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Old 06-04-2011, 11:17 AM   #6196
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Just got back from the dealership, and saw the 800XC in the flesh for the first time...what a lovely bike! Felt nice between me legs as well...don't know if I'll be trading my GSA in anytime soon...but this may be the perfect thing to trade it in for...
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:37 AM   #6197
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I won't defend my Multi but to say with a button press I can go from tame to wild, plush to stiff, which is what I really love about it.
No need to ... the Multi is an awesome bike. (I'm just jealous!!) I never had time to fiddle with the controls on the S version I rode ... never figured it out in the few hours I had on the bike. On Marin's back roads it was a bit tough, but out on highway one it rocked, easily getting into Go To JaiL mode with instant spurts over 100 mph at a whim. It did everything well. Stunning bike. I'm sure when adjusted plush it would improve on tight back roads but as it was I was limited ... and SO MUCH POWER! YIKES!
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As for offroad, yeah, my WRR is a great bike for that, but in this size/class of bike (800cc), I think the XC would do just fine. I can't wait for all the ride reports from inmates over the summer taking these things all over the place. I bet that motor turns out to be a gem offroad. -SM
I agree. I look forward to off road reports as well. My WR comment only related to the idea of trashing a such a beautiful new bike doing serious off road riding. I'd hate to do that on my own bike ... but I guess some owners will be hammering the new Tiger XC's off road.

IMHO, anything super steep, loose, muddy or rutted will challenge even a decent rider riding the Tiger XC. I know I'm challenged on my DR650 in such conditions ... and it's about 100 lbs. lighter than the Tiger 800XC.

I've been on rides where the BMW guys try to macho it out doing someplace like Goler wash. Smashing new GS1200's to bits. Even with 5 guys helping the F800GS guys beat the crap out of their bikes, doing lots of damage to virtually new bikes. Bent rims, busted plastic, broken bars, levers, shields. They laughed it off and got pics standing on the wrecked bikes flipping the bird. Ha Ha.
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:37 PM   #6198
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Bought her to ride offroad....time will tell!

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Old 06-04-2011, 02:43 PM   #6199
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WE hope to help with off road reports

We will be taking out two 2012 T800XC bikes on our next trip for those who do not know...they are being loaned to us by Triumph and in no way shape or form is Triumph paying for anything on this trip. We are BMW owners and look at this opportunity as a way to really demo the Tiger...so, instead of a 45 minute demo we get 45 days.
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:54 PM   #6200
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We will be taking out two 2012 T800XC bikes on our next trip for those who do not know...they are being loaned to us by Triumph and in no way shape or form is Triumph paying for anything on this trip. We are BMW owners and look at this opportunity as a way to really demo the Tiger...so, instead of a 45 minute demo we get 45 days.
I was thinking of you two when I wrote that I was waiting for RR's from "all over". Can't wait (bet you guys can't either!).

Safe travels. And no pressure....there will only be 49,862 of your closest internet friends following your every move.

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Old 06-04-2011, 03:14 PM   #6201
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I was thinking of you two when I wrote that I was waiting for RR's from "all over". Can't wait (bet you guys can't either!).

Safe travels. And no pressure....there will only be 49,862 of your closest internet friends following your every move.

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just wait..after Triumph announces it....but you know what? We are ready and we are going to just do what we did last year...ride and have fun!
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:51 PM   #6202
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Looks GOOD! Did you have any trouble mounting the handguards (stock bars, I assume??)
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:52 PM   #6203
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Tiger 800XC Ride Report, work in progress: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=694465

900+ miles, highway, twisties, gravel, off pavement. Tiger 800XC=Triple sport.
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:54 PM   #6204
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I've got to admit, that bike looks pretty bad A$$ with those knobby tires on it.

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Old 06-04-2011, 06:01 PM   #6205
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Looks GOOD! Did you have any trouble mounting the handguards (stock bars, I assume??)
Tha bars are stock & made by Neken(same as KTM) they handguards fit with some tweaking & a spacer needed at bare-ends other than that, the install is straight forward..
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:17 PM   #6206
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The bike does look badass with the knobbies. What brand/model tires are they? Have you considered raising the front fender for mud clearance? I'll be watching for ride reports.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:21 PM   #6207
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I do agree the bike looks awesome. What tires do you have on the XC?
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:41 PM   #6208
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800 vs. F800

Not sure if this is the place for this but here you go.

I took a BMW F800 and a Tiger 800 for test rides today, back to back. The 800XC wasn't available, but I have sat on it and looked it over. I've never ridden BMWs or Triumphs, and currently ride a V-Strom 650.

I was completely surprised. I thought I would love the F800, that it would be "the" bike. The winner can best be summed up this way:
I rode the F800 for an hour, and got off sore and ready to be off of it.
I rode the Triumph 800 for 2.5 hours and only returned to the dealer because I was almost out of gas.

On the road, and for long hauls, the Triumph is hands-down the winner. The off-road capability of the F800 may be slightly better, but I don't think it could overtake the pleasure that the Triumph is to ride. I'm sold.
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:29 AM   #6209
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The bike does look badass with the knobbies. What brand/model tires are they? Have you considered raising the front fender for mud clearance? I'll be watching for ride reports.
I'm gonna say TKCs, or the Kenda Big Blocks .......

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Old 06-05-2011, 11:02 AM   #6210
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I'm gonna say TKCs, or the Kenda Big Blocks .......

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TKC 80's , & they are miserable offroad...can't compare them to anythjing else as this is my 1st ADV bike & regularly ride offroad with real knobbies.
Rode the bike offroad proper today, as mentioned the tires were the only diaspointment, I was expecting more traction. They make more road noise over stock Battlewings, that I eXpected. Changed my style a little & kept the bike more up right (90 degree rule of traction) & the TKC's did better, however they slide all over the place if you lean the bike & ride it like MX bike. The Guys I rode with, were all on Enduro bikes.
The bike it self was great, it handle the deep thick sand in Fl very well & when launched off jumps,flys level & lands well. Turned the ABS off & the brakes were very reponsive. The stock suspension handled the whoops well, gotta remember this bike is a big girl. Overall not many Folks would have taken her where I rode today & not only was I impressed, but my riding Buds couldn,t believe how well she did.
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