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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.

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Pics?

You make it sound so fun!

I LOVE Tig Bitties!
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Dude, that's awesome.
I'm happy for you and envy you at the same time. I wish my life allowed me that much saddle time.
What size engine is it? Fuel injected? Have you had any problems besides the recent oil leak?

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955cc, fuel injected (retuneable ecu), and the oil leak mysteriously went away. My dealer has ordered the parts on warranty, but we are going to hold back on doing the work until the leak appears again. From Tampa to Virginia Beach it did not leak at all.

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I didn't know they crammed the 955 in it. No wonder Jet would not play when provoked - by the time he got that boxer pig downshifted, you'd have been in the next county....

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Congrats on the 16,000 mile marker. I'll be turning 10K any day now.

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Yeah, but who were the first to complain about theirs backs & arses on the way to Tampa?

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The only reason you didn't complain is because you lost feeling within the first 10 miles. It takes the ADV bikes a few miles before they start working on joints and muscles. The RC has a natural vibrator built in.

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One minor detail I forgot to bring up in the previous post...

Around 10,000 miles the motor has really woken up. The bike delivers more power now than before and is running even more smoothly than it did last spring.

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Nice testimonial for the Tiger.

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It looks in some ways like a VStrom.

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It looks in some ways like a VStrom.
Them's fightin' words!

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It looks in some ways like a VStrom.
Same family. Just like an FZ1 looks like a Bandit.

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And yet for some reason it can't make it to OH!

Glad you are still enjoying the bike. I know you were wondering when you bought it.
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And yet for some reason it can't make it to OH!

Glad you are still enjoying the bike. I know you were wondering when you bought it.
Ha! Ohio will happen. I have knocked out five states this year. More to come!

As for wondering when I bought it... That is understated. I was feeling down right stupid as I was paying for a bike I was completely unsure if I would even like it. I was buying practicality, not an emotional or status purchase at all.


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