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Old 01-27-2013, 06:33 PM   #91
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Without a doubt I would buy one again.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:48 PM   #92
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Just got mine, would buy it 10 times over again and I haven't got it over 5k on the tach.

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Old 01-28-2013, 06:19 AM   #93
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Just got mine, would buy it 10 times over again and I haven't got it over 5k on the tach.


Welcome to the Matte Green Tiger Club!!!
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:54 AM   #94
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Welcome to the Matte Green Tiger Club!!!
Thanks. I see you had a Wee too. I had mine 3 years and no one ever accused me of having a cool looking bike. First trip out someone walked up to me said that's an awesome bike, what is it? LOL
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:37 PM   #95
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I would buy it again.

I have had the Tiger 800XC for almost a year now and I can honestly say that I would do it all over again if for some reason I needed to. Prior to the 800XC I had owned a R1200GS that was loaded with lots of options like traction control, Electric Shock Adjustment, heated grips and a few other creature comforts. But in the end, as much as I loved that bike, it was just more than I needed. After getting rid of it I was looking at the F800GS since it's size was more in line with my needs/wants. I took the GS out for a couple of test rides and I really liked it but when I took the Tiger out I just fell in love with it. Here are some of the notable differences that I have seen.

Tiger:
Pros:
The engine in the tiger is plenty powerful and very responsive. The bike gets up and moves quickly on the highway and has a long, smooth power ban. I am 5' 11" and I have my seat height set in the low position and it is very comfortable. The seat is wide enough that I don't feel like I am riding a razor blade and can spend 3 to 5 hours in at without too much of a problem. The bike also feels solid and planted at highway speeds of 80+ and still has plenty of acceleration at those speeds. Additionally, Triumph's accessories for the Tiger are also notably cheaper than similar accessories provided by BMW for the F800GS. Tiger also has a larger generator for lots of extra accessories that need to run off the bike. It is cheaper than the GS.

Cons:
The fit-and-finish on the Tiger is not as good as the F800GS. Some of my body lines don't line up perfectly (yes, this is a big pet peeve of mine). There is a larger gap on the right between the frame and the tank than there is in the same place on the left side. The guy in charge of QC wasn't paying attention. Also, the instrument cluster is a little obnoxious. If you want to turn off your anti-lock breaks on the GS you just need to flip a button by your left thumb. On the Tiger you have to stop the bike and navigate through a series of options on your instrument cluster. Very inconvenient given the bikes purpose. Also, the buttons for the heated handgrips are a little funky as well. Tiger's heated grips involves the addition of an extra bracket on the handlebars that are out of thumb's reach where as the BMW has the switch nicely integrated into the switches that are closer to the grip and can be activated with your thumb without taking your hand of the grip. The Tiger also struggles to get close to the advertised fuel economy. I am getting about 45 mpg on the highway when I go around 65 and the bike is advertised to achieve somewhere around 63 mpg.


F800GS
Pros: BMW's claims for fuel economy are closer to their advertised numbers. The Beemer also seems to lug a little better and idles at a slower speed than does the Tiger. So if your are going to do much offroad this would be a definite positive. The BMW also comes with a 3yr/36,000 mile warranty where as the Tiger comes with a 2yr/unlimited miles. I prefer BWM's since I don't get that many miles in. Engine was still lively though not as much as the Tiger. Suspension seemed to be more tuned for offroad use. Also, I believe the Electric Shock Adjustment is now available on the 800GS which is awesome.

Cons: The seat is narrow and seems like it would be uncomfortable for long rides. Did not seem to feel as solid and planted to the road at higher speeds. Generator has a relatively low output making it hard to power lots of goodies (GPS, extra lights, heated clothing, etc) at the same time.

While there are things that I do like about the GS I would still stick with the TIger if I was given the choice between the two current models. But that might change when the next ones come out and BMW responds to the Tiger's popularity. I just hope that one of them starts producing their 800 with a shaft drive. Whoever does that will have my business for sure. I hope this helps.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:39 AM   #96
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YES! Coming from a line of DR 600's DR 650's the T800xc was just what I was looking for in a bike, I commute all year round rain hail or shine! Have been on some awesome ADV trips. The T800xc suits me and my style of riding, 10000 km of pure bliss!
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:33 PM   #97
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I love my XC more than anything, but I've got the infamous front end bounce issue and after 9 months of not being able to find a fix for it, my patience is wearing thin and I've finally allowed myself to entertain the idea of getting something else. I don't want to, but I commute w/ it in town quite a bit which is right in the mph range where I feel the bounce the most, and it is beyond frustrating.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:34 PM   #98
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I love my XC more than anything, but I've got the infamous front end bounce issue and after 9 months of not being able to find a fix for it, my patience is wearing thin and I've finally allowed myself to entertain the idea of getting something else.
Playing around with the suspension is much cheaper than replacing the bike ... have the wheels/tires been checked out? If it's not them, it's often just a suspension setup problem. Go see a specialist.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:20 PM   #99
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Buy again? Oh ya. I'll miss my 2006 Multistrada 1000S that I bought new and sold Monday night but the reality is that it wouldn't get any use as long as the Tiger is in the garge,
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:45 PM   #100
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I love my XC more than anything, but I've got the infamous front end bounce issue
The Infamous front end bounce issue???????? Not heard of this even once before. Would you have some details? My feeble mind can't imagine something that a well balanced wheel with a new tire wouldn't fix.

TIA for more information. Nine months of anything wrong with a bike has to be frustrating. There are some good minds and much experience on this thread that might be able to help.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:15 AM   #101
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I love my XC more than anything, but I've got the infamous front end bounce issue and after 9 months of not being able to find a fix for it, my patience is wearing thin and I've finally allowed myself to entertain the idea of getting something else. I don't want to, but I commute w/ it in town quite a bit which is right in the mph range where I feel the bounce the most, and it is beyond frustrating.
The what ?
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:50 AM   #102
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The what ?
Exactly. Huh? No bounce from mine.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:33 AM   #103
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I love my XC more than anything, but I've got the infamous front end bounce issue and after 9 months of not being able to find a fix for it, my patience is wearing thin and I've finally allowed myself to entertain the idea of getting something else. I don't want to, but I commute w/ it in town quite a bit which is right in the mph range where I feel the bounce the most, and it is beyond frustrating.
Have you taken the time to true the front wheel?
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:49 AM   #104
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the infamous bounce does exist. But what is strange
1. It seems to affect some Roadies more than some XC
2. Few out of XX bikes have it, most not.
3. Seems with 2012 models this quietened down a lot.

I never had it, so can't comment. But I had similar on my other bike (totally totally different Suzuki). When I backed off rebound damping bounce disappeared but ....high-speed weave appeared. So I never bothered. Saying that on my Suzuki front wheel was seriously beat up and carried probably 200 gr of weights after balance and still had some radial play.
Still, on XC I'd really spend some time truing and balancing front wheel before giving up.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:10 AM   #105
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The what ?
First 800XC demo I took out had a very pronounced front wheel bounce in the 35-45mph range. After returning to the shop, I informed the dealership owner about it and he seemed incredulous and nonchalant about it. I bought my bike from another dealer who gives a shit.
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