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1645 Views 13 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  winger
I've been reading all the responses from current Tiger owners based on the new Tiger - It seems that many of you wanted the new bike to keep the "off road" capability of the old. However, correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that the old Tiger (based on numerous reviews and comments that I read) was a very poor performer on anything but relatively smooth dirt and gravel roads.

IMHO, the new Tiger is everything the new Sprint should have been with the added bonus of better lean angles and a more relaxed seating position. To me it strikes a balance between Supermotard and Sport Touring. I will be ordering one in black for my canyon and sport touring rides.

As for my "get dirty" inclinations, I just picked up a new 2007 KTM 525 EXC. Looking at the options, if I really wanted an Adventure bike with off road capabilities I would buy one of the new KTM 990 Adventurers that are coming out next month. That bike can really handle some nasty stuff.

Looking forward to joining the ranks of the Tiger members in the coming months.
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I've always said that all I'm really bothered about is the 0-100-0 (mph) performance. Yes, of course anyone can ride faster but the roads on which you have MOST FUN on the Tiger are generally in the sub-100mph zone.

As for off-road potential, you can take ANYTHING off road. I've ridden a GPz in the sea and a Honda C50 through a field of donkey-doo. I'm not very skilled these situations but by the fact that competitive Motocrossers use competitive MX bikes suggests that there IS a difference!


PS - I Like the Long way Round analogy, Graeme, but do you remember that cheap Russian bike that the cameraman followed them on which kept up over the rough going?
Well I took a 6ft mate pillion over to Sheffield today to pick up a 660 Baghira. He was already looking slightly over the top of me on my 06 soi on the 07 he woulkd be getting a full blast in the face!

And even with the more sensible pillion seat:rider seat ratio on the 06, the piilion seat is already so high that my wife has to use a well-practised technique getting on. I have not sat on/seen the 07 yet so I'd like to give it the benefit of the doubt but I do know my missus is not alone in thinking 'no way' when looking at the height in the pictures.

As for the riide today, we ended up taking all the windy back roads and had a ball, despite the often slippery conditions on the peaks. Riding for 4 to 5 hours there and back makes you appreciate heated grips!

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