Triumph Tiger 800 XC or BMW 1200GS Adventure

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Kali Trailrider, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

    Oct 18, 2005
    I have the 800 XC.
    I weigh 180 lbs with gear. I had one time a passenger on that bike (it was an emergency situation, when her bike failed). I can't say exactly how much she weighted. More than 120lbs (she is 6ft tall), less than 130lbs (she is thin). I adjusted the rear preload for the extra weight. No bags.

    Huge difference everywhere, including performance, braking, and suspension response. I realized that if I want to have a passenger + bags on a regular base I would need something different If I want less impact on the performance of the bike (there will always be a difference, even on a goldwing or K16).

    The issue is: 1) there will always be a difference, when you add a passenger; 2) that doesn't mean it can't be done. I know of many situations where people traveled with passenger and bags on bikes smaller than a 650, and I mean long distance travel. I used to do it on a Honda XL 250...when I weighted 130 lbs on a good day and the girl weighted 100lbs... + bags.

    So it is just a case of what you really want, not what you really need. Unless of course we are talking about XXXXL people here... :D
  2. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

    Dec 17, 2009
    Orange County, CA
    I've just read thru this thread again, sitting here laughing out loud.

    I'm going out to test ride the new GS water-cooler just for shits and giggles, something entertaining to do for the day with the wife, then walk the new car show at the convention center. In doing a little research on GS vs XC this thread popped up, had forgotten about it.

    I'm still liking my XC, at just under 9K miles now. It's gonna need some tires pretty soon. Did some really nice trips this year on the bikes. Enjoying the hell out of all of them. Ride while you can!

    Time for another road trip. :thumb Let's go Kali! (He came with as far as the races this year. We had a blast)

    Here's my buddy Lonestar Bob on his GS and I, CA coast tour after MotoGP at Laguna Seca in July. Beautiful trip.