CNB World Tour Stage 1 – Florida to California

Florida – Deliberation, beers & BBQ, more deliberation, more beers & BBQ, and finally taking The Plunge…


A Fully Loaded Triumph Tiger 800 XC

Well, here she is – my brand new 2012 Triumph Tiger 800 XC.  I originally fancied the BMW F800 GS, but then decided to ignore reliability, worldwide dealer support and proven track record in favour of ‘keeping British’ – a choice I hope I will not regret!  Besides, she looks much sexier (or is that me, ha ha).  My plan (or no plan) of flying to the US, buying the bike and hitting the road within days proved to be very optimistic, particularly when all US Triumph dealers had sold out of the new 2012 model.

That left not much else to do but drink beer and eat BBQ in Fort Lauderdale where my good friend Mateo lived (we had completed our PADI Scuba Instructor Courses together there back in 2006).  Just when I was thinking of becoming a professional beach bum, I found the last known 2012 Tiger 800 XC in America in a Honda dealership up in Jacksonville, 5 hrs north, and immediately hired a car to go buy it!  Thanks, by the way, to Jeremy and all at Honda of Jacksonville, who helped get the old girl ready.

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  1. Hi Chris. We have been reading your blog over the last 12 months as we had been planning a similar trip. We left Australia bound for Italy in February 2016 and have mapped out a lot of our route based on your trip. We also caught up with Geoff Bransbury at an Horizons Unlimited meeting in Australia (Dopey Old Bloke) with whom you had ridden from Vladivostok. We hope our trip ends up as much fun as yours obviously was. We are currently in Laos. We have also started a blog, Thanks for an enjoyable read, Beverley and David.

    • Hey Beverley and David! Thanks for your message and hope the VStrom is going OK! What a great trip you’re on – makes me feel like doing it again… 😉 Glad you bumped into old Geoff – what a lovely guy! Your blog looks great and I’ll enjoy following your adventure from my now ‘normal’ life in rainy London (well, until the next trip 😉 ). Ride safe and enjoy every second! Chris 🙂

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