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post #1 of 106 Old 05-17-2011, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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DL650 Compared to Tiger 800 & F800GS

I just finished reading an article in the British magazine "Superbike".

The article compared the new Tiger 800XC with the F800GS and the DL650.

I love the commentary referring to the DL650 as being "the top-heavy, slightly uncoordinated fat kid of this particular playgroup".




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I love the commentary referring to the DL650 as being "the top-heavy, slightly uncoordinated fat kid of this particular playgroup".
I knew my traumatic childhood somehow played into my motorcycle selection.

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So they compared the "off road" (21" front wheel) versions of the Triumph and BMW against the Wee? Strange choice and I suspect that if that had compared the 19" front wheel versions of the other two bikes against it the Wee may not have been so discriminated against in the final result.
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No surprise, both the Beemer and Triumph are nicer bikes, with better suspension, brakes, more powerful motors, and generally, more premium machines......but, as noted, not in the same league with respect to $$$, which makes the comparison pretty slanted.

If anything, the Vstrom should just be happy to have been invited to the party, and based on sheer sales figures, it's a formidable player in the general segment so probably deserves the invite.
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I like how in the pictures, the riders of the triumph and beemer look relaxed, but the dude on the wee is hunched forward like he's trying really hard to go as fast as possible to keep up...
Methinks that was a bit of anti-japanese propaganda.
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Something must be wrong with me..I ride the 'wrong' bike and yet it feels fun. What should I do?

Seriously now, that comparison is stupid:
2011 Tiger 800 XC costs $10,999 without ABS MSRP + $800 for ABS.
2011 V-Strom 650 costs $8200 with ABS OTD.
2011 BMW F800GS costs $11,395 without ABS + $900 for ABS.

It is stupid because it compares bikes of different classes, engine volume, intent and price range.

The British automotive reports are heavily biased to their national products - not saying that Tiger is no good, but you can't expect objective opinions from them on British bikes.

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It is sort of silly to."test" a new to the market bike , one that has a history of problems , and the DL650. it is all about advertising revenue. I am not willing to part with that much cash on a bike. Maybe when the kids are done with college...

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I knew my traumatic childhood somehow played into my motorcycle selection.
Well done, you just made my spit out my coffee with that laugh. Thanks I needed that.

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Well while the comparison is slanted towards the new larger more expensive bikes the piece brought their point of view out very well. Rider on the other hand wrote the piece DL650 VS Tiger. When I was finished reading that piece I wanted to buy a new Wee.

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