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post #1 of 9 Old 11-17-2010, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Tiger 1050, Tiger 800, Honda 919 Dilemma

Just waiting for you all to throw rotten tomatoes at me for this. I moved from a 919 to a Tiger 1050 about 2.5 years ago. I enjoyed the 919, except for the wobbly rear while cornering. The Tiger is a great bike, albeit BIG. It stands tall, and for my 30" inseam it's a little bit of a stretch plus tiptoes at traffic lights. It's also a top heavy bike.

I waited patiently for the new Tiger 800, and now comparing the specs, the 800 is a bit shorter at the seat than the 1050, a little bit lighter, actually has a bit longer wheelbase, and not as much UMPH! I have found myself reflecting on the 919 many times during ownership of the 1050. The 919 just FIT me.

I've considered moving to an 800, but the price is equal to what I paid for the 1050 2.5 years ago. I can find a New Old Stock 919 for significantly less and save myself about Four Grand. So what does everyone think about this? I should probably just be happy with what I have. Opinions please.

Mike in Dixie

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-17-2010, 09:17 PM
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.....you could always check out the BMW F800GS.....

Or, simply buy a cheap '03 919 for $3500 used and redo the suspension. A $600 penske rear and some new fork springs and it will be a new bike. The wobbly rear is no where to be found.

Take the money you save.....and buy an old Suzuki DR650 for your street legal dual sport transatlantic adventures.

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-17-2010, 09:21 PM
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First question - have you actually been 'off road' on the Tiger regularly?

If the answer is NO - or not very often and then I crap myself, I'd flick it and get a Speed or Street Triple or save a fortune and get a low km 9er or even a new one from the 'is there really new 919's available ' thread.

If going the 9er route figure in the cost of a decent rear suspender $600-$900 depending on brand - (lots of threads here) and your arse end will be sweet (so to speak).

Thousands saved for petrol & bling!

Or if you are looking brand spankers new there is the Kawa 1000 and CB1000r coming to consider as well.

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post #4 of 9 Old 11-18-2010, 04:04 AM
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If the 9'er fits, get a used one and do what artic suggested if the rear suspension was bothering you. They can be had really cheap compared to a new bike. Good luck in whatever you decide.

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post #5 of 9 Old 11-18-2010, 05:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the great suggestions guys. And Mike, thanks for the "Mater".

All good suggestions, and will have much to think about over the holidays.

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post #6 of 9 Old 11-18-2010, 07:32 AM
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Every time I look at a new bike, I compare weight, torque, comfort, & fuel capacity.

Guess what..........the 919 is hard to beat. It just works.

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post #7 of 9 Old 11-18-2010, 10:45 AM
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-18-2010, 01:49 PM
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Sniper will love me for this one...... the SuperDuke would be a sweet bike...but, If I had an unlimited budget --- one of these would definately be in my garage. Yep, think this bike would replace the 919 quite nicely. But then again.....$15,000 KTM or a $3500 used 919.

They have a 'claimed' dry weight of 432 pounds........KTM 990 SM-T (Supermoto, Touring)



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post #9 of 9 Old 11-18-2010, 02:24 PM
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theres that futuristic headlight/front end again...

folks i dont think we'll be able to get away from that look.... bike looks great, front end looks stupid as all hell.

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