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Old 02-29-2008, 04:51 AM   #1
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE7PYpLDWPg

I took one for a test ride recently...loved that sweet torquey 1050 motor...
...once I got used to the motard/sports bike feel..
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Old 02-29-2008, 05:41 AM   #2
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IF I had the cash, I'd have one in my garage now alongside the DL650. I sat on an 08 Tiger the other day and just loved how it felt - even more comfy in the showroom than my 650 was. I'm sure I'd love the extra power too!

Hmmm....someday, maybe.
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Old 02-29-2008, 08:43 AM   #3
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i had a 07 tiger1050/abs in the garage next to my 6fiddy for 6 months. finally sold the 6fiddy....tiger can do EVERYTHING the strom could, at 110%.....

tiger is the only bike in the garage right now....
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Old 02-29-2008, 08:56 AM   #4
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Aw, I was hoping the video would be of a good rider putting it through its paces, with the off-road pipe singing, of course.

ETA... Ah, here we are...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzCkq...eature=related
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:18 AM   #5
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The Tiger, KTM SuperDuke, and Buell LightingTT are the only bikes that felt perfect to me. The tiger is on my short list of possible bikes to buy. The engine felt amazing when I test road one.
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:23 PM   #6
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I have a yellow 07 and I'm having a great time trashing it. I still don't know how fast it will go. It likes tires! I would buy it again.
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Old 03-02-2008, 06:30 AM   #7
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Anyone put a set of knobby tires on one and had a play on some bush trails?
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:48 PM   #8
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Anyone put a set of knobby tires on one and had a play on some bush trails?
I understand that some folks think that they can ride anything off pavement, but honestly, I just don't see the point. If it's just for fun, of course, but...the 1050 Tiger has given up ALL pretense of being a D/S machine.
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Old 03-03-2008, 03:22 PM   #9
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Part of the problem also is the apparent lack of a front knobby tire in 17-inch sizes.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:15 PM   #10
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I understand that some folks think that they can ride anything off pavement, but honestly, I just don't see the point. If it's just for fun, of course, but...the 1050 Tiger has given up ALL pretense of being a D/S machine.
That was exactly why I bought mine. I love the idea of the "Adventure Bike", but the reality is, I ride 99.99% on the road and love every minute of my Tiger. When I find a gravel ROAD, it does just fine, but if I ever decide I really want to explore off road, I'm not going to want to do it on ANY 1000+ cc 500lb bike.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:18 AM   #11
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I would got one instead of my Vee, except for the lack of dealer network in my area.

(The nearest dealer is more than a 3 hour drive and they are a small and rather poorly stocked one at that.)
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:14 AM   #12
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Anyone put a set of knobby tires on one and had a play on some bush trails?

any bike can be perverted.... different wheels, different forks.
but even then, compariing DS capabilities with even a humble $2000 DR is laughable
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:32 AM   #13
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The new Tiger is an amazing ride. I had the chance to take an '07 ABS Tiger on a 200 mile ride last month. It was fast, comfortable, fantastic fun in the twisties, strong ABS brakes. Easily lifts the front tire in 2nd gear. Much better in all performance categories than my old Wee. And very good looking, too. If I wasn't height and inseam challenged, I'd own one.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:33 AM   #14
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any bike can be perverted.... different wheels, different forks.
but even then, compariing DS capabilities with even a humble $2000 DR is laughable
Don't forget that there are two sides to "Dual" sport. And while a DR is clearly better on the dirt side, these beasts like Tigers/GS/Uly/Strom will blow away a DR on the road side. Most people looking at these bike don't want a dirt bike. The want a bike that doesn't have to stop when the pavement stops.

I got my Tiger because I got frustrated riding around New Mexico and finding that the road turned to dirt just when the scenery was getting good. So my definition of dual sport includes 800 mile days in comfort, plenty of power on the road, and, yes, some dirt roads. In the context of my definition of dual sport, a DR is laughable.

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