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Offline Rainmaker

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An Indian in Ireland on a British Adventurer
« on: January 08, 2020, 03:07:33 PM »
Hello Riders,

Trust all of you are "Grand" !!!. :420: Hope you are doing well !!!

Background
Being in India one is used to motorcycles at very early age. I think I started riding when I was in my  :172: grade. 2 wheelers owned (from 1988 - 2018)  Enfield Zundapp Silver Plus (60 CC) Hero Puch (60 CC), Kinetic Honda (100CC),  Yamaha Rx (125CC),  Enfield Bullet (500CC) Honda Activa (125CC).  Each and every one was  a different experience not to mention the motocycles borrowed from friends.  When Triumph opened up dealerships in India and launched their bikes, I rode the Street Triple and the Tiger 800 XCX (I think) and just loved the Tiger.

Need
We relocated from India to Ireland (Dublin) in the summer of 2018. The commute from home to office took close to 1.5 hours one way (for a mere 13 kms) with the bus stopping almost every 250 - 300 meters :157:.  Got fed up and purchased a new Yamaha NMax 125cc, which got me to office in 30 mins (saving 1 hour 1 way) :002:. But after 6 months the riding bug hit me (middle age crisis ?) :155: .

Credentials
Despite having decades of riding and driving experience in India, one has to re-qualify themselves in Ireland (guess its the same across European Countries). There's the theory test, learners permit, IBT / EDT , Final test and then one can drive / ride around in peace. Got my full license for the car,  but am on my learner permit for the bike. Completed my IBT "A" category and also had to go thru a Grade 2 assessment for my Tiger Insurance.   Am planning to go for the Full license test in March and use the time till then to learn managing the beast.

The Ride
Was on the lookout for 800 since late November and came across quite a few but all were 2015 or older models. As luck would have it, just before Christmas a 2018 (with over 200 improvements) XCA - Matte Green came for sale with very less 7K kms on it. Saw the bike on 2nd Jan (when the dealer opened) and purchased it immediately. Was delivered on 3rd Jan and went thru a tedious process of getting an insurance and finally got it yesterday.  It came with Triumph branded Side panniers (but no top box).  I rode it to office today. Some pics below (had removed the panniers for my office commute).








Help
Heeds  Upper Crash Guard - Has anyone fitted this to a 2018 XCA? Whats the verdict?  Am making a list of "must have" accessories.

Fellow Riders
Would like to connect with other Irish Tiger owners (if they are around) :031:.  Am planning to join Dublin Motorcycle Touring Club.  http://dmtc.ie/

Will not be able to do motorways till I get my Full license. For now its "Avoid Motorways" on Google Maps.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year. Here's to another decade of riding !!!
"You don't stop riding when you get old, you get old when you stop riding" - Unknown

Offline Grumps

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Re: An Indian in Ireland on a British Adventurer
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2020, 03:30:28 PM »
 :401: :417:

Great intro. I love Ireland!
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Offline KildareMan

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Re: An Indian in Ireland on a British Adventurer
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2020, 04:10:38 PM »
 :401:  :300:
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Offline kempy

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Re: An Indian in Ireland on a British Adventurer
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2020, 04:35:03 PM »
 :401: mate   :031: 
It's a long way to the shop if you want a sausage roll

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Re: An Indian in Ireland on a British Adventurer
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2020, 05:25:29 PM »
Hello and  :401:. She looks very nice
It wasn't me !!

Offline Tallpaul

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Re: An Indian in Ireland on a British Adventurer
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2020, 05:47:31 PM »
Welcome Rainmaker, great looking bike, I love the colour. Ride safe.  :401:

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Re: An Indian in Ireland on a British Adventurer
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2020, 06:57:23 PM »
Hi and :401:
Also owned my 1979 Bonnie T140E from new!

We don't stop playing because we grow old .. WE GROW OLD BECAUSE WE STOP PLAYING!!!


Offline coddy

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Re: An Indian in Ireland on a British Adventurer
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2020, 07:15:24 PM »
Welcome to the forum dude  :017:

Offline Stelyn

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Re: An Indian in Ireland on a British Adventurer
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2020, 07:49:27 PM »

  :400: ............ :031:
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Re: An Indian in Ireland on a British Adventurer
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2020, 08:48:21 AM »
 :401:

Congratulation for such a great bike. I'm sorry for the color  :150:

 


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