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Old 11-20-2010, 10:03 AM   #2356
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Not really. Means that it's a better balanced bike.

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Interesting that they said it feels lighter than the 800GS.
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:28 AM   #2357
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Note this quote about riding the XC on pavement from Motorcyclist's Tim Carrithers......Nothing drags at the apex
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:35 AM   #2358
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Took me a long time before I got into bike big singles - about before 6 months before I really understood why they're so great.
You're right mr beep, big singles are great/cool.....but after riding around on a DR650RSE for 10 years, I kind of want something smoother and more powerful. Of course the XT660Z is better than my DR but not that much
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:16 AM   #2359
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Sometimes it's hard to tell the frame is bent at first glance.
From what I'm reading it seems that Triumph expect the bike to get a thorough work-out.
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:52 PM   #2360
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It think my Sabre had a gear indicator. As I recall, I liked it. I'm ALWAYS searching for non-existent gearing on the Hawk. I know it isn't there, but yet my instinct says 'upshift'. A light saying "don't bother, suck it up" would be nice.
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Old 11-20-2010, 02:51 PM   #2361
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From what I'm reading it seems that Triumph expect the bike to get a thorough work-out.

I hope so. I posted that reply from my phone, I should have thrown a at the end of it.
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:22 PM   #2362
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Well kids, it's official. I've been in the preorder queue for an XC since Monday when my dealer put my name in, but now I actually have money down as well.

Triumph, please reward my leap of faith.

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Old 11-20-2010, 04:22 PM   #2363
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Well kids, it's official. I've been in the preorder queue for an XC since Monday when my dealer put my name in, but now I actually have money down as well.

Triumph, please reward my leap of faith.

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Well done, sir. Early reports are good. I hope you like the hell out of the bike
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Old 11-20-2010, 04:26 PM   #2364
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Well done, sir. Early reports are good. I hope you like the hell out of the bike
I know I will be ogling the hell out of Mark's bike when he does get it, and it will get a nice good 6,300 mile break in with our trip in May. I really want one, but I just bought a Sprint and just can't afford/justify a new bike until my car is paid off.
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Old 11-20-2010, 05:11 PM   #2365
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I know I will be ogling the hell out of Mark's bike when he does get it, and it will get a nice good 6,300 mile break in with our trip in May. I really want one, but I just bought a Sprint and just can't afford/justify a new bike until my car is paid off.
I'm in a similar situation. I'm jonesing for this bike, but there really is nothing wrong with my 1150GS and it's paid for. But this thread, the reviews, and a friend who is very likely to buy an XC keep popping into my head..
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Old 11-20-2010, 05:32 PM   #2366
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Not really. Means that it's a better balanced bike.
Its not surprising to you that it may be a better balanced bike? With it being heavier, and carring more fuel all up top i find that surprising. Of course their comments don't mean much since they are not comparing them side by side. I'll be surprised if that statement holds when they do a full on comparison.
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:25 PM   #2367
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Its not surprising to you that it may be a better balanced bike? With it being heavier, and carring more fuel all up top i find that surprising. Of course their comments don't mean much since they are not comparing them side by side. I'll be surprised if that statement holds when they do a full on comparison.
The sharper rake angle may give the impression of lightness. It would be interesting to see Cgs of these bikes. I thought they used to do that in some magazine.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:43 AM   #2368
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The sharper rake angle may give the impression of lightness. It would be interesting to see Cgs of these bikes. I thought they used to do that in some magazine.
Some magazines can pinpoint the CG of a machine ... and certainly Triumph can provide all this info. Also, some may comment on the centralization of mass, which has been the big thing for the last ten years or so. Centralized mass allows bikes to turn effortlessly and with good feedback and control. (IE: mid corner, leaned over then hitting a series of bumps)

Some magazines will also figure out Front to Rear Bias. Usually its close 50/50 ... or 52/48 so some such. One of the keys to decent off road handling is the rather long swing arm. This not only will help traction off road but is also lessens wheelies. A longer swing arm will also help counteract a radical rake angle and help stabilize the bike at speed, lessening head shake or instability under hard braking.
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:29 PM   #2369
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Dude, the 2013 KLRX is an overpriced, underpowered piece of crap.
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:40 PM   #2370
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Well kids, it's official. I've been in the preorder queue for an XC since Monday when my dealer put my name in, but now I actually have money down as well.

Triumph, please reward my leap of faith.

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Put my deposit down on the 800-XC ABS. I will have the first bike in Dallas.

Leap of faith? Isn't everything worth doing?
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