Main Motorcycle: Tiger 1200
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Pacific Northwest
I have a 1200 Tiger XCA and was sitting on an 800 yesterday. According to the dealer, the 800 is very popular for those who actually want to use their adventure bike for....um adventuring. Don't want to attract ire but let's face it the 1200 XCA is not an off road bike. It's got dirt looking bits but it's the same bike as the street version. 800 felt taller, way more nimble and of course it has a larger front tire. However, I didn't drive the thing as I bought the 1200 and don't want to be tempted. The other thing the dealer mentioned is many folks including the ladies get the 800 and complain it's too tall. Some lower them, then complain they don't handle right.
I can't imagine the 800 would tour like the big beast but people tour on singles so that's up to the driver and what you are willing to tolerate. I will add that for all the fancy adjustments on the XCA I don't really feel a huge difference when going from "sport" to "comfort". Not sure of the value of all that fandangary.
Last edited by easytiger; 06-08-2019 at 10:56 AM.