13 months, 16000 miles, a review of my Tiger.
Hard to believe I have put 16,000 miles on my Tiger in a little over a year. It seems I remember most of them since they were recent. I bought my Tiger in March of 2006. I was looking for something comfy for commuting, long distance two up riding, and still fun to pick up the pace a bit.
I have a back injury and it keeps me from enjoying a cruiser, so I was looking at every alternative. I test rode cruisers, standards, and sport tourers. All of them had good points and bad.
The cruiser riding position exposed my lower back to more abuse than a sport bike. The forward controls did not allow me to unweight before a bump/pothole etc...
The standards I rode were fun, the S3 being my favorite, but it did not serve the function I was looking for. But damn tempting.
Sport tourers did nothing for me. Most were too sport (riding position) and would not offer the long haul ability I wanted.
There sat the tiger in the window of the dealer. Jetblast seemed to love his GS, so we talked about the pros and cons. I talked to my dealer and there was not a demo to test ride. So I sat on it. I bounced on it. I looked at everything I could see on it. I researched it, etc...
When i said I would buy it, my dealer laughed. He thought I was full of BS!
Three weeks after I bought my Tiger, I high sided my RC at VIR. Broken collar bone and my bike would have to sit un ridden for a month. The doctor said to stay off bikes for 6, but I just had to ride! 4 weeks after my accident, I was on the Tiger. I had just gotten enough mobility in my shoulder to put a shirt on by myself the week before. My neighbors lectured me, my parents lectured me, I kept riding.
Fast forward one year, a set of tires, a couple of oil changes, replaced brake fluid, Air filters, radiator fluid, fork fluid, Givi top box, gel seat, center stand, highway windshield, bar risers, heated grips, gps, and 16000 miles. I could not be happier. The Tiger have been stuck in the mud by Ridge Runners house; gone through a hurricane en route to ATL; went through a storm that killed 12 in NC (H_Ryder in tow on an RC) on the way to Tampa; Another Trip to Tampa and countless trip to Raleigh, and anywhere else I have had an urge to visit.
To stay happy with this beast is expected. However this summer, i need to add crash bars, radiator and oil cooler guards, new chain and sprockets, another oil change, tank bag etc...
I have owned several other bikes and this is the one I would have least likely picked just two years ago. However it has been nothing but surprising the entire time I have owned it.