A young friend of mine made a film a few years back - three of them riding across India. Doing it on severely knackered Enfields that they purchased on arrival, The film sometimes appears on Nat Geog Channel. Apart from being excellent entertainment it's a sort of "joy" to see how in the middle of nowhere there is someone who can repair these things - and we are not talking a bust bulb! This is not a case for lets all go back to the "good old days" by the way its just info. I would have an 800 Tiger in the blink of an eye if I could get on it! I am glad though to see these things being made and used, mainly as a working ie in the "work" context, piece of machinery. He is currently filming some Mad Max thing in Africa I think and his current bike of choice is a Honda postie 110cc which he bought from me VERY cheaply! They say here that the great thing about a Landrover Defender is that you can fix it with a bit of fence wire and a wrench, the great thing about a Landcruiser is that you don't have to fix it! Guess that's the difference between an Enfield and a Tiger or GS isn't it? is it?
the great thing about a defender is you can fix it with a bit of fence wire and a wrench...... when the landcruiser breaks you can use the same piece of fence wire, the same wrench, and a s!$%load of diagnostic gear, spare components, landcruiser specific tools etc etc
both will eventually break but only one of them is fixable in the middle of nowhere without a support crew or entire dealership on the trailer.
if you flood the engine on an enfield you only need a wrench to get the plug out to dry it ...... now try to get a plug out of a tiger 800 using only a spark plug wrench.....
Has my Tiger 1200 got spark plugs? There's no obvious external evidence of either that or HT leads! In fact, I'm going to have a look at the bike now, just to convince myself that it is indeed an internal combustion engine!