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Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by ScrambDaddy, Jul 12, 2010.
Oh that sounds right up my alley. Can't wait to see it.
That's why I own the T800 Roadie and a DRZ. I don't even think of trying things I usually do on the DRZ. If i owned the XC, I would probably give it a thought.
I test drove both the Roadie and the XC and for me, the XC didn't give up anything in terms of street riding. Now for a track day, yeah, of course, but then a Roadie isn't exactly a track day bike, either.
When I can drag the pegs or the side stand on the XC, what more do I want on a big dual-sport??? The only fault I find with the 21" wheel on the road is when it comes to hard braking, it just doesn't have the bite, especially if you aren't fully whoa'd down before you start your turn. Granted, I'm still on the stock BattleWing's and all that will change when I go to a more off-road oriented set later.
Bottom line, I think the Roadie gives up more off-road than the XC gives up on-road, but to each their own.
Recently got back from riding my XC over the Trans-Labrador Highway and through Newfoundland. The bike performed great both on the Trans-Lab gravel and on the long paved stretches in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Ride report here:
I ran an IRC TR8 front tire, similar to a TKC-80 but with a slightly more open tread pattern, and a Full Bore M-40 rear. Both worked great and wore very well. I set up the XC with Wolfman panniers on Givi racks, a Rotopax 2-gallon gas container mounted to a CJ Designs tail rack, and Twisted Throttle DrySpec tail luggage on top of that.
I did have the idle stalling issue twice on the Trans-Lab. The first time, I simply gave the bike a little throttle as I started it and rode off, and on the way I got thoroughly rained on. Next time I started the bike, it started right up, so the rain must have rinsed away whatever dust was gumming up the works. Second time I had the issue, I gave the offending rod actuated by the stepper motor a squirt of WD40; no more problems.
that CJ rack is a good one, eh?
I'm curious Mark as to why you put all that weight that far back
Did you ever write a ride report from your trip?
To me, this is the crux of the delemma between the two models. I'm so glad I got the XC I could just shit little green apples.
My guess is that he's got a pillion, or there's not much weight in the top bags and he wears a backpack. It were me I'd wear a smaller backpack or none, and put the top bag on the pillion seat. Or even put the larger bag on the pillion and the smaller bag on the rotopax. Balance it out, so to speak.
Extra gas is cool if you need it, or water. Water for a sunshower in a remote camp is the shiznit. I carry a mini soft cooler that holds three beverages, so I have cold beer when I get to camp. My backpack is just a hydration pack, the rest goes on the bike. In this case I have room for a giant sleeping pad. Normally I would bring a more compact one but on this bike there is extra room.
dod you have a part # for the ones you got? Dealer says 10 days from Triumph:huh
As Tom said, it's just a bit heavy to be horsing up the upper sections of Engineer and Cinnimon Passes. Bike did fine but this old guy was breathing pretty hard at the top!
I'm not expert but I always find the limit is me, not the XC. 100.0% of the time. If I was really good I expect I would be more or less tired after the same tracks covered, depending on how well I applied the bike to the trail, vs other smaller bikes. And when riding with other XCs I still find myself bringing up the rear more than anything else. So I have room to grow there.
I bought a new Husaberg to make it easier for me, and less costly to try more risky things... but I am quite sure that the limit will be me until I get to a point where everything I want to do does not overly worry me. I want to get to the point that I'm 90% sure about anything I might feel like pointing the bike at. And have fun getting to that point!
Once I get to that point, I am again the limit -- intentionally limiting my arse clowning to keep the risks of death and dismemberment slightly reduced.
Best thing I learned with respect to riding dirt is to go at my own pace. Everyone I ride with is better than me and once I accepted that and rode my own pace (which they are all fine with - I'm not that much slower) I enjoyed it so much more. Trying to keep up with others and bashing my brains out sucked...
Any idea what the windscreen setup is on the Husky?
You're right but you don't have that sense of achievement by doing it on the DRZ because you're expected to whizz up there.
Mud/dirt colour is always the best colour.
The DrySpec bags were packed with the lighter stuff -- clothes, camping gear, etc -- while the heavier stuff like tools, cooking gear, and so on lived in the Wolfman panniers. And I put the CJ Designs rack into its rearmost position so that I could still remove the pillion seat if I needed to get to something underneath it... which I did a couple times.
Also, I ended up needing to carry an additional gas can on the pillion seat for my buddy on his DR-Z400.
And I just don't like the feeling of having stuff press up against my back, so I would not want the large DrySpec bag on the pillion seat. Next trip I might put the smaller one there instead of on top of the larger one; we'll see.
The luggage and gas did make the bike a bit top-heavy, but not too bad.
That's ADV inmate johngil on his TE630. I have one too. When the bike was brand new I loaned it to TCI Products USA to use for prototype accessory items, windshield brackets, skidplate, cargo and pannier racks, headlight guard, and mastercylinder guard. https://tciproductsusa.com
Here's a close-up of that windshield on mine.
Fully adventurized TE630 (sorry for the thread-jack ) I didn't use the TCI pannier racks on mine, opting for Dirtbagz instead. This one has seen a LOT of miles now. It goes where the Tiger can't, but the Tiger is SO much nicer to ride over long distance.
Oh wow! Thanks, for all that.
While demo riding the 800, I got to looking at a TE250 and talking about the new 650s coming down the line. I thought if only I could get a Husky to be more distance-worthy, I might just keep my Tiger 1050. I do have KLR lust, but, want something that's lighter and the 800 could fill both roles. Considered a WRR, too. My buddy has a TE310 and 640 Adventure, so I'll have to see what the future holds. Thanks, again.
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