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Old 06-28-2011, 10:02 AM   #6826
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I just rec'd mine after waiting 2 months. Downloaded the instructions, 8 pages. looks like fun.
I did it in sbout 1 1/2 hrs, without removing the tank. It's a little tight to fish out the connector with the tank on but it is doable. Everything else is easy to get to after removing all the plastic bits. The grips work well. but the green light for the low setting is hard to see in the daytime.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:40 AM   #6828
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I just picked up my 800xc. The bike is an absolute dream to ride, its light, well balanced and has plenty of power. After a 50 mile ride to work from the dealership I had two observations

1. The seat sucks. Badly. I didn't care for the positioning or the foam. I can't actually think of a stock seat I have disliked as badly as this one. Anyone with the gel seat think its a worthwhile upgrade.

2. I got the buzziness in the handlebars other people have mentioned. It was surprising that after an hour of riding, my fingers with numb and tingling. I typically ride Harleys so I am used to vibrations, so this was a new experience for me.

I will say for the record, I love this bike and it was all I expected and more.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:56 PM   #6829
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I just picked up my 800xc. The bike is an absolute dream to ride, its light, well balanced and has plenty of power. After a 50 mile ride to work from the dealership I had two observations

1. The seat sucks. Badly. I didn't care for the positioning or the foam. I can't actually think of a stock seat I have disliked as badly as this one. Anyone with the gel seat think its a worthwhile upgrade.
I'll second that. I doubt the gel seat will help unless the shape is different. My plan is build my own using info found here:

http://www.diymotorcycleseat.com/
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:03 PM   #6830
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T*g*i*f*h........800xc

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Picked up my new ride here in Iowa, headed right for the gravel. I can not get the smile off my face to say anything at all. I guess I will just start installing all these extras and put some miles on this bad boy.

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Old 06-29-2011, 02:04 PM   #6831
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I just picked up my 800xc. The bike is an absolute dream to ride, its light, well balanced and has plenty of power. After a 50 mile ride to work from the dealership I had two observations

1. The seat sucks. Badly. I didn't care for the positioning or the foam. I can't actually think of a stock seat I have disliked as badly as this one. Anyone with the gel seat think its a worthwhile upgrade.

2. I got the buzziness in the handlebars other people have mentioned. It was surprising that after an hour of riding, my fingers with numb and tingling. I typically ride Harleys so I am used to vibrations, so this was a new experience for me.

I will say for the record, I love this bike and it was all I expected and more.
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I'll second that. I doubt the gel seat will help unless the shape is different. My plan is build my own using info found here:

http://www.diymotorcycleseat.com/
I have a stock seat assy. for sale in the flea market, if you want to have it professionally done. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=701061 I'm waiting for my rebuilt seat to return from the seat guy. Will report on it when I get it back.
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:41 PM   #6832
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I just picked up my 800xc. The bike is an absolute dream to ride, its light, well balanced and has plenty of power. After a 50 mile ride to work from the dealership I had two observations

1. The seat sucks. Badly. I didn't care for the positioning or the foam. I can't actually think of a stock seat I have disliked as badly as this one. Anyone with the gel seat think its a worthwhile upgrade.

2. I got the buzziness in the handlebars other people have mentioned. It was surprising that after an hour of riding, my fingers with numb and tingling. I typically ride Harleys so I am used to vibrations, so this was a new experience for me.

I will say for the record, I love this bike and it was all I expected and more.
i hated mine at first too. try to put the front in the high position and the rear in the low position. it helps a ton IMO.
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:45 PM   #6833
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i hated mine at first too. try to put the front in the high position and the rear in the low position. it helps a ton IMO.
I had a go with this combination and liked it, but this is one of the things listed in the manual as 'likely to cause loss of control leading to an accident'. Any idea where the danger is?
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:50 PM   #6834
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I had a go with this combination and liked it, but this is one of the things listed in the manual as 'likely to cause loss of control leading to an accident'. Any idea where the danger is?
The danger is litigation.

Think they worry about people putting the seat back on without it secured and then flying off while you're going through a turn and have shifted your weight.



I found that front low, rear high is a great combination. It was pretty uncomfortable in the standard position.
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:24 PM   #6835
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I just picked up my 800xc. The bike is an absolute dream to ride, its light, well balanced and has plenty of power. After a 50 mile ride to work from the dealership I had two observations

1. The seat sucks. Badly. I didn't care for the positioning or the foam. I can't actually think of a stock seat I have disliked as badly as this one. Anyone with the gel seat think its a worthwhile upgrade.

2. I got the buzziness in the handlebars other people have mentioned. It was surprising that after an hour of riding, my fingers with numb and tingling. I typically ride Harleys so I am used to vibrations, so this was a new experience for me.

I will say for the record, I love this bike and it was all I expected and more.
The seat sucks??? It's obvious you don't have much experience with a smaller dual sport, like a DRZ or such...now that is a seat that sucks, at least if you ever find yourself sitting on it for more than 30 minutes.

Coming off Harley's, I'm sure you're used to a cushy seat, at least on most models. I found that raising the rear to high setting and lowering the front worked better for me...and after a thousand miles on the clock and a couple 7-8 hour days in the saddle, I do find it tolerable now...perhaps my butt is conforming to it..

I don't get the buzziness that quite a few mention, but my hands get sore after a few hours of leaning forward on them. I've ordered RoxFx risers as a start and if that doesn't cure the problem, I'll order some bars with more sweep to them...the stock ones are straighter than I'd prefer.

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Old 06-29-2011, 05:37 PM   #6836
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You guys think the T800 seat sucks try a Beemer 800GS for just half an hour. The Tiger seat is heaven.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:21 PM   #6837
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Th problem I have with the seat is there is no room. The seat designers at Triumph must be eunuchs. I'll take a hard flat seat over a soft dished one any day. I do have mine with the front high and back low and it does help but I still can't see myself doing 600 mile days for month on that thing.
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:07 PM   #6838
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You guys think the T800 seat sucks try a Beemer 800GS for just half an hour. The Tiger seat is heaven.
+1. I do wish I could slide back on it every once and awhile like I can on the KLR. Now I just pop up on the pillion and stretch our for a few. I spent 17.5 hours in the saddle over two days last week and I was really really impressed with it.
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:26 PM   #6839
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The Tiger seat is shaped a bit oddly. I think I'd prefer it to be a little flatter. Also, the foam is a hair too soft, and eventually overcompresses. But that may just be because I'm a fatass.

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Old 06-29-2011, 07:35 PM   #6840
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T-800 seat woes

I also found the seat to be "less than perfect". Raising the front while keeping the back on low setting helped a bit as did using a sheepskin. Did 8 days ranging from 250 to 500 miles and lived to tell the tale, but am planning some kind of upgrade.

May first try modifying the shape and foam a bit myself, but eventually thinking about an aftermarket seat either Corbin or Bill Meyers. Something that is a bit wider at the seat.

On another topic, I added a Madstad screen which helped the wind buffeting a lot. It isn't perfect yet, but I am still trying adjustments. Fixing the windscreen and improving the seat will make this a fantastic travel bike.

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