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Old 02-26-2011, 04:28 PM   #3691
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Mark, did you notice what tires were on the Tiger XC you sat on? I plan on putting K60 Scouts on when they become available, but until then? Ken

(Was going to swap out before taking delivery, but near as I can tell, the 150 rear is not ready yet, anyone know more? Heidenau K60 Scout 150/70-17. I'm thinking having the stock tires to put on for longer pavement trips will be smoother and save the Scouts for everything else. Ken)

And great pics, by the way! Thanks!
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:14 PM   #3692
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The critical thing Tony Foale, someone I greatly admire, did, is keep trail constant.

Through a 19" wheel on your XC and you've changed rake and trail, and will change your handling, stability and weave modes. Dangerous? I dunno, but it obviously isn't recommended.
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:46 PM   #3693
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Mark, did you notice what tires were on the Tiger XC you sat on? I plan on putting K60 Scouts on when they become available, but until then?

Stock tires are Bridgestone Battlewings. I run those on my Wee-Strom when doing long pavement trips and like them a lot for that purpose.

I was also thinking about using a rear K60 Scout with a front TKC-80 for a little more off-pavement grip as my standard combination. I'll probably start with the front TKC and a rear Shinko 705 though, simply because the Shinkos are widely available.

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Old 02-26-2011, 08:12 PM   #3694
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Yep, placed the order with PJ's.
Way to go Lori!

PJ's is going to sell a bunch of this bike (if they can get them).
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:25 AM   #3695
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My local dealer has 6 - all sold - waiting for the new registration on Tuesday.
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:36 AM   #3696
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Way to go Lori!

PJ's is going to sell a bunch of this bike (if they can get them).
He certainly thinks he is when I talk to him! :)
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:02 AM   #3697
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Triumph a no show at the Greenville Show - I think this is a big mistake both for the Triumph and the show. They need to make these Mfgs commit to the entire schedule or not at all. The new Tenere was there and looked great.

Worries me that Triumph either doesn't have the interest or the money to attend.

I'm going to wait on the Husky 900 - for all you that claim the Triumph isn't dirty enough for you or doesn't have the quality suspension and components - the Husky 900 may be the route for you!
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:52 AM   #3698
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The Triumph demo truck is in Orlando Florida this week, Daytona (bike week) next week. Motorcycle activity is very active down here this time of year. Lots of folks down from the frozen north out riding around.

It does seem they should have made a effort, maybe with a local dealer to attend other shows and show off their new offering though.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:54 AM   #3699
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He certainly thinks he is when I talk to him! :)
I think they sold 12 already.

Jonsey was the top Triumph salesman in all of North Americas last year.
Pretty amazing that they can sell a ton of bikes, yet it is the only bike shop in town that still feels like a bike shop. Cool guys!
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:45 AM   #3700
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If you want radical, look at the Buell Ulysses numbers...I've ridden that thing with 17" street tires in over 300 miles of soft stuff. As I mentioned in the Triumph posts, when the whole machine is more competent then you don't have to compensate for a "shortcoming".

I intentionally stayed away from all reviews and spec sheets before riding the bike. I wanted to judge it based upon its performance. The reason my info is so upbeat is because I was ready to be disappointed by a poseur bike and was instead impressed. People look at numbers and forecast "real world"; I rode it in the real world and came back happy.
Truly this is all I need to hear ......

Oh, and as other have said, thank you for the real world report!

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Old 02-27-2011, 10:58 AM   #3701
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Its not so much rake as it is Trail that provides stability. The Ulyssis for all its steep rake angle runs conventional trail numbers. Tony Foales experiments initially dealt with rake modification, while maintaining standard trail numbers for that bike. Later, with the use of a wishbone suspension setup changed the trail numbers in combination with rake. He kind of glosses over over the connection between rake and trail numbers but leaves the impression shortening trail to extremes effects stability.
It sounds like, from real world experience, that the numbers can be shortened more than conventional wisdom would lead us to believe.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:14 PM   #3702
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Looks like a stabilizer is going to be an easy fit.

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Old 02-27-2011, 02:33 PM   #3703
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Scotts Steering Damper

It looks like a Scotts will probably fit, width looks close to ok, height under the bar close to ok, but the link arm underneath will probably have to go forward and be long, so no swapping with other bikes. I have two Scotts already, but I guess if the XC gets one, I'll have to get a third.

Or did you mean one of the other dampers available? Ken
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:06 PM   #3704
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Triumph a no show at the Greenville Show - I think this is a big mistake both for the Triumph and the show.
It hasn't hurt them so far. I can fully understand why they don't attend such shows. The cost of the space, designing & building the display, the bikes and other bits, people to stand there all day. It all adds up and there has to be a return on that outlay. I would much rather have access to a demo fleet than a static display. I stopped going to bike & car shows years ago.

The 800 isn't appearing in my dealer until mid March... :-(((
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:42 PM   #3705
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What are the fuel requirements going to be as far octane goes? I know the 990 has a wire you can disconnect to retard the timing and run the bike better on shit fuel. How's this bike gonna do with crappy fuel in areas of the world that require you to get it out of a barrel?
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