F800GS vs Tiger vs Ulysses XB12XT vs VStrom

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by mrbreeze, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    Well, I liked the F800GS but I knew it was not the best fit for me. I like the Uly but one of the reasons I wanted off my old BMW was because of it's quirks, and I was afraid I would just be getting a different set of quirks with the Buell. I like the Tiger and I felt it would be a good fit, but it is quite a bit more money than the V-Strom, and the dealer was asking me to pay full retail on a 2008 model. I didn't make a counter offer because I was scared they would accept it :eek1

    The V-Strom spoke to me as soon as I walked into the showroom. I saw it as soon immediately, lurking there on the back wall, beyond all the other bikes eager to be adopted. It's blackness stood out. I looked at it, and a salesman asked if I had any questions. I said "no" and walked off to look at other bikes. I looked at the DL650, brilliant in it's orange livery. There were a couple of FZ1's vying for my attention, but my mind was still on the black one in the back of the room. I went outside and looked at some used bikes. Nothing. I went next door to the Honda dealer. They had some fire sale prices on their bikes, but nothing that interested me.

    Back to the Suzuki dealership to look at the big V-Strom again. The offered me a test ride. It was pretty much all over after that...
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  2. Craig Thomas

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    I just bought a new 2008 Tiger one week ago for $9,599 before taxes a and fees. That's $1,600 off MSRP. Don't forget, Triumph is also offering $1,000 in accessories or clothes if you pay cash, or 5.9% financing. Price OTD was $11,479.
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  3. jphish

    jphish Been here awhile

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    Like the Uly, I think the wind buffeting maybe reduced significantly with a set of Palmer brackets and a new windshield. I went with a 16" Parabellum - great combo.
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  4. TwoShots

    TwoShots Vagabond

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    Great play-by-play. You make it seem as though the bikes were talking to you and there was no way you would let them think you're a pushover.
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  5. IdahoBuelly

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    Congrats on your new bike,should do well for you,hope you have many miles of safe riding:D




    Wingspan,Congrats! I went through the same process a bit over a year ago (minus the BMW), and made the same decision. The Uly shook too much at low RPM and was too $$$ (local dealer wouldn't deal at all), the Truimph had a nice engine but I didn't find much else to like about it. The Wee was surprisingly capable, but lacking a bit of excitement.

    I bought the '08 Vee and have been more than happy. The buffeting thing is a pain but otherwise it's exceeded expectations. I still look at the Uly and wonder "what if" but I haven't regretted my Vee purchase for a second.


    WOW! Same thing happened to me but w/ an 07 vstrom,rode it 10,000 miles then I went back and bought a Uly:D
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  6. Wingspan

    Wingspan Been here awhile

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    I wanted a Uly BAD... until I rode it. I really, really, really hated that low rpm Harley shake. It gave me a headache in city traffic. Otherwise, it was a ball to ride (so long as I kept it above 3k rpm). Despite my misgivings about the vibes, I did talk to the dealer about ordering an '08 but found they wouldn't work with me at all. MSRP + tax + $750 set-up!!!!! Those numbers made the Uly ~$4200 more than the V-strom. Even after setting the Vee up with every conceivable farkle I wanted, I was still a few grand up on the Buell.

    Maybe I'll pick up a used one someday. :D
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  7. IdahoBuelly

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    :D

    Too bad they did all of the mark up..Oh well you've got a great bike anyhow...Safe riding:D
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  8. jamboa

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    I had a Cee Bailey winscreen on the 05 Tiger. I actually liked the 955I Tiger"s engine better for the twisties. If it would not have been for the look of the 05 Tiger I would have kept it longer. Now I am on several forums seeking to see what kind of Sport Tourer I can trade the Big Time farkled Speed Triple for. I am know starting to lean toward the 2008 Buell Ulysses XB12XT. I do not get into the Harley Mystic at all. I have had 48 bikes(one was a Harley Sportster).
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  9. jamboa

    jamboa jamboa

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    I had a GL1800A and found it to have buffeting till I went thru about 3 different windshields. The quietest bikes from the wind are the naked bikes or my 1994 VFR 750. I could ride that bike w/o ear plugs.
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  10. alexcorral

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    We don't get the Ulys here, but I wouldn't have gotten one anyway. I just think they're ugly bikes. Same thing with the Wee... reliable, yes but I wasn't in the market for reliability... I wanted to get a bike that, like others had said "talked to me".

    I considered the 990 Adventure for off-road performance and the great experience I have had with several KTMs.

    In the end I got the F800GS. This is my dream bike: design, performance (on & off road), ergonomics and maneuverability in traffic (here in Cracas bikes are ridden in between lanes).

    My brother got the 990 Adventure, so I have had the chance to ride both. NO REGRETS on my side, allthough Bro has been thinking of trading in his 990 Adventure for an F800GS.

    Get the bike that gives you the most satisfation, no matter what anyone says... Nothing like getting the grin on your face every time you ride the bike you love
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  11. Mr.Moose

    Mr.Moose Living the Adventure

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    That's very cool, There's nothing like finding the bike that works best for you,and your needs.:rayof
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  12. D-Fuzz

    D-Fuzz Been here awhile

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    A friend of mine had to take his Uly to the dealer a few hours away for some warranty work. The bike was ready but due to his work schedule, he wasn't going to be able to pick the bike up before the weekend. Being the good friend I am, I offered to take the bus 3+ hrs to pick it up and ride it back for him. It gave me an opportunity to have a good test ride.

    My impressions:

    - the shaking took a bit of getting used to.
    - the riding compartment is a bit larger than my DR, but still comfortable.
    - I liked the seat (compared to my DR, it was heaven).
    - it has lots of jam and will cruise at 80mph without breaking a sweat.
    - it is great in the twisties.

    All-in-all, I thought it was a really nice bike. I'm not sure I would buy one, but it would be a great bike for touring.

    Of the bikes listed here though, the Tiger is still the one I'd like. I thought the 955i was the one I'd want, but I sat on a new 1050 last weekend and it was nice. Again, if I was only doing highway touring, the 1050 would be great, but the wheel sizes of the 1050, as with the Uly, limit things, IMO.
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  13. Chad_NC

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    Mrbreeze, I am glad you picked(well, IT picked YOU) your bike. My first bike I ever owned was a Triumph TT600, that bike would have killed me if I had kept it. I bought a KLR and LOVED IT, farkled it up and had a blast. Then traded it for a used 06 Uly. The vibes from the single cylinder KLR had the low RPM vibes beat by a mile IMO. I had ridden a Wee one time, and liked it but it just wasnt for me. I had the KLR offroad several times, and found out that the road was the place my riding needed to happen. Thats why I traded it for the Uly. After a month(or less) of owning the Uly, I totaled it, but had a blast riding it until then although it was a bit heavier than I was used to. Went bikeless for about 8 months and now own an 07 VFR. I like it alot. Problem is, that bike isnt perfect for long rides, and I dont want to spend 1100 bucks on side bags for it. Called a Buell dealer today and got financed for an 08 Uly XT The Triumph wasnt even a thought for me because of the lack of dealers in my area, there was one 40 miles away, but I was told they closed it. I would love to ride a Tiger just to see if I like it though. When I walked into the Harley/Buell dealership last year the Uly spoke to me like the Vee spoke to you. Good luck, safe and happy riding!!
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  14. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I have had the V-Strom a little over a month now. We turned over 2000 miles yesterday. I am still very happy with this bike. I have added the gel seat - I liked the stock seat but thought it could be better for long rides. I haven't gone very far on the gel seat yet, but it seems to be better. I also added the touring windshield yesterday. Verdict is still out on that, but it does deflect the wind better at sane speeds. doesn't look as nice tho.

    All in all, I really like this bike. The V-Strom ROCKS!:clap
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  15. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    can't believe this thread has grown this long.
    this is easy:

    F800GS = closest thing to a true Adventure Enduro
    Weestrom = stands alone - "Can do" darn near anything if you have guts, but not an "Adventure Enduro". "Adventure-touring" yes. Pack mule, mountain goat, swiss-army-bike, ugly but personable, never-say-die, spunk-a-licious, you-are-the-weakest-link kind of bike

    Vstrom, Tiger 1050, Ulysses all three are roadbikes. really belong in Road Warriors :nod
    Different without distinctive - Could add another dozen bikes to the three... all about the same boiling down to personal preference :turkish
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