I researched many bikes and we test-rode about 1/2 dozen. The Triumph Tiger 800 was the winner. It’s turbine-smooth engine seemed like it would be ideal for long days of riding without giving me pins and needles. Also it has a very good balance of tractability for low speed riding (traffic, bad roads) and top-end power for sporty riding on nice roads.
It is a big bike, although only mid-size by the (absurd) standards of adventure bikes.
The moment the bike became “ours” – December 2011, Team Moto Blacktown. Let the journey begin!