Originally Posted by Adv Grifter
I don't believe the 800GS BMW is all that much better than the XC off road. Neither come close to the DR.
Other than that I agree ... although everyone I know with F800's replaces the suspension first thing. Also ... they DO HAVE some issues ... unlike the little Tiger, which has been relatively bullet proof.
The point you missed was what happens on either of those bikes even with a minor tip over. EXPENSIVE!! The DR crashes very well ... with bark busters and case covers ... its nearly indestructible. I know this from personal experience and 48K miles on my current DR. (I've had three)
When the GS or XC hit the ground ... $$$$$$$$$$$ !!!
If you stay on pavement then the XC Tiger is a smooth, fun and good handling bike. Not all that fast but has a nice personality. Once packed up for the road she's a heavy beast, well over 500 lbs. Still, fun and engaging and good on ANY paved road... and did I mention reliable? Unlike the F800GS.
Stay on the pavement, over 500 pounds,
I'll just take my old faithful GS,
Suzuki GS that is, bought new in 1979
'79 GS1000E - about 550 pounds ready to roll, 90 HP, smooth inline 4, still fun 33 years later!