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Old 02-19-2013, 04:22 PM   #15856
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Two questions: 800 XC

1. What grade fuel are you guys using? I'm in Ga, not high altitude.

2. (warning dumb question ahead) Does anyone here use their Tiger 800 as an every day vehicle?

I'm planning on an 800 XC this spring but with the recent price in fuel has me thinking about the purchase much sooner. I drive about 22k per year and I could really save some money on fuel using the Tiger as opposed to my 4runner. I'm no stranger to riding in adverse weather and I'm sure with the proper gear, cold/rain isnt much of a problem. I will need to buy all new gear as I have not owned a street bike in about 7yrs.

What say you?
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:30 PM   #15857
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I bought my first bike a few years ago when gas topped $4/gal for the first time. My SV650 will get 55mpg all day (vs the 13.5 of my truck), but since it's a naked, it's not the most comfortable to ride in foul/cold weather. Currently looking hard at a Tiger Roadie, and putting the gas money that would've gone into the boat this year towards the purchase. Just hoping to get closer to the advertised 63mpg than the 40-45 that seems to closer to the norm...
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:52 PM   #15858
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Two questions: 800 XC

1. What grade fuel are you guys using? I'm in Ga, not high altitude.

2. (warning dumb question ahead) Does anyone here use their Tiger 800 as an every day vehicle?

I'm planning on an 800 XC this spring but with the recent price in fuel has me thinking about the purchase much sooner. I drive about 22k per year and I could really save some money on fuel using the Tiger as opposed to my 4runner. I'm no stranger to riding in adverse weather and I'm sure with the proper gear, cold/rain isnt much of a problem. I will need to buy all new gear as I have not owned a street bike in about 7yrs.

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No need for high octane fuel. I haven't driven my car to work in about a year. I am sure there are lots of people that use their motorcycle for their main mode of transport.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:55 PM   #15859
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I bought my first bike a few years ago when gas topped $4/gal for the first time. My SV650 will get 55mpg all day (vs the 13.5 of my truck), but since it's a naked, it's not the most comfortable to ride in foul/cold weather. Currently looking hard at a Tiger Roadie, and putting the gas money that would've gone into the boat this year towards the purchase. Just hoping to get closer to the advertised 63mpg than the 40-45 that seems to closer to the norm...
I'm averaging about 54mpg after 13k miles. I tend to get on the higher end on every vehicle I own. Don't expect to get more than 45mpg. Anything more is a bonus. The 63mpg is also stated for hwy use and really you'd have to have the throttle locked at about 60mph with no wind to get that.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:18 PM   #15860
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Two questions: 800 XC

1. What grade fuel are you guys using? I'm in Ga, not high altitude.

2. (warning dumb question ahead) Does anyone here use their Tiger 800 as an every day vehicle?

I'm planning on an 800 XC this spring but with the recent price in fuel has me thinking about the purchase much sooner. I drive about 22k per year and I could really save some money on fuel using the Tiger as opposed to my 4runner. I'm no stranger to riding in adverse weather and I'm sure with the proper gear, cold/rain isnt much of a problem. I will need to buy all new gear as I have not owned a street bike in about 7yrs.

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1. Just regular, cheapest I can find usually.

2. It's my only vehicle. My Tiger XC and I are buddies, we go everywhere together.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:20 PM   #15861
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1. Just regular, cheapest I can find usually.

2. It's my only vehicle. My Tiger XC and I are buddies, we go everywhere together.
Thats what I want to hear! I've been by the Triumph dealer a few time recently and been dreaming about the XC, it will be mine!
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:23 PM   #15862
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Two questions: 800 XC

1. What grade fuel are you guys using? I'm in Ga, not high altitude.

2. (warning dumb question ahead) Does anyone here use their Tiger 800 as an every day vehicle?

I'm planning on an 800 XC this spring but with the recent price in fuel has me thinking about the purchase much sooner. I drive about 22k per year and I could really save some money on fuel using the Tiger as opposed to my 4runner. I'm no stranger to riding in adverse weather and I'm sure with the proper gear, cold/rain isnt much of a problem. I will need to buy all new gear as I have not owned a street bike in about 7yrs.

What say you?
I believe Rob Dirt also uses his XC as his primary vehicle. As far as fuel goes, I run super through her about evry fourth or fifth tank. Don't have a reason other than I have in my mind that she deserves a shot of the good stuff from time to time.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:35 PM   #15863
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I'm planning on an 800 XC this spring but with the recent price in fuel has me thinking about the purchase much sooner. I drive about 22k per year and I could really save some money on fuel using the Tiger as opposed to my 4runner.
You'd have to really calculate it through whether this makes any sense. It's not just fuel consumption that has to be factored in, but the more regular and possibly more expensive services on the bike, you need tires much more often (might even out with the more expensive ones for the car, but I doubt it, I get normally around 40k on a set of car tires, 5 to 6k from the bike), the overall mileage and value hit you take is harder on the bike than on the car, you'll go through some expensive riding gear in a much shorter time, and so on.

So, to make this short: of course it's possible, whether it makes financial sense is a question that's much harder to answer and depends on the real cost you have for your car. I doubt I could use my bike cheaper than my A4.

But the other factor is lifestyle - meaning you might be happier when commuting on the bike and in some areas you safe time (commuter lane use, lane splitting). But you're also less safe. You'll have to balance all that for yourself.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:37 PM   #15864
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Two questions: 800 XC

1. What grade fuel are you guys using? I'm in Ga, not high altitude.

2. (warning dumb question ahead) Does anyone here use their Tiger 800 as an every day vehicle?

I'm planning on an 800 XC this spring but with the recent price in fuel has me thinking about the purchase much sooner. I drive about 22k per year and I could really save some money on fuel using the Tiger as opposed to my 4runner. I'm no stranger to riding in adverse weather and I'm sure with the proper gear, cold/rain isnt much of a problem. I will need to buy all new gear as I have not owned a street bike in about 7yrs.

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1. 87 octane.

2. I use the 800XC & BMW R1200RT as my everyday vehicle. Yes, you will save fuel compared to your 4Runner. That said, don't forget to factor in tires and maintenance, and I think you may find that the cost savings is not quite as significant as you may believe. It sure is a lot more fun though!
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:50 PM   #15865
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Always premium fuel in all motorcycles. The higher anti-knock compound makes it run cooler which is better for the motor.

My head pipes were turning a nice golden color and after few thousand miles I discovered the motor is rated for low octane so I filled it up with regular. The tops of the pipes and collector then turned blue...I was a little pissed. So no more for me, always premium.

And anything with titanium valves will last WAY longer on premium, even a shot of race gas if you can manage it. I think the XC has steel valves, but will run cooler nonetheless.

I really don't think a bike is cheaper to run than a car except for the gas.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:55 PM   #15866
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You'd have to really calculate it through whether this makes any sense. It's not just fuel consumption that has to be factored in, but the more regular and possibly more expensive services on the bike, you need tires much more often (might even out with the more expensive ones for the car, but I doubt it, I get normally around 40k on a set of car tires, 5 to 6k from the bike), the overall mileage and value hit you take is harder on the bike than on the car, you'll go through some expensive riding gear in a much shorter time, and so on.

So, to make this short: of course it's possible, whether it makes financial sense is a question that's much harder to answer and depends on the real cost you have for your car. I doubt I could use my bike cheaper than my A4.

But the other factor is lifestyle - meaning you might be happier when commuting on the bike and in some areas you safe time (commuter lane use, lane splitting). But you're also less safe. You'll have to balance all that for yourself.
Well put. Actually, I did some calcs a few years ago and it was a wash for me. If you get rid of the car and go only bike you may come out ahead.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:19 PM   #15867
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You'd have to really calculate it through whether this makes any sense. It's not just fuel consumption that has to be factored in, but the more regular and possibly more expensive services on the bike, you need tires much more often (might even out with the more expensive ones for the car, but I doubt it, I get normally around 40k on a set of car tires, 5 to 6k from the bike), the overall mileage and value hit you take is harder on the bike than on the car, you'll go through some expensive riding gear in a much shorter time, and so on.

So, to make this short: of course it's possible, whether it makes financial sense is a question that's much harder to answer and depends on the real cost you have for your car. I doubt I could use my bike cheaper than my A4.

But the other factor is lifestyle - meaning you might be happier when commuting on the bike and in some areas you safe time (commuter lane use, lane splitting). But you're also less safe. You'll have to balance all that for yourself.
While I agree 100% I think I'm just trying to convince myself to go ahead and get it, although I didnt think bout tires. I used to go through rears every 4-5k on my other bikes (I rode hard) I thought I would get much better life on an adventure bike with the right tire. TBH its gonna be a lifestyle for me. I've always been a two wheeler and I'm just happy when I'm riding. I just turned 40yrs last month and I feel old, I'm not doing anything that makes me happy and to be honest I'm miserable.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:25 PM   #15868
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TBH its gonna be a lifestyle for me. I've always been a two wheeler and I'm just happy when I'm riding. I just turned 40yrs last month and I feel old, I'm not doing anything that makes me happy and to be honest I'm miserable.
Then just be honest with yourself - that's what you want, you can either do it or not. But I doubt you'll save much, especially factoring in that you'd have to buy the bike in the first place.

I started riding again when I was 39, just short of 40, so I certainly know what you mean. I've always loved it, but was out for about 9 years.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:30 PM   #15869
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If it was ALL about money, we would all be driving Geo Metro's...

Commuting is as good an excuse as any to buy a bike, I say GO FOR IT!!
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:38 PM   #15870
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Two questions: 800 XC

1. What grade fuel are you guys using? I'm in Ga, not high altitude.

2. (warning dumb question ahead) Does anyone here use their Tiger 800 as an every day vehicle?

I'm planning on an 800 XC this spring but with the recent price in fuel has me thinking about the purchase much sooner. I drive about 22k per year and I could really save some money on fuel using the Tiger as opposed to my 4runner. I'm no stranger to riding in adverse weather and I'm sure with the proper gear, cold/rain isnt much of a problem. I will need to buy all new gear as I have not owned a street bike in about 7yrs.

What say you?
Not to put a damper on your thinking but if you think you'll save money riding your bike, I think you're dreaming, a little. Any savings in gas gets eaten up pretty quick in tires and chain/sprockets. Also, unless you sell your truck, you probably still have it insured.

The *only* way to save money riding your bike, is if you can ride year round, and your bike is your *only* vehicle. That's my 2 cents, from someone who tried it.

I just ride as much as I can now and don't think about gas etc. I'm going to ride whatever the bloody price of gas is. If you think gas is expensive, just go ride in Europe for awhile.
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