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Offline penry

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Re: Why did you buy a tiger instead of a different brand ?
« Reply #30 on: November 05, 2019, 11:31:41 PM »
*Originally Posted by Derchef1962 [+]
I have this story already on this forum but guess I am allowed to repeat it.

After a long break in biking I started again in 2010 with a small BMW G 650 XC. Sort of grew out of it and was about to go for a F 800 GS in 2013. Took the G 650 into service and they gave me the desired F 800 as an exchange bike. On this bike I went to the the Triumph dealer for a test ride on a Tiger 800. It took only minutes to fall in love with the Tiger especially the smooth triple got me right from the start.

So I bought a white Tiger roadie sold the BMW and I was happy ever since. That Tiger has now almost 75, 000 kms on the clock and is the most reliable bike I ever had.
:001: :001: :001: :001: Great story ! Thanks for sharing  :031:
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Re: Why did you buy a tiger instead of a different brand ?
« Reply #31 on: November 06, 2019, 09:10:44 PM »
Looking for something lighter , also fed up with BM quality ,final drives garbage , failing esa suspension-costly , Tyre pressure monitors more expensive something to wrong with items.
Had my XR for 3 months now and after couple of weeks I was up to speed with the suspension .
Done 500miles in a day a couple of weeks ago with my pal on his GS1200 , Aberdeen to Applecross ( lunch at the Inn) to Glencoe to Perth to Aberdeen, we can both follow each other very closely and I know when Im struggling to keep up ( the time I bought a Moto Guzzi California- like riding a grizzly bear on a space hopper when pushed at corners) anyway the Tiger performed excellently no problem following or leading the GS just a lot easier to push into corners .
As we left The Green Wellie stop it was dark , Im still amazed at the lights you guys should be raving more about this , definitely a keeper

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Re: Why did you buy a tiger instead of a different brand ?
« Reply #32 on: November 09, 2019, 08:33:23 AM »
*Originally Posted by Stevie.P [+]
.. and will hopefully bring you over to the UK for many more Megameets to come. :152: :031: :028:
I surely will this bike will ridden literally until it falls apart.
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Re: Why did you buy a tiger instead of a different brand ?
« Reply #33 on: November 10, 2019, 11:28:43 AM »
My other bike is a Suzuki DR800, made in 1991. I like it so much, one cylinder, 800ccm, very good sound, very long suspension. This spring we went to Croatia. There is a famous very curvy road. (E65, we stayed in Karlobag) (In my country are no winding roads, or mountains or see).We where there fo 4 days, in a great weather (no wind, acc 23-25 celsius temperature). t was excellent. But the last morning when we start to go home, the bike did not start. Fuel leaked from the carbs (Yes, it has two. And two tanks and sparks. Strange machine). Made some calls, and a friend of mine came to as with a lorry. We had to wait for hem 12 hours. So had some time to find a new bike.:D
I wanted a tour-enduro bike (in hungary the roads aren't good), about 650-1000ccm, and 190-220kg
3 bike remained in my list:

BMW F800
Suzuki Vstrom 650
Triumph Tiger 800

The BMW was more expensive, you have to fuel it back like a car (wtf?), once I tried it and did not like it.

Vstrom 650: it is my old bike grandchild. :) Reliable old V2, but ugly as hell. (This week at EICMA the suzuki showed the 1050, and it is a real beauty ).If I did not find a good triumph I would bought a new DL650. But luckily i found a semi good one

Tiger 800: in that tour there was a Sv650, a DL650 and a brand new street triple with us. The guy liked it, so I gave a chance to a Triumph. I started to search one. It was not easy, and it had a lot of problem (old bearings, chain and so on), but we were together in Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia and, Austria. Made some Modification (beak, gps holder, foglight etc.) My best bike so far. :) My next bike will be another Tiger 800. :)

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Re: Why did you buy a tiger instead of a different brand ?
« Reply #34 on: November 10, 2019, 12:12:35 PM »
Nice piccies, looks like you had some good riding out there.
Why does your bike look like its just been washed in every one...? :001:
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Re: Why did you buy a tiger instead of a different brand ?
« Reply #35 on: November 20, 2019, 02:55:57 PM »
Have had multiple DS bikes over the years. Last bike I had was the 990. I saved for ages for the 990. After buying it I just didnt enjoy riding it for various reasons. Parked it and finally sold it. Was without a bike for a few months and on a whim test rode a 800XcX , fell in love with the bike which I bought same day. Wont change, I'm a Triumph man now.

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Re: Why did you buy a tiger instead of a different brand ?
« Reply #36 on: November 20, 2019, 03:14:57 PM »
1999
Living in Hastings Sussex and cycled to work. Wife suggested I get a scooter as I was moaning about the hill climb on the way to work. So I passed CBT with Gedges and got a Kawasaki KH125 two stroke. Great learning machine. Managed a wheelie in traffic on a right turn into a junction. Bit embarassing. Passed test first time May 2000 in Eastbourne.

2000 Kawasaki GPZ500 twin restricted 33hp. Fine first bike and learned a lot about maintenance. Took out restrictor after 2 years which turned out to be big washers in the carb inlets. Simple and effective.

2004 Hornet 600 brand new naked version. Good fun but took bad with lack of fairing or screen.

2006 Sprint 955 (51 plate). Did an assessment of best option based on age, mileage, distance of dealer from home etc. Decided to buy the green one from Carl Rosner. Great bike and tripped round Scotland and Wales. Started to get a bit heavy to move about so...

October 2012 Diversion 600F. Nice and light to wheel about but seriously underpowered compared to Sprint.
Stuck with it for a year.

October 2013 visited Laguna Ashford to consider another sprint and never mind weight. Salesman persuaded me to look at Tiger 800 ABS and went for a bimble down to Rye and back. Decent torquey enging and great pullling power on A roads. I was sold. Ordered a black one that came with top box, touring screen and heated grips. Added panniers running lights and centrestand. Easy to wheel about and I found out its easy to pick up after a fall.
Had a look at XRX in 2014 and kinda liked the electronics but couldnt justify paying for the upgrade.

April 2019 went to Two Wheels and decided to upgrade to XRX 2016. Pretty pleased with the refresh.
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Re: Why did you buy a tiger instead of a different brand ?
« Reply #37 on: November 22, 2019, 10:41:28 PM »
Due to getting a bit older and not having long legs I need to look for something easier to ride with less weight than my 2011 Sprint GT 1050 I'd had since new, something I can easily and comfortable scratch and tour with my wife on the back..... so for me why the Tiger?

I have a 15-year long ownership history of several Hickley Triumph Triples and love the engines, I did consider the BMW F800GT & really quite liked the BMW R1250 RS.... except the price tag :138:

Anyhow the Tiger XRT 800 ticked all my boxes for comfort, easy to ride solo or two up etc etc.

In short, I really like Triumphs  :031:

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Re: Why did you buy a tiger instead of a different brand ?
« Reply #38 on: November 24, 2019, 03:58:58 PM »
"but don't mention the fact that they sound a little bit "cammy" when ticking over."

It's a right racket first time you hear it! However mine seems to have got a little quieter while I've owned it, it was really, really low miles(5700 in 5 years!) when I got it and I'm just getting to 12k service time now. Is it perception or does the camchain adjuster need a bit of a thrash to take up the slack?

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Re: Why did you buy a tiger instead of a different brand ?
« Reply #39 on: December 10, 2019, 04:10:55 PM »
Hello!

I came back from an 18 year break after starting a family. My last bike was an RSVR factory so I started out looking for a fast bike, but sensible to sit on as I'm nearly 50. After about 1000 youtube hours (the choice available is nuts these days!) I was looking for an MT10 or speed triple r. I finally went to see a speed triple (as the British brand and kerbside appeal won over the glorious x plane motor powered plastic transformer) in a showroom and was just wary of the nakedness on long tours.. So I thought about Tigers, my mate's 1200 was too heavy and I looked at an 800.

One ride was enough! Cracking motor, easy to ride, really confidence inspiring, MPG, Tyre life, comfort etc.etc. were all there and the power is just right for 95% of the time, neither lacking nor scary/alarming. I do miss the ability to get from 70 to 170 as quick as I did and the rediculous buzz that brought, but for a-b on the average road nothing's better! Love it. If I had limitless funds I'd have all sorts of bikes but a Tiger 800 would still be one of them. As I can only have one this is perfect for the odd tour with luggage, occasional commutes and spur of the moment weekend blats, basically all occasions! I'm converted. Ooh look a speed triple with luggage on..

 


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