Tiger 800XC vs. Trophy SE
All is well with the world!
I'm the guy who made a commitment to purchase the 800XC, and a few days later, upon viewing the Trophy, had big time 2nd thoughts. Finally had a chance to demo the Trophy today. It's a great bike, I'm sure they'll sell tons of them, but for me and my needs and where I am in my life the Tiger 800 XC is head and shoulders above it as a far better choice!
Was beautiful, smooth, and very powerful.
But for this rider here are the negatives:
Legs were too cramped even with stock seat in the highest position
Bike felt heavy and cumbersome during slow speed handling. Within the first one minute of the ride that was the deal breaker for me
Compared to the light weight and plush suspension of the 800 XC, the suspension felt a little jarring on beat up pot hole filled suburban roads
Compared to the 800, I felt too isolated from the ride experience by the size of the fairing and the multitude of the electronic gadgets
Grateful that I feel clarity and a sense of peace about which motorcycle to purchase!
Thank you all for your help!!