights
- Hill Hold control – the same type of system used in cars to stop you rolling down a hill, but now adapted for bikes.
- Cruise control – the same type of system used in cars, but now adapted for bikes
- Keyless ignition
- Keyless fuel cap
- Navigation system – via an App on the phone
- Bluetooth – to link my phone, the helmet intercom system etc – so I can basically listen to music
- This bit always takes a while to get sorted and can be very frustrating.
A few extras I added on
- Heated Rider seat
- Uprated indicators – those flashing things that indicate which direction you are going, but some car drivers don’t use.
- Protection bars – added to protect the bike, but also somewhere where I can mount my coffee cup holder – not joking
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) – handy to keep a check on tyre pressures
- Dash Cam system
The only issue
The only issue I have at the moment is working out how I can easily get on and off the bike in a graceful manner. The seat on the new bike is a bit higher off the ground than my old GTR, the panniers are a bit further forward and combined with my own mobility issues and movement restrictions mean getting on and off is very problematic.
So at the moment I am having to lift my right leg over the seat and the panniers, which isn’t very graceful and it takes a lot of a physical effort. A step of steps or block to stand on would easily solve the problem.
Interestingly, when I tried it the dealers it didn’t seem to be an issue. However, when I tried it in the dealers I didn’t have my motorcycle gear on. The motorcycle gear is a bit restrictive and I think it is that has made things worse.
Given a bit of time I will find a way of being able to get on and off the bike reasonably gracefully
So far so Good
I would say, so far so good and I am so looking forward to the end of the running in period.