Originally Posted by Guyver
I've ridden an 04 1150 GSA, a KTM 545xc, an XR650L, XR600R, 1200GS, and of course a DL650, which some would not necessarily consider a big adventure bike.
Compared to my 07 YZ450f, that 02 426 I put in the picture is a big heavy bike. That's not my point. My point is that personally, if I just dropped over 12 thousand dollars on a T800; I wouldn't ride it like my 426. Sure, I'd take it off road; but if I dropped it or scratched it, or in some other way screwed it up....I'd be bummed out. So if I had a Tiger 800; which I'm seriously thinking about....I would be careful with it off-road. Maybe that's just me.
I totally understand your point. I one had a 1999 Sprint ST, bought it brand new, with all the luggage and bells and whistles and I almost dropped it while parking it at a restaurant once.
It was almost on the ground and all I could think about was how much I paid for it and how pretty it was.... I got a shot of adrenalin from that thought and saved it about 3 inches from disaster.
I'm stoked to see someone putting an 800 XC through its paces off-road.
Would I be as aggressive? Probably not, but it's not my bike so have at it!