Triumph Tiger 800 - Cruise Control
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Since publishing pages on my Tiger Explorer in 2012 I have received many emails asking how well the Triumph Cruise Control
works. Personally I love Cruise Control, it is one of my favourite factory extras. I have been using CC in cars for 13+ years which
helps a lot. The new Tiger 800 has a similar CC to the Explorer, the operation is now slicker and the buttons are more ergonomic.
On the right handlebar there is an on/off button plus a "Set -" button and a "Resume+" button. When CC is set to "ON" a green
cruise light appears the instruments. Switching on cruise requires a long stretch with the right thump. It is awkward but
awkwardness is essential to avoid accidental activation. Cruise is disengaged by using the clutch, either brake or more importantly
rolling the throttle forward past normal closed position (A new riding technique which takes time to perfect). On the latest Tiger 800
the roll forward action is more slick.
CC takes a while to get used to on a bike, at least 500 miles of mixed riding. I can accelerate in CC and if I release the throttle within
60 secs the bike slows back to cruising speed. I can nudge the + and - button to vary CC speed 1 mph at a time.
CC is an absolute licence saver. I can ride at 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 mph past speed cameras with no fear of getting caught speeding.
CC means I can ignore a car or van sitting on my numberplate on roads with average speed cameras, no chance of
subconsciously speeding up and getting caught. Most Drivers do drop back when they realise you are holding a steady speed
which is impossible on normal bikes. I live in Cambridgeshire where Police cars will try and rub the dust of your numberplate,
especially in the dark, to force you to accelerate and break the speed limit. Cambridgeshire Police also use unmarked cars and
bikes (Fireblades) who overtake on the inside and generally drive irresponsibly to goad you into speeding. Or they will let you pass,
drop back and then scream up behind you at 120mph with their average speed camera set to try and catch you. (Yes they really
behave this way, it is totally irresponsible and completely outrageous - Moan over).
CC enables me to ignore police cars on the motorway following at a distance, I can just relax
CC enables me to regularly take my right hand off the bars and relax my muscles. On long motorway trips this is fantastic.
CC enables me to take both hands off the bars to adjust my gloves/cuffs, plug in my headphones, find my camelbak drinking pipe,
check my pockets are closed and all the other little things that really annoy you when you have just set off from rest, again fantastic.
My Tiger 800 steers straight no handed up to 85 mph (Never tried it at higher speed)
CC enabled my mate Paul and I to relieve some of the boredom on our Turkey trip. Ride with both arms extended out to cool down
on hot days (My suit Triumph Adventure suit has under arm vents). Left arm out makes the Tiger veer slightly to the right and visa
versa, weird or what? (Must read up on centre of pressure). Good fun on empty Greek motorways.
CC enables me to overtake other bikes on the motorway resting my right hand on my right knee. WTF!
CC means my biking mates like to follow me on camera infested roads
CC will catch you out every now and then, not a problem for an experienced rider. It is important to remember that letting go the
throttle or very gently applying the front brake when slowly catching up with a car has no effect so CC stays on. Unnerving at first
which is why CC takes time to learn.
Some people hate CC in a car and they will like it even less on a bike.
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