My new 05 Tiger is a week old and will be in on Mon for the 600 mile service. I previously rode an 02 F650GS and put 32K miles on it in 3 years. I wanted a more long distance type of bike that still had the ability to do gravel roads and fire trails. On my first ride, I dropped it in some deep sand but was still able to pick it up easily. The handling characteristics of the
Tiger on gravel roads is not much different than the BMW, especially if you lower the tire pressure in the stock Anakees.
The Tiger is an awesome bike so far. My first long trip is coming up in July from WI to CO, WY and MT.