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Old 07-29-2011, 04:28 PM   #7546
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Cycle World 10 Best

For those with a CW ap, reports best 2011 Dual Sport is T800 XC!

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Old 07-29-2011, 05:25 PM   #7547
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For those with a CW ap, says best 1011 Dual Sport is T800 XC!
Ditto for Motorcyclist (September issue) MOTY listings:
Best Adventure Bike: Triumph Tiger 800XC

Triumph also won the "Naked" bike category:
Best Naked Bike: Triumph Speed Triple

Overall "Best" motorcycle of the year:
Kawasaki Ninja 1000

Triumph were the only OEM to win in two categories ... and they scored a
runner up in the Cruiser category with the Thunderbird Storm.

In a review of the new Street Triple R, Alan Cathcart claimed Triumph have sold 40,000 copies since it's inception in 2007. These are world class numbers.

His sources at Triumph claim even during this recession sales remain strong. The review of course was stunning, as are nearly all Street R reviews. No surprise there.

All this bodes well for Triumph's survivability and continued growth.
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Old 07-30-2011, 04:54 PM   #7548
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I just saw 3 Tiger XC models, two black and 1 orange, at Kissell Motorsports in State College PA this past Wednesday. I think all 3 were non-ABS. They were great helping out a buddy who needed some tires in the middle of a trip, and we were both impressed with their operation. The salesman said he was upset with Triumph, as he did not get his order of Tigers on time, and then suddenly these 3 show up after much of the riding season was over. They also had Ducati and BMW, and it was interesting to sit on everything and compare positions. For two-up cross country travel, that new 6 cylinder BMW is very nice, as is the Multistrada. You could buy several Tigers for the cost of either one though.
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:42 PM   #7549
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Finally sent the 1200GS packing and took delivery of my Tiger 800 Road model. Added heated grips, hand guards, a larger sidestand foot and a beak (pure vanity!). Installed my GPS mount while I was at it. I have a Touratech Zega Pro tail box coming this week and may order the panniers later, although I am considering just using the Wolfman Dry Expedition bags when I travel.



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Old 07-30-2011, 07:11 PM   #7550
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Rear Seat Seat bumper trim

I have had the bike long enough (MAY) so now I can start cutting stuff off of it.
I removed the lock hold down bumper from the bottom of the rear seat so I could fit my flat fix it kit in the trunk.

I think I'll trim the rest of the U-lock protrusions also.
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:18 PM   #7551
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Here is my underseat storage.

I'm coming from a Suzuki DL1000 Vstrom and that had a lot of space under the seat plus the tail section.
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:23 PM   #7552
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Tail section space.

I was wondering about a part in the tail section. Anyone with a shop manual out there?

I'll have to do some measuring to see if the opening would be big enough for anything to pass under the metal part.
Might be a nice home for the tire compressor......
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:11 PM   #7553
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I believe it is the fall detection switch .
To make it harder, the service manual shows a picture that indicates that is it's location but the written description says that it is located on the relay and fuse box bracket below the fuel tank.
I too am thinking of relocating it to open up the tail section but haven't got around to it yet so am interested in how you go about it and the end result.

One thing I'd suggest is you seal up the 4 slits in the back cover to reduce the chance of rain getting in there. I used gorilla snot to seal mine up and haven't seen any water in there since I did it.
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:42 PM   #7554
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The time has come. Finally!

25 days after dropping my Tiger XC off for it's 500 mile service I got it back. Holy balls!

Triumph determined that my bike needed it's throttle body assembly replaced. They did that and it seems to have helped a lot. They did so, under warranty, which in my opinion, they damn well better.

Is the bike perfect, like a brand new bike should be? No.

Am I glad to be on it again? Hells yes!

I picked it up from the dealer and had it home by 1pm today. It was hot as Hell in Denver today. Been that way for the entire month of July. Hmmm, I've not had my 2012 Tiger for almost the entire month of July.

So, the planets aligned and I got the bike back. I went for a little 200 mile ride as soon as I got home and unloaded it out of the back of my truck.



I rode it from my bucolic suburb of Denver up into them there Rocky Mountains. It ran great on the pavement. The high elevation cooled me off, the bike felt like it should. So much so that I decided to take her exploring the unpaved parts of them there Rocky Mountains.



This is where I discovered a design flaw in the new Tiger XC. It is an Adventure Bike isn't it? Don't Adventure Bikes have to occasionally cross water? Yes, yes they do (as seen in the above photo). As soon as I got said Adventure Bike into that water, about shin deep, it died. How do I know it was shin deep? The boots I was wearing today go half way up my shins. The water was higher than my boots and they filled with it. I had to push it to the other side. Twice.



So, the design flaw. I'm not sure what the name of the part is (don't yet have a service manual) but I suspect it is the coil or at least something to do with the ignition system. It sits directly across the engine case from the exhaust pipe at the bottom of the bike. Just above the skid plate. I know about this part, with it's electrical wires attached because I installed the center stand on my bike. That was a bitch. A 4 beer job at least. Anyway, guess what? When it gets wet, the bike dies!

This happened both times I crossed that stream: Going up Webster Pass and then again coming back down to the town of Montezuma. http://www.treknow.com/colorado/back...bster_pass.htm



I didn't get stranded there. I put my feet down, then pushed the bike out (it would not start as long as I was in said stream). But, if I had...

So, climbing up the trail to Webster Pass the bike did only OK. It stalled a lot. It started right back up but I was annoyed. I've been over this pass a dozen times on nearly as many bikes. I've never had one stall on me until today.

She ran great on pavement. Less than great off pavement...

Anyone here an Entrepreneur with a mechanical bias?

There's a product to be made to relocate that part from the underside of the engine to the top. Water and electricity don't mix....


Glad to be back on the road ! Hopefully for good.
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:54 PM   #7555
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Nothing wrong with mine crossing fords....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSX7Q1lNz_E

I'm first one through.

I can't think you're right about ignition bits down that low. They're all on top of the cylinder head. The only thing down low that cuts ignition is the side stand switch but that should be a sealed unit. Although some people have removed it and hung it somewhere else. The danger there though is that you can forget to raise the stand before riding off.
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Old 07-31-2011, 12:55 AM   #7556
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Loaned Triumph Tiger XC stalls again

Seems like we might be back to the drawing board....my bike has the "illness" again and we really don't know why. See our BLOG for details
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Old 07-31-2011, 06:36 AM   #7557
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That really sucks Deano. I don't believe the stalling in water is a design flaw on the bike. It may be yet another issue with your particular bike. Remember that crazy rain we had in Denver a little while ago? Sante Fe and Alemeda was under almost 2.5 feet of water and I crossed it ten times. I assure you my bike has been thoroughly water tested. I'd seriously start pushing for lemon law and try to get a new bike.
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Old 07-31-2011, 06:46 AM   #7558
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Deano, I have to agree with av. I rode my XC in the pouring rain for 10hrs one day & crossed a mud hole 3ft deep & 100ft across. Yes, I had to turn around & do it a 2nd time. No issues.

Soph9, that really sucks. I can't help but feel paranoid every time I ride my XC. I'm worried mine will start stalling, but I have just under 3000 miles & no issues (knock on wood).
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:05 AM   #7559
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my bike has the "illness" again and we really don't know why.
Triumph doesn't know why either. Dropped my bike off yesterday for the 3rd time to correct this issue. They had it 3 weeks last time, ended up replacing the throttle bodies, but that didn't help. They ran all the diagnostics and found nothing wrong. Ladies, I've been following your ride report and absotulely love it! I bought the Tiger to do trips exaclty like yours. I would hate for you to have to cut your trip short because of this issue. But Triumph does not have a fix for this, hoping you get home safe.
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Old 07-31-2011, 10:35 AM   #7560
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Can it be that sidestand return spring is too weak, causing the sidestand to "bang around" on bumpy/rough sections, causing the sidestand switch to "think" the side stand is down, and turning the engine off. Could explain some of the stalling described....
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