Cheryl & Leslie's Triumph Tiger 800XC ADV to Alaska

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by soph9, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. DC Chad

    DC Chad Been here awhile

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    you have skylines and Vistas we can only dream of over here :nod

    , what a fantastic report great pics great vids thanks for taking the time and effort to do it and put up all the refresher photos:clap:clap:1drink:D
  2. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Thanks Chad! Glad u enjoyed the RR. We loved putting it together at the time and psyched more are still checking it out! Thanks. Leslie


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  3. irvine_87

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    Must say thanks to both of you for the time and effort in your posts, pics and honest review about the bikes on your fascinating adventure. :thumbup

    After reading through ur posts of the adventure and bikes over the last month at work, i made myself a promise. Home two days and just put my deposit down today for the Tiger 800 XC (Khaki Green < Its a love it or hate it colour) ... and I love it! :happay

    ...and so it begins :ricky
  4. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Awesome and congrats on owning a great bike....thanks for stopping by this RR...I can not believe it's been over a year since we were on this epic ride for us. It truly was a great trip in so many ways. Best of ADV riding to you and your fine green bike!:D
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    I know I may be late in responding to these thread, but for me, I just got done reading it. Amazing ride. For the last year I have been trying to upgrade my KLR, and after reading about the Tigers, it helped me make up my mind. I ended up picking on up yesterday for a matter of a fact. :) Can't wait to get out there and put some miles on it.

    Again, amazing trip, looked like a blast!
  6. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Congrats! Great to hear going from a KLR to a TIger. I think you will enjoy the extra power! Thanks for commenting on the RR...even though it's been over a year we still look back on this trip with fond memories!
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    ThumperStorm Long timer

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    I just finished up with this ride report and thoroughly enjoyed it . You certainly have a gift for words. I love all the information you provided on the bikes. I wish more RR's would include that. For me, it made this the best report I have ever read. Thank you.
  8. soph9

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    Thanks nice to hear...it was one hell of a trip...since then we have bought new 2013 BMW F800GS bikes and MANY have inquired as to why? While the Tigers are no doubt one of the most comfy ADV bike we have ever been on (Due to the Triumph Gel seats) we just did not feel it the day we bought new bikes. This in no way takes away from our review of this bike. It's a great bike.

    When pricing out both bikes today, the BMW gives us more for our money. We have luggage that can transfer to the new BMW's. That in itself saved us $4000. BMW has a 3 year unlimited warranty up here plus roadside. BMW has those handle bar controls I love. So in the end...we did buy BMW's and wish BMW would have the same seat as the Triumph. If they ever learn from their competitor and vice versus both bikes would be fantastic. Thanks for stopping by and the kind comments!
  9. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    BMW saddles seem to work very well for few but not at all for many. I suggest you guys at least look at custom saddle makers such as Rencazo taking a piece of the $4k saved and apply there.

    I had a Rencazo on my KTM LC8. Made a HECK of a diff.
  10. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    We have Renazco from our 650's...I am going to look into getting that seat modified for both of us to make them lower. We just need to see if Renazco can do this or someone local. Thanks for the input.
  11. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Ageing Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the update, I was just talking with a mate of mine who I had told about your trip last year and he had asked what bikes you are now riding. We spent the last two days in different bike shops looking at the latest models. I've pretty much made up my mind to get a Tiger 800XC as my next bike because in this part of the world the Tiger XC is about $6000 cheaper and the extras are also cheaper. Still, buying a bike is such a personal thing and I can understand why you stuck with the BMW's. Happy riding...:evil
  12. soph9

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    You are right about buying a bike...I am struggling with the fact I am vertically challenged and meeting the needs for height on the 800GS. My partner has 1 inch on me in seam wise and with the low seat she looks perfect on the 800. For me I am switching back and forth in my head. Maybe a Tiger XC cause I fit the bike and I know I would have the power I feel we are lacking in our present bikes...or stick with the new 700GS and just admit perhaps that is my size bike height wise. Back and forth...going to talk to my sales rep...he is a great guy and give great advise to me.

    Have to go back to the dealer and sit and think....Cheryl is happy with her new 800GS and I am sort of in limbo. I guess I could wish for worse things to be pondering eh?:D
  13. kingofZroad

    kingofZroad Been here awhile

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    After reading your ride report (loved it) and riding multiple bikes... I just purchased a 2012 Tiger 800xc!!!

    Thanks for the great report and honest review of the bike!
  14. soph9

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    Congrats...you got a great bike! Glad you got a chance to read this report...was great while it lasted!

    We both ended up with '13 BMW F800GS...for numerous reasons but still LOVE the Tiger....enjoy and be safe!
  15. Sound Farm

    Sound Farm Art x Science

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    WOW awesome report - very informative and then I went over to your site and spent a few more hours picking up knowledge!!! Thanks for all your information.
    I too have been trying to decide between the two 800s or a 990 and this and your website have really helped
    Thanks again - Keep it up girls :)
  16. soph9

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    thanks for stopping by the RR and BLOG. Good luck in your search...all three bikes are nice but all three are different as well.:D
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    What did you finally get? Just curious.
  18. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Believe it or not I just saw this post and I found it to be hysterical...:clap Better late than never!
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    I see you are still checking in occasionally so I'm glad I get a chance to personally thank you. I'm new to this site so I'm reading a lot of RR's. I really enjoyed your trip, it was fun. It must take a lot of time to put it all together while on the road but it must be fulfilling to see that you have reached out to so many that have enjoyed it. Best wishes on your cause as well, Autism is so misunderstood and complex. I'm thankful for you two and for all that you do. You two make a great couple :clap
  20. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    thanks mjindy for stopping by this now oldish report. :DOnce we got on the road and got into a routine doing a live report became part of the trip and was actually really fun. I like coming back and reading it because it reminds of how fortunate we were and are. Update...after 16 years together as common law we got got married...August 14th 2013.

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    again thanks for reading our RR.