I bought a Tiger 1200 XCa new last year. Loved the handling, power, and performance, but I got rid of it after 1000 miles or so. The problem is the bike is extremely top heavy. When you're moving the bike in your garage, it's a constant struggle to keep it upright. The tilting point is very high, which means at a standstill, if you aren't extremely careful all the time, the bike will suddenly drop even if it'sonly slightly tilted over. Slanted ground makes it even trickier. Because it's top heavy, it's also more challenging to pick up after a drop.I am looking at getting an ADV bike. Narrowed it down to a GS, or a Tiger. I am pretty sure I can guess the bias of this forum, but it never hurts to ask. I will also be posing the question to the folks on the Triumph forum.
I am 58 and retired. Getting rid of a couple of cruisers (I am over the Harley thing and my wife also rides. ) The Harley and a VStar 950 are going to new good homes...I hope. My wife wanted only 1 bike for herself,so she found a '13 R1200 R. Loves it. I am rather impressed myself. My other bike is a '15 Street Triple (gotta love that sound).
So I am looking to get an ADV bike to at as a sport-touring and some off roading. 90/10. Don't know for sure yet,but it would only be fire roads and the like. I live on the Texas coast, so occasional beach runs would be fun too.
That is background for gathering comments from this great forum. I'll bet I am not the only one having considered these 2 bikes. Most likely looking at the standard models,not the GSA or Triumph Explorer Xc.
Thoughts and things to consider? Things to avoid. Must have's. Looking for used, don't need new. Thanks.
After selling the Tiger, I bought a new 2020 BMW R1250 GS Adventure, and it is excellent in every way. The engine sits low in the frame, so the bike isn't top heavy at all, even with the large 9 gallon gas tank filled. I originally bought the Triumph because it was not as expensive as the GS. That wound up costing me a lot, but I'm happy anyhow because the GS is so great, and because it's a bike you can trust.