Hi. What made you sell your Tiger and opt for the Versys? I'm new to the board and am currently trying to decide between an '09 Versys and an '08 Tiger. Would appreciate any insights you may have.
Sorry for the delay. I just realized I hadn't responded. My Tiger was a great bike with a few quirks. Let me preface this with the fact that I usually get the itch for a new bike at the 3 yr mark regardless of how unnecessary that really is(always unnecessary to my wife..). Here's a simple pros/cons breakdown on my 07' Tiger(non-ABS):
-Great torque, pass in any gear
-Great long distance touring(did 400+ mile days comfortably
-excellent fit and finish in my opinion(paint, bodywork, fasteners, instruments, etc)
-Great selection of aftermarket parts(twisted throttle is great)
-Good stock seat
-Good wind protection on the interstate
-BURNED OIL(a few 100 cc's every few hundred miles)-this is very common to the bike as you can research on any Tiger/Triumph forum(I did the break-in per the manual).
-Notchy gearbox. After 7k miles, my toe would still be sore after a day of riding. It missed shifts on several occasions(again fairly common)
-No oil sight window(had to pull the dipstick to check the oil-then add oil...)
-Very limited dealer support in Orlando(Daytona or St. Pete).
-Much more expensive than a Versys
All things considered, I enjoyed the Tiger. It never let me down and had a superbly smooth and powerful engine. However, I'm extremely anal about basic maintenance issues such as oil consumption. That particular issue bugged me and I didn't want to worry about carrying a quart of oil with me on long trips even though "it's within Triumph's tolerances." Frankly I found it unacceptable. I'm really enjoying my new Versys(put 200 miles on it this week). The riding geometry is very similar to the Tiger but it's much more nimble. In my opinion, it's more fun to ride as an everyday commuter than my Tiger was. The parallel twin has TONS of character and I don't miss the massive torque of the Tiger. My only complaint is the seat. The Versys seat simply slopes too far forward for me. I find it uncomfortable especially compared to the Tiger's stock seat. I'm going to replace it with a Corbin asap. I also don't like the fact that the Versys won't take a center stand. I didn't think about that before purchasing, but will be a headache when cleaning or changing the oil(wouldn't have changed my mind though...).
I think you'd like both bikes. Depends on your preference. Lot's of 2-up riding? Love lot's of horsepower? Don't mind carrying around a qt of oil? Get the Tiger. For me, I think the Versys will be a more enjoyable daily commuter with long adventure trips sprinkled in when I can. Let me know if you have any other questions- chris