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1647 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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But is that just because you're on slightly knobbly tyres with pliant suspension and your mates are on rock hard settings, sports rubber and hate the sound of stone chippings pinging off their shiny plastic ??

Stick Tourances on the new Tiger and I bet it will horse down gravel tracks just the thing.

As for the rear seat, my hairdresser (she's blonde, what more can I say) and hubby have a Tiger, she hates not being able to see forwards, a slightly higher rear perch will suit her down to the ground.

And nobody's mentioned how much sag there is when you actually put a second body on the seat yet ? Convention suggests that in male/female combinations the female is about a good 4 inches shorter than the male, is the seat reall this steeply angled to get the pillion higher than the rider ?

the pic on the triumph site here

makes it look like the pillion's comfortably looking over the riders shoulder. Isn't that just about perfect ?
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