Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Nova Scotia and Slovakia
V-Strom 1000 vs Tiger 955i Questions
As I mentioned in my introduction, I am shopping for a bike to keep the Trophy company. I want a lower weight, lower C of G with ample legroom and big torque. The shortlisted bikes are the V-Strom 1000 and Tiger 955i. I never buy anything new, so am looking at 2004-2009 V-Stroms and 2006-2006 Tigers.
The Tiger's dry weight is only about 25-30 pounds less than the Trophy while the V-Strom is about another 25 pounds lighter again. Now, the thing is the Trophy comes with bags as standard, so I don't know if the stated weight of about 500 pounds is WITH those bags. Also, the Tiger comes with bags, but I'm pretty sure they are not part of the Tiger's advertised weight because earlier years than the 2005 didn't necessarily come with bags. Conclusion: The Trophy and the Tiger are probably the same weight.
Now, the V-Strom (at least the ones I have shortlisted) didn't have standard bags. Adding bags would increase the weight by about 15 lbs for 2 bags? That makes it still lighter than the Trophy, not sure about the Tiger.
As far as the C of G goes, I am sure it is noticeably lower in the V-Strom. There is no question about the Tiger's being high because it's taller than the Trophy and I KNOW the Trophy is noticeably top heavy.
My plan to "fix" the C of G is to move the Delkevic can(s) from the Trophy to either the Tiger or V-Strom. That'll lower the weight of the Tiger by 10-15 lbs because it only has one. The V-Strom has two, but I don't know how much the stock cans weigh. Are they 25 lbs each? If so, taking 30 lbs off the top of the V-Strom by putting on the Delkevic's gives it a STRONG advantage over the Tiger.
So, tell me, am I on the right track here? Are my weight numbers sensible? I figure I could be a month away from buying since I'm not in the right country at the moment, but I really want to have my research finished before I get back.
Anything can happen in Formula 1 and usually does! - Murray Walker
Here - 2002 V-Strom DL1000, 1999 Triumph Trophy 900, 2003 Maxima SE 6-Speed, 1997 Silverado K2500 - 454
Slovakia - 2004 Rover 75 CDT Tourer w/ Tuning Box
Past - 1977 Honda 400/4 Supersport, 1982 Honda CB900 Custom, 1984 Honda V65 Sabre (TWICE), 1996 Kawi GPz1100, 1990 Honda VFR750F