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Old 04-11-2014, 07:25 AM   #196
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I can't see how the seat would be a deal breaker on a bike buying decision. Seats, like handlebars and wind screens, can be changed to fit the rider. BTW, I really like my Seat Concepts tall saddle for the Tiger.
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All that stuff is very personal but it can all be tailored to fit you - the basics of the bike are the important thing and for me at least, the Tigger does it for me.
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:53 PM   #197
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The T800XC is the second motorcycle I have not replaced a seat on. There have been multiple 600+ days. Not a bad seat at all.
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:47 PM   #198
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Yeah, I've got 11K on my sucky seat.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:41 AM   #199
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Yeah, I've got 11K on my sucky seat.

I bought a Saddleman gel pad, about a half inch thick,and got my local upholsterer to install it in the stock seat. It looks stock but now a 600 mile day is no problem. I am 57 yrs, 5'10", and 190lbs.
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Old 06-21-2014, 11:35 AM   #200
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Magic Carpet Ride

I've only my 800XC a month now, but I couldn't have made a better choice....perfect for me. Although I've never ridden a magic carpet, the 800XC has got to be what it's like!
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Old 06-21-2014, 12:09 PM   #201
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I've only my 800XC a month now, but I couldn't have made a better choice....perfect for me. Although I've never ridden a magic carpet, the 800XC has got to be what it's like!
Well it is after you've spent 1176 on the suspension.
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:44 PM   #202
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Couldn't agree more though still haven't decided on the best/ most cost effective option.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:36 PM   #203
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What happened

I'm surprised someone hasn't come out with a fix for the stepper motor (even if it's shady-tree mechanics).
I had a problem with the stepper motor with my FI scooter after a weeks worth of Noah's flood and my Engineer brother who is also an XC owner said " WD-40 is your friend " and it turned out to be so.
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:01 AM   #204
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Check out GuiltyParty's curtain fix. Triumph certainly aren't interested.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:00 AM   #205
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Check out GuiltyParty's curtain fix. Triumph certainly aren't interested.
Go here for that---> http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...877576&page=38

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Old 06-24-2014, 09:46 AM   #206
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Ah yes, that was the one that got dropped off a cliff and drowned in a river.

Looking good now, eh?
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:22 AM   #207
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Ah yes, that was the one that got dropped off a cliff and drowned in a river.

Looking good now, eh?
Yea, and the new Johnny5 is lookin' gooood!

That was my favorite soap opera following their saga...
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:12 PM   #208
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I have been reading through this thread because I have been shopping and researching my next bike purchase. I believe that it will be the 800xc but there are a couple of things that I haven't seen talked about in this thread(or lightly touched on). My closest dealer will be 4hrs away in Denver co. How hard are these bikes to work on? I'm fairly mechanically inclined and have done mostly everything on my xr650r other than internal engine work. The other thing I'm curious about is reliability. I want a bike I can change oil on and ride. Not a bike that requires constant tinkering. I just want to put on miles and not ware out my tools. Is this that kind of bike? Thanks for your insight. Ben


P.S. On a side note about the seats. Last year I did a ride on my xr650r through the San Juan mountains from grand junction co that ended up being 12hrs and 320mi (120mi of dirt and 200mi slab). While my ass was sore I felt proud like I was some kind of badass!! ( sorry just had to share that with a group that would understand)
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:15 PM   #209
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I have been reading through this thread because I have been shopping and researching my next bike purchase. I believe that it will be the 800xc but there are a couple of things that I haven't seen talked about in this thread(or lightly touched on). My closest dealer will be 4hrs away in Denver co. How hard are these bikes to work on? I'm fairly mechanically inclined and have done mostly everything on my xr650r other than internal engine work. The other thing I'm curious about is reliability. I want a bike I can change oil on and ride. Not a bike that requires constant tinkering. I just want to put on miles and not ware out my tools. Is this that kind of bike? Thanks for your insight. Ben


P.S. On a side note about the seats. Last year I did a ride on my xr650r through the San Juan mountains from grand junction co that ended up being 12hrs and 320mi (120mi of dirt and 200mi slab). While my ass was sore I felt proud like I was some kind of badass!! ( sorry just had to share that with a group that would understand)
They are absolutely rock solid. As good as any jap bike IMO. And I've owned a lot of bikes and a bazillion miles.
I have done nothing to my Tiger but ride it, now right at about 13k miles, all touring, about 10% dirt roads.

A few have had some problems though, and the dealer network is generally good. This is a premium brand, so they tend to be Ducati dealers or something similar and have good techs. I would hate to see anyone buy any bike and then have problems and have to get it to a dealer.

Also a good network of owners here to help DIY.

A few used ones are popping up and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend one in good shape. They are pretty hard to break. A few of the guys sure try though.
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:48 AM   #210
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I have been reading through this thread because I have been shopping and researching my next bike purchase. I believe that it will be the 800xc but there are a couple of things that I haven't seen talked about in this thread(or lightly touched on). My closest dealer will be 4hrs away in Denver co. How hard are these bikes to work on? I'm fairly mechanically inclined and have done mostly everything on my xr650r other than internal engine work. The other thing I'm curious about is reliability. I want a bike I can change oil on and ride. Not a bike that requires constant tinkering. I just want to put on miles and not ware out my tools. Is this that kind of bike? Thanks for your insight. Ben
Maintenance is no different to any other bike. The only slightly tricky/difficult thing is reshimming the valves every 12K miles because the shims are under the buckets BUT I've not heard of many, if any at all, that have needed any shims. Certainly mine hasn't.
Apart from that it's straight forward. Although IMO the plastics around the tank and radiator are fiddly with too many screws.
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