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Old 01-09-2015, 05:37 PM   #1
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Hypothetical question

If a Tiger 800XC and an Explorer were only $1500 different on price, which would you choose?
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Old 01-09-2015, 05:50 PM   #2
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Old 01-09-2015, 05:52 PM   #3
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Old 01-09-2015, 06:03 PM   #4
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Old 01-09-2015, 06:38 PM   #5
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Another vote for the 800.
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Old 01-09-2015, 06:50 PM   #6
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800.

Can't see the need for EVER needing a bike over 1 litre in engine capacity.
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Old 01-09-2015, 06:55 PM   #7
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If I were a large person looking only for a touring bike, I might go for the Explorer, especially since I like shaft drive, but other than that......
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:46 PM   #8
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I get the feeling all the 800 votes is not because of the money. Is it that much of a better all around bike??
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:57 PM   #9
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I get the feeling all the 800 votes is not because of the money. Is it that much of a better all around bike??
You didn't qualify your question with intended type of riding, but the 800 is a fun bike, that's also good for touring. The Explorer is a touring bike, that's also good for touring.
I suspect that the quality is about the same.
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:19 PM   #10
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Kind of a silly question really. 3 years ago I ordered a new TEX after having planned on buying a new 800XC. I paid much more than an extra $1,500. I would venture to guess that every single new Tiger Explorer sold since the end of 2011 sold for more than an extra $1,500 for any new Tiger 800... If I had still wanted the 800XC after finding out about the Explorer, I would have bought the XC.
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I haven't ridden a TEX but I have never wanted a better tourer than the 800XC.

I'm 5'11 and 200 lbs. while my girlfriend is 115 lbs. and 4'11. In the 9,000+ miles we did two-up this summer, neither one of us wanted more room, more power or more carrying capacity.

We don't do hotels so this included enough camping gear for two people as well.

I do want to ride a TEX one day though. That's because I don't understand why big bikes are so popular and maybe that'll help me figure it out.
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:18 PM   #12
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or more carrying capacity.
This is something that has always intrigued me. You use the same panniers regardless of whether a bike is a 500 or a 1200, the rear seat/rear rack is essentially the same size regardless of the bike cc size, the tank bags are not cc dependant and the load capacity of racks is the same regardless of bike size. How do you get more carrying capacity on say a 1000 or 1200cc bike than you would on a 650cc or 800cc bike?
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This is something that has always intrigued me. You use the same panniers regardless of whether a bike is a 500 or a 1200, the rear seat/rear rack is essentially the same size regardless of the bike cc size, the tank bags are not cc dependant and the load capacity of racks is the same regardless of bike size. How do you get more carrying capacity on say a 1000 or 1200cc bike than you would on a 650cc or 800cc bike?
Good question. I think people assume a larger bike means more space for gear. The luggage I use on my Tiger is taken directly off my DR650.

I remember a thread here a few years ago about someone who thought for sure that an 800cc bike couldn't possibly deal with interstates while loaded and two-up.
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:31 PM   #14
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I had the choice and went with the 1200 TEXc and the difference in price was a lot more than that..! Coming from a DL1k (and DL650 before that), I knew I wanted the extra power and comfort for 2-up long-distance riding, with an added benefit of some light off-road if I so desired. The cruise-control, shaft drive, and extra wattage for heated gear etc certainly helped in the decision. Economy and cost-of-ownership wise, the 1200 was just about as good as the 800. I have no regrets whatsoever. I wouldn't mind replacing my KLR with new 800XCx, but no way would I give up the Explorer!

Oh, and I don't think anyone is delusional enough to think that a bigger engine translates into more luggage capacity..
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If a Tiger 800XC and an Explorer were only $1500 different on price, which would you choose?

Even if at the same price I would get the 800...
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