Thinking of a V-Strom 650XT, currently on a Tiger 955i
Iím looking at a number of bikes to replace my aging Triumph Tiger 955i. I love the Tiger motor and want something with similar low end grunt.
Iíve had a test ride on the 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 Low (Iím short!) - very nice, but more revvie than Iím used to (but goes like a rocket when you open the throttle at higher revs) so am looking at alternatives.
The 650 and 1,000 V-Stroms both look tremendous value for money. Iíve got a test ride on the 650 booked this weekend so I guess Iíll have a better idea of the relative merits by then, but wondered if anyone had made a similar jump. The 650 seems to be getting very well reviewed, but Iím a little concerned about the drop in cubes. Having said that, I know engine technology has moved on in the 13 years Iíve had the Tiger, so maybe itís not something I need to worry about.
Iíd be riding mostly solo, but with luggage and occasional weekend and longer rides with my beloved passenger. Pure road use, unless I take a wrong turning somewhere.
Any tips gratefully received 😄