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Old 09-21-2011, 09:16 AM   #8536
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Just curious - why would you ever come to a stop in 6th gear? Downshifting while coming to a stop keeps your revs in the proper range if you need to do an emergency acceleration. The torque from Triumph triples is great, but coming to s stop in 6th gear may be stretching it a bit?
Panic stop, perhaps?
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:24 AM   #8537
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Just curious - why would you ever come to a stop in 6th gear? Downshifting while coming to a stop keeps your revs in the proper range if you need to do an emergency acceleration. The torque from Triumph triples is great, but coming to s stop in 6th gear may be stretching it a bit?
I don't make a habit of it but just the other day for example, I was tooling along a dirt road in 6th and I saw a washout on the road at the last minute and so all I was focused on was stopping so I ended up stopping in 6th.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:25 AM   #8538
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Panic stop, perhaps?
Bingo. That and missing a turn off when following a GPS route for example. As I say, I really don't do it very often but I did it a couple times this past weekend and I was just surprised the normal way of getting it into 1st didn't appear to work.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:27 AM   #8539
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Just curious - why would you ever come to a stop in 6th gear? Downshifting while coming to a stop keeps your revs in the proper range if you need to do an emergency acceleration. The torque from Triumph triples is great, but coming to s stop in 6th gear may be stretching it a bit?
Cage stops suddenly in front and you come to a stop with the back wheel in the air. Too many other things to worry about than shifting down in the milliseconds you have before stopping. Yes, it happened to me a couple of weeks ago.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:37 AM   #8540
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If I read this right your going to remove the back tail plastic? That back plastic catches a lot of crap. I wouldn't remove it (unless your never taking it offroad or riding in the rain.)
I do ride all year long and in dirt. The key to keeping the over spray from landing on you is to make sure that the rear most piece of the tail is further back than the rear edge of the tire. In this case the license platewill be angled at a 45 right below the new tail light so I should not have to worry about the rooster tail....now anyone behind me will be not so lucky, but that's what windshields and chest protectors are for
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:41 AM   #8541
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On the XC, the rear preload and rebound damping is adjustable. The front is not. On the road bike, just the preload is adjustable.

Is the rear preload adjustable enough to comfortably handle a couple smallish people and full luggage?
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:48 AM   #8542
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Did a 2-up trip to eastern Oregon earlier this month. With the preload cranked up all the way, the rear sag was at 45%. Not ideal, but very rideable. I'm guessing the 2 of us weigh a bit over 300# plus gear and we didn't skimp on luggage, spares and tools.
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:43 PM   #8543
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Is the rear preload adjustable enough to comfortably handle a couple smallish people and full luggage?

No problems. The factory preload setting is 30 clicks out from fully in, which is nearly all the way out.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:17 PM   #8544
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Today I put 125 miles on my new Tiger. Love the smoothness of the engine and the seating position. Most comfortable stock seat I've ever ridden. Surprising, actually. We did some gravel and twisties and can't wait to do some more.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:50 PM   #8545
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fuel consumption???????????
I averaged 48.5 mpg over the 2000+ miles (US gallons).

Quite a lot of riding at altitude (Loveland, Independence, Cottonwood etc). On I-70 we'd ride 70-80 mph but not too much interstate this trip. Most was open roads (65-70 mph) and quite a lot of putting around places like Potash Rd, Shafer Trail, Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley, Burr Trail etc. I have the latest tune for XC with ABS and Arrow.

Pleasantly surprised with the fuel consumption. Didn't need the extra gallon of gas myself but topped up a buddy's R1200GS once.

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Old 09-21-2011, 06:59 PM   #8546
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nice set up. would like details on bike set up, bags, rack, ect.


Stock 2012 XC, changed tires out for Heidenau Scout K60s. Fitted Triumph accessories: Tankbag, engine bars, fog lights, center stand. SLR and Contour GPS camera's in tankbag. Zumo 550 hardwired to battery. Wiring for Gerbings. Kaoko throttle lock.

Great Basin Giant Loop bag. Just big enough to hold comprehensive toolkit, spare tubes, compressor, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, jet-boil, mug, flash light and other camping oddments, wash kit, first aid kit, and Gerbings heated vest and gloves. I put a couple of tiedown loops through the passenger footpegs to make it easier to tie down. The other straps fit into slots machined in the rack.

Tent is in the green dry-bag. Yellow dry-bag contains clothes (a few!) and anything I need while on the go. Camera tripod in black bag.

Rack is home-made from alumiunum plate, spacers and stainless hardware. Holds a standard Roto-Plex mount for either 1 or 2 cans. Ran with water all the time and a gallon of gas when I thought I might need it. Never did.

My last bike was a R1200GS with Zega panniers. Trying to get away from ugly/heavy aluminum boxes. May mount a top box on the rack and make a mount for the Roto-Plex on the left side of the bike, opposite the exhaust. The only downside to the Giant Loop was having to pack carefully and it's not easy to get to anything on the go, without unstrapping stuff.






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Old 09-21-2011, 07:01 PM   #8547
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I averaged 48.5 mpg over the 2000+ miles (US gallons).

Quite a lot of riding at altitude (Loveland, Independence, Cottonwood etc). On I-70 we'd ride 70-80 mph but not too much interstate this trip. Most was open roads (65-70 mph) and quite a lot of putting around places like Potash Road, Shafer Trail, Valley of the Gods, Burr Trail etc. I have the latest tune for XC with ABS and Arrow.

Pleasantly surprised with the fuel consumption. Didn't need the extra gallon of gas myself but topped up a buddy's R1200GS once.
That's a great trip. I like your set up in the pic you posted. Did the Giant Loop bag hinder standing on the pegs or freedom of movement off road?
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:04 PM   #8548
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I averaged 48.5 mpg over the 2000+ miles (US gallons). I have the latest tune for XC with ABS and Arrow..
What did you think of the new tune? Smooth?
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:23 PM   #8549
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That's a great trip. I like your set up in the pic you posted. Did the Giant Loop bag hinder standing on the pegs or freedom of movement off road?
Thanks. No, I didn't notice the bag at all while riding. It's nice and narrow too.
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:53 PM   #8550
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Thanks. No, I didn't notice the bag at all while riding. It's nice and narrow too.
Hey Meles Meles,
Great minds think alike.
My set up is very similar. And I have a top box instead of gas cans. And no tank bag, just a small box that holds my camera, phone and wallet.




The small box, handlebar mounted.



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