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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Moving from Bonny to... Tiger?

Iíve been riding my 2007 Bonnie (my first bike) since new-to-me in 2008, mostly running errands and short back and forth to work on backroads while become familiar with 'cycling.

A few months back I moved to California and have been riding to work every day (15 miles one way on the 101 highway San Jose to Mountain View). Itís 55 minutes by car and 25 on the bike - legally splitting lanes is new (and scary!) but I LOVE the time saved.

The Bonneville feels a little underpowered when traffic opens up and I need to cruise along at 75MPH. I put on Predator exhausts, changed the air filter and removed air injection, changed the carb needles, but she still feels a little sluggish.

Looking for my next bikeÖ

Wants: ABS, heated grips, center stand, windscreen, more power, some storage, GPS/phone mount

I love the looks of the Tiger and think with a nice windscreen and some clunky metal panniers it will be the perfect bike for me.

Questions: Who has ridden both? Will the Tiger feel more powerful at higher speeds? Will fitting sidecases make me that much wider and harder to split lanes? Opinions? THANKS

-David
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Questions: Who has ridden both? Will the Tiger feel more powerful at higher speeds? Will fitting sidecases make me that much wider and harder to split lanes? Opinions? THANKS
-David
I ride both a Bonnie and a Tiger 800 and yes the Tiger with the triple engine is much more powerful without a doubt.

Regarding lane splitting and filtering, I had no problem on the California freeways lane splitting or filtering in traffic in West Hollywood when I was there last month on a road trip. See the pictures below how my Tiger was packed out with side cases, etc.

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Well I`m sure you`re looking at a newer Tiger, but I have a 12 Tiger 1050 SE. I commute on SoCal freeways and split lanes and suggest a top box over big panniers. I have Triumph OEM panniers and top box. I prefer the top box, to make my bike as narrow as possible. I want as much room as possible when the cagers have their noses buried in their phones. I`ve watched bikes with the big metal panniers barely make the gaps in traffic and it look a little sketchy to me.

I`m always surrounded by crappy drivers.
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Thanks for the replies.

I hope NOT to be loaded down that much! I just want a place to store my lunch...

I was leaning towards the panniers simply because I like the way I look compared to a top box alone, but after paying close attention to this morning's commute I think they might hinder my ability to move through traffic.

Just ordered a little windscreen for the Bonny and am going to keep looking for a used Tiger.

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I`ve watched bikes with the big metal panniers barely make the gaps in traffic and it look a little sketchy to me.
Just makes things more exciting... Riding up to West Hollywood from Mexico on the I-5 I found that the drivers were generally very considerate and moved over to allow me enough room. Certainly not always the case as there is always some ass hat that won't accommodate you.

I wouldn't suggest lane splitting with hard bags for the inexperienced rider... I really never gave it a second thought as I had a very good sense of the space I required to lane split.

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Even though I've only been splitting a few months (and always at slow-ish speeds) there are a few times I know i wouldn't have fit with anything wider than my current bike.

It always delights me to watch the traffic part in front of me when they notice me coming up the side. I'd say 80% of car drivers are motorcycle considerate around the San Francisco area. It's the 15% I worry about!
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Just makes things more exciting... Riding up to West Hollywood from Mexico on the I-5 I found that the drivers were generally very considerate and moved over to allow me enough room. Certainly not always the case as there is always some ass hat that won't accommodate you.

I wouldn't suggest lane splitting with hard bags for the inexperienced rider... I really never gave it a second thought as I had a very good sense of the space I required to lane split.

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The panniers on your bike are a good size, not the larger size I was referring to. I agree with you about an inexperienced rider and hard bags, you need to be comfortable with your space and what it will safely fit through.

Most drivers in the carpool lane are very considerate, more so than the drivers in the fast lane.

I`m always surrounded by crappy drivers.

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It's the 15% I worry about!
That`s why I prefer a top box.

I`m always surrounded by crappy drivers.
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Most drivers in the carpool lane are very considerate, more so than the drivers in the fast lane.[/

I agree... although my experiences overall lane splitting and filtering in SoCal have always been very good. Clearly the drivers in SoCal are well accustomed to it.

No doubt it is a tremendous time saver...

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I went from my Bonnie to the Tiger last spring, so much more power and higher/better view in traffic. Then I gave my car to my daughter last summer so it's my only transport right now, my wife still has a car. I lane split during my 35 mile commute 805 to 5 from San Diego to Carlsbad everyday, it's 45 min no matter the traffic.

I've got a Givi Monokey on the back and that holds everything I ever need, Not sure I'd do it with hard bags on the side but I have with soft and it was fine.

Also if you've been riding since 2008, that's 9 years, I don't think you're considered a newbie anymore. You should be taking 1000 mile trips to Lassen and Shasta on the weekends!
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