<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Markiza:
I was thinking about 2001 Tiger 955i. If it comes to off road riding it would be limited by the bikes weight and my passanger.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Some thoughts about the 2001 955i: I bought the bike just recently, and sofar travelled about 10.000ks with it. 5.000ks loaded up and a passenger. Our trip took us to Galicia, nothern Spain, no offroad and just a little bit of unpaved roads. As it is with all the modern bikes, as long as you stay to modern countries with modern road side help and a dealership network in that country I would not have any doubts in using a bike like the Tiger. It is a different story of course looking at other places in the world. When a friend of mine fell with his GS 1150 in Marrocco and the valve cover was leaking oil even there out in the nowhere we had been able to find somebody to repair it. Thanks god we didn´t use the magnesium covers but the regular aluminum. As a consequenz I´d say if you like the tiger and feel comfortable and safe on it, you can easely use it for a trip through the states and Europe. So for besides Marrocco I don´t have more travelling expiriences to tell you. But if you respect the limitations of that bike plus the will to get things fixed in case they brake there will be a way.
I´m amazed that the Tiger is that much cheaper than the Beemer. Dissadvantage of the Tiger: no centerstand, clutch cable broke after 6000ks, but is now replaced on thriumphs expenses by a better one, still questionable. The GS uses tons of oil, still after more than 20.000ks you need to refill it everyday, Tiger no oil in 10.000ks. When a GS falls over: mostly no damages, especially with guards around heads, Tiger: handle bar bend, levers broken, footpegs always in danger of being broken off. It is to me still unclear if there is software available to run the both injections on low octane gas. I chose the Tiger because after having ridden Beemers for a long time I was bored and sick of the vibrations and the turbulences behind the GS wind shield, the Tiger engine is a lot more comfortable for long distances. So far, in case you have more questions, I happy to help you if I can Jordi