Originally Posted by Hogslayer
Now with the 1200 coming out which I thought I wanted, I'm not sure if I want ride-by-wire or ABS and traction control so I'm looking back at the 800 roadie . I have owned a 955i S3 and loved the motor I don't need anymore power but don't want to give much up either.
So I'm curious as to if some of you have riden or owned the older 955 tiger and what are your thoughts.
1) Did you give up much in performance from the 955i to the 800 or is it minimal ?
2) Is the 800 good as a two up bike as the 955i was, as this is very important to me?
I've sat on the bike(roadie version) at the dealers and liked its looks and seat height but wasn't sure if I would miss the power of the 955i for two up ,and now not sure if the 1200 went to far the other way. Also the 1050 tiger just doesn't do it for me I don't like the high passenger seat or how the bags sit on the bike. Thanks
I still own a Tiger955i and have now done 11500 miles on my XC. I don't think the 800 loses much on the 955 because it weighs about 35Kgs less fully fuelled. To ride it feels much lighter ans swaps from side to side effortlessly compared to the 955 which needs a good tug.
Two up? I can't comment.
My choice between the two 800s was the XC because it was far more stable on the road. The std. 800 felt flighty over lumpy roads and you really needed to hang on to it and the XC didn't lose anything on the road either. The extra off road ability of the XC was, of course, a big bonus too.
2002 black Tiger955i, 71000 miles.
2012 black Tiger800XC, 26000 miles.
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