Β£3k Touring / Adventure Bike - Tiger 955i ?

Β£3k Touring / Adventure Bike - Tiger 955i ?

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V8RX7

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20,273 posts

219 months

Monday 6th July
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I love my 525 Supermoto and it's staying but I want to ride 2+ hours to Wales etc around it and back so 6+ hours, my back won't let me do that on my 1100 Griso so I think it's going, which is a shame

So I'm looking for a comfortable tourer and thinking an Adventure style will suit me better than a Tourer as such.

I've an irrational hatred of BMW bikes, the Tiger 955i seems to fit the bill (circa £2k) although I'd prefer something smaller / lighter, I like to ride A/B roads 50-85 and as they are in poor repair, decent suspension is a must.

I started looking at the 855 but reviews said the 955 was better, I could afford the 1050 (seen a few at £3500) but don't really like the looks and as it's a third bike, cheaper the better.

What other bikes should I consider ?

Thanks

Deranged Granny

2,058 posts

124 months

Monday 6th July
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In the long tradition of recommending your own bike, while it it may be a bit big and definitely is a bit ugly, I did 6 straight hours round Wales yesterday on my V-Strom 1000 and it was perfect for the job. Cheap, great suspension, good visibility, really comfortable and decent engine.

airsafari87

721 posts

138 months

Monday 6th July
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Deranged Granny said:
In the long tradition of recommending your own bike, while it it may be a bit big and definitely is a bit ugly, I did 6 straight hours round Wales yesterday on my V-Strom 1000 and it was perfect for the job. Cheap, great suspension, good visibility, really comfortable and decent engine.
I've done plenty of 8 hour plus days on my S1000R.
So in the long tradition of recommending your own bike for the OP to ignore i say that the S1000R is the best bike to do that.

PartOfTheProblem

1,894 posts

127 months

Monday 6th July
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Bandit 1250 / GSF1250S / GSX1250. Great almost upright riding position, lots around with full luggage, great performance. I find mine much more comfortable than my old V-Strom. I paid £3200 for my 2015 plate with 17k miles, so whilst they are a budget machine, they are certainly inexpensive!

AceOfHearts

5,444 posts

147 months

Monday 6th July
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What about the old shape Multistrada? Can be had well in budget with luggage nowadays.

podman

8,012 posts

196 months

Monday 6th July
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Ive had this in for a few days giving it a fettle and putting a Ultimateaddons set up on it.

Its bloody lovely to ride and for 2.5k, I dont think you can go to far wrong with one.




Jazoli

7,694 posts

206 months

Monday 6th July
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airsafari87 said:
I've done plenty of 8 hour plus days on my S1000R.
So in the long tradition of recommending your own bike for the OP to ignore i say that the S1000R is the best bike to do that.
I'll have three if you can get me them for circa £3k each (the op's budget)

The Tiger 955 is a great bike, plenty of other good suggestions on here too.

leighz

361 posts

88 months

Monday 6th July
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You'll struggle to get a tidy tiger 1050 for that money. Great bikes though. However there's no point looking at them if they don't float your boat as you'll never be happy with it

suzuki gsf1250/GSX1250F a good shout a bit more relaxed than your griso according to https://cycle-ergo.com/

if you want smaller with a bolt upright seating position then have a look at the Kawasaki z1000sx.

Jazoli

7,694 posts

206 months

Monday 6th July
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leighz said:
if you want smaller with a bolt upright seating position then have a look at the Kawasaki z1000sx.
For £3k?

They aren't small really, they are a big roomy bike with plenty of space for 2 and can be had with full luggage, but not at the OP's budget wink

Lugy

741 posts

139 months

Monday 6th July
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How about a Yamaha TDM900? Comfy enough, something a bit different and makes a nice noise too IMO. £3k might get you one of the late ones with ABS too.

drmike37

170 posts

12 months

Monday 6th July
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Bandit 1250 not a bad shout. Very lazy engine, a bit like riding an automatic!
I had a sprint 955i and went to Germany on it fairly comfortably. Getting a bit old now though.
My current gs1200 is very good, but no use to you given stated preferences.
My only other experience is that a fazer 600 would be rubbish long distance.

V8RX7

Original Poster:

20,273 posts

219 months

Monday 6th July
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Thanks but:

I looked at V Strom but it's bloody ugly, 1000 is £1k more than 955 and it doesn't seem a better bike really

Bandit - a bit meh, didn't really want a 4cyl either

Multistrada - ugly to my eye, but I'll go and read up

VFR750 / 800 I have looked at them and like the noise but surely the position is at least as bent forward as my Griso (probably more)

Steve Bass

9,036 posts

189 months

Monday 6th July
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Blackbird...

V8RX7

Original Poster:

20,273 posts

219 months

Monday 6th July
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leighz said:
You'll struggle to get a tidy tiger 1050 for that money. Great bikes though. However there's no point looking at them if they don't float your boat as you'll never be happy with it

suzuki gsf1250/GSX1250F a good shout a bit more relaxed than your griso according to https://cycle-ergo.com/

I'm not fussy about scratches etc - seen a mint one with 43k for £3k and two with scratches for £3500

You may be right about looks, although I love the look of the Griso but looks aren't enough

Thanks for the link I'd forgotten about that site

leighz

361 posts

88 months

Monday 6th July
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Jazoli said:
For £3k?
no - you're right wink More like £3.5 - £4k

Jazoli said:
They aren't small really, they are a big roomy bike with plenty of space for 2 and can be had with full luggage, but not at the OP's budget wink
certainly more compact than the tiger 1050, shorter wheelbase, lower seat. Cracking engine

Triumph Sprint 1050 ST might just do the job also



Edited by leighz on Monday 6th July 23:24

bladerrw

107 posts

84 months

Monday 6th July
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Honda Varadero?
There's one on ebay at the moment with massive luggage, 9k miles, £2,600.
Comfortable, thirsty, reliable but 20 years old.

HairyMaclary

3,083 posts

151 months

Monday 6th July
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Versys 650 with luggage if you want to go touring.

Honda Dullsville has loads of space for kit and 3k will get a decent late one.

Tango13

5,798 posts

132 months

Monday 6th July
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O/P, if you do buy a 955i Tiger you could drop a set of cams from a 955i Daytona into it for a bit more 'get up and go' whistle

CaptainSlow

9,637 posts

168 months

Monday 6th July
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Sprint ST1050. End thread.

PartOfTheProblem

1,894 posts

127 months

Monday 6th July
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CaptainSlow said:
Sprint ST1050. End thread.
I disagree. The riding position is way too sporty for a tourer in my opinion. I love my old Sprint 955i, but I couldn't tolerate an ST1050.