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Old 08-16-2012, 08:42 AM   #14011
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:14 AM   #14012
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I'm not saying I'm some kind of AMA superbike champion, just that I ride a lot and at a pace that tests tires on very twisty roads. I am not the only one here who does not get the life out of a tire that others do.
This guy lives in NC, a riding heaven that shreds tires like no other, especially for spirited riders - combination of so many corners and rough road surfaces. My group used to do an annual 3k round trip down there, incl. 800 miles of slab between CT and the BRP and it was very rare to be able to make the round trip on the same set of tires - and mostly from new PR2 and Z6 sport-touring tires. We normally get about 4.5-5k up North... twice the number of corners, half the mileage.
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:26 AM   #14013
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This guy lives in NC, a riding heaven that shreds tires like no other, especially for spirited riders - combination of so many corners and rough road surfaces.
Interesting. I ride in North Georgia and Western N.C. and I usually get half of what most people report for tire usage. I just figured y'all were a bunch of liars.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:39 PM   #14014
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For more front grip on dirt but still really good on road, look at Michelin T63. The tkc's are too soft for my tastes - I want to be able to run a tire at 22-23lbs on the dirt. You do that with a tkc and you get bent rims.

Anything but a full knobby on the front of a heavy bike is going to washout off pavement. The secret is coming up with a compromise that fits your target terrain.
+1 Really pleased with the grip, performance, and mileage out of the front T63. 4200 miles out of a front knob is a record high for me.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:52 PM   #14015
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:15 PM   #14016
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Arrow can + HT Rack

Anyone else tried to put the HT Rack on a bike with the Arrow can?

It's- ah, close. Closer, I think, than HT intended, from talking with them. Both the midpipe and front of the cannister / heat shield are different.
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:27 PM   #14017
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Test Rides

Well, I took the 800XC out for a test ride and really liked it....then I took an Explorer out and LOVED it

I really like them both, the XC was very light and nimble with a great throttle response. The Explorer I thought fit me better ergonomically, The bars,seat and pegs are seemed to fall in place...and that engine...WOW It pulls like a freight train. It only had 13 miles on it so I only ran it up to 4k but you could feel the potential.

So now I'm torn...I like the lighter weight and off road capability of the XC but I also like all the extras the Explorer has...decisions, decisions
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:02 PM   #14018
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Anyone else tried to put the HT Rack on a bike with the Arrow can?

It's- ah, close. Closer, I think, than HT intended, from talking with them. Both the midpipe and front of the cannister / heat shield are different.
I was rather pissed with their stupid design. Sent my Leo Vince can back because it wouldn't fit on with their rack.
All they would have needed to do was turn the front support up and in and connect to the main frame. But no, they put it RIGHT where the header pipe for the can is. I wrote them, they said yeah, sorry, we probably won't fix it.

Did I say I was pissed off about it????

I knew I should'a gone Wolfman. Would have but already had cases drilled and everything. And they changed their rack design too, so had to redrill and patch my cases. Good thing they're cheapo plastic ones.

I'm NOT impressed.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:05 PM   #14019
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Well, I took the 800XC out for a test ride and really liked it....then I took an Explorer out and LOVED it

I really like them both, the XC was very light and nimble with a great throttle response. The Explorer I thought fit me better ergonomically, The bars,seat and pegs are seemed to fall in place...and that engine...WOW It pulls like a freight train. It only had 13 miles on it so I only ran it up to 4k but you could feel the potential.

So now I'm torn...I like the lighter weight and off road capability of the XC but I also like all the extras the Explorer has...decisions, decisions
Can't go wrong with either. That Explorer is bad-ass....but I still like my XC.


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Old 08-16-2012, 08:25 PM   #14020
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Has anyone tried to relocate the front blinkers to a more protected position. I was comparing the 800 to a 1200 and a 1200 ga this weekend and they have a much better location. Since I've already knocked one off, it's something I'm looking at doing
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:28 PM   #14021
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Okay, looks like it worked, here's three more. Ken
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:36 AM   #14022
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Okay, looks like it worked, here's three more. Ken
They look like like they are suppose to be there, well done
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:54 AM   #14023
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Okay, looks like it worked, here's three more. Ken
thanks! Looks like I've got something else to do this weekend. Did you have to add some wire or just reroute the existing?
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:06 AM   #14024
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2011 vs 2012

Question, are there any differences between the 2011 model and the 2012? A white XC just popped up for sale not too far from me. 2,000 miles he's asking $9300
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:25 AM   #14025
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I paid a lot for my Heidenau K60 Scout four months ago from the only place that had them. Now I see they are at BikeBandit for a much more reasonable price.
Revzilla $50 less for the xc tires
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