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Transalp 650 (or 700), Tiger 955i (or 1050), BMW F800GS, or other mid size adventure bike?
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Transalp 650 or Tiger 955i 1 month, 2 weeks ago #559024

-Ralph- wrote:
With £4k widen your search. And remember you'll knock some money off the advertised price at this time of year so search up to £4500

Single cylinder Tenere isn't the right bike if it's road only use IMO

www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2...812714?atmobcid=soc3

www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2...000665?atmobcid=soc3

www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2...373781?atmobcid=soc3

www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2...646884?atmobcid=soc3

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Thanks,

I was a bit concerned the tenere wasn't as much of a tourer as the Transalp. I don't know enough about engines to comment, I like the V twin in my Vara 125, which is most of the reason why I was thinking Transalp. I did consider the big Vara, but was put off by the weight. Although worth a test ride.

I'd love a R1200gs one day, but maybe not as my first big bike.

I'd like to have full luggage, crash bars etc for £4k, which was why I was thinking smaller engine, but I'll widen the search a bit, see what else I can get.

Thanks again

Re: Transalp 650 or Tiger 955i 1 month, 2 weeks ago #559031

The big vara is a great bike had a carb'd one & also a later fi version. Your right though its a heavy beast!

Cheers Allan
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Re: Transalp 650 or Tiger 955i 1 month, 1 week ago #559060

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Not either of the bikes you are asking about, but I have a XL600V Transalp.
Nice bike and easy to ride. Had it for nearly 6 years now, use it mainly for
commuting and weekend trips.
What I like
-reliable, never had a breakdown or problem.
-easy to service apart from spaark plugs.
-easy to ride
-handles ok off road and for my ability
What I don't like
- Not comfortable, seat is too low or pegs too high, I get ache sin my knees
- could do with more power
- a bit heavy. At 6ft and 85 kgs after christmas dinner I would like something lighter.
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Re: Transalp 650 or Tiger 955i 1 month, 1 week ago #559062

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What about a xl700 fuel injection and cat so compliant hopefully, holds value and are great as a real first bike.

Forget crash bars and honda panniers are crap...leak and distort..a rear pannier rack is good ..

Re: Transalp 650 or Tiger 955i 1 month, 1 week ago #559067

Tramp wrote:
What about a xl700 fuel injection and cat so compliant hopefully, holds value and are great as a real first bike.

Forget crash bars and honda panniers are crap...leak and distort..a rear pannier rack is good ..


Yeah the 700 ta is what I'm thinking. Just keeping options open as I've not ridden any yet. With either givi trekkervpanniers or heavy duties stuff. Heard some good things about them. Don't like the look of the Honda panniers.

Re: Transalp 650 or Tiger 955i 1 month, 1 week ago #559070

have you thought of these

www.suzuki-gb.co.uk/motorcycles/motorcyc...strom/v-strom-650l6/

or an early Tiger 800 ?

cheers Spud
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Transalp 650 or Tiger 955i 1 month, 1 week ago #559081

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thebiggestjolly wrote:
-Ralph- wrote:
With £4k widen your search. And remember you'll knock some money off the advertised price at this time of year so search up to £4500

Single cylinder Tenere isn't the right bike if it's road only use IMO

www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2...812714?atmobcid=soc3

www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2...000665?atmobcid=soc3

www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2...373781?atmobcid=soc3

www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2...646884?atmobcid=soc3

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Thanks,

I was a bit concerned the tenere wasn't as much of a tourer as the Transalp. I don't know enough about engines to comment, I like the V twin in my Vara 125, which is most of the reason why I was thinking Transalp. I did consider the big Vara, but was put off by the weight. Although worth a test ride.

I'd love a R1200gs one day, but maybe not as my first big bike.

I'd like to have full luggage, crash bars etc for £4k, which was why I was thinking smaller engine, but I'll widen the search a bit, see what else I can get.

Thanks again

Twin or multicylinder engines are much better for road use. They aren't just smoother, they are more powerful, have a wider rev range which makes better gearing possible and they are more durable.

Don't worry about the size of the engine. The 1200 in the BMW makes 100bhp, 8 bhp less than the Tiger 955i you were considering.

For road use only weight doesn't really matter either unless you have particularly short legs, or have a habit of dropping them at petrol stations, they aren't heavy when they are moving.

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Re: Transalp 650 or Tiger 955i 4 weeks, 1 day ago #562038

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I've owned both and I would go for the transalp 650

The tiger 955 are nice, but they suffer from head gasket problems after 30,000 miles, whereas the transalp is bullet proof

sure, the tiger is much quicker, but it's also much more top heavy and poor in city traffic

i also found the tiger engine runs very hot and it seemed more like an engine suite to road/race bike, as opposed to an adventure/tourer/commuter bike
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Re: Transalp 650 or Tiger 955i 4 weeks, 1 day ago #562077

ds99 wrote:
I've owned both and I would go for the transalp 650

The tiger 955 are nice, but they suffer from head gasket problems after 30,000 miles, whereas the transalp is bullet proof

sure, the tiger is much quicker, but it's also much more top heavy and poor in city traffic

i also found the tiger engine runs very hot and it seemed more like an engine suite to road/race bike, as opposed to an adventure/tourer/commuter bike

I hadn't heard of head gasket problems and did 65k miles on my previous 955 so I had a look on a Triumph forum and it seems to have just been early bikes that were affected before Triumph changed the gasket.
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Re: Transalp 650 or Tiger 955i 4 weeks, 1 day ago #562114

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You said you wanted to widen the search, here is a left field suggestion. a nc750 either the s or the x, euro 4 compliant I think, great mpg for your commute and great for touring and easy to work on. probably get a 14 plate for under 4k.
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