Tiger 800XC owners: Would you buy it again?

Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by phillipsrog, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. DieselDog

    DieselDog Adventurer

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    I have only test ridden one XC for a short distance. I knew it would be my next bike but not immediately. I can't fit another bike in the garage so it didn't make sense. Also, I'm pretty cheap and I figured I'd wait it out and pick up a used fully farkled machine at a discount in a year or two. One of those Starbucks on Sunday low mileage poser toys that someone tired of.

    Then a chronically unemployed friend of mine rationalized the immediacy of my desires. He said you only have a limited number of riding days left. That thought really never crossed my mind because I recently retired a couple of years early and I'm still in fairly good health. I put on about 12K miles per year and do about a dozen or so road trips per year. He said if you can do it, why would you wait? I had to think and I didn't have an answer. I had to agree with that sentiment. There really was no reason to postpone this decision.

    I bought my bike at a dealer out of state. I fly out, pick it up to coincide with another thing on my bucket list: the Oshkosh Experimental Airshow. I expect to put around 2500 miles bringing it home from the dealer. Now I'm just waiting until July. I don't think I would ever have done a round-trip bike trip to Oshkosh because its just too far for me. Anyway I'll be in the fold soon.
  2. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    ^^That's excellent. And sound thinking.
    I've always loved the experimentals - grew up just down the way from Arlington WA.

    I feel the same way about the bikes. I don't have much time left so try to enjoy riding as much as possible. It won't be long and much of it will be too difficult. The TST (tight singletrack on dirtbikes) is getting almost impossible now. Looks like I need another cortezone shot in the shoulder too - tiger got laid down three times on the last trip and re-injured my shoulder. :tough

    Ride and enjoy!


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  3. St. Arbucks

    St. Arbucks Looking for clues...

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    Hey DD: You probably know this from reading posts, but the XC's stock seat is notoriously painful for long distances. You'd be well advised to bring along an air hawk or other tush-cushioner device.
  4. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Not for everyone it's not...
  5. Seventy One

    Seventy One Tick Magnet

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    Really? :huh That's the first I've heard of this.

    I've done 800+ mile days with it and had no issues. Best seat I've ever sat on. I did add an Alaskan Sheepskin butt pad to it though. As-is, it tends to get a little warm.
  6. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    I agree with the others, the seat is actually pretty good. Never heard of such notorious fame.
  7. St. Arbucks

    St. Arbucks Looking for clues...

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    OK--I stand correct. I have read many posts stating of seat pain (in my search for a remedy) but like all things on the Internet, it must not be a representative sample.

    YSMV!
  8. St. Arbucks

    St. Arbucks Looking for clues...

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  9. Seventy One

    Seventy One Tick Magnet

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    I posted the exact same info/opinion there that I did here. :deal
  10. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Since arses are a very personal thing, so are seats. I doubt there is a single OEM seat out there that fits EVERYONE. I have never had an issue with the Tigger seat - my XR seat on the other hand is torture.

    p.s. BIG BIG fan of Boxers (the supermodel of the dog world - beautiful but, well, 'special' :lol3 ) so I love your avatar....
  11. DieselDog

    DieselDog Adventurer

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    My arse seems to have a high pain tolerance and not in a gay way. I recently rode from Napa to San Diego on an MZ Baghira - 520 miles. The seat is barely wider than a 2x4 and just as pleasant. It has less than a 3G fuel so I had to refuel every 100 miles but I did not suffer. By comparison the 800XC has a couch.
  12. cold comfort

    cold comfort Been here awhile

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    Sadly this is the reality for many of us gentlemen "nearing retirement" I am now planning my riding on the basis of "I don't have that much time left" also. European Alps planning underway for 2015 bucket list. :D
    With regard to the seat I fractured my tailbone snowboarding 2 yrs ago and its not quite right still but the Tiger seat is plush under 500km compared to my KTM ! Fortunately I don't do much tarmac so I tend to stand up a lot.
  13. cory1848

    cory1848 Been here awhile

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    Seat sucks for me as well. Airhawk turned my 200 mile days into 500 mile days though.
  14. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    I can't see how the seat would be a deal breaker on a bike buying decision. Seats, like handlebars and wind screens, can be changed to fit the rider. BTW, I really like my Seat Concepts tall saddle for the Tiger.
  15. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    This :deal

    All that stuff is very personal but it can all be tailored to fit you - the basics of the bike are the important thing and for me at least, the Tigger does it for me.
  16. Oddball

    Oddball Starting over

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    The T800XC is the second motorcycle I have not replaced a seat on. There have been multiple 600+ days. Not a bad seat at all.
  17. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Yeah, I've got 11K on my sucky seat. :lol3
  18. JBXC

    JBXC Been here awhile

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    I bought a Saddleman gel pad, about a half inch thick,and got my local upholsterer to install it in the stock seat. It looks stock but now a 600 mile day is no problem. I am 57 yrs, 5'10", and 190lbs.
  19. TigerVol

    TigerVol n00b

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    I've only my 800XC a month now, but I couldn't have made a better choice....perfect for me. Although I've never ridden a magic carpet, the 800XC has got to be what it's like!:clap
  20. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Well it is after you've spent £1176 on the suspension.