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Old 05-30-2012, 07:54 PM   #12991
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I just got my custom Corbin 2 weeks ago and my wife absolutely loves it compared to the stock and gel OEM passenger seats. I'm still getting used to it, but my first impression is that it's a bit harder than I would have wanted. Most reports say they break-in well over a few months. As long as momma is happy, I'm happy!
Do you still slide into the tank? That is my biggest complaint beyond basic (lack of) comfort.

How tall do you sit compared to the stock seat?

Can you post some pictures?
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:04 PM   #12992
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I had Loren at Baldwin custom build for me. Love it!
Hmmmmm, was just looking at there site. They use visco elastic foam. As a Temper-Pedic bed owner/fan I've always thought it would be ideal in a seat.

How much was it, and what was turn around time?
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:46 AM   #12993
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Hmmmmm, was just looking at there site. They use visco elastic foam. As a Temper-Pedic bed owner/fan I've always thought it would be ideal in a seat.

How much was it, and what was turn around time?
Around $450 and about 10 days but he must be getting real busy because he has 12 weeks from date of order on his website.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:39 AM   #12994
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Interesting dry bag option

  • up to 45 Liters in capacity
  • waterproof
  • Cinch straps
  • clear window
  • loops to run tie downs through
  • convenient access
  • economical

looks interesting, i ordered one

http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/or...y-bag-10l.html
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:19 PM   #12995
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  • up to 45 Liters in capacity
  • waterproof
  • Cinch straps
  • clear window
  • loops to run tie downs through
  • convenient access
  • economical

looks interesting, i ordered one

http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/or...y-bag-10l.html
They have those at Walmart, and may be better suited for the equipment thread...
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:44 PM   #12996
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I was in the same place and actually wanting the XC, as I am not a huge off roader, mostly fire roads and improved paths if I choose to go. I was fortunate enough to be able to ride both the roadie and the XC in the same test ride, roadie out and XC on the return.

They both rode great, with the XC being a bit more twitchy, probably due to the 21" front wheel. What I didn't like was going hot into corners, the XC would scrub the front tire and the roadie was stuck tight to the ground. I've got many years riding supersports, so that kind of riding is more my tendency.

Both bikes are awesome, what really matters I think is what kind of riding you are going to do and what riding background you have. The roadie is perfectly capable of light off roading and will still give you a lot of fun on the street. If you really need the looks of the XC, order the beak and handguards and fiddle with the other goodies as time and your riding progresses.

And....I went with the roadie.

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The non-XC is still looking pretty tempting. Can't see the advantage to the XC if I don't go off road, at all?
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:51 PM   #12997
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They both rode great, with the XC being a bit more twitchy, probably due to the 21" front wheel.
I think that might be more to the shitty tires they put on the bikes from factory. Put on a set of Anakee II or Metzeler Tourance (non EXP) and you have lots of grip.

I scratched the center stand of my F800GS with the Anakees and that bike has quite some ground clearance.

With my Roadie I've scratched both rider footpegs now and feel that I'd like to have a bit more ground clearance.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:18 PM   #12998
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They have those at Walmart, and may be better suited for the equipment thread...

Went by a local equipment store yesterday to have a look at a Giant loop bag. Just seemed kinda awkward. They should also be waterproof. I think when you shell out that kinda money for bags, they shouldn't ask you to 'seam seal' the zipper.

I think a few of those dry bags would work as well, with less fuss and straps.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:48 PM   #12999
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First good ride

Went for a three hour ride with my wife today, mix of twisty mountain roads, some gravel. Bike performed very well and I'm really enjoying it. I love being able to have fun in the twisties, and around the next turn head off up that gravel forestry road I've always wanted to explore.

















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Old 05-31-2012, 10:22 PM   #13000
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They both rode great, with the XC being a bit more twitchy, probably due to the 21" front wheel. What I didn't like was going hot into corners, the XC would scrub the front tire and the roadie was stuck tight to the ground. I've got many years riding supersports, so that kind of riding is more my tendency.


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What's really fun is when you come hot into a corner on the XC and get the front end to "Twitch" a bit, then give it some back brake and get a two wheel slide going. Then. both wheels will catch, and drop it to the foot peg and rally the corner. I'm a bit reckless...

I miss my Superhawk, but not that much with the XC. Only 16,000 miles in my first year with the XC and not a single one of those towards commuting.
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:13 AM   #13001
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I think that might be more to the shitty tires they put on the bikes from factory. Put on a set of Anakee II or Metzeler Tourance (non EXP) and you have lots of grip.
What size front are you using on these tires?

I ran the OEM size 100/90-19 (I think they only come H-rated bias ply) with an Anakee 2 and they were terrible - I didn't slide or anything but there was like no sidewall tread (Michelin Man erased in a couple hundred) and I was hitting the front side wear bars by 2.5k... rear V-rated radial was in fine shape.

Now running the Anakee 2 in 110/80-19 (Z-rated radial) and at 4.5k and I'm very impressed. Michelin man intact (on the front at least); tire is not profiling at all, still perfectly round (I've always had a "V" profiling problem by 5k); not cupping; and I still have plenty of miles before any wear bars surface.

I'm wondering if my bad experience with the 100/90 is due to the size, the bias ply construction, the H rating (not likely) or did I just have a faulty tire (Michelin did kick in some warranty $$)?
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:23 AM   #13002
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Went for a three hour ride with my wife today,

So when does the wife pick up her Tiger?
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:28 AM   #13003
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What's really fun is when you come hot into a corner on the XC and get the front end to "Twitch" a bit, then give it some back brake and get a two wheel slide going. Then. both wheels will catch, and drop it to the foot peg and rally the corner. I'm a bit reckless...

I miss my Superhawk, but not that much with the XC. Only 16,000 miles in my first year with the XC and not a single one of those towards commuting.
I still kept my Superhawk...and still waiting (I hope one-two weeks left) for my new XC.
Let me ask you (as Superhawk owner you know what I mean) - how would you rate XC with Bridgestones it comes with (Battlewings?)
I do have terrible riding habits...of similar nature to yours. So - shall I ditch Bridges even before running in new bike and go with pair of Pirelli Scorpions etc. or will I be able to manage reliable grip with Bridges? I do not try to match what I usually have, but need reliable touring tire for sport-ish ride habits?
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:35 AM   #13004
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So - shall I ditch Bridges even before running in new bike and go with pair of Pirelli Scorpions etc. or will I be able to manage reliable grip with Bridges?
You might find that your XC comes fitted with Pirellis instead of Bridgestones. I saw some new ones in a dealer here in the UK with Pirellis from the factory.
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:04 AM   #13005
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With my Roadie I've scratched both rider footpegs now and feel that I'd like to have a bit more ground clearance.
I know what you mean. After the little triangle at the bottom of the peg is scraped off I wonder what will touch down next. It's probably a good reminder to slow down a little by the time I scrape pegs on the road, so maybe not a bad thing.
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