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Offline mac1

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Genuinely interested
« on: May 04, 2021, 04:55:52 PM »
In the difference between a 2011 800 and a 2010 1150. According to specs the bigger bike is a little lighter which surprises me. I know the wheels are smaller on the 1050 but has anyone owned both please?

Offline Alan B

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Re: Genuinely interested
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 07:57:23 PM »
I've had both, bought a 1050 new in 2007, and replaced it in 2012 with 800.

They're very different bikes, the 1050 is a sports tourer with 17" wheels, quite a compact riding position (bent legs), but a gutsy engine with plenty of pull.  I liked it, kept it for the longest I've ever kept a bike, and did several continental trips on it.

I changed to the 800 to get a little more comfort (it was the XC), and the 800 had a far more active owners club resulting in loads of rideouts, events, and holidays.  In comparison with the 1050 the motor is a little gutless, but has a better gearbox and better ride, but I missed the power and ended up getting the 1200 Tiger after a couple of years.

The 800 is a more fashionable machine and has evolved over the years with all the technology, whereas the 1050 seems a little dated, but if the budget is modest it's a fine road machine.

Offline mac1

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Re: Genuinely interested
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2021, 09:27:56 PM »
Thanks Alan for your helpful reply

Offline bazthebike

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Re: Genuinely interested
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2021, 07:35:07 AM »
Hi, i had 2015 800xrx, thought suspension and brakes lacking but overall a good bike. then bought 1050 tiger sport 2016 which was nice bike. dash and screen on 1050 not so good but the motor was good.i prefer the 19" front wheel. Went to gen2 explorer which is very good but heavy. Now looking at 900gt.

Offline Jarse

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Re: Genuinely interested
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2021, 10:12:44 AM »
I had a 1050 Tiger and liked it but traded it for a Gen1 Explorer after a few months as I loved the extra power, looks and touring abilities. After 6 years and 33k of touring miles on the Explorer I traded it in for a Rally Pro. Love the weight loss, brakes and handling which are much improved. Will I miss the power, probably.

Looking back I liked the simplicity of the 1050 and would draw me to one again maybe apart from they are out of production. No fancy electronics to potentially go wrong. Just a good honest straight forward bike.

While Ive never owned an 800 Ive test ridden a couple and had a couple as courtesy bikes. While great they never tempted me away from the Explorer like the 900 did.

800 v 1050, Ill have the 1050 please.

Offline Alan B

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Re: Genuinely interested
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2021, 11:15:41 AM »
I'm in the same boat as you guys, upgraded to Explorer but thought the 1050 was a very good bike of its time, and have since upgraded again to a 900GT which is better than the 800, and a lot lighter than the 1200.

 


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