old man's dual sport?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by bob highsmith, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Humblebub

    Humblebub Adventurer

    Jun 1, 2009
    Bob. 66 here and riding since 12. I have a R1200RT, F650GS and a R80RT. Just sold KLR and Ducati MST. Have owned most brands styles over the years. Loved them all including old Harleys and Urals. Love what I have but given the age of my joints I keep turning to F650. 30 inch inseam too which limits choices. Just remember, the best number of motorcycles is the next one

  2. Nookie

    Nookie Adventurer

    May 28, 2012
    Las Vegas
    Yeah 60 here and 5'9" with 31" inseam. Been ridin since the 1960's and my 1st bike was a Honda 160 scramber. I thought it was the fastest bike in the world and rode it like I stole it everyday. Lol! I think having that 160 scrambler is what always catches my eye when I see the new Triumph scrambler. Kinda of has a place in my heart. However, recently I sold my Harley electra glide and Klr 650. After a 3000 mile trip this summer on the Harley I just got tired of lifting that beast off the kickstand all day everyday. On the way home I told myself this is it, my heavy weight Harley days are over. With the Klr for me its just wouldn't work as a tourer and at 60 lets face it serious dirts not on my agenda anymore. So I replaced them with a Buell Uly XT and a wee-strom. I bought both at very affordable prices in great shape and low miles. The Buell gives me that grunt and torque I new I'd be missing from the Harleys for blasting around the southwest U.S. where I live, and the Wee-Strom has become my primary tourer because its just so damn reliable and will take you just about anywhere you want to go there and back.
  3. NorthernStar

    NorthernStar Hardly Working in Progress

    Jul 6, 2006
    Fairbanks AK but Warming up in Washington
    Like "Happy Snapper " I too went the Yamaha Super Tenere way after riding 1150 GS & GSA's for quite some time. Simply got tired of the weight - loved the range though. 5'9" and 31 inseam and I can flatfoot the Tenere when the seat is lowered and absolutley love the handling and power band on the dirt and street. As a two up tourer - you can't go wrong either - ask my wife :clap.
    You need to try the Tenere before deciding on a ride - you will not regret it - who knows you may turn to the dark side as many of us did.:evil

    What ever you do decide on - it is great to know that we can still go vertical in the morning at our age (it may take a while somedays) and come home after a long days rideon dirt or on the road with a silly grin on our faces. :D:D:D
    Enjoy life
  4. JohnG.

    JohnG. Long timer

    Mar 18, 2006
    Cooma N.S.W.
    On a budget and have had a Caponord 1000 for six years...after a little sorting love it :clap
  5. keystiger

    keystiger rat on a roll

    Dec 16, 2007
    Daphne, Al.
    I know a couple fellas well north of 60 who just purchased 800 Tigers in the past year and LOVE them.
  6. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

    Sep 25, 2011
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    go ride it and buy what make you happy... what someone else likes make little to no difference.

    for me wouldn't even consider a Tiger or 1200GS or Tenere, etc. all too heavy, too much electronics to break... etc. Tiger is not bad at 474lb wet

    R80G/S just over 400lb wet is still a pig, but compared to 575lb+ bikes. it's downright light. best of all little to no electronics to break down. what works for me probably doesn't even come close for you.
  7. VerSteve

    VerSteve n00b

    Mar 1, 2012
    Well, I'm in there with you. I started on a Bridgestone 90 in 1966! Been thru 40 bikes including a Uly, Elelfant, V-Strom, Versys I'm Now riding the Tiger 800XC ABS. Love to hit the gravel roads with either bike.
    The 800 is a fantastic bike, well balanced, handles anything , good brakes, etc.........but go for a long ride on one first. After the torque monsters I've owned the Triple has some low end pull but not Grunt. Who needs 10,000 rpm on a dirt road!! The front forks need a little TLC. High speed highway bumps, above 65 are terrible. People are getting some work done to them. Get the low seat from Triumph, its sits better. Put on the peg lowering kit, bar risers and everyone loves it.
    One issue........The straight cut gears are music to my friends ear, but not my cup of tea. The whine bothers me so I go faster.

    Anyway, The bike looks great and I keep going back to it with multiple bikes.
    However for the money and fun & light weight and possible three day trips, errands around the neighborhood, etc get the Versys.$3,500 for one used. If you have money or need to head across country........get the Tiger XC. The regular 800 looks like a BMW.
    If you are in/near Baltimore stop by, we we can go for a ride.
  8. jphish

    jphish Been here awhile

    Oct 25, 2008
    Tumwater Wa
    Greetings Bob - 64 y/o - 30" inseam - 165#. The XC, with low gel seat, allows me to get the first 3" of my toes of the boots down on terra firma. (thick soles on the Danner goretex Arcadia boots do help) I've mostly had tall bikes (Girlie, KLR, Uly etc) when I migrated from cruisers / touring bikes10 years ago - never looked back. PS: the expanded waist size provides a bit of "cushion" for those hard landings.
  9. bob highsmith

    bob highsmith Adventurer

    Nov 12, 2007
    well, pickup up my tiger 800 tuesday...
    for the standard...I may do a bit
    of dirt trail riding and sich,
    but I am probably never going
    to see dakar or the baja 1000.
    for an old man I am pretty excited...
    now I got a couple of harley's to sell..
    anyboy got an offer??
  10. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

    Jul 31, 2012
    Seattle WA and Nashville TN
    No offer, but congratulations. I was going to buck the trend and make an entirely different suggestion, but I'm way too late you did fine.
    Enjoy your new ride!
  11. orforester

    orforester Been here awhile

    Nov 5, 2011
    Willamette Valley
    Congrads, I was going to offer up the V-Strom, as I think it is a nice bike for touring and some gravel, Adventure touring they call it. But since you bought the triump, more power to ya, keep the Harley, for old time sakes. They are good bikes too, you can ride two easily, I do, actually three....
  12. wayno

    wayno Long timer

    Mar 14, 2004
    East of KCMO
    Sporster with knobbies
  13. LotusKTM

    LotusKTM Adventurer

    Apr 29, 2007
    Congrats on your new Tiger. Great bikes.
    The wife rides her own bikes. We have a couple of DR 650s, Her Wee, which was mine first, and my 800XC.
    Personally, the Tiger is the better bike. The little DRs are a blast too tho.
    Oh, and I still have a 1965 Honda 305 Scrambler. Fun bike to ride around. Not quite a Tiger but sure gets tons of looks and comments. I got it since 1965 was the year I started riding and one of my first bikes.
    Over 60, 30 inch inseam,
  14. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy We are on a mission from God

    Oct 23, 2011
    Charlotte NC
    Over 60, waist and bad knees make for an interesting choice in rides.

    Currently had an 08 Uly X lowered with a Buell TT shock. Both feet on the ground at most stop lights.

    Uly is a big girl at over 500 filled with fluids. She handles it well at speed. Great ride for anything other than single track off road.

    Just ordered a set of TCC80s for both ends. Not a dirt bike, but gravel road worthy,


    Ride safe

  15. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

    May 29, 2002
    Fort Collins, Colorado
    congrats on the tiger.

    just so we're are the same naming page.
    dual-sports are singles/thumpers ie lighter.
    bikes like 800 tigers etc. are beasts and called that for a reason, they get very heavy in the dirt. i've heard people call GS ADV dual-sports and that's nuts.

    where are you using this bike? exploring alot of dirt roads and such or mostly paved with some dirt roads. if you plan on getting into alot of dirt you'll realize quickly why they are called beasts. a 650 or smaller thumper might be better.