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Old 06-01-2012, 06:05 AM   #13006
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Fingers crossed! Thanks for the tip - I really hope it'll be no Battlewings...I ordered mine on may 18, so there is chance...
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:19 AM   #13007
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So when does the wife pick up her Tiger?
She already has a Street Triple but is talking about getting a 'Roadie'.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:30 AM   #13008
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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.
Watch out for the side stand safety switch. I've read about people hitting the switch so bad that the motor cuts out. Not something you want when your leaned over in a corner.

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Old 06-01-2012, 08:02 AM   #13009
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Watch out for the side stand safety switch. I've read about people hitting the switch so bad that the motor cuts out. Not something you want when your leaned over in a corner.

http://www.tiger800.co.uk/index.php/topic,3817.0.html
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On a slightly different twist, a mid corner dip bottomed me out hard, and only after read the UK forum, I realized the engine kill switch plunger has been completely sheared off... better not forget to flip up my sidestand.



Both my peg feelers are starting to wear though... the bike has worse clearance than my previous Harley.... I'm serious. (And yes, I get my butt off the seat)
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:15 AM   #13010
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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?
Actually, I was really happy with the Battlewings. I thought they did everything pretty well. I liked them better than the Tourance. I'm running Shinko 705s now, and I'm really really happy with those. Especially for the price. The TKCs will be going on after my upcoming road trip. If they only made a 606 in a 150.....
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:16 AM   #13011
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I too am impressed with the Shinko 705's. They fit the bill and the price is right.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:05 AM   #13012
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She already has a Street Triple but is talking about getting a 'Roadie'.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:26 AM   #13013
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Actually, I was really happy with the Battlewings. I thought they did everything pretty well. I liked them better than the Tourance. I'm running Shinko 705s now, and I'm really really happy with those. Especially for the price. The TKCs will be going on after my upcoming road trip. If they only made a 606 in a 150.....
Have you looked at the Mitas E07's from MX1 in Canada. The rear E07 is a great tire & lasts way better than the TKC. So far I have 3500miles on my rear & have used about 1/3 of the tread life...my TKC rear was shot at 2500miles. Check out E10's from Mitas...it sucks that there ain't a US distributor yet.
I removed my kickstand switch, cut the switch bracket off & spliced the wires together...problem averted.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:45 AM   #13014
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:45 PM   #13015
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Hi Bross,

Nice bike my man. Okay, I have to be the first to ask. Can you give us a comparison to your previous Scrambler? Not a technical review, we can do that on the web. More of a seat of the pants, real world pros and cons of the XC versus the Scram for the back roads, two track, gravel roads we like to travel.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:57 PM   #13016
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Hi Bross,

Nice bike my man. Okay, I have to be the first to ask. Can you give us a comparison to your previous Scrambler? Not a technical review, we can do that on the web. More of a seat of the pants, real world pros and cons of the XC versus the Scram for the back roads, two track, gravel roads we like to travel.
No comparison, while the Scrambler was a cool, fun bike, it was a compromise just about everywhere. It was heavy off road, lacked suspension travel, weaved at speed and rattled a lot. Having said all that I still had a blast riding it and would take it anywhere I'd take my DR but just a lot slower.

I think i said it earlier, the XC is a bike I've been waiting for someone to build, just a good all round bike, doesn't do any one thing well but a whole bunch of things OK. The XC is going to do all the things my CBF and DR used to do. I'll still keep the DR for bopping around trails with the kids on the quads but for any riding with my wife the XC will work just fine. The XC is a better bike than the CBF with the same power, and better suspension. In my limited time so far I'd say it's as good as the DR if not better for the type of riding I do which usually is just forest roads and two track, nothing to knarly.

My wife currently rides a Street Triple and her DR200 but she's already talking about getting a regular Tiger. The XC is a little tall for her but she could handle the "roadie". It's one of the problems with having multiple bikes to ride. Which bike do we want to ride today? Especially around here, we have tons of forestry roads but lots of good paved riding as well. With the Tiger you don't have to choose, just go.

Sorry, back to the Scrambler. I loved riding the Scrambler and my wife her Bonneville. They just take you back to simpler riding. They're basic bikes and most of the time that's all we need. But the Tiger is just so much better in all regards, I'd never consider a Scrambler again.

My wife and I both really enjoyed our "retro" Triumphs but love the modern ones way more.

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Old 06-02-2012, 03:33 AM   #13017
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No comparison, while the Scrambler was a cool, fun bike, it was a compromise just about everywhere. It was heavy off road, lacked suspension travel, weaved at speed and rattled a lot. Having said all that I still had a blast riding it and would take it anywhere I'd take my DR but just a lot slower.

I think i said it earlier, the XC is a bike I've been waiting for someone to build, just a good all round bike, doesn't do any one thing well but a whole bunch of things OK.


Sorry, back to the Scrambler. I loved riding the Scrambler and my wife her Bonneville. They just take you back to simpler riding. They're basic bikes and most of the time that's all we need. But the Tiger is just so much better in all regards, I'd never consider a Scrambler again.
Having sold a Scrambler to get my XC I can second all of this. Especially the bold bits. +1
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:50 AM   #13018
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Love my XC, always wanted a scrambler because it looks so great. Then I test rode one and thought it was rather uncomfortable and a little boring. But man, looks awesome.
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:25 PM   #13019
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Love my XC, always wanted a scrambler because it looks so great. Then I test rode one and thought it was rather uncomfortable and a little boring. But man, looks awesome.
When I bought my XC, I had myself talked into wanting a Scrambler as my one-up weekender. After the first 2 miles of test riding the Scrambler, I was searching for a shortcut back to the dealer. It suffered from the "3 U's"... Uncomfortable. Underpowered. Uninspiring. Thankfully, I was able to test drive one before buying as I probably would have bought one sight unseen, simply for the retro-factor.
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:09 PM   #13020
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Love my XC, always wanted a scrambler because it looks so great. Then I test rode one and thought it was rather uncomfortable and a little boring. But man, looks awesome.
I loved my Scrambler, and if I could have afforded it I would have kept it. For me, the Scrambler was a hot rod. Looked cool and was a blast to ride around town, and some short jaunts up in the mountains. But if you start to think about longer trips on it, well...

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