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Old 09-14-2011, 05:11 PM   #8446
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Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.

1. The dark RTV is a good idea, but I worry about the heat build up of the LED encapsulated in RTV.

2. I think the paint may be a bit messy. It'd be tough to tape a perfect circle and mask off the rest. If it is applied with a Q-tip, it may not come out even.

3. I really like the window tint idea. I'll head to the nearest tint shop and just ask for a scrap of dark tint. I'll apply it to the back side of the gauge face in between the face and circuit board so I don't have to cut a perfect circle and it won't be visible. It prys apart just far enough to have a little room to work and get the film situated. I think this one is the winner. I'll do it tomorrow night if I can get to a tint shop before they close. I'll post a full DIY with pics possibly tomorrow night but probably early next week. Ride planned for the weekend so no time to post then. Thanks for all the great suggestions.
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:14 PM   #8447
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Haven't heard of the Full Bore tires. I wonder where they are made? The tread pattern looks familiar ... sort of like a Trail Wing, Avon Gripster or MT60 Pirelli?

IMHO, not nearly aggressive enough for the dry, loose and rocky conditions in the Sierra in October. I would be running a TKC80 up front and run low pressure on the Full Bore tire out back.

Let us know what it says on the side wall (Made in ... ? ) My guess is it's made by Duro , Cheng Shin ... or ??
Just got them today which seems incredibly fast. They say made in Korea.
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:32 PM   #8448
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Just got them today which seems incredibly fast. They say made in Korea.
They are rebranded Shinko tires.
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:45 PM   #8449
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New here. Picked up my 2012 XC ABS on Sept 2nd. Loving it!!


You've got great taste in motorized toys. I've got a GTI and a Tiger sittin in the garage too. Enjoy the bike and welcome to the site!
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:12 AM   #8450
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I wish orange would have been offered on the road version.
I thought the orange color looked very good in person but is dang near impossible to capture in a photograph. It's the color I'd opt for given the choices.
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:33 AM   #8451
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They are rebranded Shinko tires.
That sounds right. Somebody must have a connection at the factory to make a tire .... leaving off the Shinko branding. Or could someone in Korea be "knocking" off the Shinko design?
Real test will be performance and mileage. I burned through a Shinko 705 on my DR650 in 3500 miles. Front did much better.
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:10 PM   #8452
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That sounds right. Somebody must have a connection at the factory to make a tire .... leaving off the Shinko branding. Or could someone in Korea be "knocking" off the Shinko design?
Real test will be performance and mileage. I burned through a Shinko 705 on my DR650 in 3500 miles. Front did much better.
I got them mounted today and it cost me 85 bucks. This winter i'm going to buy a tire mounting machine/system. It should pay for itself fairly quickly. Someone in another thread said these full bore tires last 3500 miles for the back tire. Once i'm done with these ones i'm going to use Heidenau. K60's.
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:36 PM   #8453
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I got them mounted today and it cost me 85 bucks. This winter i'm going to buy a tire mounting machine/system. It should pay for itself fairly quickly. Someone in another thread said these full bore tires last 3500 miles for the back tire. Once i'm done with these ones i'm going to use Heidenau. K60's.

Only 3500 miles? Why not run the TKC 80? I'm nearing 4000 miles on my TKC and it will get replaced at 4000, and that's probably 60% tarmac, if not more. ( saying that makes me cry, i wish it was more offraod than on road!!!) Heading to MN next weekend with a brand new TKC!
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Old 09-15-2011, 02:11 PM   #8454
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Only 3500 miles? Why not run the TKC 80? I'm nearing 4000 miles on my TKC and it will get replaced at 4000, and that's probably 60% tarmac, if not more. ( saying that makes me cry, i wish it was more offraod than on road!!!) Heading to MN next weekend with a brand new TKC!
Trying to stay in a budget on this trip and these tires where only 144 for both.
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Old 09-15-2011, 02:37 PM   #8455
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Trying to stay in a budget on this trip and these tires where only 144 for both.

ah hah! that will do it! let us know how they do!
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:22 PM   #8456
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Maintenance videos

Do we have any good bike mechanics in the forum that would be willing to make some basic videos on basic bike maintenance like changing oil, air filter, tires ect? Professional videos exist to purchase on the BMW F800GS but not the Tiger.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:48 AM   #8457
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Once i'm done with these ones i'm going to use Heidenau. K60's.
The K60 is good and I'm estimating nearly 5.5~6K on my rear. (3500 done so far and it's worn 6mm of tread off the 12mm it started with). BUT, they are more expensive so it might not work out any cheaper if that's what you're aiming at.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:36 PM   #8458
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I got them mounted today and it cost me 85 bucks. This winter i'm going to buy a tire mounting machine/system. It should pay for itself fairly quickly. Someone in another thread said these full bore tires last 3500 miles for the back tire. Once i'm done with these ones i'm going to use Heidenau. K60's.
The tire machine may pay for itself if you do lots of miles on multiple bikes.
I don't have room for one or I'd have one myself. (3 bikes now ... down from 5) The tire machine will be a good investment ... and if anything changes you can always sell it off quickly.

I don't know the scene now in SoCal / San Diego, but I think you can save money on tire changes. I'm assuming the $85 covered taking wheel off and back on bike? IMO, that's an outrageous price. Rip off.

There are several local guys (one near me) who will change tires using a No-Mar machine for $15 to $20 per wheel. Takes them all of 10 minutes ... including balancing. I have a race stand so easy to R & R wheels myself. That seems to be the going rate ... even in shops.
Shop around!
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:48 PM   #8459
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The tire machine may pay for itself if you do lots of miles on multiple bikes.
I don't have room for one or I'd have one myself. (3 bikes now ... down from 5) The tire machine will be a good investment ... and if anything changes you can always sell it off quickly.

I don't know the scene now in SoCal / San Diego, but I think you can save money on tire changes. I'm assuming the $85 covered taking wheel off and back on bike? IMO, that's an outrageous price. Rip off.

There are several local guys (one near me) who will change tires using a No-Mar machine for $15 to $20 per wheel. Takes them all of 10 minutes ... including balancing. I have a race stand so easy to R & R wheels myself. That seems to be the going rate ... even in shops.
Shop around!
I love my Cycle Hill changer, it's a basic No Mar model and has paid for itself several times already with 4 bikes of our own plus doing friends tires it's been a great investment. Main reason for buying it though is I'm rural and closest dealer is over an hour away so it's more a convenience thing.

Heck I even installed the winter tires on my truck using it.
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:53 PM   #8460
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When you ride in rain, do your boots get soaked? I'm thinking about a tiger or vstrom for my main ride/do everything bike. I currently ride a sportster and my fender doesn't do much to keep my feet dry.
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