What would you do? Stay with Tiger or move to GS?
Hi all. I'm currently on a '16 Tiger 800 XCa. Mostly love the bike and the triple. However, I don't ride it much, mostly because it's just a bit too tall and top heavy for me to be comfortable, and slow-speed maneuvering in 1st gear is difficult.
I happened to be at my BMW / Triumph dealer yesterday and was talking with the salesman as I was browsing at the new F850GSA. He told me to get on it. I was amazed, it was even taller and more top heavy and unwieldy than my Tiger. He then told me to sit on the 1200GS and I told him I wasn't comfortable with the big size of the 1200GS. He told me to sit on my bike, then sit on the F850GSA, then sit on a 1250GS. I was amazed how much more manageable the big bike felt. The lower center of gravity, more of my feet touching the ground... Anyway, after that, I identified a used '17 R1200GS Rally that has 11K miles and some nice upgrades. I haven't ridden it yet, but plan to.
I never thought the Triumph would be my forever bike, I always thought a GS might be something I would progress into once I got more comfortable riding. Hanging out on the Triumph forums last few years, all I read is previous BMW GS riders who had converted over to the Tiger 800 and how they loved the Tiger.
I'm interested in hearing thoughts from any of you who have made switch from Tiger 800 over to a late model R1200GS.
My main goals for considering the switch would be:
-- More confidence and comfort in handling the bike, especially at parking lot speeds and maneuvers
-- Would love to have more confidence to try some off-road riding...don't feel confident on the Tiger
-- Desire to use the bike to commute a couple days a week (currently, I ride the tiger once every 3-4 months)
-- Still want supreme touring comfort as I plan to continue doing 1-2 multi-day cross-country trips a year
-- Having a bike I'll be satisfied with for 4-6 years without feeling the need to trade up
-- Not wanting to lose my shorts on the deal!!!