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Old 07-12-2012, 11:49 AM   #13441
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Nice looking bike, just a heads up Kootenay pass was cold as balls over the Canada long weekend but my rain suit and barkbusters kept me comfy on my road version. Think I need to order a center stand for it though.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:06 PM   #13442
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just put a deposit down on a '12 white XC. Hopefully, I can pick it up tomorrow.

I've been looking at different exhausts, don't want to drop the $800 for the Arrow pipe, heard lots of good things about Leo Vince, but haven't seen anything on these

GPR Exhaust

Didn't know if anyone had put one of these on a Tiger yet. I don't want a crazy loud pipe, but I like the looks of this one.
Look into FUEL EXHAUST from the UK. It arrived in five days, was about $200, fit and finish was awesome, and it sounds great!

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Old 07-12-2012, 12:18 PM   #13443
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That FUEL exhaust looks VERY nice.
I'd like to hear it over a stock unit.

A little before and after YouTube action, no?
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:34 PM   #13444
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Are you guys just bolting these exhausts on and going? Any re-map? Any change in performance, or is this just for looks?
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:15 PM   #13445
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Accessories Installation

Itching to make an offer to an area dealer on either a Roadie or the XC. Haven't test ridden the Roadie yet, so I'll decide once I do. In calculating my offer, I'm wondering if installation of desired accessories is generally included with a new bike purchase? Or, do I need to figure in more $ for that?
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:51 PM   #13446
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Itching to make an offer to an area dealer on either a Roadie or the XC. Haven't test ridden the Roadie yet, so I'll decide once I do. In calculating my offer, I'm wondering if installation of desired accessories is generally included with a new bike purchase? Or, do I need to figure in more $ for that?
They'll charge you unless you already have a great relationship with them. My advice is learn to do it yourself. The best way to learn your new machine is work on it.
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:55 PM   #13447
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That FUEL exhaust looks VERY nice.
I'd like to hear it over a stock unit.

A little before and after YouTube action, no?
I'll take a video and post it. Gimme a day or so. Another nice thing about the Fuel is that is has a removable baffle. The baffle can also be cut to let more sound out with our removing it fully. I haven't cut mine yet. It's pretty good with the full baffle in. Way better sound than the Stocker. Not to mention A LOT lighter and smaller. I was dumbfounded when I felt how much that stock exhaust weighs. I can't remember when exactly I put it on, but I'm pretty sure I have about 16,000 miles with the exhaust. Love it. No problems at all.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:01 PM   #13448
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A couple of parts/maintenance questions for you guys. I've got 18272 miles on Hobbes now. And not a single one commuting, I might add.

I'm due for new brake pads on the rear. Anybody got a recommendation for an aftermarket that might be a bit cheaper than Triumph? We finally got our dealership back in the Boise area and they still don't have their parts computer up yet, so I haven't priced them from Triumph. Just want to evaluate options.

Also checked the chain stretch and did a good inspection of the stock sprockets. The rear sprocket still looks great after 18.000 miles of sand, mud, dirt, and highway. The front sprocket is due. The chain stretch is just past it's limit of 12.56 in for 20 links. I think 18,000 miles is great to get out of a set of sprockets and chain. But, is there something better? I'll probably go with the Triumph again cause of the great mileage I've gotten. Unless you guys got something better.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:07 PM   #13449
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I'll take a video and post it. Gimme a day or so. Another nice thing about the Fuel is that is has a removable baffle. The baffle can also be cut to let more sound out with our removing it fully. I haven't cut mine yet. It's pretty good with the full baffle in. Way better sound than the Stocker. Not to mention A LOT lighter and smaller. I was dumbfounded when I felt how much that stock exhaust weighs. I can't remember when exactly I put it on, but I'm pretty sure I have about 16,000 miles with the exhaust. Love it. No problems at all.
Yes the aftermarket exhausts are certainly lighter and usually run cooler.
I know my HMFs on my 950 ADVenture are MUCH cooler to temp over the stock boat anchor cans that came on it. Certainly a much deeper note over stock too with the quiet inserts and without them it's totally NASCAR/Lucifer sounding. Gotta love the tone when down shifting and or getting off throttle coming down from speed.

Why am I reading the Triumph site so much some may ask....
Well my Wife will be up for a new bike within a year or so and I REALLY think the Triumph or BMW 800 would be a GREAT bike for her. Yeah, I MIGHT just have to ride it too from time to time.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:27 PM   #13450
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Hey E-town Just a quick Hi , proud new owner of a 2012 orange XC out in Ft. Saskatchewan. Thought it would be good to touch base as you apparantly are researching improvements etc.
Just in the process of setting mine up . Going to go with the stock exhaust for now. Shooting to install my SW Motech crash bars, top rack, and GIVI trekker top box this weekend I hope (yard work ). Going with triumph skid plate, heated grips and fog lights. Ordered a Giant loop great basin soft luggage system to try in front of the Givi instead of side cases for now. 800km service tomorrow . Man I'm loving this bike! Hoping to head to the Kootenays over Gray creek pass with it in a couple weeks.
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I'll PM you my contact info. Would be good to hook up for a ride.

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Old 07-12-2012, 02:44 PM   #13451
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Look into FUEL EXHAUST from the UK. It arrived in five days, was about $200, fit and finish was awesome, and it sounds great!
Do you have a photo straight from the rear and maybe even one straight from above to gauge how wide that exhaust is?
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:34 PM   #13452
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Yes the aftermarket exhausts are certainly lighter and usually run cooler.
I know my HMFs on my 950 ADVenture are MUCH cooler to temp over the stock boat anchor cans that came on it. Certainly a much deeper note over stock too with the quiet inserts and without them it's totally NASCAR/Lucifer sounding. Gotta love the tone when down shifting and or getting off throttle coming down from speed.

Why am I reading the Triumph site so much some may ask....
Well my Wife will be up for a new bike within a year or so and I REALLY think the Triumph or BMW 800 would be a GREAT bike for her. Yeah, I MIGHT just have to ride it too from time to time.
Since buying my Tiger, my wife said she wants to go demo a Roadie. Don't think she'll ever get ride of her Street Triple R, but it sure would be nice to have two Tigers for exploring. She loves her DR200 but it sucks on the highway.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:52 PM   #13453
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So, last weekend I got my center stand installed - best farkle on the bike so far ...

And today the 15mm raising links arrived and I got them installed:
Had a chance for a little bit longer test ride during lunch time today.

I don't think there is a difference in the way the bike goes into corners, doesn't feel sharper or quicker in that regard. If there is a difference, without an A to B comparison with an unmodified Tiger I would say everything I might "feel" could be imagination.

What I do feel and where I'm certain it's not just imagination is that it does have a less pronounced tendency to go wide in curves. The Roadie always gave me the feeling that I had to push it a bit more, correct a the line slightly, when going through longer curves where you are leaned over for a longer time. This seems to be much less pronounced for me. Very happy with that.

Also, when I was out today I did not scratch the pegs in the corners I typically touched down before. Probably just a matter of time to get there again, but the added clearance certainly helps feeling a bit better about it.

So, overall money well spent (roughly $100).

Unfortunately the ride today showed me even more that I need to get something done to the front suspension ...
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:09 PM   #13454
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^^ Thanks Cug, can't wait for my risers to come in. Dragging pegs again yesterday, too old and knees hurt too much to get of the seat for every corner, 10 corners per mile. My previous Harley had better clearance, and unfortunately, I'm serious.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:17 PM   #13455
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I'm normally not that fast or lean that much over - I move my upper body into a corner, but don't shift on the seat. That's only an indicator to the cops that you're going way too fast and they pull you out sometimes based on that impression. Nevertheless, at some point in time I scraped with the V-Strom, the F800GS, even the R1200GS, but the Tiger takes the candle - touches down the earliest of these bikes.

What version did you go with? +15mm?

Update: did a little bit of math and some guesstimates regarding the bike (can't measure right now), but I don't think the lean angle improves that much with that mod either, I ended up estimating something around 3 degrees. Better than nothing though.
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