Originally Posted by browneye
Check out the Stelvio merge thread here. From what little I know they are solid, the motor has been around forever, and there's almost a cult following. For about fourteen grand it comes with everything, panniers, guards, shaft-drive, and a big fat comfy seat, they are very complete. I sat on one at our local exotica dealer before and after I bought my Tiger. Thought both times I thought it was a 'big' bike, but nicely finished and a TON of value. I didn't ride one, only the GS and Tenere. I would take a Tenere over the GS, hands down. Did not ride the Explorer, by then I decided the size of the 800 was about all I wanted to wrestle with. Very happy owner here.
Comes with a hot blond...
I have ridden one and they're absolutely horrible. The vibration through the handlebars is enough to give you white finger. It was like there was someone hitting the handlebars HARD with a hammer.
On top of that it was gutless and the mpg readout never got above 40mpg.
Same day I also rode the Dorsoduro. Now that was a real hoot but still very thirsty.
2002 black Tiger955i, 71000 miles.
2012 black Tiger800XC, 26000 miles.
Bike history [(N) = bought new] :- YAS1, RD350B(N), XS750(N), XT500, XJ650(N), XJ900S(N), CBX750, XL185S, XR250RF, XR600, KTM600LC4, TDR250, R100GS, TS200R, Tiger955i(N), Scrambler900efi, Tiger800XC(N)...