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Old 04-15-2011, 08:16 PM   #4681
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I've been reading about your trip, in this thread, for months; I was getting a bit anxious for a moment there..
Yeah; just imagine how I was feeling!

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Old 04-15-2011, 08:31 PM   #4682
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Picked up my XC ABS after work today
Congratulations. Mine is in transit ...
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:55 PM   #4683
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Picked up my XC ABS after work today!



Can't wait to take it for a long ride tomorrow!

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Old 04-15-2011, 09:02 PM   #4684
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Yes, glad to see you got yours in time for your trip!

My dealer called me today and said my street black ABS just arrived.. still in the box but should be ready soon!

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Old 04-15-2011, 09:15 PM   #4685
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Can't wait to take it for a long ride tomorrow!
I've enjoyed your RRs, Mark, and I look forward to hearing more about how the 800XC compares with the Wee!
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:24 PM   #4686
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Yeah; just imagine how I was feeling!

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We are both in pretty good shape bike-wise for this trip. I'm getting excited
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:30 PM   #4687
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We are both in pretty good shape bike-wise for this trip. I'm getting excited
Likewise! I'm going to have to figure out a way to rig up the radar detector for those long highway stretches or I'll end up getting arrested...

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Old 04-15-2011, 11:15 PM   #4688
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It is funny what kind of thoughts come to mind when looking for the do it all bike. Mine gravitated to a Dr. 650 with the off road suspension. Powered up with a 780 big bore, and cams. Gear it up for highway or down for dirt. Always wanted one of the Suzuki "Bigs"

There is always the KTM 950se in street clothes.
Feh. The thing about the 950 Adventure was that it just felt like a big bike.
Super duper street bike, well balanced, great suspension, about 8/10 brakes, but any time I got on the dirt it was full on panic at every corner, mainly because any straightaway you could get up to 80+mph in the blink of an eye.

I realize the SE is different, never owned one of those, but the maintenance and repair ordeal I had with my 950 ADV in the short time I owned it soured me on KTMs.
I'm sure they make great bikes, but I don't know if I'm up for the amount of repair and jiggery-pokery my 950 needed, it was just one thing after another...
I may have just got a lemon, I don't know...

That said, I just buttoned up my KLR after swapping the frame from my last misadventure, I hope to get a few quality miles on it in the next week or so
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:38 AM   #4689
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Picked up my XC ABS after work today!



Oh my god, what an awesome bike! It's so much better than the Wee-Strom in so many ways I don't even know where to start.

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Great info, I'm getting the itch.
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:42 AM   #4690
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I rode a Tiger XC and a F800GS at the dealer in Knoxville the other day. I was waiting to ride the tiger before I decided on the F800. Glad I waited. The tiger well exceeded my expectations. Now I need to sack up and order a white one.
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:42 AM   #4691
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what made you decide the Tiger over the F800GS?
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Old 04-16-2011, 10:03 AM   #4692
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Picked up my XC ABS after work today!


Oh my god, what an awesome bike!

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Hooray, Mark! It was worth the wait, wasn't it?
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Old 04-16-2011, 10:07 AM   #4693
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Couple more quick questions for those of you that already have your 800's while I wait for mine to show.

I don't remember if they have a helmet lock (or locks), how they worked, or where they are located on the bike. What do they come with?

Has anyone changed their own oil and filter yet? Easy? Hard? Messy?

Damn I'm giddy...
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Old 04-16-2011, 10:16 AM   #4694
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I don't remember if they have a helmet lock (or locks), how they worked, or where they are located on the bike. What do they come with?
Oh yeah I meant to ask that myself! Triumph doesn't seem to like including helmet locks on their bikes. I put a Helmet Guardian on my Tiger 1050. I'm figuring I'll have to do the same for the 800.

BTW there is already a service manual available for the bike, ask your friendly parts department. I ordered mine to come in with the bike.
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Old 04-16-2011, 10:25 AM   #4695
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Heading to my dealer to put a deposit down. I finally got permission (sort of).
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