The turbine-like 799cc triple is a gem, boiling out of corners or onto the freeway with an 8000-rpm gust of enthusiasm no middleweight twin can touch. Comfortable, agile and unwaveringly stable on tarmac, it’s just a handful of production compromises short of greatness. Suspension is good, and so are the brakes, though both could be better. I expected the stock Tiger to be comfortable closer to civilization than in the actual wilderness. What I didn’t expect was a fuel-starved engine that refuses to idle after extended bouts of slow going and ignores the starter button afterwards—hopefully nothing a Dynojet Power Commander can’t fix.