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    I'm not in India anymore, but am back on the forum. I even have a bike now (see profile or sig for details)
    ATGATT: All The Gear, All The Time!

    Current bike: Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere

    Put the phone away, put your helmet on, and ride!

    Scooters are like fat girls: fun to ride, but embarrassing if your friends see you with one.

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    Welcome back Mountain. Your contributions and commentaries on the forum were greatly appreciated.

    Last i remember you were deciding between a Duke 200 and a Hayabusa in Bhubaneswar! Did you finally buy either of those.
    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

    Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

    Touring Blog: Cycling in Mongolia!

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      Originally posted by The Monk View Post
      Welcome back Mountain. Your contributions and commentaries on the forum were greatly appreciated.

      Last i remember you were deciding between a Duke 200 and a Hayabusa in Bhubaneswar! Did you finally buy either of those.
      No, I never got either of those. I now have the Yamaha Super Tenere.
      ATGATT: All The Gear, All The Time!

      Current bike: Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere

      Put the phone away, put your helmet on, and ride!

      Scooters are like fat girls: fun to ride, but embarrassing if your friends see you with one.

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        Originally posted by The Mountain View Post
        I'm not in India anymore, but am back on the forum. I even have a bike now (see profile or sig for details)
        Did you considered a tiger by any chance if not then why did you not considered it or why did you chose Yamaha over a tiger.
        Welcome back on forum. Glad to have you here.

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          Originally posted by revvharder View Post
          Did you considered a tiger by any chance if not then why did you not considered it or why did you chose Yamaha over a tiger.
          Welcome back on forum. Glad to have you here.

          I did consider the Tiger while I was still in India, but at the time, Triumph was still having trouble finalizing their sales network so it wasn't available yet. When I got back to the US, I looked at all of the big adventure bikes including the Tiger, the KTM Adventure 1290, the BMW GS1200, the new Honda CRF1000 Africa and the Suzuki V-Strom, and decided that the Yamaha was the better choice. The KTM is way too dirt-oriented, so it can be uncomfortable on the big highways here. The BMW is an awesome bike, but it has an awesome price tag to match, and BMW as a company has a nasty history of not supporting warranty claims and blaming the rider for things that fail on the bike. The V-Strom is more street-oriented, but requires much more modification to also be capable of handling unpaved roads and trails.

          I've always liked the big adventure bikes, and for years wanted a Honda XRV750 Africa Twin. When the Super Tenere came out back in 2008, I was excited to see some competition for the BMW GS in the US, and when I got back here last year, I started seriously thinking again about getting one. I went with the Tenere over the others based on the number of features for the price. The KTM and BMW are both more expensive, and are both less well-equipped. The Honda was a close comparison, but even it had some notable deficiencies despite being nearly the same price, most notably being chain-drive whereas the Tenere is a shaft-drive. The Vstrom was much cheaper, but also much less capable. The Triumph ended up towards the bottom of the list due to being nearly the same price for significantly less bike. An 800 triple is more than enough bike for the roads of India, but it's a lightweight when put up against the wide-open spaces in the US.
          ATGATT: All The Gear, All The Time!

          Current bike: Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere

          Put the phone away, put your helmet on, and ride!

          Scooters are like fat girls: fun to ride, but embarrassing if your friends see you with one.

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            Welcome back to the forum.
            You have one of the best and underrated touring machine in Super Tenere.
            Ride hard. Ride safe.
            A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

            Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
            My Ride To Sunderbans -
            Hemnagar & Samsernagar
            Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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              I should add that there is a 1200cc version of the Tiger available in the US, but it too is more expensive than the Tenere and, based on the reviews, does not live up to its appearance (not capable once the pavement ends).
              ATGATT: All The Gear, All The Time!

              Current bike: Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere

              Put the phone away, put your helmet on, and ride!

              Scooters are like fat girls: fun to ride, but embarrassing if your friends see you with one.

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                I know there are quite a lot of people who go touring off-road on those big heavy ADVs, especially in America. But having ridden a few ADVs here in India (on asphalt), i cannot even think of going on dirt with one of those. They are just too big, heavy, difficult and intimidating. Everyone here (in India) who has an ADV rarely go beyond asphalt. And those who do, struggle!

                I know a bunch of guys who went on their Tiger 800s into a nearby forest. They got lost, ran out of food and water and eventually two of the riders ended up burning their clutch plates while climbing a rocky path. Which is quite amusing because i often ride up and down those paths on my cycle

                Did you have a look at the Multistrada Enduro?
                Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

                Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

                Touring Blog: Cycling in Mongolia!

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                  Originally posted by The Monk View Post
                  ...Did you have a look at the Multistrada Enduro?
                  The only Ducati I'd consider owning is the 888 S.P.O. with a Termignoni "spaghetti" exhaust. There's a guy with a Multistrada at my work; it's just about the ugliest bike I've ever seen.
                  ATGATT: All The Gear, All The Time!

                  Current bike: Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere

                  Put the phone away, put your helmet on, and ride!

                  Scooters are like fat girls: fun to ride, but embarrassing if your friends see you with one.

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