An Alpine “theme park” adventure
Torrential rain, 180-degree bends, a never-ending vista of mountains, snow-fringed passes and hours in the saddle… all part of the Alpine solo adventure for rider Paloma Lence. The Spanish rider clocked up 3,200km in 10 days on her way to the Moto2 Grand Prix in Austria, all on a Triumph Tiger 800 XRT.
I’ve always ridden sport bikes on road and track, so I really enjoyed the 3,000metre climb up Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße. I was surrounded by naked and supersport bike riders who all looked twice at me as I made easy work of it, even with panniers and top box. The Tarmac was better than I’ve seen on some circuits, so the tyre performance was perfect.
I’ve never been good testing chassis or suspensions. To be honest, most times I never adjust them and I’m ok with the factory settings. But the bike was perfect with both panniers and the top box fully loaded.
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