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Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers Yesterday, 02:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By markbvt
Never go to a dealership for tire changes. Their...

Never go to a dealership for tire changes. Their prices are always insane. It's important to keep in mind that since they buy tires in small numbers, their costs are usually the same as what you can...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 01:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,153
Posted By markbvt
35 prime. Period. I shoot with a Canon EOS...

35 prime. Period.

I shoot with a Canon EOS 6D (full frame) and a 50mm f/1.4. That works out to a similar field of view as the 35 on your D3100 (APS-C sensor). It's all I need for travel...
Forum: Americas 05-01-2015, 09:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 311
Posted By markbvt
You'll have more luck posting this thread in...

You'll have more luck posting this thread in Thumpers, but I'm sure one of the mods will move it there soon, so may as well get started replying here.

I've done some thinking (mostly while bored...
Forum: Americas 05-01-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 329
Posted By markbvt
Please be a little more specific than just saying...

Please be a little more specific than just saying you want advice. What do you want to know?

I've been through Newfoundland three times, and Cape Breton/Nova Scotia more. Lots of info in my ride...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-29-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 8,052
Views: 1,310,128
Posted By markbvt
Yeah, was going to say, it looks like a 21" to...

Yeah, was going to say, it looks like a 21" to me. The top is just obscured by the fender, and the angle makes it look like the wheel is smaller as a result. Also looks too skinny to me to be a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-29-2015, 01:14 PM
Replies: 8,052
Views: 1,310,128
Posted By markbvt
Besides only the right headlight being...

Besides only the right headlight being illuminated?

--mark
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-28-2015, 06:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 658
Posted By markbvt
I'm heading down in a little over three weeks. WV...

I'm heading down in a little over three weeks. WV on the way down, BRP on the way back. Can't wait.

--mark
Forum: Americas 04-28-2015, 05:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,409
Posted By markbvt
Wouldn't be a bad idea, but Transalps were only...

Wouldn't be a bad idea, but Transalps were only sold in the US for a couple years in the late '80s or so. They're quite rare in this country.

--mark
Forum: Americas 04-24-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 412
Posted By markbvt
You definitely want to camp at Meat Cove. Awesome...

You definitely want to camp at Meat Cove. Awesome spot.

--mark
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-22-2015, 09:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 437
Posted By markbvt
The 160 size will be fine. Or the Metzeler 17"...

The 160 size will be fine. Or the Metzeler 17" Type C (5.10-17, etc) would be fine as well. Tubes are made to work for a range of sizes, since they expand. In an emergency you can even run a 90/90-21...
Forum: Americas 04-22-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,409
Posted By markbvt
I'll put in another vote for a V-Strom 650. It'll...

I'll put in another vote for a V-Strom 650. It'll be way more comfortable on the higher-speed pavement stretches than the KLR, and will still do fine on dirt roads.

--mark
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-20-2015, 12:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 437
Posted By markbvt
^^^ Good advice. You don't need anything special....

^^^ Good advice. You don't need anything special.

It's a good idea to get natural rubber tubes, not butyl rubber -- the natural rubber tubes don't hold air quite as well long-term (you may need...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-20-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 480
Posted By markbvt
Keep an eye on eBay for crashed XCs being parted...

Keep an eye on eBay for crashed XCs being parted out. May take a while though!

--mark
Forum: Americas 04-20-2015, 12:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 763
Posted By markbvt
You've already ridden the twistiest section. From...

You've already ridden the twistiest section. From Boone up past Roanoke is a lot more sedate -- beautiful scenery, but much more laid back riding. But then it gets twistier again north of Roanoke.
...
Forum: Americas 04-16-2015, 11:49 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,637
Posted By markbvt
I did a ~3500-mile trip through Labrador and...

I did a ~3500-mile trip through Labrador and Newfoundland on my XR650L. It's definitely doable, but my XR needed some mods for that trip -- chiefly a larger gas tank and a Renazco seat. Your NX...
Forum: Americas 04-16-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 168
Posted By markbvt
By May things should be fine. Spring started very...

By May things should be fine. Spring started very late here (just in the last couple of weeks), and conditions on dirt roads/etc have been horrible, but now the ground has mostly thawed enough for...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-15-2015, 02:43 PM
Replies: 1,168
Views: 127,978
Posted By markbvt
Early 2011 XC here, with silver frame, and yes,...

Early 2011 XC here, with silver frame, and yes, the Powerlet outlets are always hot. The heated grip connector on the wiring harness, however, already has the lead incorporated for plugging in a...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-15-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 22,777
Views: 6,934,269
Posted By markbvt
I took the survey this morning too, and got the...

I took the survey this morning too, and got the same impression.

Which is funny, because I was just thinking the other day about how Triumph should build a Scrambler XC with 21" front wheel,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-14-2015, 05:42 AM
Replies: 8,052
Views: 1,310,128
Posted By markbvt
I'm not certain, but I don't think it means...

I'm not certain, but I don't think it means anything in terms of performance. It just mimics the feel of a 90 degree V Twin. There may be some slight differences in HP or torque (or where they...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-13-2015, 12:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 390
Posted By markbvt
+1. They definitely do not choke up the bike. ...

+1. They definitely do not choke up the bike.

When searching for one, make sure you get the right kind for your bike. There are different prefilter models for ABS and non-ABS bikes.

--mark
Forum: Americas 04-13-2015, 11:49 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,859
Posted By markbvt
Considered planning an alternate route in a...

Considered planning an alternate route in a direction where the weather forecast is better?

Obviously if you're planning a major two-week trip with a specific objective, you kind of have to tough...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-10-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 390
Posted By markbvt
A lot of us haven't changed our air filters in a...

A lot of us haven't changed our air filters in a long time because we have the UNI prefilters that catch all the dirt before it makes it to the primary filter.

But there are a number of online...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-09-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 679
Posted By markbvt
I'd love another set of wheels for my XC for...

I'd love another set of wheels for my XC for exactly this purpose, but the 21" handles so well on the street that I wouldn't bother switching to a different size. It's actually pretty useful around...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-07-2015, 07:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 679
Posted By markbvt
I just have to ask, why do you want to run a 19"...

I just have to ask, why do you want to run a 19" front wheel? I've found that the 21" works great on the street and doesn't give up any cornering ability; in fact, it rolls more smoothly over bad...
Forum: Upcoming 04-06-2015, 01:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 730
Posted By markbvt
Eighth Annual Bennington Triumph Bash, May 29-31, 2015

Hey folks, it's that time again. The Bennington Triumph Bash is coming up in less than two months. If you're unfamiliar, this is an informal, low-key, but very successful rally for Triumph...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-06-2015, 10:27 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 12,576
Posted By markbvt
:photog Awesome. --mark

:photog

Awesome.

--mark
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 04-03-2015, 10:05 AM
Replies: 301
Views: 48,922
Posted By markbvt
Hmm. Interesting. I may have to give the TKC70...

Hmm. Interesting. I may have to give the TKC70 front a try.

I've got a new set of FBs on my XC for now, but the last front tire I ran was a Shinko 700, which actually worked out great. It handled...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 03-27-2015, 11:35 AM
Replies: 1,168
Views: 127,978
Posted By markbvt
The headlights on my XC are excellent. Sounds...

The headlights on my XC are excellent. Sounds like you were probably not seeing his headlights at the right angle, or perhaps the other two bikes had their headlights upgraded to HID bulbs. A friend...
Forum: Americas 03-27-2015, 11:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 620
Posted By markbvt
Meat Cove, at the northern tip of Cape Breton....

Meat Cove, at the northern tip of Cape Breton. Amazing spot to camp.

--mark
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 03-26-2015, 10:48 AM
Replies: 1,168
Views: 127,978
Posted By markbvt
That horn looks to be basically a rebranded...

That horn looks to be basically a rebranded Stebel Nautilus, and several people have done clean installs of those on their Tigers. Do a search and you'll turn up examples.

--mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-24-2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 8,052
Views: 1,310,128
Posted By markbvt
In my case, I'm not just in the company of ADV...

In my case, I'm not just in the company of ADV riders. I'm active in our local bike night, which started life heavily sportbike-focused, but over the past few years the core group has been drifting...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 03-24-2015, 08:56 AM
Replies: 1,168
Views: 127,978
Posted By markbvt
The Tiger 800 engine's gas mileage improves...

The Tiger 800 engine's gas mileage improves significantly during break-in. We've all been through it. Seems pretty unimpressive at first, but by the time my 2011 XC had 10,000 miles on it, it was...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 03-24-2015, 08:48 AM
Replies: 21,992
Views: 4,273,505
Posted By markbvt
Even in New Jersey, I've always been able to...

Even in New Jersey, I've always been able to actually put the gas in the bike myself. The attendant just operates the pump and hands me the nozzle.

--mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-24-2015, 08:33 AM
Replies: 8,052
Views: 1,310,128
Posted By markbvt
Really? I'm not finding that to be true. One of...

Really? I'm not finding that to be true. One of my friends in his 20s is about to buy a KTM 1290 Super Adventure. Two others ride older Tigers, one a Steamer and one a Girlie (the one with the Girlie...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 03-19-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 12,576
Posted By markbvt
Harley-Davidson sausages? Seriously? ...

Harley-Davidson sausages? Seriously?

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/deja_q_hd_046_resized_6484.jpg

--mark
Forum: Americas 03-19-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,674
Posted By markbvt
As others have pointed out, there's not really...

As others have pointed out, there's not really any need to carry spare fuel in the lower 48 as long as you pay attention to where you are and where you're going. There may well be times when you...
Forum: Americas 03-17-2015, 05:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,518
Posted By markbvt
I rode a Honda XR650L on a 3000-mile trip through...

I rode a Honda XR650L on a 3000-mile trip through Labrador and Newfoundland and back home to Vermont. It was enjoyable on the gravel of the Trans-Labrador Highway, but not so much on pavement. Some...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 03-16-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 21,992
Views: 4,273,505
Posted By markbvt
Funny you should mention it. I actually did take...

Funny you should mention it. I actually did take the Tiger out for its first ride of the year (conditions here have been bad this year -- frequent snow, and tons of salt on the roads in between, so...
Forum: British Beasts: Triumph Tigers 03-16-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 48,922
Posted By markbvt
I concur with browneye. On the...

I concur with browneye.

On the Trans-Labrador Highway, I aired the rear M40 down to mid-20s. (I was running an IRC TR8 knobby on the front and aired that down to low/mid-20s as well, but that's...
Forum: Americas 03-16-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 795
Posted By markbvt
If you can manage it timewise, Newfoundland is...

If you can manage it timewise, Newfoundland is well worth it. You could save yourself some money (and make your trip more awesome) by going through Labrador to get there, but that's not very...
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