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Old 07-16-2012, 09:31 AM   #13561
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Loaded up, ready to hit the road for 3 weeks in PA.


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Old 07-16-2012, 09:31 AM   #13562
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How was your trip? Sorry we never got to meet up.
It was awesome. I'm slacking on my ride reports because I'm trying to find a job. I should have time thur or fri...
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:53 AM   #13563
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If you like the 705, try the Full Bore M-40. Same tread pattern, though the spaces between the lugs are a little wider (on the 150/70-17 at least), making it slightly more aggressive for offroad use. And it's V-rated instead of H. And lasts a lot longer -- I wore out my 705 rear tire in 4500 miles, but am at almost 6000 on the M-40 rear and it looks like it should last another 1000 miles or so.

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Thanks for the plug, ordered a set from the folks in Utah. Did some quick research and mostly all good reports on them. If Ag_Mech likes the 705's then these should work out just fine.
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:43 PM   #13564
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Only a couple mishaps this weekend...

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Old 07-16-2012, 01:31 PM   #13565
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Only a couple mishaps this weekend...

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Ha ha! You do seem to like throwing your bike at the scenery. Hilarious that you get the camera out before picking it up. Most of us go, like, "hope no-one saw that". Keep up the good work.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:38 PM   #13566
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:16 PM   #13567
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I used my Full Bore tires in the mud last weekend. They worked way better than they should have. I did air down to 28lbs. I wanted to go lower, but the guy I was following is a maniac with a knobbie front tire. I was lucky to turn off ABS.





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Old 07-16-2012, 03:58 PM   #13568
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We did a 700 mile loop over the weekend (Sat/Sun) and therefore I feel I can comment on some of this better than I could before.

I guess this really comes down to personal sensitivities. We were in quite some traffic today for about 30 minutes and it was around 38C (100F) and other than the heat that dried me out, burned through my whole body, roasted my arms, ... there was really not much the bike contributed to it. Riding in heat is uncomfortable. We were in full riding gear which for me means long underwear, BMW Airflow pants with mesh inlays, BMW Ralley 2 jacket, Airflow gloves. Was it hot? Of course. Was the bike adding to the heat in any way that I felt was significant? Not at all.


Overall verdict: Brilliant bike. Lots of fun, some easy to fix niggles, gearing could be better (but I can easily live with it), suspension will need to get sorted like on most bikes in that class. Absolutely great for backroad fun, really nice for midrange touring (300 to 400 mile days). Can do longer, but prefer not too. Too much fun going on backroads where you can't do the miles ...
I'd have to agree about the heat, or more accurately the lack of it with the Tiger. I had read a few people complaining but I wasn't too concerned about it. We've had temps 37-40C (98-104F) for the past few weeks and I haven't noticed any engine heat bothering me. I've just been wearing my draggin jeans so get no protection from the heat and it's been a complete non issue.

For those of you who ride in the heat regularly, get your self an evaporative cooling vest. They work exceptionally well under a vented/mesh jacket.

PS Also agree with your overall verdict.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:38 PM   #13569
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I'd have to agree about the heat, or more accurately the lack of it with the Tiger. I had read a few people complaining but I wasn't too concerned about it. We've had temps 37-40C (98-104F) for the past few weeks and I haven't noticed any engine heat bothering me. I've just been wearing my draggin jeans so get no protection from the heat and it's been a complete non issue.

For those of you who ride in the heat regularly, get your self an evaporative cooling vest. They work exceptionally well under a vented/mesh jacket.

PS Also agree with your overall verdict.
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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Old 07-16-2012, 05:12 PM   #13570
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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   #13571
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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   #13572
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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   #13573
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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   #13574
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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   #13575
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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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