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Old 09-08-2011, 07:25 AM   #76
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How does the Tigger work in those loose rocky conditions? Can you tractor the motor smoothly enough to keep things under control? Does it track pretty straight or deflect easily in the rocks?
Great questions...I have a dual sport tire on the front and a Big Block on the rear (both Kenda). I experienced some deflection on the trail, but nothing that knocked me too far off my chosen route. (In hindsight, and after talking to folks who've done that trail downhill, I am glad we rode it west-to-east...evidently going the other way is extremely treacherous!) I have never used a steering stabilizer, but I think I might try one because on the dirt roads approaching this trail I experienced what I call front-end fishtailing at higher speeds (70-80 mph). Could've been the tire too, so I'm unsure what effect a steering stabilizer might have. That probably doesn't help too much! As for the engine, it was very tractable throughout the ascent. I try to watch my gear selection carefully, as I'm only 5'5" it can sometimes be difficult to get going again after stalling on a steep uphill (short legs don't lend themselves to paddling much!). That said, I often found myself in third gear and the bike wasn't bogging at all, but second was ideal and first was sometimes required.
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:09 AM   #77
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I've got a question for you guys and gals -

It would have to be answered by someone who has ridden both the new Tiger 800 and a KTM LC8 (950 or 990).

How does the vibration compare between the two of them?

In between the 950 Supermoto I had and the 950 Adventure I bought I had wrist surgery. When I took the new Adventure for my first ride the last 20 miles was an agony. The frequency of the vibration just does something to the steel bar in my wrist that causes pain. It's not a motorcycle problem as I've had no trouble riding my R1200ST for 400 mile trips. Because of this the 950 is in the flea market and I'm on the lookout for something to replace it for a trip to Alaska next year.
I have ridden both the KTM 950 and 990, but only on test rides. I thought that both bikes were pretty smooth, but not as smooth as my DL1000 Suzuki.

The Tiger 800 redefines the word "smooth". It is the smoothest running and most vibration free motor I have ridden so far (and I have ridden and owned lots of motorcycles). If you have not test rode one, you owe it to yourself to try one.
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:30 AM   #78
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Thanks! That certainly narrows down the search.

Now to find one I can ride!
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:11 AM   #79
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:46 PM   #80
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:01 PM   #81
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:04 PM   #82
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:05 PM   #83
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:09 PM   #84
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Alaska Tiger when did you make the road trip to the Circle?
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:16 PM   #85
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Here in Oregon, fall is already showing signs of its arrival. Despite rain in the forecast, instead of driving I took the Tiger for a weekend on the coast.



Not too bad.




Beautiful views




As soon as I crossed the coast range on the way back, it was dry and sunny. And I came upon this dirt road.



Why not?



It was not the first time I took it down a gravel route. But it served to remind me that this is a very well tuned machine. Its smooth engagement on acceleration and braking translate for good behavior on loose surfaces like this ball-bearing gravel road. I did not push it on the curves, but the few times I rolled on the throttle with a bit more enthusiasm it showed composure. And on a straight line the bike settles down very, very well. The original tires hold well.

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Old 09-20-2011, 03:35 PM   #86
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:03 PM   #87
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Alaska Tiger when did you make the road trip to the Circle?
We went on August 30th. Just a little 350 mile day trip from Fairbanks (where we all live).
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:09 PM   #88
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We went on August 30th. Just a little 350 mile day trip from Fairbanks (where we all live).
cool I want to do it all over again!
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:17 PM   #89
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Old 09-21-2011, 04:21 PM   #90
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125 miles of gravel and twisties today, can't wait to do some more!
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