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Old 02-03-2013, 10:03 AM   #15631
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There's no way I'll ever buy another bike that limits me to pavement travel. There are too many dirt and gravel roads to explore.
The marketing seems to be winning as we stop believing that almost any bike can navigate along dirt and gravel fire roads just fine.

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http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...enture-travel/
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:28 AM   #15632
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Ok, so I'm a longtime rider of a comfortable and refined Gold Wing 1800 and the ST1300 from Honda.

Forgot about the Trophy and enjoy the heck out of the Tiger 800

Suggestions? Wisdom?

Thanks.
I say try something different than what you had before. I think you answered your own question with that last sentence.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:07 AM   #15633
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The marketing seems to be winning as we stop believing that almost any bike can navigate along dirt and gravel fire roads just fine.

For example:

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...enture-travel/
I prefer to ride my GF's SV on dirt and gravel, as the weight distribution is lower, the bike is shorter, and it's less overall weight, in general. You can ride any lightweight bike much easier than a tall, heavy, unwieldy one (like my 1050). Wide, 17" wheels/tires are a miserable setup, for offroad. The softer and deeper the gravel or sand, the worse it gets. If you only have whatever it is you're riding, that's one thing. But, if you don't absolutely have to be restricted, then, why be?

One of these is not like the others (on a TWAT attempt).


I've tried to do what I can with this thing.

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Old 02-03-2013, 11:21 AM   #15634
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My biggest complaint with my last bike, the Honda ST1300, was how big and heavy it was
I can't get my head around why you consider another bike (Trophy) in the same weight class as the ST1300 if that was one of your biggest complaints. Some people don't mind the weight, you obviously do, so you want lighter or not? That's the main question I'd have.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:48 PM   #15635
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I've had my 2011 Tiger 800 for a few months now. I got it used with only 800 miles on it. The previous owner had it for 16 months and hardly ever rode it.

BTW, my bike should be in a Givi ad. I didn't plan it, but I ended up with a Givi Airflow windscreen, Givi engine guards, and Givi luggage - E21 saddle bags and an E38 trunk that's about 12 or 14 years old. I also added a Tiger XC radiator guard. Now the bike is ready to tour.

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Old 02-04-2013, 02:22 AM   #15636
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The marketing seems to be winning as we stop believing that almost any bike can navigate along dirt and gravel fire roads just fine.

For example:

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...enture-travel/
You're right but it depends how quickly and comfortably you want to do it. I swapped from a Scrambler to my XC and it's chalk and cheese. The longer travel suspension of a proper "adventure" bike makes the dirt sections so much easier. If fact I also prefer the XC on the tarmac.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:02 AM   #15637
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Swopped the panels from mine Sunday from Orange to white, I deffo prefer it in white thats the colour I wanted in the first place but couldnt find one !!!

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Old 02-04-2013, 07:03 AM   #15638
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:22 AM   #15639
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Swopped the panels from mine Sunday from Orange to white...
What do you mean by "swapped the panels?" You mean you swapped the tank and beak? Did you trade with someone, or how did you get the white tank?

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Old 02-04-2013, 08:01 PM   #15640
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Yeah Mark. He posted over on T800 and said he swapped with someone from Ebay. I'm not sure if the guy was selling the parts or just selling the whole bike but willing to swap.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:12 PM   #15641
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Our small gathering of Tigers for our annual Carrizo-Pozo run turned out to be all white Tigers.

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Old 02-04-2013, 08:16 PM   #15642
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Nice photo, Browneye. That's funny. Rob Dirt and I ride together quite a bit and both our bikes are white as well.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:17 PM   #15643
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From my experience, not only are the white ones the fastest, they have a plusher ride and handle better
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:15 AM   #15644
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From my experience, not only are the white ones the fastest, they have a plusher ride and handle better
You've clearly never tried a black one. They're so fast no-one can see them. Especially at night.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:18 AM   #15645
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Our small gathering of Tigers for our annual Carrizo-Pozo run turned out to be all white Tigers.

That's brilliant. It's like two fingers up to all those doubters on BMWs. The Tigers are out there doing it.
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