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Old 06-25-2012, 05:48 AM   #13186
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Of few of mine on the commute up I95
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:06 AM   #13187
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I am about to leave on a 4,500 mile trip on Friday. I wanted to wrap my tank with a professional made tank wrap. Unfortunately I didn't get it done. I realized that I had a brand new set of RMZ 250 graphics that didn't fit my bike (company sent me the wrong year when I ordered them a few weeks ago). So, I pulled them out to see if any of the stickers were a good fit. Chaching! The rear fender was almost a perfect fit. I had to make a couple of crease cuts to fit around some of the sharp edges. I also used a front fender sticker to finish off the bottom. It all turned out really well except for one little spot (as seen in the pictures). But all in all I'm happy with it and you wont see the mistake with my tank bag on it. It will protect my tank from the tank bag just as needed. I may just order a fender graphic in white and make it a permanent mod. I want to see how this works out first.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:23 AM   #13188
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:28 PM   #13189
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Since this is a Tiger specific windscreen I wanted to point you guys over here. http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...0#post18989900
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:30 PM   #13190
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Hi all,
I made it back to Idaho after 3410 miles on Hobbes. I surpassed 17,000 miles in my first year of ownership. The check engine light that I posted about while in California came back after I reset it via the OBD-2 port. I couldn't get another code reader due to Cali's retarded laws. So, the light reset itself after three cycles. Hasn't been back since. I did all the point to point checks when I got home, and I'm gonna just call it a glitch in the speed sensor system somewhere. I'll only be concerned with it if it comes back a third time.

If you guys want to read about my trip, it begins on page 34 post #497 in my thread. Clicky Signature. I wrote for 13 hours yesterday and 4 hours today. All done. Enjoy!
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:32 PM   #13191
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I am about to leave on a 4,500 mile trip on Friday. I wanted to wrap my tank with a professional made tank wrap. Unfortunately I didn't get it done. I realized that I had a brand new set of RMZ 250 graphics that didn't fit my bike (company sent me the wrong year when I ordered them a few weeks ago). So, I pulled them out to see if any of the stickers were a good fit. Chaching! The rear fender was almost a perfect fit. I had to make a couple of crease cuts to fit around some of the sharp edges. I also used a front fender sticker to finish off the bottom. It all turned out really well except for one little spot (as seen in the pictures). But all in all I'm happy with it and you wont see the mistake with my tank bag on it. It will protect my tank from the tank bag just as needed. I may just order a fender graphic in white and make it a permanent mod. I want to see how this works out first.
(sorry last picture is terrible)

Looks great! Have you decided when and where you will be in Idaho? If you swing through Boise, you are more than welcome to crash at my place. Showers, garage parking, shop if needed, and cold beer!
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:17 PM   #13192
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Still...which one???

Okay tiger owners...help me out here. I've read most of the 800 pages, maybe skipped a few.

I've been searching for a replacement for my Kawasaki Versys. Wife is starting to come along and it's just a bit cramped. Plus I'm a little tired of the harsh suspension and the buzziness. It's been a good bike but ready to move up. I also have a Husky TE630, so for really tough offroad adventuring I take it - it's all set up for camping off the bike, does it very well. I want a 80-90mph hiway cruise bike that will do dirt roads as well. And some light touring 2 up. Either Tiger seems to suit well.

From my shortlist I've already scratched off the GS, S10, and 990 as too big, too heavy, and too expensive, although the Tenere was first runnerup. I just think for me it's too much. I'm 55, 40 years of riding, 5-10, 175lbs. Wife and I together are about 350. Both tigers are no problem weight or height wise for me.

I test road both 800 models back to back tonight. First the roadie, then the XC. They are virtually identical in the way they ride. Initially I came to really look at the road model as I think it will do 98% of what I'll do with one.

The XC feels more plush, but also dives more and gives more of the rocking horse feeling due to the softer suspension. The roadie is no slouch either, surely superior to my versys, very nice to ride. In fact, both are extremely smooth, so much so that I was just blown away. So much more refined than my Versys, they are everything it is not. Smooth shifting, smooth riding, just a really nice bike. Rides much better than the tenere or the GS IMHO. First is a little tall, but the motor is surprisingly torquey, pulls really nicely.

So, I have to pick one or the other. My dealer says they sell XC's about 3 to 1 of the road model. I think the XC would be easier to resell. But the road model will do everything I think I would use it for, and it is a bit more taught on road, a little quicker steering, and I think it would be a little more stable for 2-up. They are very close price wise, the roadie is about a grand less, or less than 10%. The wide XC bars didn't thrill me, but the risers do help.

I have no love for tubed tires, but bent cast rims are expensive to replace. I would expect dents or flats on either to be an extremly rare occurance, so it's kind of a toss up. I would probably run Heideneau K60's on either one, or Anakee II's. The scorp trails are a great tire, I have them on my Versys too.

I still don't know which to get. Riding both didn't help, there are pro's and con's to each, both are extremely good. It almost seems there is no downside to the XC though, it will do everything the roadie will plus more. So if I want to put aggressive tires on it I can go follow my buddies with the 950/990's with their knobby tires as well.

Anyone have anything that would really sway me one way or the other? HELP!!!!

Everything is approved and ready to go. I just gotta settle on one or the other.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:27 PM   #13193
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For me it came down to tubeless vs. tubed tires. I hate dealing with flats in tubes, therefore I went with the Roadie. Did get the XC risers ($70) and will likely spend part of the rest of the difference in upgrading the suspension.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:27 AM   #13194
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Buy the XC. The advantage it has off road is much more than the advantage the roadie has on road. I put over 17,000 miles on my first year with the XC and it never left me wanting anything else on the interstate miles. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE it off road. Simple as that really.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:49 AM   #13195
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Go for the 800. Spend some of what you saved on minor tweaks to the front suspension if you feel the need. XC risers do give a nicer riding position. Get BarkBusters, stop the screen wobbles and you're away on a hack.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:14 AM   #13196
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Go for the 800. Spend some of what you saved on minor tweaks to the front suspension if you feel the need. XC risers do give a nicer riding position. Get BarkBusters, stop the screen wobbles and you're away on a hack.
Get the roadie. Plenty of people including myself have taken them off pavement. I haven't heard of a bent wheel yet. Btw spoke wheels can bend too. I hate tubes, and if you are an aggressive cornerer on pavement you will appreciate the 19" front wheel and less marshmallowy suspension. Like you said for the hard core off road stuff you already own a different bike.

I chose the roady with no regrets. Its been a fantastic bike, this coming from the perspective of a former 1150 gs, Husky, and V Strom owner.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:10 AM   #13197
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Since you have the TE already, if it were me, I'd get the roady.
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:29 AM   #13198
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It almost seems there is no downside to the XC though, it will do everything the roadie will plus more.
Seems like you already have an answer. You might be surprised by how capable the XC is off-road.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:29 AM   #13199
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Buy the XC. The advantage it has off road is much more than the advantage the roadie has on road. I put over 17,000 miles on my first year with the XC and it never left me wanting anything else on the interstate miles. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE it off road. Simple as that really.
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Except I only did 12000 miles in my first year.
Once you have the XC you'll sell the Husky.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:10 AM   #13200
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I just went through the same decision process. My background was dirt as a kid and years of supersport road. I'm 44 and have started a bunch of touring and was trying to decide between the two, X/C or Roadie. I will say I was bound and determined to get the X/C when I started the looking.

I had a great test drive of both bikes on the same day. I found the same as you described between the handling but also the X/C did not like fast entries into the corners. The 21" front tire definitely will be better off-road but on the pavement, the 19" on the Roadie has a much better feel and is more predictable.

I would base your decision on what kind of riding you came from and what you intend to do. Be practical. I wanted the X/C but the reality is that most of my riding will be on some sort of pavement and the Roadie is much better suited for that. The Roadie is completely capable of off-road, yes, not to the degree of the X/C, but if I want to do that much hard core off-road, I'll go back to my DR650.

You can't go wrong with either and if you really are taken by the look of the X/C, the beak is a cheap add. I bought the Roadie, added the beak and couldn't be happier. Truly one of the best all around bikes I have ever owned.

Good luck!
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