Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: District Of Columbia
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It's something I'm only thinking about right now.
Honestly? I overestimated my needs when I bought it. The Tiger 1050 is a LOT of motorcycle, with gobs of power that I haven't the skill, roads or inclination to really use. Yes, it's sometimes nice to whack the Loud Handle and feel like I've been shot out of a cannon. Yes, the torque curve on the triple is quite impressive.
And I've never really explored most of the tach. Haven't needed to. I bought it because it's...awesome. But I've since realized that that kind of awesome isn't really what I need.
All of it comes at a cost. Where I live, even with a clean record, the insurance is really high - I live in the heart of DC. Parts are very expensive and dealer support is limited. It's a big, heavy bike that gets only reasonable mileage for its size. And Triumph has stopped making them in the US (the Tiger Sport is selling well in Europe) which has killed the resale value on them.
Finally, I've got a bike loan on it, and although the money was cheap to buy, we've got some upcoming changes coming at home that will change our financial picture and as such, a bike loan/high insurance premium isn't practical. I broke my own rule about financing depreciating assets. And Triumph, dammit - great motorcycles but the resale is often crap. I'm gonna take a hit on it no matter what I do.
I liked my '08 Versys, I just had to (at the time) feed some BMW lust and buy an R1100S which I since sold before moving to DC. Got that out of my system. Talk about expensive maintenance!
The main thing that bugged me about the V was the 5K vibration. I've since learned how I can tune that out (had to do it with the Triumph) and mod/farkle for reasonable costs.
I like the looks of the Gen 2 bikes, and I can get one for half of what I can sell the Triumph for right now, make some basic mods to it and still own a reliable, fun do-everything bike free and clear.
So that's basically it - The 1050 is beautiful and powerful and fast...
...and expensive. And heavy. And more than I need.
Anyone in the market for one?
Last edited by killbilly; 08-20-2013 at 06:27 AM.