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Tiger Chat For owners and riders of Hinckley Tigers: 800, 800XC, 885i, 900, 955i, 1050i, 1200


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Old 09-11-2012, 01:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tiger 800 vs. 1200 Explorer

So, I'm moving on from my '04 TBS and the next bike will be a Tiger. Anyone have any suggestions regarding my decision? It'll be used some for long distance, 2-up touring. I want a Tiger for it's limited off paved road capability. So, I don't expect a dirt bike, but I want something suitable for gravel forest roads.

I don't expect power will be an issue, the 800 puts out (in theory) 15 more HP than the TBS, and I don't travel at 200kph anyway. And the TBS has plenty of go for my riding style.

I've ridden both a bit, both made me smile. So, fire away!

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Old 09-11-2012, 04:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't tell you anything about the 1200, but the 800 is an extremely capable machine. I have ridden mine across the country, in the freezing cold and searing heat, it has never skipped a beat. It handles gnarly off road conditions really well. It is an exceptional bike.

I believe the 1200 will do that too, but is maybe a little heavier, so maybe a little harder work on the more difficult terrain?

I think it comes down to whether you prefer shaft drive over chain drive pretty much.

I think you'll be happy with either one, but for sure the 800 will do all you ask, with power to spare.
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I know riders of both bikes who put big miles on them. Both are happy.
You'll be fine either way I'd think.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Keep the TBS and get a Tiger for touring and bad roads - That's what I did! The TBS is a great bike, I wish Triumph would bring back the "Modern Classics" with the new 800 triple engine!
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Keep the TBS and get a Tiger for touring and bad roads - That's what I did! The TBS is a great bike, I wish Triumph would bring back the "Modern Classics" with the new 800 triple engine!
Wife figures I only need one bike so will put the TBS up for sale. Unfortunately with 95,000km I probably won't get much action on the $5000 asking price Love the bike so she'll be a sunny day rider.

Thanks for your input. I "want" the Explorer, but it's more sensible to go for the 800. Right?
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I "want" the Explorer, but it's more sensible to go for the 800. Right?
I'd say it is more sensible to get the bike you want ...
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I'd say it is more sensible to get the bike you want ...
Agreed on that! But for any more than 10 or 15% off road riding I think the 800/800xc is the better choice. Especially if the extra power of the 1200 isn't needed or wanted. I do almost zero off road riding and wanted a fast road bike with lots of luggage capacity and shaft drive, so the Explorer was the right choice for me. The lower weight of the 800s make them much more manageable on dirt or gravel, particularly the XC with the stout suspension. I wanted to be able to deal with bad potholed roads and maybe the occasional unpaved road - that is the extent of where the Explorer is comfortable.
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The difference in price between the two is significant.
The 800 will do just about anything the 12 will do.
It's better for off road.
In my opinion it's not worth the extra expence for shaft drive and a little more power.
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The difference in price between the two is significant.
The 800 will do just about anything the 12 will do.
It's better for off road.
In my opinion it's not worth the extra expence for shaft drive and a little more power.
Agreed on all points except I would not consider it just a little more power. It's definitely not a necessary power advantage, but it is significant and it sure as hell is fun! Shaft drive is definitely a negative for off-road work. TC and cruise control are nice luxuries on the pavement. If you are on a strict budget you can't go wrong with the 800 though.
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In my opinion it's not worth the extra expence for shaft drive and a little more power.
I agree about the extra $. But "a little more power", whoa have you ridden the 1200, umm, its got way more than a "little" more power. The thing is a cruise missile.
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