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post #21 of 53 Old 05-01-2016, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by sbeadg View Post
When the new iteration Tiger 800's first came out, I got pretty worked up. Thought maybe I'd wait a few years and pick up a used adventure ready XRX. Ultimately though, I thought about weight, my short inseam and reliability/dealer network and went the other way. Just bought a new CB500X.
In the couple weeks I've owned it, it is quickly growing on me. I will always be an admirer of the DL650 and will be hard pressed to sell mine. However, I think I made the right decision for me. I like to feel in command of my ride and not worry about parking lot maneuvers. After 42k miles, I've become pretty masterful with my Strom, but a 30 " inseam isn't something I can do anything about. Or the fact that I'm turning 67 in a couple months. If I were a younger, bigger guy, I'd be much better equipped to own a Tiger.
The suspension, brakes and seat on my new bike are better stock than the DL with upgrades. And, the fuel economy is outstanding.
They all have 2 wheels. That's the best part..
Hey Steve,
Typo error, you said you will be turning 67. I am sure you meant to write 47! At 59, I am not too far behind you. I am also challenged by a short inseam, and know the day will come when I have to change my ride. Your cb500x sounds great, good luck with your new bike!
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post #22 of 53 Old 05-01-2016, 08:01 PM
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No typo, Syd.
I try to stay on top of fitness and diet and since I stopped doing masonry full time, my knees are actually doing pretty well.

But, when I look in the mirror, the muscles that were once convex, are slowly becoming concave... I've told myself that the growth in my brain aka wisdom can compensate for the physical decline...so far, so good!
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post #23 of 53 Old 05-01-2016, 10:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Motor7 View Post
I'm not going to do anything until I can ride a 2015+ DL650XT. I might have to ride up to Ohio and steal Big B's while he ain't lookin

I have one and live in NJ you're more than welcome to ride. I'll be at Big B's in September for his rally, maybe you can join us?

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post #24 of 53 Old 05-01-2016, 11:32 PM
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Test ride one of these and tell me if you're still interested in the Tiger:

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post #25 of 53 Old 05-02-2016, 12:25 AM
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For the price of a Tiger you can get the Africa Twin, which will be as reliable as the V-Strom, and as off road capable as the Tiger. Just my 2 cents.
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post #26 of 53 Old 05-02-2016, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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I finally ran down a 2016 DL650XT in Asheville NC ....riding over today to do a demo on it.

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post #27 of 53 Old 05-02-2016, 10:33 AM
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MSRP on the Tiger is $14K? Thats a long way from what i paid for my 650.
Now if KTM would make a 990 like bike in the 650-800CC range that came in a little cheaper and lighter than the 990, i'd be interested in that.
I like the looks of the Africa Twin, but don't see myself wanting a liter bike for the riding i do.
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post #28 of 53 Old 05-02-2016, 10:52 AM
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Suzuki should put the Gixxer 750 engine into a top of the line ADV bike......I would be all over that!!!!
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post #29 of 53 Old 05-02-2016, 11:10 AM
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The GSXR 750's redline is like 14K though? so what would that mean for first gear low rpm on a gravel road? not much torque i assume?
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post #30 of 53 Old 05-02-2016, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by JeepDawg View Post
The GSXR 750's redline is like 14K though? so what would that mean for first gear low rpm on a gravel road? not much torque i assume?
Remapping and cams would take care of that. Look what BMW did with the 1000RR when they came up with the 1000XR although it is hard to duplicate the low down grunt of a VTwin.

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