Actually, I think Cheng Shin is available here. The problem is not brand per se (though I'd much rather be able to put even TKCs on than try Shinko, based on what I read in that tire thread over in the oilhead forum), it's size. Almost no one here carries the big sizes that the Tiger uses. Also, gotta say that from what I've seen of the Pulsar line, reliability is not (yet) Bajaj's strong suit. Yes, the new KTM Duke is pretty decent, and I've actually debated whether or not to get one. The problem is that I do want to be able to go on longer rides now and then, to say nothing of being able to ride at close to 100km/h, without having to have the engine near or at redline. Doing 4 hours on the highway on a 200cc bike would be torture .