I'm actually quite surprised how many have bought into this notion based on that video, you're certainly not the only one and this certainly isn't directed at you specifically. The Icon promo video is entertainment at best. The riders are stunt riders in a staged setting, being filmed for a publicity stunt and marketing effort. It in no way depicts a real-world use of the bike. They could have done the same video using any bike, Multi-stradas, Harleys, mini-bikes. It wouldn't have mattered. It was staged with props and multi-takes for best screen effect and visual impact. The term that comes to mind: "Just because you can doesn't mean you should." The tiger is a road bike with some design parameters and component options to better adapt it to more rugged terrain than just pure paved roads. And while a few owners have pushed them into some pretty hardcore offroad use it doesn't make the bike more than it really is. It's just not a dirtbike. We used to have this same stupid discussion over on the Kawasaki Versys owners forum. There were a couple of guys that put a v-strom wheel on theirs and changed out the suspension and further modded them for off-pavement riding. Then they rode them like a dirtbike, all the while saying it as a real adventure bike. But it was still a road bike at the core and it still weighed 450lbs. This same attitude of capability follows the GS crowd. They actually have been convinced that their GSA's are invincible offroad machines. Ridden like a dirtbike they will become absolutely thrashed and broken. There is a reason KTM is the largest maker of offroad motorcycles in the world. Their EXC series of street legal enduros are the epitomy of offroad capability. I can't imagine anyone in their wildest dreams would think the Tiger is on par with any of those types of motorcycles. Perhaps I have simply misunderstood the comments so many have made about the Tiger as a result of the Icon promo vid. Hell, even my riding buddies sent me a link, all excited about how cool those Tigers were. Yes, they're cool, but it didn't confuse me about the intended application and real-world capability of the bike.