"I live and ride in rural Vermont and prefer the way backroads, which often find me rolling rough pavement or straight-up dirt on my daily commute. That, combined with the fact that winter is a full six months here means I need a rig that can handle the sketchy road conditions that are part and parcel of late-fall and early-spring riding. After 15 seasons spinning up 70,000-plus miles on my trusty Kawasaki KLR650, it seemed time for an upgrade. Fortuitously, my Tiger became available when I convinced a former boss who was moving to Southern California that he should sell it to me at a ridiculously good price. Somehow the Jedi mind trick worked, and on a cold December day I threw him a check and got the heck out of there before he could change his mind. We happily shivered our first 35 miles together through scattered snowflakes and mid 20-degree temperatures on the way home.