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Old 02-05-2013, 07:57 AM   #15646
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Tiger 800 - ABS ON or OFF?

Hey all - Planing a ride in Canyonlands early April. In reading past posts on this subject there appears to be differing / divergent opinions regarding advisability of using ABS "off pavement" (particularly on down hills) I've tried both (ON / OFF) & not sure I notice any huge difference. Tho - I have yet to tackle terrain like "Hogsback" or other noteworthy declines. So looking for advice from you more experienced off road folks, specifically with 800 tigers, since its ABS seems better (worse?) than others. This is my 1st ABS bike - so have no experience to compare to. Any thoughts ? Thanks, j
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:09 AM   #15647
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I never turn mine off unless I am faced with steep slopes. Some people turn it off as soon as they hit dirt, most do not.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:12 AM   #15648
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I always turn mine off. I'm so used to locking the rear that ABS screws me up. I can't tell the front even kicks in, but the rear pulses way to slow. It locks, releases, locks, releases, & I end up taking way to long to stop.
Practice emergency stops on a level dirtroad. I usually lock the front & rear & slide to a stop for practice. When I do this with ABS on, I can't tell the front is pulsing but the rear is rediculous.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:40 PM   #15649
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:39 PM   #15650
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Roadie or XC

OK, I need some help deciding. I have ridden the Roadie, but not the XC. I do know the Roadie is lower and scrubs in curves. Is this an issue with the XC?
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:42 PM   #15651
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OK, I need some help deciding. I have ridden the Roadie, but not the XC. I do know the Roadie is lower and scrubs in curves. Is this an issue with the XC?
No.
But that is not the appropriate criteria for choosing which model suits your riding style. Neither one is a sportbike.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:24 PM   #15652
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OK - so vote is 2 - 0 ABS off. That would be my inclination - but heard others suggest elsewhere that they preferred their ABS "on" - were able to slow down faster than off, And could still "dab" the brake to assist turns in dirt. My limited experience is ABS works fine for "run of the mill" dirt roads and mild declines. Have not tested on loose substrate / steep declines. Hence, my question.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:30 PM   #15653
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Running local, flat gravel roads, I've tried it both ways as Rob said. Never had a problem with it unless really pushing it. If I was doing stuff like White Rim trail, i'd definitely have it off!
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:52 PM   #15654
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It don't usually matter if you're just plodding along, but at speed, definitely OFF
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:34 AM   #15655
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OK - so vote is 2 - 0 ABS off. That would be my inclination - but heard others suggest elsewhere that they preferred their ABS "on" - were able to slow down faster than off, And could still "dab" the brake to assist turns in dirt. My limited experience is ABS works fine for "run of the mill" dirt roads and mild declines. Have not tested on loose substrate / steep declines. Hence, my question.
Riding conditions, your personal riding style & preference, and the way that the ABS works on your bike (the term ABS refers to many different systems, first of which were developed decades ago, so they cannot all possibly be “the same”). Those combined will give you the one and only ´right answer´ to your question. IF there is one, that is.

Note, that some people don´t like ABS period, and so they´ll just simply tell you to switch it off. It´ll make no difference, if they tried it on a BMW K100 from 1986, or on an S1000RR with race-ABS of today, or even never tried it – they don´t like it. I´m not saying you should always keep it on either, but just to keep that in mind, and make your own decision.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:04 AM   #15656
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OK, I need some help deciding. I have ridden the Roadie, but not the XC. I do know the Roadie is lower and scrubs in curves. Is this an issue with the XC?
My take on it is this ; after having a Scrambler900efi and taking places it wasn't supposed to go, I thought all I needed was the roadie.......until I rode the XC. The XC is IMHO better at everything.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:51 AM   #15657
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i test rode the street version but i own the xc your not missing a thing get the xc other wise you will be sorry lol the xc will do anything the roadie can and you have more options with the xc
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:20 AM   #15658
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And if you buy the XC, you won't have to waste money on a tire plug kit.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:51 AM   #15659
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My take on it is this ; after having a Scrambler900efi and taking places it wasn't supposed to go, I thought all I needed was the roadie.......until I rode the XC. The XC is IMHO better at everything.
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i test rode the street version but i own the xc your not missing a thing get the xc other wise you will be sorry lol the xc will do anything the roadie can and you have more options with the xc
Interesting. I've been lurking here because this spring I want to step up from my G650GS to a Tiger 800, and as my riding is 80% pavement I was planning on getting the roadie. Are you saying I wouldn't be giving anything up on my daily commute handling and weekend canyon twisties by getting the XC?
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:53 AM   #15660
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Interesting. I've been lurking here because this spring I want to step up from my G650GS to a Tiger 800, and as my riding is 80% pavement I was planning on getting the roadie. Are you saying I wouldn't be giving anything up on my daily commute handling and weekend canyon twisties by getting the XC?
That's how I read it.
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