Ride Like The Wind
Bike UK|January 2018

Named after a Pyrenean breeze Triumph’s Tramontana tackles the Panafrica Rally and proves it’s more than just a PR stunt…

Jonathan Pearson

YOU’LL NO DOUBT have noticed specialist modifiers getting the backing of major manufacturers to convert production bikes into something extraordinary. And off-road is no exception.

These bikes tend to look better than they ride but Triumph have bucked the trend with a gloriously functional Tiger 800 XCx rally bike. Called the ‘Tramontana’ Tiger 800, the inspiration was to build something to compete in the 2000km Panafrica Rally in Morocco’s Saharan desert.

Named after the north wind blowing into Spain from the Pyrenees, the Tramontana was conceived as, ‘a racing bike… to be raced in the most extreme terrain and conditions over distance.’ So says Triumph’s long-standing development rider and engineer behind the project, David Lopez.

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