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Old 02-21-2013, 11:05 AM   #5131
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:13 PM   #5132
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I gotta ask. How did you make the decision between a Kalamat 800GS or the TigerXC?? I love my 955 Tiger but looking at these two to go a bit lighter in weight.

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Old 02-21-2013, 01:41 PM   #5133
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Congrats vintagebob!

Love that color. Wish my dealer had one last year.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:24 PM   #5134
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A rose amongst a showroom of thorns.
LMAO. Well said, Blacktiger! Well Said!
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:43 PM   #5135
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Vintage Bob

I gotta ask. How did you make the decision between a Kalamat 800GS or the TigerXC?? I love my 955 Tiger but looking at these two to go a bit lighter in weight.

Skoron
I'll give it a try but I think you are painting a big target on my back.

I was lucky enough to test ride both bikes back-to-back and I think that this article summarizes the results best. Just ignore the fueling issue on the 800XC because that appears to have been solved.

http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/features/2011AugTriBMW.pdf

The basic conclusion is that if you will ride your bike more on-road, then the 800XC may be the best bike for you. If you plan on spending the majority of your time off-road, then you may want to consider the 800GS. To be honest, I don't think you can lose with either bike.

I have a trip planned to to Glacier and Yellowstone in September and it just so happened that my brother agreed to fly out from Florida and ride with me. That biased my choice to what I think is the more road worthy bike.

The dealer I bought it at did say that they are selling more of the 800XC.

YMMV!
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:00 AM   #5136
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That XC looks great in that color. Congrats on the new bike!
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:39 AM   #5137
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Brought this 2012 home yesterday. Used with 800 miles on the clock. Bought it from a fellow inmate.

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Old 02-22-2013, 09:20 AM   #5138
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Brought this 2012 home yesterday. Used with 800 miles on the clock. Bought it from a fellow inmate.

^ nice. I would have had 800 miles on that in a couple days.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:03 PM   #5139
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[QUOTE=victor441;20752682]red works well for the fuel and temp gauges and green for the speedo, white is best for the tach....also installed green LED's for the neutral and turn indicators and they make a noticeable improvement

Victor,

Nice tiger, could you send a link to where you bought your tank pad from. Are you planning to do a write up on the coloured gauges?

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Old 02-25-2013, 06:46 AM   #5140
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Courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/pages/Motorc...82283531796239

Give him a couple of days to post the rest of the pictures from yesterday. He did some amazing things. Like and share at will.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:46 AM   #5141
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A great sign to see on a bike at the dealer!
Do yourself a favor and check a few bolts that I found too loose on my bike when I got it back from that shop:

- fork clamp bolts should be 20NM (were about 8 to 10)

- handle bar bolts should be torqued with the big ones first to 35, then the small ones to 26NM (they seem to have torqued "by feel", they were all different)

- alternator cover: should be 8NM, most were hand tight

- rear shock linkage (it's a "known to be loose sometimes" item)

- brakes all around (mine were leaking in the front after the "repair" as they didn't change the crush washers after having the calipers off - ***holes)


My recommendation: go over every vital part of the bike and make sure it's how it should be, just to be safe - that shop doesn't do that.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:55 AM   #5142
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Do yourself a favor and check a few bolts that I found too loose on my bike when I got it back from that shop:

- fork clamp bolts should be 20NM (were about 8 to 10)

- handle bar bolts should be torqued with the big ones first to 35, then the small ones to 26NM (they seem to have torqued "by feel", they were all different)

- alternator cover: should be 8NM, most were hand tight

- rear shock linkage (it's a "known to be loose sometimes" item)

- brakes all around (mine were leaking in the front after the "repair" as they didn't change the crush washers after having the calipers off - ***holes)


My recommendation: go over every vital part of the bike and make sure it's how it should be, just to be safe - that shop doesn't do that.
Thanks for that!

I already had to tighten the top & bottom nuts for the left rearview mirror. I'll check out the other ones.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:46 PM   #5143
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Do yourself a favor and check a few bolts that I found too loose on my bike when I got it back from that shop:

- fork clamp bolts should be 20NM (were about 8 to 10)

- handle bar bolts should be torqued with the big ones first to 35, then the small ones to 26NM (they seem to have torqued "by feel", they were all different)

- alternator cover: should be 8NM, most were hand tight

- rear shock linkage (it's a "known to be loose sometimes" item)

- brakes all around (mine were leaking in the front after the "repair" as they didn't change the crush washers after having the calipers off - ***holes)


My recommendation: go over every vital part of the bike and make sure it's how it should be, just to be safe - that shop doesn't do that.
Can I ask which dealer?
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:46 AM   #5144
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Got my Happy Trails panniers installed on my girlie. went with the cliff cut for the exhaust side. Great looking panniers IMO, but the relocation brackets for the turn signals will cause the right signal to press against the muffler, and without them the left turn signal is pressed up against the pannier. I'm going to look for some short stalk turn signals from sysle gear today to fix the issue. I really like the new locking lids, Happy Trails products are exceptional as is their customer service.





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Old 03-20-2013, 10:10 AM   #5145
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