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Old 04-08-2011, 09:32 AM   #4471
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Besides, I'm too short for the XC.
Pshaw. Get the model you want, and fit it to your needs.

I'm 5' 3" tall and getting the XC. I took my husband's new bike out on a 60 mile pavement and dirt road test ride. I'm fine with the seat in the low position, but I'm getting the optional low seat anyway, so I might be able to get my whole left foot down instead of just my toes.

I think there are also some aftermarket lowering links available as well.
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:33 AM   #4472
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I would have to say the power delivery and smoother clutch was most of the reason. The motor does not have a lot of junk hung on it and is much cleaner looking.
This is true. Next time you stop by your friendly BMW dealer sneak into the shop area and see if they have the tank and body work off an F800GS. You won't believe all the crap BMW squeeze in there. Very daunting for the do it your self garage mechanic. The T800 Tiger is far less cluttered, more elegant in its layout. (I've seen two Tigers apart now down my local shop) Kudos Triumph.

You mentioned bars being too far away; and I agree. But if you look, you'll see Triumph have rotated them quite far forward. A very simple fix: loosen fixing bolts, rotate back towards you. If that doesn't work, then a taller bar with more sweep should help. Ride safe!

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:14 AM   #4473
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I called some other dealers & they all said that Triumph has a huge "cluster fuck" going on right now. They filled all of there orders in the UK & screwed everybody else.
We haven't heard much about the Japan Nuclear/Tsunami disaster lately in terms of its affects on Japanese production. I heard a week ago that both Honda and Toyota have slowed or shut production at "some" facilities (they have dozens).

Anyone have recent news?

I haven't searched much but I wonder if Triumph are simply running out of parts? Practically no Triumph parts are made in the UK now.
It's about 90% Thailand and Japan.

A.R.T. of Japan manufacture all motor parts: pistons, cams, cranks and barrels ... and lots more. Final machining, measurement, fitting and QA are done at Hinckley. If A.R.T. are down then Triumph are dead in the water.

Triumph also rely on Nissin, Denso, Keihin, DID, Showa and a few other Japanese companies who provide parts and electronics. If any one of them is down ... things at Triumph could stop or slow down.

Although its off the front page and things "seem" improved in Japan, there is still grave danger there. If the meltdowns continue (or re-ignite) it could get worse. Lets hope they've got it under control.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:20 AM   #4474
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I think you've got me there.


If you must ride them back to back, ride your KLR first.

Going from a Triumph to a KLR is like going from a nice car to a riding mower.

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:29 AM   #4475
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Pshaw. Get the model you want, and fit it to your needs.

I'm 5' 3" tall and getting the XC. I took my husband's new bike out on a 60 mile pavement and dirt road test ride. I'm fine with the seat in the low position, but I'm getting the optional low seat anyway, so I might be able to get my whole left foot down instead of just my toes.

I think there are also some aftermarket lowering links available as well.
I think Triumph are bringing out there own lowering kit; they have a Year 2 of extra parts planned, afaik.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:36 AM   #4476
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I just called a dealer in NC that has the exact bike I ordered for sale on the showroom floor. My dealer is trying to arrange for me to get it.

Edit: I just called another dealer in TX with the bike I ordered for sale on the floor. WTF?
They fake-preordered the bikes to get early floor stock. This is why Triumph issued their new allocation policy.

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Old 04-08-2011, 11:19 AM   #4477
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GOT MY VIN NUMBER TODAY!!! Orange XC ABS for delivery first week of May! Foothill BMW/Triumph of Denver, CO. Deposit put down in mid-Feb. They called me yesterday and asked if I wanted to change to white to get it sooner. I said yes. Today they called with orange and a delivery date!! STOKED!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:26 AM   #4478
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Remus have already got a range of hexagon slip-on cans for the Tiggers.

Though for pure exhaust horn, check out Yoshimura's system for the Street Triple..
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:31 AM   #4479
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Pshaw. Get the model you want, and fit it to your needs.

I'm 5' 3" tall and getting the XC. I took my husband's new bike out on a 60 mile pavement and dirt road test ride. I'm fine with the seat in the low position, but I'm getting the optional low seat anyway, so I might be able to get my whole left foot down instead of just my toes.

I think there are also some aftermarket lowering links available as well.
Sorry Lori, I can't carry a step ladder with me. I couldn't even get one toe down.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:46 AM   #4480
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Just before I was to pick up the white one my dealer got confirmation that my original order for an orange one was confirmed with a late April delivery date.
I let someone else have the white one and I will wait. Not that I did not like the white one but orange was my original choice.
Still have 2 other bikes to ride and in no hurry. My dealer has always been upfront with me.
It is an awesome ride no matter the color.

Be patient guys..they will get here. I know the fever burns hot when a new ride is in your mind. I still get it even after all these years. With old age I have learned patience. Wished I had learned it years ago.
This bike will be worth the wait.
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:18 PM   #4481
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They'll just give those damn things to any old codger off the street these days won't they?

Looks like all those months of crying and begging paid off.



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Old 04-08-2011, 12:54 PM   #4482
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For those interested I've tested the non abs version of the 800 in an emergency stop.

Blind curve, 40ish mph, half a dozen cows in the road.

I straightened my line, maxed out the braking to the point of ALMOST locking up the wheels, stopped 10 feet short of a lot of steak.

If I had been on my KLR I would have hit them, period.



Oh, and the horn works really well if you need to herd cattle.



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Old 04-08-2011, 01:32 PM   #4483
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For those interested I've tested the non abs version of the 800 in an emergency stop.

Blind curve, 40ish mph, half a dozen cows in the road.

I straightened my line, maxed out the braking to the point of ALMOST locking up the wheels, stopped 10 feet short of a lot of steak.

If I had been on my KLR I would have hit them, period.



Oh, and the horn works really well if you need to herd cattle.



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Now with the Nautilus airhorn fitted I could probably blow them back into a field.
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:53 PM   #4484
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Sorry Lori, I can't carry a step ladder with me. I couldn't even get one toe down.


Have you tried the standard 800, non-XC? How did that fit?

If you get the non-XC 800, keep us posted. Believe me, I hemmed and hawed for a long time about which bike to get. I'm still curious as to how the standard 800 will do on gravel roads and such.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:01 PM   #4485
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Dealer just called. My yellow 800 (non ABS) has been pushed back to the end of May/early June. If I was willing to take white, he guaranteed a bike this month. The yellow is cool, but at 64, I haven't been cool in years. So it looks like I'll be riding a white one sooner instead of a yellow one later.

He also mentioned that if I'd ordered orange, it would be the end of June/early July.
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