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post #1 of 14 Old 01-21-2017, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Cool V Strom 650 vs Triumph Tiger 800 low

Trying to figure out which would be better VS 650 or tiger 800 low

Tried the storm today was up on balls of feet. But didn't feel bád. Price is a big difference.

Thoughts please

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It depends on what you want to do with the bike. The DL650 is a a fantastic all around motorcycle that you can comfortably ride across country. It will also allow you to do some off pavement exploring. The triumph will be better for fast paced single track trails, but no where near as good cross country. And not as comfortable as an everyday rider.

You already mentioned cost, but there is more to cost than purchase price. The DL650 will also be less expensive to own and equip.
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I looked at both. I'm 5'10". I was seriously considering the Triumph. Went to the dealer and there were several Tigers in for warranty repair, heard a few phone calls were they were booking in 3 weeks for warranty work. Maybe it was just an unusual week. Went to Suzuki dealer, they only had bikes in for normal scheduled service and were booking in 3-4 days. I looked into a few used Tigers as well with about 40000km, they all had warranty work done. Bought a Strom and now there's a recall.... Oh well... I'm happy with balls of the feet down at a stop light, I wouldn't let that be the deciding factor. Flat footed stops is for cruisers!

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My wife has a 2016 Triumph Tiger 800 XRX low. She is 5'4" and fairly petite. In April of 2016 it replaced her 2009 Suzuki Gladius 650. I have had two DL650's plus my 2015 DL1000.

First of all price wise the Tiger XRX low cost more than my DL1000, and probably almost double of what you can get a DL650 for up here. (Lesser version of Tiger would be less.) For that price you get and incredibly smooth motor with power everywhere. You get cruise control, traction control with different modes, abs, etc. The engine does not have quite the same low end torque of the Suzuki 650 V-twin. The Tiger is easier to stall off the line and not nearly as forgiving as the 650 (let alone the DL1000.) It is extremely smooth and when I get off her a Tiger on onto my DL1000 (which isn't quite as smooth as a DL650) my 1000 feels like a tractor for a bit. The suspension on the tiger low is better than the DL650 but not nearly as good as the DL1000. The XRX low has *no* suspension adjustment at all. No preload front or back, no damping adjustment.

Some people complain the DL650 (and DL1000) is "top heavy". It isn't, it's just tall. The Tiger is much more top heavy than any Strom. This is very evident when you try and move it around the garage. Very obvious to my relatively petite wife and also noticable to me (at 6'2" 245ish lbs.) and is pretty much the only issue she has with her Tiger.

One big negative is that the bike was in the shop this summer for *two months!*. It made a strange noise when she started it after an effortless 3,000 mile ride around Lake Superior plus some side trips. We took it to the shop and after two months got it back with no noise but no one could say what caused the noise. Likely a dealer that didn't really know what they were doing (We went on a ride down to Atlanta an area afterwords with no issues and the bike has been flawless since.)

If you get the Tiger you will have a bike that is very fast, quick, and smooth. It has cruise and has allowed my wife to ride twice the mileage she did on her Gladius. It is a great bike that any owner would love.

I love riding Stroms. They just do whatever you want with no fuss or bother and just let you ride however you feel like riding.

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post #5 of 14 Old 01-22-2017, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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I would be using the storm for commuting and long rides when I'm not on my HD trike. My wife won't go on a two wheeler, so I was looking for something that doesn't break the bank.

My trikebis awesome and fun to ride, just don't want to abuse it on daily commutes.
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Originally Posted by Doncscs View Post
Trying to figure out which would be better VS 650 or tiger 800 low

Tried the storm today was up on balls of feet. But didn't feel bád. Price is a big difference.

Thoughts please

Suzuki sells a "Low" seat that makes a significant difference and is still plenty comfortable. If you're buying new, work it into the deal.
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post #7 of 14 Old 01-23-2017, 06:57 AM
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The choice is a bit unfair. The Tiger 800 is in the Vee class.

So between your two choices, it would depend what your needs really are.

Don't know about the 650, but my 1000 oem seat was cumfier on long rides than my friend's xcx's corbins
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post #8 of 14 Old 01-23-2017, 08:15 AM
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So here's my thing. What does the Tiger give you over the 650? I rode in a group with a variety of liter bikes and a Tiger 800 around WNC and SC just last weekend. I noted at one point, "hey, I have the smallest engine in this group" on the communicator with my friend on a KTM 1290 Super Adv. His response, "Yep, and you're going just as fast as the rest of us."
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-23-2017, 10:15 AM
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I've owned a DL1000, a Tiger 800XC and now have a DL650. The Stroms are tall but I agree that the Tiger seemed taller. I noticed this some when riding but it's really evident when you're trailer loading/unloading or just moving it around the garage. I thought the Tiger had a much better stock suspension and I felt more comfortable riding it off road. I also really liked the smoothness of the triple engine. I went back to Suzuki because the Vstrom is just an all around great bike and even after upgrading the suspension they're a good value and inexpensive to maintain. Plenty of dealers everywhere (NOT the case with Triumph), lots of aftermarket stuff and no comparison between the owner forums (thanks Greywolf!).
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-23-2017, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Good point ☝️
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