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    Tiger 1200

    Almost a week into ownership of my new Tiger 1200. What a piece of kit. I did think there where going to be some improvements over my previous Gen2 Explorer, but I wasn't quite expecting it to be as good as it is. Without doubt it is the nicest bike I have ever ridden on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrinkleyowlie View Post
    Almost a week into ownership of my new Tiger 1200. What a piece of kit. I did think there where going to be some improvements over my previous Gen2 Explorer, but I wasn't quite expecting it to be as good as it is. Without doubt it is the nicest bike I have ever ridden on the road.
    I am looking at the 800xrt as a replacement for the GS and am struggling to find something not to like about it. The 1200 is just a bit overkill for me at 10 1/2 st.

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    Test rode both,

    the 800 xrx was wrong, wouldnt turn in and when it did it kept wanting to throw itself on the floor,

    Applying power to lift it up made it want to countersteer with opposite lock

    The explorer didnt want to drop to the deck but still exhibited mild countersteer ...hmmm

    the wind noise from the standard fairing was to much, keys handed back and no figures discussed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Santa-2512 View Post
    Test rode both,

    the 800 xrx was wrong, wouldnt turn in and when it did it kept wanting to throw itself on the floor,

    Applying power to lift it up made it want to countersteer with opposite lock

    The explorer didnt want to drop to the deck but still exhibited mild countersteer ...hmmm

    the wind noise from the standard fairing was to much, keys handed back and no figures discussed.
    Of course it exhibited counter steer...Every bike you've ever ridden countersteers around a bend or corner...fact.

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    Indeed they do, but not full lock at 20mph!
    Or the fact at 60mph it wouldn't turn in or below 20 mph wanted to put itself on the deck. I put it down to both bikes being there lowered models. Because that was the only similarity

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    Quote Originally Posted by Santa-2512 View Post
    Indeed they do, but not full lock at 20mph!
    Or the fact at 60mph it wouldn't turn in or below 20 mph wanted to put itself on the deck. I put it down to both bikes being there lowered models. Because that was the only similarity

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    Very strange, I've neither read nor heard of anyone experiencing those sort of characteristics on either the new 800 or 1200 . As for it being possibly attributed to the low model, I had a fairly extensive ride on a low model Tiger 1200 and if anything felt it handled slightly better than the standard height. All of the more respected journalists are also commenting on how well the new 1200 handles. The only thing I could think of which would effect any modern bike to the point where it wouldn't turn in at 60mph would be seriously low front tyre pressure. On the other hand the only thing I could think of that would want to make the front wheel drop into full counter lock at 20mph is a seriously overinflated tyre. Very strange indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrinkleyowlie View Post
    Very strange, I've neither read nor heard of anyone experiencing those sort of characteristics on either the new 800 or 1200 . As for it being possibly attributed to the low model, I had a fairly extensive ride on a low model Tiger 1200 and if anything felt it handled slightly better than the standard height. All of the more respected journalists are also commenting on how well the new 1200 handles. The only thing I could think of which would effect any modern bike to the point where it wouldn't turn in at 60mph would be seriously low front tyre pressure. On the other hand the only thing I could think of that would want to make the front wheel drop into full counter lock at 20mph is a seriously overinflated tyre. Very strange indeed.
    The 1200 counter steer was no where near as bad as the 800, and given time would probably become 2nd nature, in terms of low speed stability, it was as good as the GS.

    Transmission noise was much lower than the GS, but i would need a seriously tall screen to kill the wind noise / buffeting.

    I tried the same route on the GS as a back to back comparison. No dropping in our countersteer, if anything its neutral.

    I'd have been prepared to talk figures with a changed screen on the 1200, but the 800 was a keys back and walk for me

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    If you test rode the low model then it will have come with the smaller screen. The XRT and XCA both have the touring screen which is much more effective.

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