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Thread: My thoughts on the 800 Tiger

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stromfulltrator View Post
    just picked a new 800 xc on friday,

    chopped in my 1200 gsa,

    so far love the tiger,yep for me the bigger screen is required,engine feels great,

    deciced after riding from saigon to hanoi in vietnam on a 125 step though the gsa is just too big,geat bike but deciced 1200cc is not required,

    dont think any bike is as well made as it used to be,like the look of the tiger over the 800gs and thought british is the way to go.......
    Big debate going on in this household over proposed trip to China. Roynie is a dyed-in-the-wool Triumph man. I like the look and feel of the 800XC, but I'd prefer something with a bit more of a track record. (Also, I've distrusted Triumphs slightly since R's 955i Tiger, implicitly targeted at the armchair off-road/enduro audience, but proved utterly crap when it landed on its side in a low-speed spill and kept running - resulting in a broken cam rod and a large hole in the engine casing = write off!)

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    Took the 800 out for a test ride yesterday, was out for 2 hrs and in that time my mind was changed a few times. At first I thought it was under powered, probably as I'm used to the Tuono, but if you used the revs, it performed realy well. The handling was planted and I reduced the size of the chicken strips considerably. It pulled in top from 30 without any drama, which impressed me. The screen fitted was the adjustable one, which wass pretty rubbish in the high postition, and only ok in low. I enjoyed chucking it round the twisty roads, but not too sure how it would be with the mrs on the back. Anyway, on the way home called into Coopers and had a bit crack with a salesman there, and will be taking a GS1200 out soon. Looking forward to that.

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    Hello all,

    1st post blar blar. Have owned my Tiger 800 now for 18 months. As with everything a few tweeks required to suit "my" taste - bar risers for one, lower seat, de-catting - that sort of thing. As in life one man's meat is another man's poison. I've never owned a BMW but did test ride the 800gs & 650gs (800 engine) a couple of years ago at a bmw day at Mondelo. The 650 I felt was awful in both looks and performance. The 800 was a struggle due to me being vertically challenged. On the move it was OK, but no better than that. More power than the "650" obviously but quite vibey and should it be one of your requirements - not as quick as the Tiger 800.
    Build quality I find to be good. The only rusty parts are 3rd party components that I've added and in the course of time cursed their creators for shite quality. The Hepco & Becker top box mounting plate being a case in point. Looks like an annual respray there. Several Touratech parts have been removed now and I've made better myself to replace them. Suppose that could be part of the problem in being an early adopter.

    All in all I give the Tiger (roadie version) 8.5 to 9 out of 10.

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    I had one. It was rubbish

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    iv had mine a while now, had an 1150gs before which was great, bought a 1200gs after, (earlyish one ) and was blighted with problems, sold it in the end, had enough, but i hear the newer ones are much better,that put me off bmw for a while......
    i borrowed a 800gs and just did not like it, vibey and seemed a bit underpowered,not too impressed with handling. (i tried more than one bike and for many miles),
    so i looked at triumphs, didnt want the 1000cc plus ones so got an 800xc off a mate, very impressed, build quality is good, although the odd nut/bolt is tarnished, and the spokes showed a very small amount of rust, easily removed (the bike was in a dampish garage for a year due to owner having a stroke)..
    engine wise, perfect ,been around a few years so pretty proven, goes more than quick enough, and enough low power to potter about, no real vibes, handling, better than the 800gs, but maybe the 1200gs had it on handling , it was maybe more stable on fast corners, imo, the 800 engine is hard to beat , with no more problems (or even less) than most other makes..
    all round i like the triumph, i would maybe consider a new big bm in the future, but unless i start doing touring in a big way (i mean 600mile plus days)again im sticking with my 800...
    dealer wise, it seems very varied, some good, some crap.about the same as bmw,
    downsides, puncture repairs harder, not quite as roomy as a big bmw, dealers are too dear, (but i do my own servicing)
    upsides, great motor, well built, handles and tours good, easy access via tunecu /dealertool/tigertool to fault find and change mapping if tuned eg, (mines an early one, later ones have no map change capability)50mpg plus.
    accesory wise, about as much choice as bmw...
    i miss the feel of the big twin, but its not enough to make me go back,

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    I would never buy one as i dont like them but it was a tiger 800 that finally persuaded me to change the XR. Why ? well ..........



    When we were in the Picos last month we were riding the N621 ( potes to Riano the great road where the bronze goat is you know the one ) for the second time of the trip.

    We set off out of Potes and tagged onto a Spanish bloke, who turned out to be a local who rides that road every weekend and has done for 20 odd years, on a tiger 800. He was good, fucking good and had the local knowledge and it took us 20 miles before we could actually use the extra BHP and get past him. I do not think that in that 15 miles or more i got out of second gear which is over 100 mphon the short straights. Right up his chuff but not long enough straights to get on him and do him on the brakes

    That Spanish bloke was wringing the neck of that 800, every bit that could scrape the road without falling off was doing. When we got to the bronze goat he stopped and shook our hands !

    Anyway it showed me that BHP is not, on roads like that, king. Yes it helps but can actually hinder as well.

    It also proved that the Tiger is a very capable bike in the right hands.

    The Hypermotard would have destroyed him on that road
    Just a Prospect at the moment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nice 'n' Fat View Post
    I did 50 miles on one a couple of weeks ago and fail to understand what all the bloody fuss was about?
    I had one for a year when they first came out and thought it was great. When I traded it in for the 1200 on the strength of all the positive articles I felt like I was making a mistake.

    It was very easy to live with, did everything well and was fun.

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    I must admit even though you haven't exactly explored every aspect of a bike in 50 miles you should already have a reasonable first impression of it

    I tried an XR and a GS back to back and within less than 50 miles i knew I didn't want an XR but I signed on the dotted line for a GS

    I tried a T100 and a T120 back to back and within less than 50 miles i knew I didn't want a T100 but I signed on the dotted line for a T120

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    Quote Originally Posted by leadfarmer View Post
    I must admit even though you haven't exactly explored every aspect of a bike in 50 miles you should already have a reasonable first impression of it

    I tried an XR and a GS back to back and within less than 50 miles i knew I didn't want an XR but I signed on the dotted line for a GS
    i agree, whilst i did eventually do over 200 miles on a gs, my mind was made up in the first 10 miles that i was going to triumph, slighty worse off road, but oh so much better ON the road,,,,rust, yup, spokes can rust, if you dont clean them, but my bmw,s (in other areas)were no better/worse tbh, mines 5 yr old, no rust, cos i keep it clean, triumphs will always be second to bmw, we are on a bmw site, lol

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