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Old 04-07-2011, 12:40 PM   #1
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Triumph Tiger 800 vs. KTM SM-T

Yeah, tigers are just hitting the roads.

Thoughts?

How reliable has the SMT proven to be?

My guess is that the seat of the pants test would go to the KTM? Tour ability go to the Tiger?

How's wind management on the SMT?
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:23 PM   #2
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Depends on what you are going to use it for???
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:29 PM   #3
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Huge power difference between these bikes.

Why is the tiger 1050 not in the comparison? I would compare that to the smt, not the 800
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:21 PM   #4
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:16 AM   #5
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Huge power difference between these bikes.

Why is the tiger 1050 not in the comparison? I would compare that to the smt, not the 800
I owned a 1050 in 2007 for 11,000 miles. Awesome bike. I might consider another. I'm one of those emotional motorcyclists that always wants something different. Honestly, that's a bike I compare others too alot. That motor is just about perfect, so I do have kind of a soft spot for Triumph. I can't even truly remember why I sold it...

I know the 800 and the SM-T are not exactly comparable, but in my mind they fill a similar spot. Maybe, I'm wrong?

Ok, so SM-T vs 1050? Thoughts? The SM-T seems a little too focused. I'm concerned it wouldn't be a good touring bike, and one of the things I hate about my Uly is it's short fuel range. The SM-T sounds like it might even be worse in that regard. The "touring" of the SM-T seems like more of a marketing gimmick to me. I'm sure its a fun bike, and my friend who sells them really wants me to get on one...
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:52 AM   #6
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My wife has a '10 KTM 990SMT that she lets me ride once in a great while and I've demo ridden the Triumph 800XC twice so can provide some comparison. My street bike is a Suzuki V-Strom but am considering the 800XC.

The KTM 990 definitely has more personality (ie, obnoxious teenager) than the 800XC (honor roll teenager). The handling is quicker and more precise than the Triumph. The motor pulls much stronger but has a definite off idle surge that takes getting used to. The gas mileage sucks at 38 to 40 mpg at best. Build quality is excellent. We put the taller touring windshield on which helped with wind management. Very fun bike to ride and the wife loves it. Will do our first extended trip (4000 miles) this summer. Wife came off a Versys.

The Triumph 800XC fits me much better than the KTM because I'm 6'5" tall. The motor has a surprisingly good pull everywhere and is sewing machine smooth. Handles well but the 21" front tire somewhat keeps it from being a twisty road machine like the 990SMT. Build quality seems good but I am not that familiar with Triumph's long term durability. Dealer said he was getting 48 mpg with the 800XC. Have ridden the BMW 800GS as well and the Triumph is every bit as good if not better.

Looking forward to more ride reports on the Triumph 800XC. I want one!
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A better comparison, if you are going to use the 800, would be the roadie rather than the XC. It is the better touring bike of the two.
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I'd love to own either..
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A better comparison, if you are going to use the 800, would be the roadie rather than the XC. It is the better touring bike of the two.
I thought that's what he meant.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:24 PM   #10
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Maybe in the ballpark: I put a lot of miles (23k) on a 950 Supermoto with a screen and a tangbag and it sport-tours right up there with the best of them. It's also plenty capable on dirt roads.

I now have a 950 Adventure outfitted with 19/17 wheels and it's a little more sure-footed than the 17" front wheel on the Supermoto on the dirt roads but not a much fun pushing it in the corners.

I'm definitely looking at the Tiger 800.
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:06 AM   #12
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A better comparison, if you are going to use the 800, would be the roadie rather than the XC. It is the better touring bike of the two.

Agree with this statement but I was more interested in purchasing the XC model.
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I'd love to own either..

I own both

(but the roadie 800 so...)
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:10 PM   #14
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So what do you have to say now about them?
How tall are you? Wind in the chest...I am 6ft. 1 175pnd.
Do you ride in sub freezing temps? Does it power heated grips, heated gloves, jacket and maybe pants or boots well?
Problems with manufacture/dealer or motos?

Thank you.
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:35 PM   #15
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I own both

(but the roadie 800 so...)

So why don't you answer some of the original questions?
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