Cool - I rode that Tiger from Auckland to Wellington on as much dirt road as we could (In NZ that's quite a lot) - on Friday.
Did the Capital Coast ADV ride on Saturday - A truly epic adventure that visits all the Aerials and masts that perch atop the mountains surrounding Welly-wood. It's one of the best day-ADV on the planet according to the people who'd know.
Then we rode the 750km blast up SH1 to home in AKL on Sunday.
I was with some real players from Kiwi Rider Magazine. Well credentialed ADV exponents: The Enduro champ, the Pro Stuntman and some of the real NZ Pioneers of ADV style internationally.
It would be fair to say I learned a lot (read: massive understatement). I'm not their grade x2. But I did manhandle that Tigger through the challenge sections and had one of the best days I've had on a bike. The Boss said I 'done good'. I was partly there to write it up and take additional pics - and partly because these blokes had become good buddies and were happy to wait occasionally. I didn't keep them for too long though - those Tyres really gave me a lot of confidence on the Kiwi shale.
I did the same ride 2 years later on a Triumph Scrambler with the standard Trail Wings on it. They gave it to the Stuntman for the challenge sections, but I rode it to and from - and for the majority of the event. I don't understand why they get such a bad rap. I rated them as a good all-round tyre.
I have much better photos of that second Capital Coast.
Here the album on flickr