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Old 09-22-2013, 11:10 AM   #16
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I have gone from a Tiger XC to the GSW. The GSW is much better in all respects.
I sold my Tiger 800 for a 2014 GS. The GS is more powerful, has better brakes, more comfortable rider triangle, some nicer options for me.

I'd never say it's better in all regards as it plain isn't. My custom suspension was better than Dynamic ESA (no surprise, spent too much money on that), I like the triple engine much better than the boxer, it's an easier rideable, very reliable motorcycle.

The main reason why I changed: back to a much better dealership, the Triumph shop here is absolutely abysmal, worst I have ever experienced in my life, and the better ergonomics for me. The rest (about 75%) was that I wanted a new bike with all the new technical gadgets ...
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:02 PM   #17
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Yep, not a good idea to ride it unless you have the support / wherewithal to take it home. I had no plans to purchase until I rode it ... now history.
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:58 PM   #18
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:09 PM   #19
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I sold my Tiger 800 for a 2014 GS.
Do you miss your Tiger? I have a very interested potential buyer for mine so it's getting down to decision time.

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...I like the triple engine much better than the boxer...
What do you like better about it? Smoothness? Linear power?


I don't have a lot of experience on other bikes so my comparisons are limited but the GSW was the first bike that I could "feel" the engine while riding. I don't mean that in a negative way...it was just different. I was very impressed with the power though.

Have any of the former Tiger owners ridden two up on the Tiger 800 and the GSW? If so, which does your passenger like better?
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:12 PM   #20
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i feel as though a test ride will seal my fate and perhaps why i yet to take one out. the 2014 bikes will be arriving in the next few weeks but many (if not all) are accounted for. maybe it's better that way!

the GSW has garnered some wonderful reviews and accolades....good for BMW!
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:18 PM   #21
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Do you miss your Tiger? I have a very interested potential buyer for mine so it's getting down to decision time.
Like hell. But that's mainly because my 2014 GS isn't here yet (hopefully it'll arrive in the coming week) and I currently ride my wife's old F650GS thumper. Hmpf.

My Tiger found a great new home with somebody roughly the same height and weight as me, which helped as it had custom suspension tuned to my weight and was riding slightly higher (15mm) in the back due to shorter dogbones. It was an absolutely terrific setup that the GS can't quite match, I'm too lightweight for the standard springs.

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What do you like better about it? Smoothness? Linear power?
Both of these. Plus that shifting on the Tiger is basically optional when you're just out riding at a comfortable pace on back roads. I rode the triple from 1200rpm all the way to redline. Sure, it doesn't pull like crazy down low, but it's rideable. The powerband is so incredibly wide, it's mind boggling.

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I don't have a lot of experience on other bikes so my comparisons are limited but the GSW was the first bike that I could "feel" the engine while riding.
The boxer is an acquired taste for sure. I like the engine, but I like the triple better. Just the whole concept of the GS is more my thing and I plain couldn't get around that idiot shop here and what they did to me and the bike that I had to clean up myself.

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Have any of the former Tiger owners ridden two up on the Tiger 800 and the GSW? If so, which does your passenger like better?
My wife rides her own bike, but she did ride on the Tiger on occasion and also on my old 2010 R1200GS. She liked the GS quite a bit more.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:00 PM   #22
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Okay, it is true that maintenance costs of BMWs are high, but that should just about cover it.

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I would disagree unless your paying the dealer to do the work. Easiest bike to work on that I ever owned.

Now repairs for problems ($2400 for the ABS module vs $800 for the one on my Honda, that will probably never fail) is a very different story.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:10 PM   #23
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BMW's are not for the meek...........not really, there's plenty of meek SOB's riding them from what I see.
Just buy one, if it breaks it just adds to the adventure, especially if you're in some real shit place.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:13 PM   #24
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If you buy one buy the extended warranty. Only time ever I have and it paid out 4 times the cost in repairs. Would do the same with any premium priced (read as HD, triumph, ducati) brand bike.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:25 PM   #25
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If you buy one buy the extended warranty. Only time ever I have and it paid out 4 times the cost in repairs. Would do the same with any premium priced (read as HD, triumph, ducati) brand bike.
+1 I have the & year warranty. Covers front to back. no exception. Sans wheels oil and filter and other consumables of course. Thought it was a good idea with a first year hi-tech bike. If I should happen to sell the bike I will get a pro rated amount back from what I paid for the extra warranty.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:33 PM   #26
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Which extended warranties are you guys getting?
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:44 PM   #27
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Mine was through Western Services a McGraw company. Actually the original owner purchased it for just over $1k and I paid a $50 transfer fee.

So, it paid out 80 times what i paid for it.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:40 PM   #28
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One step closer

I reached a verbal agreement to sell my Tiger today. It should be finalized next week. Looks like I'm going to be a GS owner!

Now I need to contact the dealer to reserve one of the 2014s they have on the boat. Hopefully we'll have a late winter so I'll get to put some miles on it before the snow flies!
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:18 PM   #29
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I sold my Tiger 800 for a 2014 GS. The GS is more powerful, has better brakes, more comfortable rider triangle, some nicer options for me.

I'd never say it's better in all regards as it plain isn't. My custom suspension was better than Dynamic ESA (no surprise, spent too much money on that), I like the triple engine much better than the boxer, it's an easier rideable, very reliable motorcycle.

The main reason why I changed: back to a much better dealership, the Triumph shop here is absolutely abysmal, worst I have ever experienced in my life, and the better ergonomics for me. The rest (about 75%) was that I wanted a new bike with all the new technical gadgets ...
Congrats!

I have a passing interest in the new LC....probly not enough to try to off my tiger yet though, still enjoying it. GS is still more weight, complexity, and expense.

Looks like a great bike though, It just came out on top of the big comparo of adv bikes in the Alps on Motorcyclist online. The new 1190 was the runner-up. Explorer down at the bottom with Tenere.
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:26 PM   #30
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