For the past several years, I've been searching for the ultimate adventure machine that fit my lifestyle. I wanted a motorcycle that could do anything, go everywhere, and ride over any terrain, but with a focus on street manners - cornering on asphalt, comfort for touring, power and speeeeed. I found that in the Tiger 800. To sum it up - it's a really tall crotch rocket. A year ago, I rode my XC to my first race track experience, with The MotoFit Group at Oregon Raceway Park. I can't express how much fun I had, and how much I learned. The instructors were awesome, both on and off the track, and gave me tips on how to hustle the tall beast around the tarmac safely and quickly. At the end of the weekend, I was a totally different rider, with a new outlook on twisty asphalt. I've ridden some prime twisty roads on the coast, but nothing compares to a dedicated race track. Each lap I pushed myself and the bike more and more, and I still had way fewer sketchy moments than I would have had riding quickly on the road. What I was most impressed with was how well the offroad oriented XC handled riding alongside purpose built street/track bikes. But especially the tires. Where the rubber meets the road is with the same Michelin Anakee Adventure tires that took me up a 100ft sand dune last summer. These are 80/20 street/dirt adventure tires, and when it comes to adventure/dualsport tires, the conversation tends to be steered towards off-road grip vs. on-road longevity. Nobody ever really talks about on-road performance; the question is usually "How long will these last when riding in a straight line on a highway to get to the dirt?". Well, I'm also very interested in the fun bits of road on the way to the dirt, so I wanted to see just how far I could push these "compromise" tires on tarmac. They warmed up and gripped all the way to the edges, and only lost grip once, at about 45mph when I added too much power while leaned over. There was a slight rear skid, but it lined back in place once I was more upright, and I never really felt out of control. It's safe to say that they exceeded my expectations on every single metric, and I am now on my second set. As far as the accelerated wear from the ~70 laps on the track, I didn't actually lose much life on these tires, if any. All the wear occurred at the edges. Seeing as a typical adventure tire will wear out the center strip, with plenty of life left in the chicken strips, I just rounded out the tire more evenly. This was at about 50 laps in: Oh, and the Tiger? It does everything. It will go anywhere. And it's an absolute pleasure at every turn. All in all, the bike outperformed my novice skill level. So if you have a Tiger, and have been eyeing the race track, but don't think you have the "right bike", I say DO IT! It's a great experience, and the skills learned will enrichen your street riding massively. Filmed on September 21-22, 2019 Check out http://motofitgroup.com for your own track day experience. My photo album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHAvy2h Action Shots by 360 Photography: https://www.threesixtyphotography.com... Bonus photo, I'm still a dirty adventure biker, so I toured down there and got creative with my camp site. Hammocking is life: Who else has taken their adventure bike deep into the twisties?