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Old 08-18-2011, 07:21 PM   #8011
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Fabulous pics This must put to rest any concerns that the Tigers can't handle the rough stuff. Those are some serious rocks.
Brian you know they can handle the rough stuff and the slippery stuff too
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:57 PM   #8012
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Just returned from a seven day trip wandering around some of Colorado's scenic roads, three of which were spent with kids and grand kids. 2173 miles of bliss. The last day, the longest was 773 miles, two thirds of which were back roads thru southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. The Tiger did great. Mileage with the Jesse bags was 51-53 mpg at 60-75mph and down to 48-50 mpg up to 85 mph. The Jesse bags were tested water tight in a downpour between Hitchcock and Carbondale, then again over the pass in Rocky Mountain National Park with a snow flurry (August?) thrown in. The stock seat felt pretty comfy for the first 400 miles or so, then with alternating heights between high, low, and front high/rear low I finished off the 700+ mile day fairly well. I had the stock Battle Wings on, they stuck well in the corners surprising some sport bike riders and good in the rain. They did keep me from trying 110 out of Silverton and another planned route since the local riders deemed more aggressive tire were needed. I have 4960 miles racked up, no stalling issues, but have noticed the front end clunk. I'll tighten up the head bearing when I go to install the heated grip kit. I have a Ducati ST2 and a DR650, the 800XC is the riding position/maneuverability of the DR with the quality/ power of the ST2. I couldn't imagine riding those State and National Parks at 40mph or so in traffic with the ST2.
Those are the smaller Jesse bags, right? Had the Safari bags on an 800GS, and want to get the same for my 800XC, but can't seem to find them listed on the interweb. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:12 PM   #8013
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Safari are 9 inch now

http://www.xplorermoto.com/safari650.html

Jesse does not sell the 8 inch safari bags anymore, they are 9 inch
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:49 AM   #8014
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Heated grips question?

I have a set of heated grips on my 800XC, and when used on high, they make the throttle stick, has anybody else noticed this? They were installed by the dealer when i bought the bike. I used them on my last ride, and it was kind of scary when you backed off the throttle, you had to force it off, it wouldn't return on it's own (cruise control). Any Ideas? Rod
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:53 AM   #8015
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I have a set of heated grips on my 800XC, and when used on high, they make the throttle stick, has anybody else noticed this? They were installed by the dealer when i bought the bike. I used them on my last ride, and it was kind of scary when you backed off the throttle, you had to force it off, it wouldn't return on it's own (cruise control). Any Ideas? Rod
I'll be installing my own this weekend so I'll have to pay close attention to this.
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:00 AM   #8016
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I have a set of heated grips on my 800XC, and when used on high, they make the throttle stick, has anybody else noticed this? They were installed by the dealer when i bought the bike. I used them on my last ride, and it was kind of scary when you backed off the throttle, you had to force it off, it wouldn't return on it's own (cruise control). Any Ideas? Rod
They expand with the heat so the trick is to make sure there's enough clearance at the bar ends. To add clearance simply put a washer under the barends.
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:05 AM   #8017
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I have a set of heated grips on my 800XC, and when used on high, they make the throttle stick, has anybody else noticed this? They were installed by the dealer when i bought the bike. I used them on my last ride, and it was kind of scary when you backed off the throttle, you had to force it off, it wouldn't return on it's own (cruise control). Any Ideas? Rod
They probably used ATV grips, they have a higher rating than motorcycle grips and will melt the throttle tube. ATV's don't have a throttle tube and are used in colder temps so have a higher rating to produce more heat. That's what's sticking, the throttle tube is warping and binding on the handlebar.

Only fix is a new throttle tube and motorcycle specific heated grips.

Had the same thing happen years ago on my cruiser, dealer grabbed the wrong heated grips and the first time I used them, they melted the throttle tube. Mine was warped so bad I could barely get it off the handlebar.

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Old 08-19-2011, 10:47 AM   #8018
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I have a set of heated grips on my 800XC, and when used on high, they make the throttle stick, has anybody else noticed this? They were installed by the dealer when i bought the bike. I used them on my last ride, and it was kind of scary when you backed off the throttle, you had to force it off, it wouldn't return on it's own (cruise control). Any Ideas? Rod
Are these the OEM heated grips?

It's merely an issue of clearance between the throttle grip and bar end. Easiest way to fix it is simply to loosen up the screws holding the throttle grip and slide it inboard on the bar to increase the clearance between the grip and the bar end. That way when the grip expands as it gets hot, there is enough clearance so that the throttle doesn't start to bind.
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:04 AM   #8019
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Are these the OEM heated grips?

It's merely an issue of clearance between the throttle grip and bar end. Easiest way to fix it is simply to loosen up the screws holding the throttle grip and slide it inboard on the bar to increase the clearance between the grip and the bar end. That way when the grip expands as it gets hot, there is enough clearance so that the throttle starts to bind.
Easier fix than what I suggested. Hope it's that simple and makes sense.
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:22 AM   #8020
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They probably used ATV grips, they have a higher rating than motorcycle grips and will melt the throttle tube. ATV's don't have a throttle tube and are used in colder temps so have a higher rating to produce more heat. That's what's sticking, the throttle tube is warping and binding on the handlebar.

Only fix is a new throttle tube and motorcycle specific heated grips.

Had the same thing happen years ago on my cruiser, dealer grabbed the wrong heated grips and the first time I used them, they melted the throttle tube. Mine was warped so bad I could barely get it off the handlebar.
These grips were Triumph grips for the 800XC. Rod
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:57 AM   #8021
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These grips were Triumph grips for the 800XC. Rod
See "the Jerk's" reply.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:54 PM   #8022
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I just got back from a fun off-road jaunt.....




So a couple thoughts...

The bike does pretty good going over rocky ledges and stuff but gearing is waaaayyy too high for the Rockies. I am used to having the option of tractoring over the rough stuff on the DRZ . Not a chance on the xc. Momentum is your friend. The deathwings wash out in any loose stuff but make for great powersliding. That damn kickstand flops around on every Sharp bump.

Time for...
1t down in front and up two on the rear sprockets...the dealer told me they can't change the speedo to match? What are my options there?

crash bars

A second set of rims with knobbies for sure
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:04 PM   #8023
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Thanks Jerk, that seemed to be the solution. Thanks Rod
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:23 PM   #8024
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Time for...
1t down in front and up two on the rear sprockets...the dealer told me they can't change the speedo to match? What are my options there?

crash bars

A second set of rims with knobbies for sure
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:02 PM   #8025
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1t down in front and up two on the rear sprockets...the dealer told me they can't change the speedo to match? What are my options there?
Has anybody seen what TuneECU can do to these bikes yet? I was able to use it to adjust the speedo and odometer on my Sprint when I did a gearing change. Be warned though, only correct for the error you introduce, as it will apply the correction factor to both speedo and odometer, not just the speedo like the program may lead you to believe.
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