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post #1 of 29 Old 03-02-2015, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Keep my 2012 VStrom 650 or get a 2015 Tiger 800 XCX....

I love my 2012 VStrom 650. It has been a great first bike and has not let me down in the 12k I have put on it. But........

I am thinking about a 2015 Tiger 800 XCX. Why? The Tiger was the other bike I was thinking about when I get my VStrom. The Vstrom won out based on the Adventure package that came with everything I wanted and the 0% financing was a great deal. I like some of the features on the Tiger cruise control, different rider maps, switchable ABS, etc. Plus I think the triple is a real nice power plant.

A big part of my consideration is I'd like to try something else since the VStrom and my TW200 are the only two bikes I've ridden.

No complaints with the VStrom. It does feel a little sluggish on the highway around 65 and I don't think it has enough grunt to get me out of trouble at the speed if I needed to accelerate.

Nothing is decided yet just thinking out loud and interested if anyone has any opinions.

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Life is short and it is only a bike, why not give it a try. Since when does the 800 Tiger have cruise control, I know that the 1200 does? Oh and the 650 Strom has more than enough grunt and HP to get you easily out of the way at 65 and up.........NO PROBLEM.

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I really like the xr x but it's out of my price range for a new bike. What about a Vstrom or versys 1000?

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I wouldn't consider the 800 from what you say. You won't be happy with its power and I don't know if it is as smooth on long rides. If you want to try something different, the Triumph is too close to the V STrom in most comparisons. Now the 1200 Triumph or a new DL 1000........

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The triumph triple is a great, FUN motor. If I were to get off my Strom, which I really enjoy, it would probably be for the Tiger 800.

Might want to crack the throttle on your scooter and maybe be in 5th gear not 6th at 65. You'll have zero problem zipping out of a dicey situation. Pretty amazing motor for a 650. Not your Grandad's 650 that's for sure.

Stay or go, either way you'll be on a fun scooter.

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You'll have to take the Tiger for a longish ride before you'll know if you like it. I have a Tiger 1050 which I absolutely love, and I liked the 800 when I rode it, except for the clutch. I decided I couldn't live with it, so I bought the Glee. Much better clutch though not as good suspension. It's always a compromise.
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Life is short and it is only a bike, why not give it a try. Since when does the 800 Tiger have cruise control, I know that the 1200 does? Oh and the 650 Strom has more than enough grunt and HP to get you easily out of the way at 65 and up.........NO PROBLEM.
The 2015 Tiger can have cruise control as an option. Dgrav, what color is your bike? I'm looking for a 2012 adv model.
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I have both a 2012 glee and a 2012 tiger roadie. The tiger is a bit faster than the strom and howls nicely when accelerating hard. But if I'm going any kind of long distance, I'll take the strom because the engine characteristics are just more relaxed and pleasant at higher speeds. Also, there are way more Suzuki dealers than Triumph dealers in case repair was needed. Both of mine have Madstad brackets and screens but for whatever reason, the strom has better wind protection. That new XCx is a nice bike but it costs about twice as much as a new glee and in my opinion, you're not getting twice the bike.
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If the Tiger turns you on - go for it.
Back in 2011 I was looking at the XC before I got the Strom. A test ride decided it for me. I didn't like the engine (especially the sound) and the ergos was all wrong.

I'm looking forward to do a test ride on the new FJ09 Tracer - have you considered that bike as a replacement for your Strom?

If the Tracer turns out not to be what I'm looking for I'll have to wait and see how the "True Adventure" from Honda turns out. If that one goes sour I might end up with a Super Tenere..........

There are so many nice bikes out there. Try as many as possible and choose the one that puts the biggest smile on your face.

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