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Old 05-10-2011, 12:30 PM   #5506
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Ahh, unfortunatly not my bike, I was just test riding it...
I think I will wait for the 2012 model, Dark frame and hopefully bolt on passenger peg brackets and a couple more color choices.
The "2012" model, ie black frame is already here as far as I'm aware.
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:31 PM   #5507
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The stock seat gets a little "lumpy" after riding for a few hours. It's like I can feel the plastic bits underneath the foam.



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Low seat is nice and firm.
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:12 PM   #5508
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He's claiming that no black 800s were made in the 2011 model
Erico Motorsports in downtown Denver has a black xc demo. Saw it, sat on it. What I've been hearing from dealers is that white and black are the only colors they can get. Orange is way off in the misty future.
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:20 PM   #5509
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Erico Motorsports in downtown Denver has a black xc demo. Saw it, sat on it. What I've been hearing from dealers is that white and black are the only colors they can get. Orange is way off in the misty future.

I saw a black XC in Pittsburg and my dealer (Canton, Ohio) had an orange XC which was traded to get my White ABS Std.
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:21 PM   #5510
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Alternator 550w or 645w?

Did we ever get a final answer on alternator capacity? The US site doesn't list specs anymore, though the UK site lists alternator capacity at 645w.

645w would be awesome - plenty for powerful aux lights, heated jacket liner and gloves/grips, no worries at all!
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:23 PM   #5511
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They look nice, where do you buy them?
Depends on where you live...we get ours through MTR Sports....
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Old 05-10-2011, 03:42 PM   #5512
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Erico Motorsports in downtown Denver has a black xc demo. Saw it, sat on it. What I've been hearing from dealers is that white and black are the only colors they can get. Orange is way off in the misty future.
I saw an orange XC in the flesh at Rockwell a couple weeks ago when I picked up my bike. It looked great! But it was a pre-sold bike.
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Old 05-10-2011, 04:15 PM   #5513
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Just put a deposit down on an orange XC, but I'm told it won't be here until August. Which is ok, life's got me pretty busy at the moment and I'm not in a big hurry, as I'm sure this will be the last bike I buy for a long time. After reading about / drooling over the XC since last year, I finally rode the demo last weekend and fell in love. My opinions on the ride don't fall into the 'expert' category by anyone's measure, but I was very impressed with this bike. I got to ride the demo on a good mix of roads, from interstate highway to twisties, but unfortunately no gravel.

I'm 5'9" and pretty well used to one-footing tall dirt bikes, but I ordered the low seat to come with my XC. It was no problem to u-turn this thing on narrow residential streets, poke around a parking lot, and run it up to 80+ in a hurry on an entrance ramp. Coming from a moped, then a 125cc Chinese dual-sport, then a V-Star, then my WR250R, I wasn't sure what to expect from the Tiger when I left the dealer parking lot, having never ridden a large 'adventure' bike. But it felt right, very easy to maneuver. I can see it being a handful on the slippery stuff, but that's probably just because I'm used to throwing around much lighter machines.

The transmission was fine, the clutch was smooth as butter, and the power was nice and smooth as well. Didn't feel jumpy or twitchy, and I never felt afraid of accidentally lifting the front wheel. Just enough power in a bike for me, not too much and not too little. As others in this thread have noted, the Tiger would be fine with a 3-speed, there's enough torque even at the sub-5000 rpm range to keep you moving.

I'm on the fence about an aftermarket pipe like the Arrow, because the stock exhaust note somewhat disappointed me. More whistle than growl. But that's not even a real complaint, and it's also easy to fix. My only other gripe was the loud 'drumbeat' of air passing by my head from over the windscreen. If I tucked my head down a few inches, it was silent. So I ordered the adjustable high screen to go with my XC, and hopefully that fixes it. This will be my first ride with a windscreen, and I'm pretty pumped about it.

Yes, the Tiger costs a lot of money. But it's sooooooooooo purdy, and its a pleasure to ride. I will keep my WR250R as well, and between the two, I'll have everything I need. I don't plan on jumping the XC over logs on gnarly singletrack like the demo videos. It will see its share of gravel and two-track, but most of its use will probably be on pavement. It may sound stupid, but the XC looks better than the road version (in my opinion), and I like spoked / tubed wheels.

So now the waiting game begins... if anyone wants a white one right now, Motoprimo in Lakeville, MN has one sitting on the floor. They had a black one too, but it sold yesterday I think.
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Old 05-10-2011, 04:43 PM   #5514
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The "2012" model, ie black frame is already here as far as I'm aware.
In the US there isn't any black frames, Yet.....At least not that I'm aware of. According to my dealer, 2012 models won't be released until July here in the United States.
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:49 PM   #5515
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In the US there isn't any black frames, Yet.....At least not that I'm aware of. According to my dealer, 2012 models won't be released until July here in the United States.

I've been told by my dealer, Erico Motorsports in Denver, that the black XC that I put a huge deposit on over a month ago will arrive by end of May as a 2012 model, with a black frame. I really hope you are wrong. If I'm waiting this long for a 2011 with the silver frame, and the promises from the dealer don't prove true, I'll be one pissed off customer.

I've purchased 2 other new Triumphs with nowhere near any of this waiting crap. Triumph have really screwed up the launch of this bike.
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:51 PM   #5516
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Did we ever get a final answer on alternator capacity? The US site doesn't list specs anymore, though the UK site lists alternator capacity at 645w.

645w would be awesome - plenty for powerful aux lights, heated jacket liner and gloves/grips, no worries at all!

650 is what I have been reading.

Took mine in today for the .5K service. No issues except the center stand problem which was not addressed, waiting on a new kit. Dealer charged $160, seems pretty much in line with what others are charging. Had them install the panniers that I ordered while I was there. They look real solid. After the service I had the chance to run the engine up a little more, wow, this 800 really sets the new standard for middleweight adventure bikes.

I had some thoughts about what BMW can do to remain competitive in this category. First, give the F800R belt drive. Low maintenance, clean, and no need to adjust. This would get a few sales back. Second give the F650 twin same belt drive and the 85 hp mill. All that combined with it's tubeless rims would boost sales of the "rodie 800". Drop the stupid F650 moniker and call it the F800. Rename the G650, uhhhh, what should we call it, oh yeah, frigging F650GS for Christ's sake. Lastly if they really want to do it up right, give the F800GS tubeless spoke wheels. Mind you that there is no need for burning any midnight oil to accomplish these feats. The parts are sitting, waiting on their respective shelves for someone at BMW to wake the frigging up.

Allow me one more edit, give them all 5 gallon tanks! That would require the mental giants to redesign a bigger plastic bladder under the seat. I don't know that is a tough one, not sure they are up to it.

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Old 05-10-2011, 06:02 PM   #5517
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Did we ever get a final answer on alternator capacity? The US site doesn't list specs anymore, though the UK site lists alternator capacity at 645w.

645w would be awesome - plenty for powerful aux lights, heated jacket liner and gloves/grips, no worries at all!
It's rated at 41.5 amps @ 4K rpm thus 498 watts. This is from the owners manual.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:31 PM   #5518
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650 is what I have been reading.



Allow me one more edit, give them all 5 gallon tanks! That would require the mental giants to redesign a bigger plastic bladder under the seat. I don't know that is a tough one, not sure they are up to it.
I've got a BMW 650GS twin that is getting 62 mpg and a T800 that gets 43 mpg. Based on that, the T800 needs a 6 gallon tank to have the same range as the the Beemer with it's 4.2 gallon under seat plastic bladder.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:33 PM   #5519
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andoulli - Question: If your 800 came with defective centerstand - why did you get charged $160 to replace it ? Aint that a warranty item ?
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:38 PM   #5520
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Obviously not been paying close enuf attention to the lurching of the launching of the 800 Tiger. Ordered my Black 800XC a month ago - being shipped from Georgia next week (May 13, supposedly) Dealer never mentioned anything about frame color (not sure I care) but whats the deal ? One supperior to the other ? Inquiring minds...
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