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bigcountry:
** I posted this same query in the 800 forum as well so I could get both communities.
Gents,

Current 2010 Black 1050 owner.  I'm 6'4"/250lbs.   I am vacillating between the 1200 explore XC and the 800 XC.  During a recent SIDI boot purchase with Revzilla I was talking the sales rep, we discussed by current bike and I told him that I really wanted one of the new adventure models and he mentioned that he was 6'3" 235 and the 800 XC was more than plenty. 

He also mentioned that the 1050 Tiger was his favorite bike as well. 

Current riding:  Commuting to work - 100 mile round trip.  Weekend rides pavement and off road.   Quarterly camping trips to Western North Carolina, VA, GA, and TN and I normally hall (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, tools, cooking gear, chow, propane/jet boil, toiletries, chair, and tools) I am not a minimalist. I want the nights to be comfortable.   All said, when it all adds up its about 400 lbs on the back of my bike.  I swap out my corbin seat with the OEM seat.  The corbin is too heavy. 

My buddy brings his girlfriend on the back of his 800XC will all the same gear I just mentioned above-he has absolutely no issues and he can really ride through the twisties with his girlfriend on the back during the Friday/Saturday rides.... 

What are your thoughts wrt my size/riding styles and the most appropriate bike.   I get the whatever makes you happy thing but I wanted to hear from some current owners what the thought process was given my details...   

I donít want to taint you answers - but I was leaning towards the 1200 until I talked to the Revzilla guy.

Cheers BC   

Jamstealer:
the 1200 is a great bike: especially for longrange touring stuff:

However, the 800 will do all the touring you need, I guess: plus given that you do a lot of commuting, I would personally go for the 800 as it is nipper in the traffic etc.   

the 800 will carry you plus all the gear you need   for your camping/touring:   

Personally if I was only doing long range touring stuff I might (only might) go 1200: but to do all round: I would go 800.   

loftyjohn:
Hi

I like you are tall at 6' 5'' with very dodgy knees  :151:

I have ridden all three bikes plus most of the opposition  :152:

I ride all year round and do One large tour 2 up once a year.

The Tiger 8XC with the comfort sear on high and Motech footpegs on Low give the most comfortable ride of any of the adventure style bikes, the wife don't complain either  :046:

I find the light weight and very frisky engine the Tiger 8 gives is more than enough to keep me very happy on the tight twisty roads I ride and it will double as a tourer for 2 weeks with panniers and Givi top box.

My next bike will be the face lift XC when it arrives  :047: :046: :152: :031: :123:

fintiger:
800 goes easily to 150km/h, after that acceleration starts to slow down. Top speed is at 200km/h. If you require higher top speed, then go for 1200. Personally I enjoy most small twisty roads and dirt roads with speeds typically around 80-100km/h. I guess a slightly lighter bike than 800 would be perfect for me. Speed limits here are max 120km/h on highways, so no point of having a faster (and bulkier) bike. If you ride speeds 150 and above then 1200 would be great?

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AvgBear:
Originally Posted by bigcountry I'm 6'4"/250lbs.   I am vacillating between the 1200 explore XC and the 800 XC. 
...I normally haul (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, tools, cooking gear, chow, propane/jet boil, toiletries, chair, and tools) I am not a minimalist. I want the nights to be comfortable.   All said, when it all adds up its about 400 lbs on the back of my bike.
What are your thoughts...most appropriate bike.
...I was leaning towards the 1200...I'd recco continued leaning that way -- with your predilection for "more", a 1200 may be a better choice? With the 1200 you get more of just about everything -- including things like traction control and cruise control.
An 800 will probably do the job? -- but, why have any limits? -- (in your case) Go Big...  :028:

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