Tiger 800XC owners: Would you buy it again?

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

  1. Wandering Dane

    Wandering Dane We are the luckiest guys

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    My 800 is a roadie so perhaps not exactly apples-to-apples comparison. However, I felt exactly the same lack of turn-in accuracy in my 800 as compared with my WeeStrom. It all changed with a new set of tires; I chose the new Michelin Anakee 3 and am very pleased with the change, in particular turn-in is much more neutral than with the Pirelli Scorpion.
  2. Ockrocket

    Ockrocket Long timer

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    Interesting, the 800 runs a 19" front whereas the 800XC runs 21", perhaps it is the steering geometry more so than the type of tyres.

    But then again, I'm not sure if the rake/trail/wheelbase is the same between the two models.

    If I get an XC I would be fitting Mitas E07 or similar. currently running the Mitas on the rear of the Wee with a Mefo Explorer on the front, also running Mefo Explorers on my Kawasaki KLE500 at the moment- both brands are doing very well for my needs.
  3. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Amen :deal
  4. y0y02369

    y0y02369 Long timer

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    When i first bought the bike i was a bit intimidated by it just bc it was much bigger, more sensitive, and powerful than the previous bikes i had gotten. I am still young (24) and have been riding street for 6 years. I have had it for 4 months now and used it as my first bike to go off road on. I commute on it daily and when i am not going to work, i am heading to dirt roads or twisties. :D So i can say yeah... i have ridden the bike a bit since i got it.

    Would i buy again...? FUCK YES! As a first bike off road, i couldn't have been happier! It's got the torque to stay in 2nd gear the whole time since i am still fairly new to offloading. Or i can go to first and slide through turns (yeah i learned to ride off road pretty quick). I have 4500 miles on there and plan to ride it to Alaska in 2015. I couldn't have made a better choice.

    I test rode the r1200gs, f800gs, 1200 explorer and the Tiger 800 xc. I loved the r1200gs but it was just too big for me as a next bike. It was really comfy and powerful but just to big for me. The f800gs, was cool but i really wasn't impressed. It felt a lot smoother than my KLR but honestly, not THAT much better. The 1200 explorer IMO was a POS. There was way too much vibration and noise... and it just felt really cheap after the 1200gs. Now after riding the 800 xc.... i absolultey fell in love with it. I mean like literally... FELL IN LOVE. It have the torque i needed and hp when i wanted it. It was really really really smooth and sounded amazing. So i saved up, drooled, dreamed, and bought it. :D Sure i have had to spend some extra cash to get to my comfort level as i am tall and skinny... but now that it's there, i absolutely adore it. My parents and friends are always surprised i never drive my car. But i tell them, why would when i have a motorcycle that is more comfortable than my car is. I can this thing to Alaska or across country. There is nothing i wouldn't do with this bike, because i know if i am capable of it, the bike is definitely capable of it as well.

    Sure there is a thread of about the problems of the bike, and sure there are some improvement designs needed on this... but hey, as a first true adventure bike for Triumph... i'd say they did a kickass job! I would CERTAINLY buy again! Only thing i would do different is not wait 2 years so i could have owned the Orange one. :lol3

    In my signature are the adventures i have gone on with the Tiger so far. Feel free to check em out.
  5. Hallwine

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    Already on my second (first was written off in a fire) never hesitated :)
  6. BuilderBob

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    Glad I came across this thread.

    I have 3 bikes; a BMW K1600GT, a KLR 650 and a WR250X/R (I have both SM and dirt wheelsets for it). Although I love my klunky KLR, on a recent trip, I really found myself wanting more power.

    The K1600 is a wonderful machine, but I find myself more often on the KLR because of its all-around capabilities. Haven't really ridden it much in the past 12 months.

    These two factors got me thinking about getting a dual sport that could replace both of these bikes (keeping the WR :D). I don't want any of the big displacement beasts - too heavy. I've owned an 800 GS and didn't like it - too soulless. So, the 800xc came to mind.

    I haven't ridden one yet, but after scanning this thread I think I'll mosey over to my dealer soon for a test ride. If I like it, the Beemer and KLR will soon be for sale!
  7. y0y02369

    y0y02369 Long timer

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    I actually test rode the f800gs the r1200gs and the explorer 1200 along with the tiger. Be ready to buy if you test ride the tiger! It's really an awesome machine! Keep us posted!


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  8. Seventy One

    Seventy One Been here awhile

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    About this time last year I was suffering from a rather extreme case of cabin fever and desperately needed to get the heck out of the house for a while. I read all 4 pages of this thread and then drove 2 hours to the nearest Triumph dealer...just to see if it would fit. I walked in the door and the very first bike there was my '13 800XC.

    I hopped on and everything felt fine. The salesman came over and asked if I needed any help. "Sure, what do you need for a down payment?" One year and 16,000 trouble-free miles later I still love it. No regrets at all.

    I had a DR650 but wanted a little more power, better suspension and better brakes. While I could have just thrown $3,500 at the DR and been probably pretty close to what I needed, that money would have been gone forever.

    I briefly considered the Wee Strom (Great dealership but just too much of a road bike).
    I test rode an '07 Buell Ulysses (Poor fuel range, questionable quality/reliability and an awful dealership).
    I wanted a Cagiva Elephant but couldn't find one.
    I never even considered BMW.
    The 660 Tenere is still AWOL.

    In the end, the 800XC ended up being the "Super DR650" I was looking for. It carries luggage. It hauls ass. It has almost 3x the power of my DR650 and gets the same fuel economy. It'll scratch it's way up logging roads. It's very easy to work on and it confuses the hell outta my Harley friends.

    Unless my needs change in a big way, I'd definitely buy another one.
  9. freefall109

    freefall109 Been here awhile

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  10. JBXC

    JBXC Been here awhile

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    One year old, 15000 trouble free miles, I have mine set up the way I like it and it is paid for. I test rode a KTM 1190 adventure this weekend but at 19990 dollars tricked out a first year model to boot, I just couldn't see giving up a sure thing for the KTM. That triple motor puts a smile on my face every time I break 6000 rpm.
  11. ibgary

    ibgary Been here awhile

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    I've read a lot about the F700-800/ G650GS-Sertao. I've only read of this issue on the T800XC. It looks fairly common on the problems thread.
  12. Bugchewer

    Bugchewer Piece of Work

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    I would buy the Roadie if I had it to do over. I didn't get off road other than a few forest roads and paths. The roadie has good travel and can be fitted with DS tires. The cast wheels are a plus. It depends on what you want it for. I have two Scrams and I use them for different things. They are all great bikes.
  13. Tennessee Goat

    Tennessee Goat Adventurer

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    If someone complains about the offroad capabilities of the XC they just can't ride. I'm sorry to offend. I have been riding dirt bikes all my life and raced more than a few hare scrambles. A full blown dirt bike it is not but a it will go where it's pointed within logical reason and common sense without issue or fuss.
  14. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    It will 'till the sand gets a foot deep. :lol3

    And it's a royal bitch to pickup!


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  15. Tennessee Goat

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    Within logical reason and common sense
  16. vicster

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    I test rode and really liked the 800XC and Motorcycle Consumer News picked it as a favorite dual sport in an outing with the 1200GS, S10, 1190, etc., but if I were going for the Roadie, I'd sure have a hard look at an FZ-09 for 3 grand(!) less.
  17. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    So...you're saying I'm illogical and lacking in common sense?



    :rofl :clap :freaky

    It's likely I've been riding motorcycles since you were born, and I can tell you the tiger is a PIG offroad. A bloated pig. There's a reason a KTM 500 is 255lbs - the Tiger is MORE than 200 pounds heavier. That does not bode well for offroad.

    I love the bike, but I'm just sayin' it's a pig offroad. And I'm getting so old and weak I can hardly pick it upright again. That trip was 856 miles in 3 days and it got laid down three times. My shoulder is still sore a month later. :1drink
  18. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    Nailed it!

    I think you're just use to that nice-n-lite 650 you got there Chris. :evil
  19. y0y02369

    y0y02369 Long timer

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    I had no experience off road prior to this bike, but been riding street for about 6 years. I think this bike is a pleasure to take off road! It may be a pig like Browneye says, but that's probably what i like about it off road! :lol3 Love this bike! :thumb

    Even with the "Walmart cases" as you call them? I found that it's a POC to lift with the cases! Maybe its bc i'm 25. :thumb :rofl
  20. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Did I call 'em that? Really? It does sound like something I would say. :lol3

    And yeah, even the husky is heavy if it goes down, I think that's how I f'd up my shoulder in the first place...picking up a upside down bike on a switchback. Gawd I'm getting too old for this shit. :D

    My daughter is older than Yohan. :evil

    I end up with this kind of crap:

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    My youngest and me at Cannel Meadow, Kennedy Meadows, 2012:

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