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Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers Today, 11:35 AM
Replies: 931
Views: 106,770
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 Today, 11:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 129
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: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers Yesterday, 10:48 AM
Replies: 931
Views: 106,770
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: 7,032
Views: 1,164,741
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: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-24-2015, 08:56 AM
Replies: 931
Views: 106,770
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: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-24-2015, 08:48 AM
Replies: 21,927
Views: 4,189,114
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: 7,032
Views: 1,164,741
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: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-19-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,202
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: 1,321
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: 19
Views: 905
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: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-16-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 21,927
Views: 4,189,114
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: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-16-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 42,676
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: 686
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...
Forum: Americas 03-16-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 899
Posted By markbvt
The map was created not to be an epic road trip,...

The map was created not to be an epic road trip, but basically as an exercise to apply an algorithm to a set of parameters to come up with an efficient solution. Look at the actual map routing. The...
Forum: Americas 03-13-2015, 06:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 686
Posted By markbvt
Leatherman/pocket knife/etc is no problem. Just...

Leatherman/pocket knife/etc is no problem. Just don't bring a gun.



Debit and credit cards. Just hit up an ATM when you cross the border to have some cash on you, and call the credit card...
Forum: Americas 03-13-2015, 05:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 601
Posted By markbvt
I've never heard of any sort of expediting agency...

I've never heard of any sort of expediting agency for passport renewals. They're renewed by the State Department, not a private company, so you're at the mercy of the government no matter what -- I'm...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-12-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 21,927
Views: 4,189,114
Posted By markbvt
My Tiger actually never had that thing to begin...

My Tiger actually never had that thing to begin with. Most of the early ones had metal bars welded in at the bottom of the filler neck instead of the later plastic insert; whoever built my Tiger's...
Forum: Americas 03-12-2015, 10:30 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,878
Posted By markbvt
That's a good start. That puts you on some nice...

That's a good start. That puts you on some nice roads through upstate NY and into Vermont. I would suggest, though, that instead of taking 302 through NH, dip just south onto the Kancamagus Highway...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-11-2015, 03:06 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 42,676
Posted By markbvt
Really? My experience is the exact opposite. I...

Really? My experience is the exact opposite. I got 5000-5500 miles out of the rear 705s I've run, up to nearly 8000 out of the Full Bores.

--mark
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-11-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,318
Posted By markbvt
Year: 2011 Type: 800XC Purchased: April 15,...

Year: 2011
Type: 800XC
Purchased: April 15, 2011
Miles: 67,000

No issues. Been through lots of oil/filter changes and many tires. I love this bike.

--mark
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-11-2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 42,676
Posted By markbvt
That rear will probably last you another 1500+...

That rear will probably last you another 1500+ miles. Full Bores wear really slowly towards the end.

--mark
Forum: Americas 03-11-2015, 01:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By markbvt
The Adirondacks are beautiful and have a lot of...

The Adirondacks are beautiful and have a lot of great roads, but the twisties are definitely a lot tamer than those in the Great Smokies region. But that said, the Adirondacks do have a much more...
Forum: Americas 03-11-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 656
Posted By markbvt
I rode the Natchez Trace in 2011; only took us a...

I rode the Natchez Trace in 2011; only took us a day and a half, but we didn't stop at most of the tourist sites.

My suggestion after the Trace (and after stopping off at Fat Mama's Tamales in...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-02-2015, 08:34 PM
Replies: 21,927
Views: 4,189,114
Posted By markbvt
Huh. Now THIS is interesting. I got an email from...

Huh. Now THIS is interesting. I got an email from Triumph today asking me to participate in a survey about the Tiger 800 XC, and it included questions about possible changes in a new model.
...
Forum: Vendors 02-24-2015, 08:50 AM
Replies: 1,757
Views: 245,913
Posted By markbvt
Funny, I was also just thinking that the...

Funny, I was also just thinking that the Splitweight material Jim uses for the KoF seat covers might work great as a tank bag rain cover. Something stretchy would be far preferable to the baggy rain...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 02-24-2015, 07:53 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,202
Posted By markbvt
Cruisers aren't their bread and butter either....

Cruisers aren't their bread and butter either. Their best-selling bike is the Thruxton. The Tiger 800 and Speed/Street Triples are high on the list too, as is the Bonneville (classic, but not a...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 02-24-2015, 05:44 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,202
Posted By markbvt
I've heard about this from a few sources now, and...

I've heard about this from a few sources now, and I think there are going to be a lot of dealerships affected. My local Triumph dealer is currently having a closeout sale on their bikes, I suspect...
Forum: Americas 02-20-2015, 06:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 718
Posted By markbvt
Check out my ride reports (link below). I've been...

Check out my ride reports (link below). I've been through Nova Scotia quite a few times -- read the Labrador/Newfoundland RRs as well as the Maritimes one, since all of those trips involved coming...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 02-17-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 931
Views: 106,770
Posted By markbvt
For what it's worth, Triumph's facilities in...

For what it's worth, Triumph's facilities in Thailand are wholly-owned, the people who work there are Triumph employees, and everything is built to the same standards as in the UK. They've been...
Forum: Vendors 02-17-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 1,757
Views: 245,913
Posted By markbvt
I'm a little late to the tank bag discussion...

I'm a little late to the tank bag discussion party, but I'll chime in anyway.

I've been using an older-model Oxford compact tank bag. Don't have any pics of it, but I found an eBay auction for the...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 02-17-2015, 06:24 AM
Replies: 931
Views: 106,770
Posted By markbvt
Yes, US-bound Modern Classics are manufactured in...

Yes, US-bound Modern Classics are manufactured in Thailand. I thought I remembered reading somewhere that Triumph had begun producing a number of other models, including Tigers, in Thailand as well,...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 02-16-2015, 03:27 PM
Replies: 931
Views: 106,770
Posted By markbvt
I wouldn't be so sure, seeing as some models are...

I wouldn't be so sure, seeing as some models are manufactured in Thailand.

--mark
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 02-13-2015, 10:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 692
Posted By markbvt
You're doing it wrong. XC800KLR. :D ...

You're doing it wrong. XC800KLR.

:D

--mark
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 02-09-2015, 02:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 692
Posted By markbvt
XC-800? For the love of all motorcycledom, do we...

XC-800? For the love of all motorcycledom, do we have to start doing this model name inversion like BMW owners seem to be so fond of doing? It's a Tiger 800 XC!

Sorry, pet peeve of mine. It drives...
Forum: Americas 02-09-2015, 02:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 817
Posted By markbvt
I've ridden the BRP in early May. No snow, but it...

I've ridden the BRP in early May. No snow, but it can get cold if the weather is rainy. Overnights can get chilly too if you're camping.

Check the National Park Service's BRP website for...
Forum: Americas 01-22-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,292
Posted By markbvt
Yeah, I wouldn't worry about it, no one will know...

Yeah, I wouldn't worry about it, no one will know the difference… especially since the US doesn't have tiered licensing. A motorcycle endorsement is a motorcycle endorsement.

And a DR-Z400 or...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-21-2015, 10:11 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,533
Posted By markbvt
Packed for two weeks in Labrador and...

Packed for two weeks in Labrador and Newfoundland:
http://www.swyve.org/stuff/newf2012/20120822_tlh2_sm.jpg

I'm running Wolfman Expedition Dry saddlebags on Givi racks (running softbags rackless...
Forum: Americas 01-20-2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,447
Posted By markbvt
They're actually bypassing that whole section....

They're actually bypassing that whole section. Not sure when the new bypass is scheduled to open, but we were told about it by locals when we were there in 2012.

And I agree, I've ridden it three...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-20-2015, 11:05 AM
Replies: 21,927
Views: 4,189,114
Posted By markbvt
You sure about that? I was under the impression...

You sure about that? I was under the impression the frames are identical, and the apparent differences are due to the suspension changes between the two models.

--mark
Forum: Americas 01-20-2015, 06:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,447
Posted By markbvt
Yes, it's absolutely worth it. No, it won't...

Yes, it's absolutely worth it.

No, it won't be as spectacular as the Dalton, but Labrador has its own desolate beauty. Newfoundland is amazing as well.

See my 2012 ride report for lots of info...
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