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Re: And my next bike will be...
Reply #10 on: September 12, 2020, 08:11:45 PM
Same here, 65 in 6 months and time for something lighter. When sitting on the 900 I can lift it upright off the side stand just using my legs, not using my hands. That’s one hell off a weight difference.
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Reply #11 on: September 14, 2020, 09:12:50 AM
*Originally Posted by Simmo [+]
(PS - Rumour has it that the GEN4 1200 release may have been put back 12 months)
Yes, so they can figure out a decent headlight and a nice single sided swingarm.
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Reply #12 on: September 14, 2020, 03:30:27 PM
*Originally Posted by NiK [+]
Yes, so they can figure out a decent headlight and a nice single sided swingarm.
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Re: And my next bike will be...
Reply #13 on: September 16, 2020, 10:43:49 PM
*Originally Posted by NH [+]
Same here, 65 in 6 months and time for something lighter. When sitting on the 900 I can lift it upright off the side stand just using my legs, not using my hands. That’s one hell off a weight difference.

The weight difference between the 1200 and 900 is 60 kg and the weight in the 900 is lower so a lower centre of gravity so I'm sure that I shall be heading the 900 route this year.

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Re: And my next bike will be...
Reply #14 on: September 17, 2020, 08:04:43 AM
I have also been looking at smaller/lighter options recently as well. I find the Explorer a bit heavy for the off road stuff (and pushing around the garage) these days so I was looking for a replacement that was lighter but equally as powerfull, planted, generally awesome etc for my big tours. Nothing has come close!

Have tested both the 900 Rally Pro and the KTM 790 as well as looking at some other options. Nothing so far looks like a suitable replacement for the Explorer XCa so I will be keeping that and buying one of these as its stable mate for shorter journeys and green lane stuff (probably the KTM - though if I wasn't keeping the Explorer I would have bought the Triumph).

I used to change bikes regularly because bikes were getting better, more powerful, lighter or just cos my bike needed a wash. Arguably the Gen 2 is the best model (Triumph gave you a key) and I feel that if I got rid of it, I would regret it. I will therefore be keeping it for as long as I can push it in and out of the garage - plus it has over 30k miles on it so the residual value may be a little low.

One day in the future, a 250kg, petrol engine triple (with a smooth firing order), shaft drive bike with an ignition key may even be a much sought after high value classic when the norm becomes an electric bike controlled by computers that you start by way of a retina scan and steered by mind control.
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Re: And my next bike will be...
Reply #15 on: September 17, 2020, 09:21:20 AM
Have been getting some green-lane and offroad experience over the last couple of months.
Not seriously considering getting rid of it, though there's two bikes that do catch my eye in terms of more manouverability offroad...

Of course the 900, but even more so the Yamaha Ténéré 700. What a bike...

Don't think I'll ever sway the KTM way. They're great, power right on hand, light, nimble... but made with 'racing' in mind. Tested the 790 before aquiring my Tiger.
Lighter stuff on the bike means less sturdy. Thinner. More prone to wear.
People around me on a KTM have a lot more issues with bearings, stuff braking off, shorter service intervals, more wear allover.
That is, if you really put it to use.

For what I see, especially the Ténéré promises to be a great mix of easy to work on yet reliable form the start.
I drove it. Waw... Haven't had the 900 yet out of fear I'd just swing that way out of passion and not overthink that decision enough  :016:

So... maybe as a second bike anyway? No just next  :001:
I really need to find a way to finance that  :016: :084: and keep the 1200.
I'm 30K in my 1200 and it's still growing on me, I get more out of it... learning to handle the weight also offroad is challenging but fun...

Just my 2 cents... Xtof

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Re: And my next bike will be...
Reply #16 on: September 23, 2020, 11:30:53 AM
I changed from a 1200 XRT to the 900 Rally Pro a couple of months ago and love it. So much lighter and nimble. I agree it feels just as quick as the 1200. At 68 and chronic health condition I was struggling with the weight and finding it hard work particularly with pillion. It's not just the weight but the much lower centre of gravity which all makes a huge difference. Only downside I can see is less weather protection and a little more wind noise around the helmet but I no longer do the big mileage tours as we now motorhome and have the 900 in a trailer behind so we can tour out from there. For this the 900 is perfect and the Rally pro with longer travel suspension is perfect for exploring the back roads too.

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Re: And my next bike will be...
Reply #17 on: September 24, 2020, 04:23:43 PM
Booked a demo on the 900 GT whilst my Tiger has it's first mot, was asked if this was with a view to a purchase (got the impression if I'd have said no a test ride may not have been offered! :084:) Was asked which model I was interesested in and told a GT pro wouldn't be available until February. Look forward to the demo.

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Re: And my next bike will be...
Reply #18 on: September 24, 2020, 07:31:34 PM
I currently have a 2018 1200XRT and while getting my wife's Street Scrambler serviced my dealer begged me to take out one of the new 900's and then tell him what I thought.  So of course, I did!

I rode it for over 1.5 hours and did some highway, back-roads, & city streets (but I didn't do any off-road) and I can honestly say that I didn't prefer anything about the 900 over my 1200.  I realize for some the weight / height might be better but not for me at 53 years old and just over 6 foot (34" inseam) and 207 lbs. I don't have any trouble handling my 1200 what so ever.  The 1200 is MUCH more comfortable to me and IMO, the looks aren't even close - I find the 900 extremely unattractive!  Obviously, the performance advantage goes to the 1200 as well.  When I told the dealer my opinions he said he agreed and that he thought the height & weight was the 900's only advantage - (which might make it a better choice for those who do off-road). 
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Re: And my next bike will be...
Reply #19 on: September 25, 2020, 08:49:43 AM
*Originally Posted by Duff-on-2 [+]
- Just my Opinions  :002:
Just for the record, I achieved the exact same conclusion ;-)

 



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