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Old 09-15-2013, 10:29 PM   #91
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I have ROX risers on my KLR and was planning to do the same.

Looking like the 800xc is the go although had a ride on tiger explorer on Saturday and liked that too!

Btw, does anyone else think the plastic indicator switch is pretty crappy? I would have thought they could do better than that!

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Old 09-16-2013, 07:44 AM   #92
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Btw, does anyone else think the plastic indicator switch is pretty crappy? I would have thought they could do better than that!

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Old 09-17-2013, 06:09 PM   #93
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What do you want, Gold plate? Mine still works fine after 23000 miles.
No, the switch just feels like cheap plastic not in keeping with the rest of the bike. Feels like some of the cheap toys my kids have.

Nitpicky? Sure, but if I'm spending upwards of $17k I reckon that's fair enough.

Still, I think this is my pick unless I convince myself to go for the explorer...

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Old 09-18-2013, 01:43 AM   #94
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No, the switch just feels like cheap plastic not in keeping with the rest of the bike. Feels like some of the cheap toys my kids have.

Nitpicky? Sure, but if I'm spending upwards of $17k I reckon that's fair enough.

Still, I think this is my pick unless I convince myself to go for the explorer...

P
Fair enough but plastic is plastic and a lot of the bike is covered in cheap, replaceable plastic.
I think you'll enjoy the 800 more than the Explorer because it just does everything so well. Yes, the TEX has lots more power and is better for two up, maybe, but it's also a lot heavier and thirstier.
Friend of mine bought one of the first Explorers and had problems with it so it went back to Triumph. He now has an 800XC and said the other day that he's really happy with it.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:22 AM   #95
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Fair enough but plastic is plastic and a lot of the bike is covered in cheap, replaceable plastic.
I think you'll enjoy the 800 more than the Explorer because it just does everything so well. Yes, the TEX has lots more power and is better for two up, maybe, but it's also a lot heavier and thirstier.
Friend of mine bought one of the first Explorers and had problems with it so it went back to Triumph. He now has an 800XC and said the other day that he's really happy with it.
That's good to hear - I was pretty sure that the 800 was a better choice being lighter and more dirt-worthy. I'm sure that the TEX would be an awesome tourer, but I do want to do a reasonable amount of off-road riding.

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Old 09-18-2013, 02:32 AM   #96
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That's good to hear - I was pretty sure that the 800 was a better choice being lighter and more dirt-worthy. I'm sure that the TEX would be an awesome tourer, but I do want to do a reasonable amount of off-road riding.

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Oh, it does dirt pretty well.


It takes you to nice places for nice photos


Then this happens turning round!
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:22 AM   #97
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Then this happens turning round!
Obviously it was just a little tired from riding up that hill - just needed a little rest...
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:56 PM   #98
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f800gs is the real deal......everything else is a top heavy road oriented clone
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:09 AM   #99
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f800gs is the real deal......everything else is a top heavy road oriented clone
And he's already banned.

Somehow I think that the above poster shit on a bunch of threads.
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:16 AM   #100
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Poor misguided fool.
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:16 AM   #101
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I traded my 1050 for an 800 XC. My buddy traded his 1050 for a TEX. Well, he wishes he had the 800 XC. He LOVES the torque of the TEX but after coming back from a trip on some very quick twisties he wishes he had a lighter bike. The 800 XC has plenty of power and is nimble enough to take you off the beaten path some.

To each his own. I thought I would miss my 1050, I don't but for the type of riding I like the 800 XC is perfect. I suspect there will be an 800 XC in my friend's garage next year and someone will aslo end up very happy with his TEX.
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:18 AM   #102
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I traded my 1050 for an 800 XC. My buddy traded his 1050 for a TEX. Well, he wishes he had the 800 XC. He LOVES the torque of the TEX but after coming back from a trip on some very quick twisties he wishes he had a lighter bike. The 800 XC has plenty of power and is nimble enough to take you off the beaten path some.

To each his own. I thought I would miss my 1050, I don't but for the type of riding I like the 800 XC is perfect. I suspect there will be an 800 XC in my friend's garage next year and someone will aslo end up very happy with his TEX.

Is you buddy tall and suited for the larger bike?
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:06 AM   #103
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......................... the TEX has lots more power and is better for two up, maybe,............... ....................
Maybe, maybe not. My 800xc carried the missus and I 5400 miles to the Grand Canyon and back 2up a few weeks ago. I never wished for more power and I certainly never wished for more weight.

for a little perspective. I once owned a BMW R1150RT. It had only 2 more ponies than the XC along with 200 more pounds. No one ever asked if it was powerful enough for 2up riding.



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Old 10-10-2013, 07:21 AM   #104
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And he's already banned.

Somehow I think that the above poster shit on a bunch of threads.

He did...check his post history. Somebody must have pissed in his wheaties.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:21 AM   #105
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Just to give you an idea, I've been riding on dirt since July on my Tiger 800 XC. I'm still not very good, but with a capable rider, this thing has gone more places than any GS I've seen with a similar caliber or better rider.

I've taken it on dirt roads, forest roads, woods roads, double track, single track, 1/2 track, power lines, sand pits, mud, baby heads, wet grass, and no roads. It will go everywhere, but is only limited by the rider. The areas it has the most difficulty is mud and wet grass. It's a little heavy, and is hard to kick back straight unless you're a really tall or strong dude. If a tire kicks out, it's hard to kick back if you're going too slowThe one time I couldn't go on during the Berkshire Triple on the DS route, another dude that was 6'6" hopped on and rode it right through. Muddy whoops over roots into a corkscrew hill climb over boulders with trees guarding the best line. It's tall, so if you can't get both feet down, it's really a 50/50 chance it's going to fall over if you stop because once your other foot hits, it's too heavy to catch. If you were just good and rode it through, that wouldn't be an issue.

On the Colors in the Catskills event at Hunter Ski area, I did the advanced ride/tour of the mountain. I kept up with the enduros. There was one wrong turn that we took that we kinda scratched our heads at before we went, but we went right up the face of one of those ski hills on some loose rocky shit, and the 4 enduros and me were the only ones at the top (other than crew) Littered about were the other 800GS' and 1200GS' barely 1/4 of the way through. One to nothin
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