Quick post because since we are so public with our motorcycle lives, trips and oh just about everything…I feel the need to make one post about WHY we bought BMW’s versus Triumph’s. This will be my only post as I really do not feel the need to overly justify how we spend our money. But since receiving quite a few emails, messages etc saying our credibility is in question about how I express my opinions and reviews I feel the need.
For those who are not aware in the summer of 2011 we rode two Triumph Tiger 800XC bike to Alaska and back…compliments of Triumph Canada. We reviewed the bikes and LOVED them. Here is the review…
We still think the same way about the Tigers but this is what we have to say about the new 2013 BMW F800GS after someone asked why we went from the 650′s to the 800′s.
above is the link to our RR to Alaska in 2011
yep you are correct. My bike had 60,000KM on it and Cheryl’s almost 50 thousand. Warranties coming up too. PLUS, it was time for new bikes for us and we gave each other an 800 for an engagement gift. We went to the 800 because last summer we were able to ride the new Triumph Tiger 800XC for 44 days. Gave them back. We loved that bike minus a few pet peeves. When this bike came out we were not too impressed with the lack of attention to the seat and it not being adjustable like the Triumph’s. But also did not really pay attention to the ESA. When I learned more about ESA in the theory the BMW became pretty interesting to us again. We also love our luggage and would be able to transfer the mounts into the new Beemers.
So, in the end the ESA for us is doing the trick on the road for road comfort. We like the 21 inch front and the wider handle bars and longer stance. We are not hard core off road riders but wanted better suspension too. So, we bought the 800′s. I am getting a custom seat made right now and included is a gel pad. So, if the seat comes out as comfy as I hope then we have a road savvy bike with definite off road handling. Best of both worlds. How is that for an answer?
I have received many “I am disappointed” emails and private messages that we did not buy Triumphs. Some even have gone as far to say my credibility has been questioned about my review of the Tigers. I say it’s our money, BMW has done some cool things on this bike, and we still think the world of the Tigers but like I said above BMW made some smart improvements.
So, that’s it…the one thing we bragged about with the Triumph’s was the street comfort…although I do not have my custom seat yet, even with the stock low BMW seat this bike feels way more street comfortable than previous years. Ok, enough said.
Everyone should go out and ENJOY whatever you ride and all the Tiger owners out there…you have a great bike!
Nice picture of the Tiger eh? Man we have to get the Beemers up to Alaska one day! What a trip that was!