Originally Posted by Cburt
I don't own the Tex but ride a 2011 Tiger 800.
Haven't test rode one either but was taking to my dealer yesterday about trading
Still on the fence whether to go tex.
Been making lists of positive vs negitives.
One major disadvantage is weight. Tex is 100 pounds heavier.
Suppose it turns into a plus on the hwy.
I like the fact the text is slightly taller than the 800.
It's maybe not as attractive as the 800 but that's personal.
What draws me to the tex is shaft drive, 135 hp & torque, traction control, and cruise.
Anyone offer any other insights to help me decide.
Little disappointed with the trade value of my bike.
Dealer claimes he has to offer me next years evaluation because it's the end of year & he has to assume my bike will sit all winter.
He is knocking off a thousand off the tex though. So that's a wash.
I was prepared to get a new 800XC. I had test ridden one in the fall of 2011 @ our local dealer 3 different times and had my wife with me the 3rd time to be sure it was enough bike to carry 400lb. of riders. I had decided I would purchase a new 2012 model the next spring. When I told my dealer my plans, he mentioned that he had just received official word that the TEX would be available in 2012. I started reading everything I could about them & in January I told him I would take one of the 3 he had on order.
That was the best decision I have ever made on a bike purchase. Everything about the TEX is better (for me) than the 800 would have been. The things you mentioned about the TEX are all good.
If you ride double much, the TEX is fantastic. If you are 6' or more & weigh at least 180 - 200 lb. the height & weight of the TEX will not be a problem. I'm 6'4" & 240 lb. and the TEX just fits me better than the 800.
Triumph did have a head issue with most of the ones that have been built, but that has been resolved with a head replacement & an extra 12 mo. warranty on the engine.
PM me if you have any additional questions. I'll be happy to answer any doubts you may have or point you to someone who can answer anything I'm not sure of.