Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Villa Ridge, MO
Truthfully, I love the Triumph Tiger 1050 and it will probably be next bike when I decide to sell the FJR. I like the Tiger 800. Good Ergs, excellent power, very smooth EFI and wonderful power delivery. The 800 is still however, version 1A, of a new bike. I am by nature cautious when it comes to new motorcycles, cars, software or anything else. I want a track record on the model / version I am looking to buy.
Why buy the Wee over the Tiger 800? Basically a proven track record of reliability, incredible aftermarket product availability and very large, extensive dealer network. To me those are the reasons. You can almost make or modify either the Wee or Vee into anything you want simply because of the tremendous aftermarket product availability. And on the (true) off-chance you have a part failure in Lolo, Montana or Kamloops, British Columbia, there is a dealer near you.
Triumph has truly improved their reliability and a friend of mine who is a certified Triumph as well as Suzuki repairman tells me that Triumph has really improved their products over the last few years and makes a very good motorcycle. Thus after riding my buddies Tiger 1050 quite a bit, I am seriously considering a Tiger 1050 regardless of the small dealer network. Again however the 800 triple is still new and therefore w/o a proven track record of reilability. So I would wait on it.
I am keeping my DL650 regardless.
Banks C[FONT=Comic Sans MS]:crying:[/FONT]
2006 DL650 Current Engine 15,625 Prior engine 67,426 when chain came off and bent valves
2005 Yamaha FJR1300A 68,000 miles and counting