How often do you take your adventure bike on an outing and even if you do, how often do you manage to wake up the beast inside it to hardcore reality, to limits where other motorcycles just dream to go. In our busy lives, we rarely manage to do such adventurous trips with our beloved machines and such bikes end up staying the majority of their time in our garages, doing nothing but see the sun and loose gravel on some weekends. To fill this void, Triumph Motorcycles had organised the Tiger Training Academy this weekend to give a hardcore feel to the owners of the Triumph Tiger and enthusiasts like us of what the this sturdy adventure tourer is capable of doing. The British motorcycle manufacturer conducted this comprehensive training session at Adventure Zone on Gurgaon-Faridabad road. This gave a chance to the owners of the Triumph Tiger test their respective bikes to their limits and it indeed proved an ultimate battle between man and machine.
Since off-road biking is not a child’s play, the two-day training academy started off with an in depth classroom session in which Mr Vijay Parmar, who is one of the finest rallyists in India gave some really useful tips on how to stay safe while you involve yourself in adventure off-road biking. The 90 minute session covered almost every aspect that you should keep in mind in terms of adventure biking and primarily, stay safe simultaneously.
The practical portion of the training session started off with some exercises to get the feel of the ‘Tiger’ and get used to it. Out of them, the first one was to switch on the ignition, thumb the starter, engage the motorcycle in the first gear, leave the clutch and walk with the motorcycle. This was done so that the rider can get an idea of the weight of the Triumph Tiger. Once this was done, the riders went on to the path where cones were placed at particular distances. The riders had to surpass these standing on the footpegs in the typical zig zag way. The main objective behind this was to get the riders make aware of the body balance that is the key element when you ride an adventure bike on the challenging terrains. Besides, this activity also lets the riders know their balancing limits, eventually leading to grooming up their skills in this particular area.
The next activity was to the climb up the motorcycle on an incline, in the same way, i.e. standing on the footpegs, cross the decline and do the same on the next one. This gave the riders an idea of how to tackle the slopes with enough confidence. Post that, the training session continued with the opposite of the previous activity. Now, the riders had to go through the dip and cross the portion that involved a U-turn in between. This imparted a good knowledge on how to handle such inclines and declines with ease. The TTA rested for a few minutes for lunch and riders refilled their energy during the break.
Next activity in the Triumph Tiger Training Academy demanded those riding the Triumph had to ride the motorcycle through a slope and then intentionally switch the engine off. The motive behind this activity was to teach the riders how to get the motorcycle back to the levelled land in a reverse manner. The session proceeded when Mr Vijay Parmar showed the fellow riders how to pass a waterlogged surface and then sudden hurdles, which were represented by tree logs. The final activity of the TTA was when the riders went through the entire course at once and represented in a way that what they have learned in the session.
Commenting on the Triumph Tiger Training Academy initiative, Mr Vimal Sumbly, Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India said, “The Tiger is truly a remarkable adventure bike with its state-of-the-art features and rider focused technology suited for both on and off road riding. The Tiger Training Academy is an effort to give our riders seasoned quality training and interactive sessions. It is a great way of showcasing how much one can explore with the Tiger, which is capable in terms of performance and handling. Our bikes allow people to have the fun of adventure and freedom to enjoy the ride. The market is dynamic and consumers are therefore looking for motorcycles that suit individual riders’ needs – something that Triumph Motorcycles caters to, through a range of products that suit the riding style of all.”
For those not in the know, Triumph’s adventure segment portfolio consists of 5 models under the Tiger umbrella namely Tiger 800 XR, XRx, XCx, XCa and the Tiger Explorer XC. The motorcycles have been blessed with a host of rider focused technology such as the standard fitment of Triumph Traction Control and switchable ABS, the Tiger series boasts of an incredible level of standard equipment designed to maximise comfort and convenience on even the longest of journeys with its finely honed handling.