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Offline Briang1234

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Test drove a Tiger XC
« on: June 02, 2014, 03:42:09 am »
It's all downhill from here. You know how it is when you take the 'Test ride'
Funny thing. On the Tiger forum the most posts are in topics like 'Dead Battery', 'Wiring the Garmin 660', 'Bike won't start'....Deja Vu man!
It was a mighty fun ride though. That 800 triple really screams. I haven't been on a bike that light in a couple years, felt like I was on a bicycle after riding the Trophy for 6 months.
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Re: Test drove a Tiger XC
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2014, 08:25:29 am »
*Originally Posted by Briang1234 [+]
It's all downhill from here. You know how it is when you take the 'Test ride Funny thing. On the Tiger forum the most posts are in topics like 'Dead Battery', 'Wiring the Garmin 660', 'Bike won't start'....Deja Vu man!
It was a mighty fun ride though. That 800 triple really screams. I haven't been on a bike that light in a couple years, felt like I was on a bicycle after riding the Trophy for 6 months.
I know a guy who has a Tiger here in Reno. Looks like a bike I would enjoy for a middleweight.

But if you really want to try a light fun bike, the Suzuki DR200SE. But not a good freeway bike. These little cycles are the most fun per dollar.

BTW, If anybody knows any motorcycle forum for any make or model  where there are not constant problems mentioned of some type, please let me know.

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Re: Test drove a Tiger XC
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2014, 12:58:50 pm »
I traded a Tiger 800XC for the Trophy SE.  I put 20000 miles on the XC and it was a great bike.  A little too light for highway rides, but fun everywhere else. 

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Re: Test drove a Tiger XC
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2014, 01:44:20 pm »
I just bought a Tiger 800 XC because about half the roads in Texas are unpaved.  It's a great middle weight, but the whole package is weird for an off road bike. 

Ergonomically, the seat to pegs relationship is okay as is the seat to handlebars distance.  Put them together and it feels awkward though.  Sitting down you are sort of hunched over, and your feet are too far forward.  Stand up and your feet are in the right position, but the bars are too low and forward.  It must be some sort of compromise between sitting and standing on the pegs. 

The engine tuning is also strange--not much bottom end. You really have to rev it and slip the clutch to get it moving, especially on rough ground.  It runs out of breath over 8K, might as well not go there at all which wastes 2K of the RPM band.  Its like the bike is tuned for 3-8K, but it's not really in its element in slow and technical or winding it out on the street.  Cruising down a dirt road feels just right.


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Re: Test drove a Tiger XC
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2014, 02:11:32 pm »
The lighter bike have a whole different feel.  I was out on my Bonneville yesterday and its a very flickable bike, but not as great for long trips and the freeway.  Great around town, tho.

I think the only solution is to have two or more bikes  :152:

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Re: Test drove a Tiger XC
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2014, 02:48:25 pm »
I think the only solution is to have two or more bikes  :152:

I'll put that thought to the missus tonight........

Wish me luck!!

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Re: Test drove a Tiger XC
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2014, 03:57:42 pm »
*Originally Posted by davybull [+]
I'll put that thought to the missus tonight........

Wish me luck!!

Dave

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