I bought my Tiger new, and have had small problems the major one being quality control, ie the gear select lever decided to part company one night, so I had to nurse the beast home 'lugging' the engine in top gear when I had to slow down. I informed Triumph (Australia)as to what damage may had been suffered to the engine they assure me that the engine would be fine. Cant fault it as yet.
Another quality issue when new was the ignition barrel for the key was loose. The composite materials they use for the rear small fairing and the side covers are ueseless, all the ones on my bike have cracked I informed Triumph and they said I must of dropped the bike
One last issue I've had is the vibration, not so bad through the feet, but the handles is diabolicle.
The above are all the problems I've had in the space of 18 months, I've had to have the seat lowered, so if your not over 6ft you will have problems with touching the ground. When full of fuel and slow speeds the bike is a bit of a handful, this being due to its high CofG.
To answer your question, would it handle a RTW, in a word yes, I've travelled around Australia on the Tiger, my only problem thus far is the vibration which I'm going to sort out with either aftermarket handle bars or heavier end weights.
Macca & Lynda
[This message has been edited by Macca (edited 23 April 2004).]
Macca & Lynda