Grand Prix 125
Main Motorcycle: 2006 Tiger 955i
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Bourne, UK
Other Motorcycle: Honda CB-1 (CB400f)
Definitely looking forward to the next instalment.
I bought a fairly high mileage 2006 version 12 months ago which, according to the previous owner was well looked after, in great condition & needed nothing doing to it. Decided to go for an Adventure bike as the back could no longer cope with my Blackbird) & like you, I discounted BMW's after testing one.
in 12 months, I've replaced both tyres as the ones it had were squared off & wouldn't hold pressure for more than 48 hours. The steering was a little off, especially when going round roundabouts. When I replaced the head bearings, the lower one was seized solid. The air filter was well past its best, as were the spark plugs. The oil was desperate for a change. The clock & trip meter didn't work (cosmetic I know but indicative of the love & care the previous owner lavished on it), the power socket didn't work (broken wire), an indicator lens was cracked (again cosmetic, but it mattered to me) and both front and rear calipers needed rebuilding.
Now all that has been sorted and I've added a clear spoiler to the top of the screen,, I'm starting to look at what improvements I can make. I've just ordered a USB power outlet for a satnav & camera, I'm also looking to get a sheepskin seat pad for the longer journey.
Unlike your's, mine's more for road use as we don't have quite the same geography as you do, although I do have duel use tyres (have you seen the size of some of the potholes we have in our roads in the UK?).
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