Thanks MO, its good to see some action in this market segment. The US is great for adventure touring, and I don’t mean down Route 66 on a Harley…
From my experience, your article is spot on. I have ridden the BMW GS and I currently own a Tiger, as you said the Tiger grows on you, it just does everything well. However, it has a long way to go before its perfect. I can’t say much for the Aprilia yet, hopefully someone I know will buy one soon…
For the benefit of prospective buyers, here are some Pro’s and Con’s, from my experience on the Tiger 955i:
- Powerful & Quick, even with a heavy load!!!
- Great suspension, that works well everywhere.
- Fits well between cars in traffic…. (Great commuter, while saving for the next adventure.)
- No overheating problems in high temperature at low speeds. (I whish I could say the same for the rider!!)
- 12v Power outlet for GPS or Heated Vest.
- Bad wind protection!! There is a lot of Helmet noise due to wind turbulence at high speed.
- No packing space under the seat. (Where must I put my tools & tire repair kit??)
- Must take off both seats and use tools to adjust the rear Pre-Load.
- Fuel Gage very pessimistic. (This could be a pro if you’re a Procrastinator)
- Center stand should never be optional on an adventure tourer!!
That triple just purrs along like a happy feline. I am very pleased with the Tiger so far, it has given me no problems whatsoever and it did not bite of an “arm and a leg” to acquire it.
1.) Why is it that your power specs (85Hp) differs so much from the Factory specs (105Hp). Perhaps yours were tested at the wheel, and factory’s at the motor, but 20 horses is a lot to lose or to lie about??
2.) I agree with other readers, to see a simple table with a summary of the specs would be nice. (eg. Weight, Power, Fuel Consumption, Tank Range, MSRP ext.)
Otherwise very well done, keep it up and we’ll keep on subscribing!!