Tiger AND a 990?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Rikki Rockett, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. Jbone11 11

    Jbone11 11 Been here awhile

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    Dude..that link to the classified section I put up is for a 690 in San Jose....and its a beauty...dosen't get much better than that...just sayin':deal

    Here it is again in case you missed it: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=937680

    Hell...If I lived in CA I'd be all over that thing!
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  2. Rikki Rockett

    Rikki Rockett LOOK WHAT THE CAT RODE IN!

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    This past summer, Triumph gave me the Tiger. I have an ongoing relationship with Triumph. I really love the brand and the Tiger is a joy to ride. I just want a more dirt capable bike as well. I don't plan to go out on the whoops and ride like a banshee, however. Just trails and some mild knarly stuff from time to time.

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  3. DesertSurfer

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    I've seen guys who did a bunch of ugrades to their Tiger 800's to make them more compatible to the KTM Adventures... like suspension upgrades. Of course I'm partial to the OC but I'd think the 800 has got some aftermarket potential there. I think it would be a fun challenge it I owned one to try and max out it's offroad potential.

    There's a pretty trick Triumph dealer down in the South Bay/ Harbor City area that does some pretty trick stuff to Triumphs.

    Just my crazy opinion.
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  4. Rikki Rockett

    Rikki Rockett LOOK WHAT THE CAT RODE IN!

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    Southbay Triumph?

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  5. freefall109

    freefall109 Been here awhile

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    Rikki,

    slightly off topic...reference your signature line, you seem like a man with discerning taste for motorcycles and this thread speaks to diversifying the capabilities of each. To that point, why have both a Thruxton and Scrambler, they also seem like pretty similar motos to me?

    You got a motorcycle problem, man!:freaky
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  6. Rikki Rockett

    Rikki Rockett LOOK WHAT THE CAT RODE IN!

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    I DO have a motorcycle problem! You are 100% correct and my wife would agree!!!

    Yes, the scrambler as far as being built on the Bonnie platform is very similar. It's a scrambler and not a Cafe racer, however. But, it's funny you'd mention that bike because it is that very bike that's on the chopping block to be sold to get the KTM.

    Cheers,
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  7. DesertSurfer

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    They're big time engine tuners, but have the experience to wrap their heads around offroad set ups I'm sure. I'm not a Triumph racer motor geek, but I've seen bikes in their shop taken to extremes for land speed records... no I'm sure very few things are beneath them.

    It could be a very fun journey and certainly worthy of a build thread; " How I challenged my Tiger to overcome the Baja".
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  8. freefall109

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    I was just picturing myself looking over those horses in my stable. I noticed two things; you don't favor windscreens and I'd have some wifey problems too. *jealously*. I own a T800 as well and think it bridges the med-large adv bike segment pretty well. If I were to pick up another it would be an enduro, like a XR650, DRZ or KTM 690 kitted with rally raid products. Good luck, interested to see what you go with.

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  9. motomuppet

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    I bought a T800xc cause I thought the 800cc size would win me over...best of both worlds being enough for the road, and not too much for off road. It is a great bike but ultimately a bit underwhelming...it is not enough on road ultimately and is still too heavy off road.
    I bought a 1190 adv R and it is nuts on road and off. Totally different league to the T800xc....which is now for sale. The 1190 is too heavy off road, and too powerful, but it is so capable it is ridiculously fun. On road it is simply awesome.
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  10. Rikki Rockett

    Rikki Rockett LOOK WHAT THE CAT RODE IN!

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    I love all of my bikes for different reasons. Honestly, I ride my vintage bikes the least. Partly because of the lack of time that I have now with two kiddos. So, when I do ride, I need it to be a very positive experience or dutiful. (Point A to Point B). That being said, the Norton is my all time fav and always will be. We are spiritually connected. (LOL!) No intelligent reason. It just is me in so many ways. (Old, I guess!)

    My BSA is not a motorcycle, it's a machine with wheels and it rides like one. Never dismiss it as being perfect, for it is not. Soul? Oh, for days!

    Triumph Thruxton - My Hooligan bike. My Cafe bike. My paint experiment and my punched out motor experiment. I love her!!!

    I am a serious Ducati fan and I love my Monster, but my Moto Guzzi Griso speaks louder to me these days. It is just flat out attitude, sporty, easy to ride and loud. Makes Harley guys go, "What the fuck was that???"

    The Tiger. Easiest bike I have ever sat my ass on to ride. That tranny is butter and it is my choice for any hauls over 75 miles.

    That leaves the gap for a more dirtier bike. Hence, you wonderful people have weighed in and I thank you so far!
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  11. angelo_balto

    angelo_balto his Royal Dudeness

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    I'd say keep an eye on the super enduro ...
    Since you're collecting, this is one to have in your garage!

    It's also "far" from the Tiger, so they will co-exist in peace
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  12. Rikki Rockett

    Rikki Rockett LOOK WHAT THE CAT RODE IN!

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    That's a good suggestion. However, I keep going back to pictures of that Baja. It's just such a bad assed bike!


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  13. angelo_balto

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    SuperEnduro in Rally Trim ...

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  15. Rikki Rockett

    Rikki Rockett LOOK WHAT THE CAT RODE IN!

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    Man! The 990 just speaks to me. But, the original question: Why would I have a Tiger 800 XC and a 990?
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    As a Tiger (955i) owner who contemplates an 800XC and 990 as an eventual replacement for my 955i, I encourage you to get the 990, ride them both for a while, and post a comparison review..... :clap

    It seem to me that the two bikes are more alike than different, so having both probably won't make sense, but that doesn't mean one won't win out for any number of reasons. I love the look, sound and off-road performance of the 990, so I get what you're saying about the siren's call.... (my words, not yours).... :rofl
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  17. Rikki Rockett

    Rikki Rockett LOOK WHAT THE CAT RODE IN!

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    Well, it looks like you have had your share of bikesÂ… and travels. Kudos!

    I might get the 500 and use the extra scratch to make the Tiger more off road worthy. Like this bike:[​IMG]

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  18. lvscrvs

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    The Freedom Cycle build on the XC is very cool.... no doubt.

    I don't think you can go wrong with choosing a smaller, lighter single cylinder bike for off-road riding. If I were a bigger, younger, stronger guy I would go more places off-road with the Tiger, but at 160lbs and 55 years of age I find the smaller bike more to my liking in the dirt.... and even just for pushing around in the garage.... who knows, maybe just a lone 690 in the garage one day.... :lol3

    Have fun and keep posting up your progress.... :thumb
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  19. Rikki Rockett

    Rikki Rockett LOOK WHAT THE CAT RODE IN!

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    So, I am going with the 500 EXC! I pick it up today. Will post pics and a first ride report.
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  20. Rikki Rockett

    Rikki Rockett LOOK WHAT THE CAT RODE IN!

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    Here she is. Less than 50 miles.

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