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Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 12-19-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 417
Views: 53,633
Posted By markbvt
+1. The only thing that's not stock on my XC is...

+1. The only thing that's not stock on my XC is the seat (and the handlebar position). And it's kept me very happy for 67,000 miles. I'm sure I would notice suspension limitations if I rode gnarly...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 12-19-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,267
Posted By markbvt
That's a very good point -- but if Triumph did...

That's a very good point -- but if Triumph did produce a Tiger 530 aimed at that market, it would be a downmarket bike in ways besides displacement too, notably suspension and electronics. I'm all...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-19-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 4,480
Views: 841,011
Posted By markbvt
There are some great roads in the northwestern...

There are some great roads in the northwestern corner of NJ up near the Delaware Water Gap. Can't judge the whole state by the misery that is the New Jersey Turnpike…

--mark
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 12-19-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,267
Posted By markbvt
If Triumph came out with a Tiger Trail 530 XC...

If Triumph came out with a Tiger Trail 530 XC twin making 65hp and weighing under 400lbs wet, with high quality suspension, 21/18 wheels, and a price under $10k, yes, I'd probably have to buy one....
Forum: Americas 12-18-2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 457
Posted By markbvt
Absolutely. Gaspé is a much more interesting...

Absolutely. Gaspé is a much more interesting ride. The Fundy shore is pretty dull by comparison.

--mark
Forum: Americas 12-17-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 457
Posted By markbvt
Two weeks? I'd recommend Nova Scotia/Cape Breton,...

Two weeks? I'd recommend Nova Scotia/Cape Breton, and on the way back loop up to the Gaspé Peninsula.

I do strongly recommend Newfoundland, but as Maggot12 says, it deserves its own trip.
...
Forum: Road warriors 12-16-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,386
Posted By markbvt
Yeah, must be a data entry error. I see they're...

Yeah, must be a data entry error. I see they're also a Victory dealer; Polaris is Victory's parent company.

--mark
Forum: Americas 12-16-2014, 06:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 832
Posted By markbvt
Vermont allows registration by nonresidents as...

Vermont allows registration by nonresidents as well, and it can also be accomplished by mail. No idea how long it takes the plates to arrive though. Knowing the speed at which Vermont's government...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 12-05-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 417
Views: 53,633
Posted By markbvt
Who cares what color the headers are? On my...

Who cares what color the headers are? On my Tiger, the headers are so spotted with dirt and dead bugs that you can't really tell the color anyway.

--mark
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 12-04-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 417
Views: 53,633
Posted By markbvt
Then luckily for you, the Tiger 800 XC is a good...

Then luckily for you, the Tiger 800 XC is a good choice because its triple is neither thirsty nor premium gas. My 2011 gets 45-50mpg in typical non-slab riding (better than my XR650L, for the sake of...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 12-03-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,179
Posted By markbvt
Sounds like a bad sidestand or neutral safety...

Sounds like a bad sidestand or neutral safety switch.

--mark
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 12-03-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 417
Views: 53,633
Posted By markbvt
It's been outstanding. It has needed nothing...

It's been outstanding. It has needed nothing aside from the usual consumables -- in 67,000 miles I've been through plenty of tires and oil changes. But mechanically, it's needed nothing. Not even a...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 12-03-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 417
Views: 53,633
Posted By markbvt
Exactly. If a friend asked for advice on picking...

Exactly. If a friend asked for advice on picking up an ADV bike, I would wholeheartedly recommend the XCx (including waiting to pick up one of those rather than a leftover '14 XC).

But I'm not...
Forum: Americas 11-18-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 564
Posted By markbvt
From IL, you really could go in either direction....

From IL, you really could go in either direction. New England and the Canadian Maritimes would be a big change for you too, and there's a lot of awesome riding.

You could even head southeast to...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-14-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,577
Posted By markbvt
+1 --mark

+1

--mark
Forum: Americas 11-12-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,121
Posted By markbvt
Exactly. Gravel is counterintuitive to ride; last...

Exactly. Gravel is counterintuitive to ride; last thing you want is to put weight on the front end and allow it to dig in. Higher speed actually works a lot better on gravel. When I rode the...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 11-10-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 21,719
Views: 4,025,188
Posted By markbvt
Yeah, I've got a minor one there too, it seems....

Yeah, I've got a minor one there too, it seems. Haven't done anything about it. It's not enough to ever drip oil on the ground. Eventually I'll probably just get a new clutch cover gasket and deal...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 11-04-2014, 07:50 AM
Replies: 21,719
Views: 4,025,188
Posted By markbvt
Early US XCs came with Bridgestone Battlewings...

Early US XCs came with Bridgestone Battlewings (not Trailwings). The Battlewings are actually pretty decent tires, though too street-biased for my liking unless I'm doing a long trip involving...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-03-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 4,480
Views: 841,011
Posted By markbvt
And they've managed to make an already ugly bike...

And they've managed to make an already ugly bike even more hideous.

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/110314bottom-730x546.jpg

Plus it's loaded with even more...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-20-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,337
Posted By markbvt
The stalling issue is vastly exaggerated. If...

The stalling issue is vastly exaggerated. If you're worried about it, just carry a small can of WD40 under your seat. If the bike does refuse to idle, just turn it off, shoot a spritz of WD40 on the...
Forum: Americas 10-20-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,121
Posted By markbvt
+1. Could have ended a whole lot worse -- as it...

+1. Could have ended a whole lot worse -- as it has for other people who've ridden off one of those embankments. A broken arm will heal -- glad it was no worse!

--mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-15-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,337
Posted By markbvt
I've never had to do anything much to it -- just...

I've never had to do anything much to it -- just squirt a little WD40 on the stepper motor arm on the rare occasion that it's happened. You can apply it from the right side of the bike -- just take a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-09-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,337
Posted By markbvt
Not the case where the Tiger is concerned. I...

Not the case where the Tiger is concerned. I owned a Wee-Strom and switched to the Tiger when it came out; the Tiger is a better bike in every way except fuel efficiency (and it doesn't lag far...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 10-06-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 4,488
Views: 623,183
Posted By markbvt
No, mostly rural back roads. I just modulate my...

No, mostly rural back roads. I just modulate my speed mostly with the throttle.

--mark
Forum: Americas 10-06-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,121
Posted By markbvt
Keep a close eye on the weather forecast. In...

Keep a close eye on the weather forecast. In mid-October there's a real danger of accumulating snow. I've experienced nights in the 20s up there even in very early September.

--mark
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 10-03-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 1,419
Views: 119,603
Posted By markbvt
Exactly what I was thinking. No reason that bike...

Exactly what I was thinking. No reason that bike needs an 18" front or a 180-section rear tire…

Supposedly Ducati is releasing a wide range of accessories -- maybe if they're smart they'll even...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 10-02-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 4,488
Views: 623,183
Posted By markbvt
I'm on my second set of EBC HH pads. Way better...

I'm on my second set of EBC HH pads. Way better than stock -- much better bite, and they last longer too.

I replaced the stock pads (front and rear) with EBCs at a little over 20,000 miles. And I...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 09-30-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 1,419
Views: 119,603
Posted By markbvt
Ducati has finally built a bike I want. And I...

Ducati has finally built a bike I want. And I don't just want it a little. :tb

--mark
Forum: Ride reports 09-29-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,897
Posted By markbvt
Great stuff, E. Was hanging with James this...

Great stuff, E. Was hanging with James this weekend and he mentioned you'd moved out to LA. I'm bummed I never managed to make it out to Idaho to visit you there. Guess now I'll have to shoot for...
Forum: Ride reports 09-23-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 556
Views: 135,757
Posted By markbvt
Tito is a friend of mine and a terrific guy. And...

Tito is a friend of mine and a terrific guy. And yes, he loves motorcycles and helping riders. As ssevy pointed out, he used to live here in Vermont, and he and I were two of the founders of the...
Forum: Ride reports 08-28-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,406
Posted By markbvt
Good stuff, Chris. Funnily enough, I've been to...

Good stuff, Chris. Funnily enough, I've been to that lobster supper place in Cardigan too.

--mark
Forum: Americas 08-25-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,936
Posted By markbvt
It would be at the upper end of your price range,...

It would be at the upper end of your price range, but you could pick up a used Triumph Bonneville (the modern Hinckley model, not the '60s/'70s Meriden one) -- has the classic looks, but modern...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-04-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,631
Posted By markbvt
Yesterday: ...

Yesterday:
http://www.swyve.org/stuff/iphone/20140803_tiger60k.jpg

Zero issues.

--mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 08-01-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 21,240
Posted By markbvt
I used to get low 50s mpg on my Wee-Strom. Riding...

I used to get low 50s mpg on my Wee-Strom. Riding essentially the same way, I get high 40s on my T800XC.

Much depends on the quality of the gas (ethanol really does decrease mileage), the ambient...
Forum: Americas 07-31-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,873
Posted By markbvt
Also +1. Other benefit is that the reintegration...

Also +1. Other benefit is that the reintegration into population happens gradually if you go clockwise, which is necessary for misanthropic asses like me. :D

--mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-29-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,631
Posted By markbvt
Your comment is utterly pointless unless you tell...

Your comment is utterly pointless unless you tell us what issues you've been having.

--mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-28-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,631
Posted By markbvt
For what it's worth, I'm about to turn over...

For what it's worth, I'm about to turn over 60,000 miles on my three-year-old Tiger 800 XC, and it's been completely trouble-free. Amazing motorcycle.

--mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-28-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 21,240
Posted By markbvt
:scratch Are you comparing the Tiger to the...

:scratch

Are you comparing the Tiger to the DL1000? Thread is about the DL650… and the Tiger is much faster than that on pavement.

It's also much better off pavement.



He got unlucky....
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 07-23-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 21,719
Views: 4,025,188
Posted By markbvt
Apparently the lightweight kind, because the...

Apparently the lightweight kind, because the heavyweight stuff might break the side stand.

--mark
Forum: Americas 07-22-2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 977
Posted By markbvt
Don't bother with the App Gap; the pavement is in...

Don't bother with the App Gap; the pavement is in horrible condition at this point. But the Middlebury Gap (Rt 125 between Middlebury and Hancock) is fun.

But with only two days to do this trip,...
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