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Forum: Americas 08-25-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 670
Posted By markbvt
It would be at the upper end of your price range,...

It would be at the upper end of your price range, but you could pick up a used Triumph Bonneville (the modern Hinckley model, not the '60s/'70s Meriden one) -- has the classic looks, but modern...
Forum: Beasts 08-04-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,781
Posted By markbvt
Yesterday: ...

Yesterday:
http://www.swyve.org/stuff/iphone/20140803_tiger60k.jpg

Zero issues.

--mark
Forum: Beasts 08-01-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,838
Posted By markbvt
I used to get low 50s mpg on my Wee-Strom. Riding...

I used to get low 50s mpg on my Wee-Strom. Riding essentially the same way, I get high 40s on my T800XC.

Much depends on the quality of the gas (ethanol really does decrease mileage), the ambient...
Forum: Americas 07-31-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,089
Posted By markbvt
Also +1. Other benefit is that the reintegration...

Also +1. Other benefit is that the reintegration into population happens gradually if you go clockwise, which is necessary for misanthropic asses like me. :D

--mark
Forum: Beasts 07-29-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,781
Posted By markbvt
Your comment is utterly pointless unless you tell...

Your comment is utterly pointless unless you tell us what issues you've been having.

--mark
Forum: Beasts 07-28-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,781
Posted By markbvt
For what it's worth, I'm about to turn over...

For what it's worth, I'm about to turn over 60,000 miles on my three-year-old Tiger 800 XC, and it's been completely trouble-free. Amazing motorcycle.

--mark
Forum: Beasts 07-28-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,838
Posted By markbvt
:scratch Are you comparing the Tiger to the...

:scratch

Are you comparing the Tiger to the DL1000? Thread is about the DL650 and the Tiger is much faster than that on pavement.

It's also much better off pavement.



He got unlucky....
Forum: Beasts 07-23-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 21,176
Views: 3,715,751
Posted By markbvt
Apparently the lightweight kind, because the...

Apparently the lightweight kind, because the heavyweight stuff might break the side stand.

--mark
Forum: Americas 07-22-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 786
Posted By markbvt
Don't bother with the App Gap; the pavement is in...

Don't bother with the App Gap; the pavement is in horrible condition at this point. But the Middlebury Gap (Rt 125 between Middlebury and Hancock) is fun.

But with only two days to do this trip,...
Forum: Beasts 07-17-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 21,176
Views: 3,715,751
Posted By markbvt
I believe you're thinking of the Tiger Explorer....

I believe you're thinking of the Tiger Explorer. There has been no recall on Tiger 800s regarding the head. I have a 2011 800 XC, so mine would certainly have been affected by such a recall.



I...
Forum: Beasts 07-16-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 600
Posted By markbvt
What Rob said. It's normal. It's a result of...

What Rob said. It's normal. It's a result of unburned fuel igniting in the header (done intentionally to reduce emissions); on many bikes this will cause burbling and popping on overrun, but on the...
Forum: Americas 07-16-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 904
Posted By markbvt
Rider is not included with the motorcycle....

Rider is not included with the motorcycle. Unfortunately.

When I did it, my friend and I just didn't book a cabin. There are plenty of seats/benches on the ship to hunker down on and get some...
Forum: Beasts 07-15-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 167,830
Posted By markbvt
That's odd, because I have the same racks (and...

That's odd, because I have the same racks (and stock exhaust) and they fit great. In fact, I leave my Wolfman bags strapped to the racks because it's quicker to mount/dismount the racks than it is to...
Forum: Beasts 07-15-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 20,805
Posted By markbvt
I ran an IRC TR8 on the front of my Tiger on my...

I ran an IRC TR8 on the front of my Tiger on my last Labrador/Newfoundland trip and loved it. Handling on road is at least as good as a TKC80, and the IRC actually wears better.

I agree on the FB...
Forum: Americas 07-15-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,678
Posted By markbvt
It's the only road in the region. No way to...

It's the only road in the region. No way to detour.

And it's not a "new and improved" road because that implies there was a road there before. There wasn't. It's a 260 mile stretch of dirt/gravel...
Forum: Americas 07-14-2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 904
Posted By markbvt
I suggest Argentia. Newfoundland is worth...

I suggest Argentia. Newfoundland is worth exploring.

I would also suggest a more aggressive tire than the Tourance Next. That thing is practically a street tire. There will be sections of the...
Forum: Americas 07-14-2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,678
Posted By markbvt
It's definitely 260. That's the stretch between...

It's definitely 260. That's the stretch between Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Port Hope Simpson. 175 was the old longest stretch (between Churchill Falls and HV-GB) before the Phase III section between...
Forum: Beasts 07-07-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,412
Posted By markbvt
I'm not sure that they actually burn it, but...

I'm not sure that they actually burn it, but Triumph triples are known for using some oil, and the 800 is no exception. Mine uses some; amount varies depending on what kind of riding I'm doing and...
Forum: Beasts 07-07-2014, 05:45 AM
Replies: 21,176
Views: 3,715,751
Posted By markbvt
Welcome, Mr Botto. About time you replaced that...

Welcome, Mr Botto. About time you replaced that sporadically-functional Italian thing. :D

--mark
Forum: Beasts 07-03-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,241
Posted By markbvt
I put 40,000 miles on a V-Strom 650 in three...

I put 40,000 miles on a V-Strom 650 in three years, and I've put a little over 57,000 miles on my Tiger 800 XC in the past three years and two months. Neither bike ever needed anything beyond basic...
Forum: Beasts 07-02-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 2,570
Views: 588,718
Posted By markbvt
Yep, pretty sure I saw you out and about while I...

Yep, pretty sure I saw you out and about while I was stopped for gas or lunch or something.

Hope you had a good time!

--mark
Forum: Beasts 07-02-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 2,570
Views: 588,718
Posted By markbvt
Where in Vermont? Might have been you I spotted. ...

Where in Vermont? Might have been you I spotted.

--mark
Forum: Americas 07-02-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,059
Posted By markbvt
Bear in mind that in much of Newfoundland you...

Bear in mind that in much of Newfoundland you probably won't have cell coverage of any kind. And when you do, you'll incur expensive international roaming fees.

All of my trips north of the...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-01-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 670
Views: 114,039
Posted By markbvt
So is mine. I haven't been able to justify...

So is mine. I haven't been able to justify replacing it because it works great. In fact, in some ways it works better than some of the newer units that have been feature-crippled (why Garmin thought...
Forum: Beasts 07-01-2014, 06:18 AM
Replies: 2,238
Views: 414,267
Posted By markbvt
The only thing that will really do the trick...

The only thing that will really do the trick there is a helicopter. :rofl

Have I mentioned I hate mud?

--mark
Forum: Beasts 06-27-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 537
Views: 32,894
Posted By markbvt
Nothing prevents you from using the threshold...

Nothing prevents you from using the threshold braking technique on a bike with ABS. As others have pointed out, you can still employ the same techniques, you just don't risk locking the brakes if you...
Forum: Americas 06-27-2014, 06:08 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,685
Posted By markbvt
You should just take the time to research the...

You should just take the time to research the laws in each state you intend to enter. They vary considerably, and there's no point arguing politics. The laws are what they are whether you like them...
Forum: Beasts 06-26-2014, 06:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,396
Posted By markbvt
I've got a hair over 57,000 miles on my XC, and...

I've got a hair over 57,000 miles on my XC, and it has been using enough oil in the past 15,000 or 20,000 miles that I keep an eye on the level regularly and top up as necessary. The amount it uses...
Forum: Beasts 06-23-2014, 05:42 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 20,805
Posted By markbvt
+1 on the Full Bores (M41 on the front, M40 on...

+1 on the Full Bores (M41 on the front, M40 on the rear).

I'll warn you in advance that they will feel very different from the Battlewings. The Battlewings tend to want to stand back up as you...
Forum: Beasts 05-21-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 21,176
Views: 3,715,751
Posted By markbvt
He was talking about outdoor air temp, not water...

He was talking about outdoor air temp, not water temp.

At 140F, I'd be a lot more worried about myself dying than the bike. I can barely stand 90.

--mark
Forum: Beasts 05-20-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 21,176
Views: 3,715,751
Posted By markbvt
I got over 30,000 miles out of my original Tiger...

I got over 30,000 miles out of my original Tiger chain and front sprocket. Granted, I do lube it religiously with the Dupont Teflon stuff.

When touring I just put the bike up on the center stand...
Forum: Americas 05-20-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 15,995
Posted By markbvt
Just use common sense. You're not dealing with...

Just use common sense. You're not dealing with grizzly bears in Labrador, just black bears, which tend to be a bit more shy. Don't bring food inside the tent with you or leave it easily accessible;...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 05-19-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 973
Posted By markbvt
This is the last week to register for the...

This is the last week to register for the Saturday dinner; registration closes this coming Sunday (May 25), and we won't be able to accept any walk-ins the day of the event.

Sorry to keep harping...
Forum: Beasts 05-16-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,846
Posted By markbvt
The manufacturer has to build the motorcycle to a...

The manufacturer has to build the motorcycle to a certain price point (especially a lower-priced bike like the DL650). Thus in order to meet that selling price, the manufacturer will need to use many...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 05-16-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 867
Posted By markbvt
I'll be the voice of dissent here. When I...

I'll be the voice of dissent here.

When I took the ERC, I found it to be basically an extension of the range portion of the BRC. Basically, just more of the same closed-course practice. It was...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 05-14-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 973
Posted By markbvt
We have several rides of various paces; you'll...

We have several rides of various paces; you'll find something to your liking. I lead the Adirondacks Ride, and I keep the pace very moderate. I also arrange things with faster riders at the front of...
Forum: Beasts 05-12-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 4,046
Views: 500,669
Posted By markbvt
Full Bore M-40, judging by the tread pattern. ...

Full Bore M-40, judging by the tread pattern.

--mark
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 05-12-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 973
Posted By markbvt
Only two weeks left to register for the Saturday...

Only two weeks left to register for the Saturday dinner!

--mark
Forum: Americas 05-12-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,622
Posted By markbvt
You have a month and a half before you're...

You have a month and a half before you're planning to leave. So pick up the bike as soon as possible (like this week) and get out and gain some experience.

Riding a motorcycle is a physical...
Forum: Beasts 05-09-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 1,417
Views: 326,161
Posted By markbvt
In the US the Africa Twin was never available in...

In the US the Africa Twin was never available in the first place. The 950SE was. So we can go find a nice used 950SE; we can't get our hands on any generation of AT unless we're willing to go through...
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