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Old 07-16-2012, 05:12 PM   #13516
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I don't know what your frame of reference is, but there is a huge difference in heat between my '97 R11RT and the Tiger. The BMW does have, arguably, the best heat management of any bike I've ridden...it's never a problem, even on the hottest days. With the Tiger, you WILL notice the heat when the fan starts running in stop and go traffic...not so much at cruise.

All that said, without radically altering the basic design, there's not much that could be done to substantially improve the situation and given all the other qualities of the bike, it's certainly not a deal breaker!

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Owned an R1200RT for a few years and yes I agree it was the "coolest" bike I ever owned. Was on a ride in 100+ degree weather with mostly metric cruisers and a few sport bikes. Pulled into a station for a break and water and you would have thought everyone's bike was on fire. People were trying to get their kickstands down and jump off their bikes, while I just pulled up and wondered what all the fuss was about.

Heat doesn't bother me much, but my wife has almost panic attacks when she gets hot, the main reason she sold her Ninja 650 cause it was roasting her. I could ride that bike and yes feel the heat but it wasn't bothersome. She has no trouble with heat on her Street Triple now and we do a lot more hot weather riding than we ever did on her Ninja. Naked bikes are way better at shedding heat than faired bikes that just channel it onto the rider.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:46 PM   #13517
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Only a couple mishaps this weekend...

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haha, I do the same thing! I forgot to take one though. I fell after jumping a big down tree. I have video though



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Old 07-17-2012, 04:36 AM   #13518
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Yep, Tigers are still subject to the forces of gravity.

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Old 07-17-2012, 04:57 AM   #13519
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Wait, I thought tigers created their own gravity field. I'm getting my deposit back
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:21 AM   #13520
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I used my Full Bore tires in the mud last weekend. They worked way better than they should have.
Yeah, on my Memorial Day weekend trip I encountered some Trans-Lab style sections of marble gravel, and the Full Bore rear/Shinko 705 front were much more confidence-inspiring than I expected (to the point I'm considering running a Full Bore rear on my upcoming Trans-Lab/Newfoundland trip).

I assume you're running the Full Bore front as well... have you happened to compare the tread to the Shinko? Is the spacing between lugs larger on the 90/90-21 like it is on the 150? Or is it identical to the Shinko?

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Old 07-17-2012, 06:34 AM   #13521
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I've never used a shinko. I bought the full bore version because they are the same price, but have a higher speed rating. The people I know with the 705s have a 19" front so I can't really compare. I am running the bias front & radial rear. I've had the rear slide on tarmac a few times, but it was not scary. Probably just some road grime as I was turning.
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:12 AM   #13522
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All that said, without radically altering the basic design, there's not much that could be done to substantially improve the situation and given all the other qualities of the bike, it's certainly not a deal breaker!

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Just about to remount the headers after removing the cat. Still looks stock

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Old 07-18-2012, 06:34 AM   #13523
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Just about to remount the headers after removing the cat. Still looks stock

what is this going to "do" for you? Or should I say for the bike?
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:44 AM   #13524
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what is this going to "do" for you? Or should I say for the bike?
Create an undesirable hollow resonance in the now empty box that used to have the catalytic structure inside of it

People gut cats for a variety of reasons, including claims of reduced operating temperature, better performance, and better sound. Aside from the potential for reduced operating temperature (of the exhaust system - the engine being water cooled is regulated by the thermostat) in the case of a modern vehicle I have difficulty believing anything more than a *very* modest gain in performance could be realized, assuming the rest of the vehicle is stock. For most people, the claims of better performance are based on the butt dyno, the very same butt dyno that thinks an engine runs better and makes more power after an oil change. The mechanical equivalent of the placebo effect.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:03 AM   #13525
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Create an undesirable hollow resonance in the now empty box that used to have the catalytic structure inside of it

People gut cats for a variety of reasons, including claims of reduced operating temperature, better performance, and better sound. Aside from the potential for reduced operating temperature (of the exhaust system - the engine being water cooled is regulated by the thermostat) in the case of a modern vehicle I have difficulty believing anything more than a *very* modest gain in performance could be realized, assuming the rest of the vehicle is stock. For most people, the claims of better performance are based on the butt dyno, the very same butt dyno that thinks an engine runs better and makes more power after an oil change. The mechanical equivalent of the placebo effect.
It's louder, so it's faster. Everybody knows that. A few years ago our son really, I mean really wanted to get a pipe for his YZ450 dirt bike. He couldn't stop going on about how much better it would run, how much more power he'd have, yada, yada, yada. That months Dirt magazine had an article about loud pipes. Without fail every rider thought they were faster on the louder bikes but all were slower than the stock bikes.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:42 AM   #13526
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Create an undesirable hollow resonance in the now empty box that used to have the catalytic structure inside of it

People gut cats for a variety of reasons, including claims of reduced operating temperature, better performance, and better sound. Aside from the potential for reduced operating temperature (of the exhaust system - the engine being water cooled is regulated by the thermostat) in the case of a modern vehicle I have difficulty believing anything more than a *very* modest gain in performance could be realized, assuming the rest of the vehicle is stock. For most people, the claims of better performance are based on the butt dyno, the very same butt dyno that thinks an engine runs better and makes more power after an oil change. The mechanical equivalent of the placebo effect.
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It's louder, so it's faster. Everybody knows that. A few years ago our son really, I mean really wanted to get a pipe for his YZ450 dirt bike. He couldn't stop going on about how much better it would run, how much more power he'd have, yada, yada, yada. That months Dirt magazine had an article about loud pipes. Without fail every rider thought they were faster on the louder bikes but all were slower than the stock bikes.
Dang! Why didn't you let him throw himself under the bus? I wasn't going to make any assumptions. These are all reasons the exhaust system on my bike is still stock. A friend of mine is an athlete manager. Specifically for pro moto athletes. Because of this I have spoken to a bunch of pro mechanics and pro athletes. They constantly do research and testing on bikes and it still seems that they commonly go right back to the stock... If its not stock it seems that it's because something else isn't. I would call it a snowball effect. But with a completely stock motor..., it seems to always stay stock. Bikes, cars, etc these days are so electronically driven that those little changes just aren't going to make any difference. All in all my opinion of course. I also understand the significance of making something your own. So, if you like it, thats all that matters!
That reminds me, anyone heard from the guy that put Speed Triple cams in his bike? I'm curious of the outcome!!!
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:59 AM   #13527
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That reminds me, anyone heard from the guy that put Speed Triple cams in his bike? I'm curious of the outcome!!!
The bike's the same but the guy is a real Hooligan now.....



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Old 07-18-2012, 02:18 PM   #13528
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Any Tiger 800 owners in the Fredericksburg VA Area?

Which dealer do you use for service and why? Reason I'm asking.....relocating to that area next year and am contemplating purchasing a Tiger 800 in the near future. I presently use Hermys in Port Clinton PA for my BMWs and would rate them as one of the best around. I don't want to travel 250 mi. if I need to get the bike worked on.

Another related question..... being a half a&&ed shade tree mechanic how much service work would I be able to do on my own?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:45 PM   #13529
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Full bore usa m40-41 tires

Hey guys, these are really nice tires. I just mounted them last night, easy to do, balance up nice. The 150 rear assembly is a beast. Hard to get the thing back into the swingarm and lined up with the spacers and caliper. I'm used to 250-size dirtbikes. I just hope they perform as well as they look.

For my quick 6 mile commute they feel the same as the scorp trails, handling is neutral on road. Just a little buzz right at about 18mph on decel, otherwise I can't feel any difference. Smooth all the way to 75 for a very quick burst.

After next weekend I'll have about 1500 miles on them and will be in a better position to say, but so far I'm liking them...a lot!

I was strongly thinking K60's, but the mounting difficulties everybody complains about was holding me back. I have to be able to pop a tube out for repair while out on the open road. And they're expensive. The FB's are a hundred bucks less for a set, and if I can get 4-6K miles out of them I'll be thrilled. Then again, if the rear is toast at 2K I'll be trying something else.

Anyway, thanks for the plug. One day shipped from the distributor in Utah: http://kgmotorcycletires.com/full_bo..._m41_tires.htm

When I called them the kid that answered the phone didn't know anything except that they had them. He didn't know they came from the Shinko factory. Oh well, what can we expect??

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Old 07-18-2012, 03:27 PM   #13530
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As I sit here broken harted, I'm trying to figure out what happened. I was leaving work in the pouring rain (nothing new), I lost traction approaching a turn. I don't know if I psyched myself out or what. My Tiger slid into the outside curb. It hit parallel to the curb & threw me off. My leg hit the right mirror on the way to the grass. I feel extremely lucky. The only casualty is the rubber footpeg insert. I'm going to look for it when my wife gets home. My forks were twisted in the tree & the mirror I hit was loose. I now have a few tiny scratches in the tank plastic. Somehow, I managed to ride 10,800 miles without a tip over. The weird part is I have ABS & have gotten used to it in the rain. How did I loose traction? Yes, my tires were not warmed up. I had only traveled 300 yards in the pouring rain. However, I feel like ABS should have stopped me before I hit the curb. Maybe I was thinking about not hitting the curb instead of thinking about making the corner (if you know what I mean). Truly bizarre.
I guess they welded the shyte out of my right pass peg. It's still attached & no signs of stress.
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