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Old 05-07-2011, 08:19 PM   #5101
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Tyson, did you see Speedmakers on Speed tonight from 7 to 8? It was a show on the Triumph factory. It showed your exact bike (same color even) in line to go for a dyno run.
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:30 PM   #5102
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Hey Tyson, I think you missed an angle... bottom of the skid I think your probably the first in the state to get the Neo-Tiger You do know it is a more or less sport touring bike fast pavement and doable gravel roads, so that said keep the KLR for flogging in the back country.

So, you might be one of those who'd actually enjoy a back road ride to Mc Minnville to see the Spruce Goose
http://www.evergreenmuseum.org/

I have a hard time finding folks who enjoy a good road carving adventure.

Congratulations!!

BTW: you should loan me that trailer in your driveway
Thanks for the pic's What an awesome bike!!!!!!
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:38 PM   #5103
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I have a hard time finding folks who enjoy a good road carving adventure

Sam I love running pavement as well as gravel...
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:40 PM   #5104
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Congrats on the new bike. You going to keep the KLR to beat up off road?
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:30 PM   #5105
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Sam I love running pavement as well as gravel...

Kool! stay tuned as I am going over there soon enough...


Hi'ya Ryan how was the overnighter?
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:43 PM   #5106
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Hey Tyson, I think you missed an angle... bottom of the skid I think your probably the first in the state to get the Neo-Tiger You do know it is a more or less sport touring bike fast pavement and doable gravel roads, so that said keep the KLR for flogging in the back country.

So, you might be one of those who'd actually enjoy a back road ride to Mc Minnville to see the Spruce Goose
http://www.evergreenmuseum.org/

I have a hard time finding folks who enjoy a good road carving adventure.

Congratulations!!

BTW: you should loan me that trailer in your driveway
I would totally go to see that! I am an aviation nut after all. I'd love to loan you the trailer, but I 'm leaving for Denver tomorrow night. I'm bringing the Superhawk there to sell in what I hope will be a bigger market and bring a few more bucks. Plus, I'll have time to say goodbye to her and put a few miles on before she goes. If you need the trailer after June 19th, anytime friend!
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:47 PM   #5107
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Tyson, did you see Speedmakers on Speed tonight from 7 to 8? It was a show on the Triumph factory. It showed your exact bike (same color even) in line to go for a dyno run.

Wasn't watching TV!!!! What do you suppose I was doing? I searched for it and it isn't playing anytime in the next several weeks. Bummer I missed it.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:35 PM   #5108
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More thoughts about the bike. I went for a "spirited" ride up to Bogus Basin. I don't have any chicken strips left and the tires are completely scrubbed of their newness. This thing handles like a sport bike. The turn in is a little slower, but it just holds a line. Transitions from side to side are very fun! I would consider this bike "flickable" considering it's wet weight. Oh my God this engine is just fantastic!!! I can not rave enough about it!! I am completely hooked on the triple sound. Ryan, after I get an exhaust on it, I might even like it a little better than your 950 with the Remus. And that's saying a lot cause the Remus sounded soooooo good. But it'll be damn close.

The standing position is good. Bars could be 1/2" or 1" higher. There's plenty of stock cable length to make that happen. You can see right out over the front of the bike. Totally different view than standing on the KLR. Harder to hold on though!!!

I screwed around in the dirt parking lot at Bogus for awhile. I made it barely to 100 miles before I got it dirty. The power is going to be completely manageable off road. Wheel spin, yes. But fun and controllable. I'm guessing my first knobbie won't make it to 1000 miles.

I got going about 60 and grabbed the front and back brakes as hard as I could. The ABS KICKS ASS!!!! It dropped my jaw how quickly I was able to stop in dirt with essentially street tires on. It was amazing! I think I will run off road with the ABS on, except for steep downhills where I need to lock the ass up. It'll be an ongoing experiment. But, I was thoroughly impressed with the system. Nothing scary about it at all. The bike just tracked straight and came to a stop waaaay sooner than I thought it would. When I do need to turn it off, I believe it is only three button pushes and it's disabled. Easy.

The suspension is stiff out of the box. I haven't played with any adjustments and it needs to be broken in. Sasquatch and I are going to do a lot of learning and work in this area. Stay tuned... It's great on the road!

Have I talked about the engine yet? I think I may have mentioned it. WOW!!!!!! I haven't talked about the low end. In first gear, I can apply the front brake and slow the bike down to three or four miles an hour and the r's are at a little less than 1k. No sputtering or chugging. Let off the brake and grab some throttle and the r's just climb with out any lugging of any kind. Then it hits the power band and hold on! It throws your butt into the raised pillion. Smiles for miles!!

The seat is really comfortable in it's stock form. I remember riding the F800 for 15 miles and shifting around. I was really excited for that test ride cause at the time (January) I thought it was going to be my next bike. I got off the F800 after the test ride and went "Meh. Did not meet expectations." Then I read about this bike. It hadn't even been released yet. Then I kept reading and doing internet sleuthing to find more info. I knew the Triumph was the right choice.

The only thing that bugs me a bit is a characteristic of the fuel injection. When you let off the throttle, it really lets off and rocks into the deceleration stance. Holding a steady speed will take some practice. I am sure this will become a non issue after some miles pass by.

I came home in the dark tonight. The headlights are amazing! They are brighter than the HIDs in my Acura. Unless you were doing some serious off roading at night, PIAAs are a waste of money. Don't need em on this bike. They look pretty cool. But not 600 dollars worth of cool when the stock headlamps are so good.

I am simply giddy with this purchase. No buyers remorse here! I think I am going to have the perfect trio of bikes. The Triumph for road trips, good gravel highways, and some rough stuff here or there. I wouldn't have any issues taking this up Trinity or doing Fisher Creek single track. I'd take it into Louie Lake once I got some experience on it. For stuff like that I am going to get the KLX functional though. The KLX will be a great bike to do things of that nature which aren't too far away. Then the CRF. Man I love that bike too! Keepin that one for winter OHV area riding and the occasional mid week evening romp out Blacks Creek/Danskin. The KLR will be sold. I have put many memorable miles on her and built my experience and confidence. But, that is one too many bikes to insure.

I can't wait to get out and ride with y'all this summer. But work calls again and I head to Denver to make a few extra bucks. It will work out well. I'll be gone for six weeks and that will give the HT crew plenty of time to do all the R&D for their products. Yes, I will ride my new toy for a weekend and then leave it for six weeks. But, it is actually better this way. One of the parts of our agreement is the bike can not so much as tip over. If that happens it is worthless to them to prototype off of. Something may be bent ever so slightly and then the whole line is built wrong. So if I was here, I'd have be on the KLR and leave the Triumph in the garage or at HT. Then they get it all week. So I pretty much couldn't ride it anyways. Better to go to Denver and make some money, sell the Superhawk, and come back to bike that is ready to roll!

If anybody has any other questions about the bike, you know I'll be more than happy to talk about it! So so so happy with my new baby. Gonna start packing for Denver...
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:56 PM   #5109
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So Jealous. Sat on the demo in Spokompton. I might even ditch the Wee for that new Tigger. Still contemplating. Thanks for the comprehensive review. Super cool. Pics are nice but I want to know how the ride is compared to various other rides. After speaking with the dealer sounds like the 2011 is hard to come by. He has 3 sold, and order for 8 more but can't find any. He said the 2012 will be coming out end of the summer. I took this to mean I should probably wait for the 2012. Everything you said was an echo of his Company ride down in AZ this past January/February. I like what Im hearing. I love the wifes Bonnie so much I was considering getting a Scrambler for myself. The XC just might be the "One".
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:07 PM   #5110
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So Jealous. Sat on the demo in Spokompton. I might even ditch the Wee for that new Tigger. Still contemplating. Thanks for the comprehensive review. Super cool. Pics are nice but I want to know how the ride is compared to various other rides. After speaking with the dealer sounds like the 2011 is hard to come by. He has 3 sold, and order for 8 more but can't find any. He said the 2012 will be coming out end of the summer. I took this to mean I should probably wait for the 2012. Everything you said was an echo of his Company ride down in AZ this past January/February. I like what Im hearing. I love the wifes Bonnie so much I was considering getting a Scrambler for myself. The XC just might be the "One".

You won't get a 2011 unless you get it from crooked dealer that "faked" a customer order. This has been a MAJOR issue and pissed A LOT of people off. People waiting for bikes ordered in October and other dealers have one sitting on the showroom floor. The frame on the 2012 will be black, just an FYI.
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:13 PM   #5111
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A few on the road shots from today.

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The KLR can't leave turned soil like that!!!!

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Old 05-08-2011, 12:05 AM   #5112
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Perhaps this was covered in our local news. Didn't see it. The Canadian couple who drove their minivan, we now know, into the Sheep Creek / Bruneau area. The wife found alive seven weeks later, the husband missing. Authorities unsure how they even got to where the van was found.

Took note since Ben and I just struggled through some roads in that general area. Impassable by auto. My GPS sometimes tries to kill me too but I'd like to think I could at least walk the ten miles in the correct direction to the highway. Good reminder about preparedness, I guess.
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More thoughts about the bike. I went for a "spirited" ride up to Bogus Basin. I don't have any chicken strips left and the tires are completely scrubbed of their newness. This thing handles like a sport bike. The turn in is a little slower, but it just holds a line. Transitions from side to side are very fun! I would consider this bike "flickable" considering it's wet weight. Oh my God this engine is just fantastic!!! I can not rave enough about it!! I am completely hooked on the triple sound. Ryan, after I get an exhaust on it, I might even like it a little better than your 950 with the Remus. And that's saying a lot cause the Remus sounded soooooo good. But it'll be damn close.

The standing position is good. Bars could be 1/2" or 1" higher. There's plenty of stock cable length to make that happen. You can see right out over the front of the bike. Totally different view than standing on the KLR. Harder to hold on though!!!

I screwed around in the dirt parking lot at Bogus for awhile. I made it barely to 100 miles before I got it dirty. The power is going to be completely manageable off road. Wheel spin, yes. But fun and controllable. I'm guessing my first knobbie won't make it to 1000 miles.

I got going about 60 and grabbed the front and back brakes as hard as I could. The ABS KICKS ASS!!!! It dropped my jaw how quickly I was able to stop in dirt with essentially street tires on. It was amazing! I think I will run off road with the ABS on, except for steep downhills where I need to lock the ass up. It'll be an ongoing experiment. But, I was thoroughly impressed with the system. Nothing scary about it at all. The bike just tracked straight and came to a stop waaaay sooner than I thought it would. When I do need to turn it off, I believe it is only three button pushes and it's disabled. Easy.

The suspension is stiff out of the box. I haven't played with any adjustments and it needs to be broken in. Sasquatch and I are going to do a lot of learning and work in this area. Stay tuned... It's great on the road!

Have I talked about the engine yet? I think I may have mentioned it. WOW!!!!!! I haven't talked about the low end. In first gear, I can apply the front brake and slow the bike down to three or four miles an hour and the r's are at a little less than 1k. No sputtering or chugging. Let off the brake and grab some throttle and the r's just climb with out any lugging of any kind. Then it hits the power band and hold on! It throws your butt into the raised pillion. Smiles for miles!!

The seat is really comfortable in it's stock form. I remember riding the F800 for 15 miles and shifting around. I was really excited for that test ride cause at the time (January) I thought it was going to be my next bike. I got off the F800 after the test ride and went "Meh. Did not meet expectations." Then I read about this bike. It hadn't even been released yet. Then I kept reading and doing internet sleuthing to find more info. I knew the Triumph was the right choice.

The only thing that bugs me a bit is a characteristic of the fuel injection. When you let off the throttle, it really lets off and rocks into the deceleration stance. Holding a steady speed will take some practice. I am sure this will become a non issue after some miles pass by.

I came home in the dark tonight. The headlights are amazing! They are brighter than the HIDs in my Acura. Unless you were doing some serious off roading at night, PIAAs are a waste of money. Don't need em on this bike. They look pretty cool. But not 600 dollars worth of cool when the stock headlamps are so good.

I am simply giddy with this purchase. No buyers remorse here! I think I am going to have the perfect trio of bikes. The Triumph for road trips, good gravel highways, and some rough stuff here or there. I wouldn't have any issues taking this up Trinity or doing Fisher Creek single track. I'd take it into Louie Lake once I got some experience on it. For stuff like that I am going to get the KLX functional though. The KLX will be a great bike to do things of that nature which aren't too far away. Then the CRF. Man I love that bike too! Keepin that one for winter OHV area riding and the occasional mid week evening romp out Blacks Creek/Danskin. The KLR will be sold. I have put many memorable miles on her and built my experience and confidence. But, that is one too many bikes to insure.

I can't wait to get out and ride with y'all this summer. But work calls again and I head to Denver to make a few extra bucks. It will work out well. I'll be gone for six weeks and that will give the HT crew plenty of time to do all the R&D for their products. Yes, I will ride my new toy for a weekend and then leave it for six weeks. But, it is actually better this way. One of the parts of our agreement is the bike can not so much as tip over. If that happens it is worthless to them to prototype off of. Something may be bent ever so slightly and then the whole line is built wrong. So if I was here, I'd have be on the KLR and leave the Triumph in the garage or at HT. Then they get it all week. So I pretty much couldn't ride it anyways. Better to go to Denver and make some money, sell the Superhawk, and come back to bike that is ready to roll!

If anybody has any other questions about the bike, you know I'll be more than happy to talk about it! So so so happy with my new baby. Gonna start packing for Denver...
sounds like you might like it ....
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Perhaps this was covered in our local news. Didn't see it. The Canadian couple who drove their minivan, we now know, into the Sheep Creek / Bruneau area. The wife found alive seven weeks later, the husband missing. Authorities unsure how they even got to where the van was found.

Took note since Ben and I just struggled through some roads in that general area. Impassable by auto. My GPS sometimes tries to kill me too but I'd like to think I could at least walk the ten miles in the correct direction to the highway. Good reminder about preparedness, I guess.
Wow... was this a case where they simply wanted to explore or they blindly followed a GPS? Common sense will go a long way....
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