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Old 07-25-2012, 11:00 AM   #13711
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When I reached Medellin, Colombia I had the dealer there do a complete service. I told them I would get a oil change approx. 1/2 way to Buenos Aires and bought a new oil filter for the job. I also told them to look at the chain and to replace it, if it would not get me to Buenos Aires ,which was approx 10,000 Kms away. D
Obviously the dealer in Colombia either a) mistakenly thought the chain would last or b) screwed you (more likely - based on the other things you mentioned that he neglected)

But either way - triumph and I will both argue that it is your responsibility to double check the dealer's work and take it up with them before you leave the shop. If you suspected the chain was near the end of it's life it would have been prudent to INSIST on a new chain before you rode another 10k km into the hearth of south america and/or bought a replacement chain to take along with you.

That said - total lack of response, even if to tell you to get lost - is inexcusable from a brand that claims to be manufacturing adventure bikes.

If they are serious about us taking these things far and wide they really need to go above and beyond (at this stage in the game) to coddle their riders in order to prevent them from defecting back to the "other" brand.

GL with everything - I wish you plain sailing from here on out and I am happy to hear that your parts are finally there. Keep us updated on your progress for the rest of your trip. Is there a RR?
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:01 AM   #13712
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Back to the bike for a bit. Looking at the 800xc myself and wondering how it is on the highway, is it spooled up or just happy. RPMs at 60, 70 and 80 would be nice.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:05 AM   #13713
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Hey Clay

Don't pay attention to these guys. They're just pissed that you're off riding in South America and they're sitting behind a computer
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:29 AM   #13714
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Back to the bike for a bit. Looking at the 800xc myself and wondering how it is on the highway, is it spooled up or just happy. RPMs at 60, 70 and 80 would be nice.
It is just fine cruising at 80 on the highway. Allegedly. So I'm told
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:33 AM   #13715
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Back to the bike for a bit. Looking at the 800xc myself and wondering how it is on the highway, is it spooled up or just happy. RPMs at 60, 70 and 80 would be nice.
It's just a fantastic road bike. At 6K it's running right about 80. Road gearing is great. Offroad, first is a bit tall. But for a heavy DS it works fine.

I initially thought I would get the T800 roadie with tubeless tires and cast wheels. But all reports said the XC was just as good on road so went for the plusher suspension and 21" front wheel. Soooooo glad I did. It's a wonderful machine. If I didn't know better I would have thought a road bike was supposed to be built this way.

Off pavement it just tractors over everything.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:37 AM   #13716
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It is just fine cruising at 80 on the highway. Allegedly. So I'm told
Sections of I-15 in Utah are posted 80 MPH limit. I'm sure that is where you were.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:42 AM   #13717
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Don't pay attention to these guys. They're just pissed that you're off riding in South America and they're sitting behind a computer
Yeah you're right.

Wait a minute, He says he's in La Paz. Weather report for today- 57f cloudy/rainy tonight-29f with snow showers.

No thanks,I'll keep my 89f and humid....
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:42 AM   #13718
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Sections of I-15 in Utah are posted 80 MPH limit. I'm sure that is where you were.
Exactly where I was (definitely not in Vermont...nosireee)
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:03 PM   #13719
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Don't pay attention to these guys. They're just pissed that you're off riding in South America and they're sitting behind a computer
That is actually true
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:08 PM   #13720
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Thanks for the input on chain oilers guys. I am coming from the perspective of having done 100% of my touring on bikes with driveshafts so chains are a bit of a new area for me.

Yes, I am thinking about an 800 XC to use on Texas dirt and gravel roads and some other roads that I want to explore around the border in Mexico that I presume are a similar construction. Gravel, dust, and sand.

If you don't use oil what do you suggest?
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:20 PM   #13721
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Thanks for the input on chain oilers guys. I am coming from the perspective of having done 100% of my touring on bikes with driveshafts so chains are a bit of a new area for me.

Yes, I am thinking about an 800 XC to use on Texas dirt and gravel roads and some other roads that I want to explore around the border in Mexico that I presume are a similar construction. Gravel, dust, and sand.

If you don't use oil what do you suggest?
Never understood the fascination with oiling chains when modern O and X-ring chains are sealed units. Sure, oil them to stop rust on the outside but aside from that, they don't need oiling as much as folks think they do.

As for Scottoilers - unless you live in a really really wet environment like, say, England, I just don't see the need plus they are very messy and a PIA to set up.

YMMV
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:35 PM   #13722
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If you don't use oil what do you suggest?
Now you're really trying to start a fight.

I use this: http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motor...chain-lube.htm
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:43 PM   #13723
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Me too - better for our wet weather.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:15 PM   #13724
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+1. That stuff is fantastic, and I'm convinced it's why I was able to get over 30,000 miles out of my stock Wee-Strom chain. And my Tiger's chain is still in great shape at 20,000 miles.

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Old 07-25-2012, 01:43 PM   #13725
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+1. That stuff is fantastic, and I'm convinced it's why I was able to get over 30,000 miles out of my stock Wee-Strom chain. And my Tiger's chain is still in great shape at 20,000 miles.

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Also comes in a non-aerosol bottle for those trips where you don't want an aerosol can in the luggage....

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