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    Hi all,
    New to the forum and trying to decide between these two bikes and was looking to receive some opinions on how they compare. Any thoughts and comments would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    Buy the F800...simple as that! You can trust me I own a BMW .

    If you want further proof get the latest Bike [UK] magazine. It has a sports-tourer test with the F800ST winning the road AND track sections. I didn't buy the magazine myself but a quick scan in the shop showed about 4 or 5 bikes involved in the comparison and one was the Triumph ST and I think the Tiger as well? Don't quote me on that.

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    Originally posted by EJ_92606

    Hi all,
    New to the forum and trying to decide between these two bikes and was looking to receive some opinions on how they compare. Any thoughts and comments would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
    my only advice would be to ride them both...then talk to the owners about maintenance, after-sales etc etc
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    Well that was a tricky question since the bikes are so different. I'd say that it depends on what you need a bike for. If you see Tiger as appealing alternative, maybe you'd like to wait a while, maybe, just maybe there is F800GS coming...
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    if you go for power then the Tiger is 1st. The engine is simply more powerful at all RPM. In a German magazine the Tiger competed to the R1200GS and did win. Specially the engine was praised over and over again.

    On the other hand if you need a perfect all round bike with maintenance free belt and low fuel consumption and lots of fun to ride then the F800ST is a serious candidate. As many said, go test them (and have fun!).

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    As stated, they are two different bikes. Never owned a Tiger but have taken test rides on the new one and liked it and of course the three cylinder power plant is a great one. A lot of people bash Triumphs but my 03 Bonneville is turning out to be the most reliable bike I've ever owned. The F800 is great so it depends on the kind of riding you'll be doing. Best of luck in your decision.


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    Tiger:
    Big, heavy, powerful, chain drive.

    F800:
    Light, economical, (powerful enough), belt drive.

    Also depends how you like the dealers - that's quite important if you're keeping the bike for a while.

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    Thanks for your response.
    Regarding weight, the Tiger's dry weight is listed as 436, which is just 24lbs heavier than the F800ST. Total length of Tiger is 3 inches shorter, but the Tiger's wheelbase is about 2.7 inches longer, which would probably give the 800 the edge in feeling more nimble.

    Gas mileage on Tiger is in the low 40's per US gallon, so 800 is definitely better in that regard and I very much like the belt drive of the 800 too.

    Good point on the dealers. The Triumph dealer also sells about 4 Japanese brands and they seem very aggressive on their pricing structure...willing to throw in sales tax and license, etc. BMW dealer only sells BMWs. My guess is I would get better service from the BMW dealer since that is their only brand. But service cost is probably higher as well.

    Originally posted by Custard

    Tiger:
    Big, heavy, powerful, chain drive.

    F800:
    Light, economical, (powerful enough), belt drive.

    Also depends how you like the dealers - that's quite important if you're keeping the bike for a while.

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    On my Tiger rides I never noticed any real weight difference other than it has a bit higher center of gravity. The shorter wheelbase might make the F800 feel more nimble but would also make it less stable under certain conditions. Bikes are all compromises.

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    Yes, weight isn't really a problem once you're on the move, but it matters to me when I'm pushing the bike out of the garage.
    I dropped my R1100RS doing that!
    The F800 feels like a 125 in comparison.

    My local BMW dealer is pretty good, and BMWs seem to hold their prices much better than most other bikes (at least here in Blighty).

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    EJ,
    You mentioned servicing cost for BMW would probably be higher.
    Not necessarily so, the F800 is turning out to be the cheapest model in this respect.
    Remarkably good on fuel too if that is an issue to you (ironically, it's dirt cheap here)
    Steve.

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