The Triumph Tiger Tramontana looks amazing

Published: 09 October 2017

Say hello to the Triumph Tiger Tramonatana, built by two brothers to take on this year's Panafrica Rally.

David and Felipe Lopez spent six months turning a standard Triumph Tiger 800XC into badass bike you see here, stripping it down to the bare essentials in order to make it a competitive rally bike. David said: "This is a racing bike and it’s going to be raced in the most extreme terrain and conditions over distance, so the primary focus has always been function over form.

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“We’ve kept the original Tramontana spirit and philosophy of creating the most focused and pure bike we could deliver, giving it everything we’ve learned over the years of development at Triumph. But on this occasion everything is on a bigger scale,” said David. The bike is named after the north wind that blows across the Pyrenees into Spain where the brothers are from.

The biggest change to the bike comes at the front, with the standard lights and fairing being replaced by a Dakar-inspired front end with lighter headlights, modified subframe and a bespoke screen. Behind the new front end is a roadbook, ICO and GPS beacon to keep the guys on track during the 2000km rally. Other modifications include a new bashplate, body panels, seat and rear mudguard.

To improve the off-road performance of the bike the rear end has been shortened to improve mass centralisation and longer suspension has been added to cope with the rough conditions.

Both brothers have entered competitive events to experience the danger of riding through the dust of the bike in front and to learn to resist the temptation of blindly following the guy up ahead. The preparation for the rally’s Maxi Trail category included a run out at a Spanish Rally Championship round. The one day rally was 450km long and the brothers finished sixth overall, with a class win against fully-prepped rally and enduro machinery.

Felipe almost managed to take victory in the Maxitrail class, but crashed just 40km from the finish of the final stage, breaking the front wheel spindle in the process.

What is the Panafrica Rally?

The 2017 Panafrica Rally took place between September 23-20 in Morocco, and covered 2000km through the Sahara desert over five stages. Each stage started and finishedin the town of Erfoud.

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