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Old 12-07-2012, 12:36 PM   #15196
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Thanks everyone.... learning about it and getting used to it. Completely different riding style and position from what I'm used to.
From what you are coming off of, I'd say this is a huge step forward in reliability. I have owned everything from MX bikes to sport tourers. This Tiger is the most versatile bike on the market and it has a HUGE GRIN FACTOR!
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:43 PM   #15197
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From what you are coming off of, I'd say this is a huge step forward in reliability. I have owned everything from MX bikes to sport tourers. This Tiger is the most versatile bike on the market and it has a HUGE GRIN FACTOR!
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:02 PM   #15198
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Not sure I follow. I'm certainly not slamming someones bike building prowess. Our American twins just arent as reliable as their counter parts.
And I speak of this from experience.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:36 PM   #15199
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Harley's are good and reliable if built right but not something I will take offroad. They have their placeand the customization never stops but but on a washed out rode or bad gravel road, not the best. All of mine were either choppers or 40's bobber styles (except 1 bagger) and would take them anytime over the road. Wanted to do something different and the 800XC is it. Completely out of my comfortzone and what I knew but loving it everyday and no regrets. Lets see if I can clock 50000 on this motor without a complete rebuild. That will be about perfect then.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:31 PM   #15200
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Not sure I follow. I'm certainly not slamming someones bike building prowess. Our American twins just arent as reliable as their counter parts.
And I speak of this from experience.
you asked what bike/bikes he was coming from. he had already answered your question. just trying to point you to your answers... Ill just keep to myself hell its beer 30 anyhow.

Oh and my bike is ready for pick up. the new Ohlins shock is installed and ready to go! I can not wait to ride it!!!!!!
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:17 PM   #15201
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Yeah, I'm interested in your feedback on the Ohlins. They went somewhat simple with the stock shock. A little more adjustment would be a huge plus. I am on the lighter side and the spring is somewhat stiff for my liking.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:17 PM   #15202
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Our American twins just arent as reliable as their counter parts.
And I speak of this from experience.
I had one (mentioned above)... first and last for me. Spent 10 weeks in the shop on various warranty repairs in the 2yrs/24k I owned it. Had to unload it when the warranty expired - felt like holding a hand grenade. To quote someone else on ADV about the bike - "I love riding this bike, I just hate owning it."

Tiger's been a dream, however, with 18k so far.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:23 PM   #15203
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Harley's are good and reliable if built right but not something I will take offroad. They have their placeand the customization never stops but but on a washed out rode or bad gravel road, not the best. All of mine were either choppers or 40's bobber styles (except 1 bagger) and would take them anytime over the road. Wanted to do something different and the 800XC is it. Completely out of my comfortzone and what I knew but loving it everyday and no regrets. Lets see if I can clock 50000 on this motor without a complete rebuild. That will be about perfect then.
Check out this video from the BC Big Trailie Ride this year...

Did I just get passed by a Harley?
jump ahead to the 11:00 minute mark

xlcc humbled more than a few of us, he rode through stuff like this with ease, while I on the other hand...

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:26 PM   #15204
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Harley's are good and reliable if built right but not something I will take offroad. They have their placeand the customization never stops but but on a washed out rode or bad gravel road, not the best. All of mine were either choppers or 40's bobber styles (except 1 bagger) and would take them anytime over the road. Wanted to do something different and the 800XC is it. Completely out of my comfortzone and what I knew but loving it everyday and no regrets. Lets see if I can clock 50000 on this motor without a complete rebuild. That will be about perfect then.
Yep. The high miles is what I was speaking of. Not sure if anyone has clocked 50k yet. I know a few are relatively close though. How many months out of the year are you getting up there as far as riding?
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:55 PM   #15205
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Was the Harley Johnwesley's? He is the CMA guy, a great rider and outstanding guy.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:59 PM   #15206
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Check out this video from the BC Big Trailie Ride this year...

Did I just get passed by a Harley?
jump ahead to the 11:00 minute mark

xlcc humbled more than a few of us, he rode through stuff like this with ease, while I on the other hand...

That vid was awsome! One of the best I have seen in awhile!
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:14 PM   #15207
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Harley's are good and reliable if built right but not something I will take offroad. They have their placeand the customization never stops but but on a washed out rode or bad gravel road, not the best. All of mine were either choppers or 40's bobber styles (except 1 bagger) and would take them anytime over the road. Wanted to do something different and the 800XC is it. Completely out of my comfortzone and what I knew but loving it everyday and no regrets. Lets see if I can clock 50000 on this motor without a complete rebuild. That will be about perfect then.
My XL1200R and FXDF were totally reliable- and my ride of choice when I wanted to have my nuts rattle. Only reason I sold 'em, was the Tigger won out every time if I was trying to decide which ride to take. Enjoy the bike-you'll love it
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:48 AM   #15208
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Harley's are good and reliable

Lets see if I can clock 50000 on this motor without a complete rebuild. That will be about perfect then.
Shouldn't be a problem if my 955 is anything to go by....


Now has 67000 miles only routine servicing required.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:09 AM   #15209
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Check out this video from the BC Big Trailie Ride this year...

Did I just get passed by a Harley?
jump ahead to the 11:00 minute mark

xlcc humbled more than a few of us, he rode through stuff like this with ease, while I on the other hand...
What do you attribute the ability for that Harley to run those roads. Is it the low center of gravity, frontend geometry, something else? I can't give all the credit to the rider, as some bikes are easier to ride in some conditions than others.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:00 AM   #15210
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Bringing my new 2013 Tiger 800XC today.

The little woman gave me the green light to get my Christmas present early, as the weather is getting ready to change into winter pretty quick.

Picking it up later today.
Can't wait!
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