Thanks for taking the time to reply, people.
swoody126 : Yeah, dealer support is something of a concern. There is one about 70km away and another 250km away. As far as I know those are the only two for quite some distance after that. On the other hand, while every bike is a bit of a "luck of the draw" thing, from what I've been reading, the Tiger 955i is supposed to be very reliable.
Joe S. : You're right : the Tiger 955i's aren't that common. Being 6+ years out of production will do that. And you're also right that finding gear might be an issue. Thing is though, here is a partial list of accessories :
-Factory hard bags
-Factory performance exhaust
-Centre and kick stand
-12v accessory socket
-SW Motech upper and lower engine/tank protector bars
-SW Motech rider footrests (originals included)
-2 windshields (sport and tall)
-2" bar riser kit
While not the be all, end all, that does seem to be a pretty exhaustive list of farkles. The Wee that I'm looking at would need at least $500 worth of gear (skid plate, heated grips, barkbusters, etc) to get it to the point where I'd want to truly ride it anywhere.
richw : I was under the impression that 66000km for a Wee wasn't really a concern as long as it's been maintained properly. Should I be steering clear of this one and trying to find a lower mileage bike instead ?
The 955i Tiger is durable and reliable. Once in a while you'll see a regulator/rectifier go bad or a stator about like most bikes with limited electrical capacity and that people run a fair number of electrical accessories on. However there are aftermarket alternatives that are far less expensive than oem. I don't think the engine parts are an issue anyway, its usually stuff like fenders, saddlebags etc. that are hard to get.
As you point out the one you are looking at appears to be pretty well set up. About the only thing mentioned that the 650 would need I don't see on the tiger list is a skid plate. I would assume there are still some out there for them though. Otherwise I can't see much that a person would want for.
On mine I had Racetech cartridge fork emulators and heavier springs. I also had a Wilbers rear shock. These were good changes on the '06. My understanding is the '04 had lighter fork springs and if I recall they also had wire spoke wheels rather than cast.
You're correct, 6 years out of production does affect the numbers. There never were huge numbers of Tigers anyway but one good thing is that there was a lot of interchangibility during the years they were around so you should always be able to find parts without much difficulty.
One thing worth pointing out is that in many ways the 955i was a better touring bike than the 1050 (which I currently have). Bigger tank, arguably better seat (still not very good in stock form though). The 1050 has a bunch more powr and sharper handling on the street but the 955i does dirt road better.
No matter what direction you go you'll have a good machine.
One other thing, the triple sounds awesome and is just plain a damn fun engine