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    900 Tracer GT?

    I'm not sure this is the right place to post this, but I have to ask...anyone here have a Tracer GT?
    I have a friend that is trying to decide between a Triumph 800 Tiger and the Tracer. He's selling his FJR1300 and is looking for a replacement. His riding is primarily long distance touring and the occasional mountain twists romp. I will say he does a great job in the tight stuff, but it's too much of a workout for him. Thus he is on the hunt for something lighter and more compact. Over the past several years he's taken two week trips from Alabama to Four Corners, The Calgary Stampede and this summer's trip plans are make it to the Arctic Circle. Any thoughts on the Tracer GT?

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    I've been looking seriously @ a Tracer GT myself. All the reviews I've seen & read are really good.
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    I took a serious look at the Tracer as I was coming from a Harley Road King. I know they are not in the "same" category, but the main reason I didn't like the Road King is the weight! I compared the 2019 MT 09 and the Tracer 900 GT before deciding the MT 09 would fit my style more. I really liked the Tracer, but could not justify the cost difference for me as I do not do any actual long trips on the bike. I figured I can add heated grips and windscreen for less than the $4K difference in price. As stated above, every review I read on the 2019 Tracer 900 GT says it is a very good travel bike. The reviewers were surprised at how comfortable it was and how many miles they could put on it in one day. I do not know anything about the Triumph Tiger, so can't help you there.
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    I imagine you're much more likely to find a Yamaha dealer out in the boonies than a Triumph dealer. It may never come up that you need one, but that would still be a factor for me.

    I've sat on the Tracer GT, and it seems well layed out and comfy. If I ever start traveling around by bike, it's on my short list. Gotta wait until the kids are out of the house first...
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    Troop needs to post up regarding his new Tiger 800.

    Does the Tracer have electronic cruise control?

    The Tiger is a true adventure bike with long travel and capable of off road stuff. The Tracer has substantially less travel. The Tiger comes in an XR and XC with a few important differences. Both great bikes.

    The most important advice, in my mind, is to test drive each of them with his ultimate purpose being the primary focus. There are so many other choices as well.
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    Yes, the Tracer GT has electronic cruise control.
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    Kinda weird how no one here owns a GT ?? Heck, my local dealer has a Niken but has never received a GT? OK Rideto, I'm thinking your friend is looking at a XRx? This would be the model that has cruise, ride modes, hand guards, etc. For the msrp of $12,999., the GT is a good deal with the included luggage. The XRx has a retail of $13,500 (?). The GT will be the sportier of the two as it has a 17" front wheel versus the XR's 19" and a 1" shorter wheelbase. Depending on your friends stature, the XR actually has a 1" lower seat height than the GT and has a roomier layout. Suspension wise, the GT has been upgraded from the FJ/FZ, but the Showa equipped XR will likely be a bit firmer. The GT will have a bit more overall zip, but the Triumph triple is smoother, less raucous. Fit and finish on the Triumph is also a little nicer. Mileage will be about the same with the Tiger having a 5 gallon tank. It also uses 87 octane. It's getting close to the time (Jan-Mar), when Triumph tends to include luggage as a purchase incentive for the 800 Tigers. Also, deals will likely be easier to come by on the Triumph as their might be leftover 2017/2018 models out there. Heck, this past January I was able to buy my new 800 Tiger XCx (with included 3 piece luggage/hardware) total out-the-door for $10,400. List, with luggage, was $15,700. As above, the dealer network favors Yamaha, but the 800 model has been very reliable over the years. I really liked my time with the FZ (also sold them so have experience with the FJ), but I like my Tiger more. Happy shopping for your friend
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    Thanks for the replies. Troop, your comparison was extra helpful. I've never owned an unreliable motorcycle, so considerations about dealer network have never entered my mind. I will say my buddy may think differently when he is on the Haul Road headed for the Arctic Circle.

    And he is of, ahem, short stature.

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    Ha .. Thanks
    Your friend may be even happier with the XRx low model. Seat heights can be adjusted from 30" - 30.7" and still has 5.5" front/5.9" rear suspension travel. Also, lots of adventure style tires available with the 19" front tire..
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    I have a 2014 Tiger 1200..the engine is an absolute joy....it will pull like a train from almost any RPM . I was not happy with the suspension so I had it redone by Traxxion Dynamics ..the newer bikes with the WP suspension are much better stock than mine was..that being said, I think the Tiger is a better choice if he plans on touring with it.

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