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Forum: Americas 01-22-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 970
Posted By markbvt
Yeah, I wouldn't worry about it, no one will know...

Yeah, I wouldn't worry about it, no one will know the difference… especially since the US doesn't have tiered licensing. A motorcycle endorsement is a motorcycle endorsement.

And a DR-Z400 or...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-21-2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 656
Posted By markbvt
Packed for two weeks in Labrador and...

Packed for two weeks in Labrador and Newfoundland:
http://www.swyve.org/stuff/newf2012/20120822_tlh2_sm.jpg

I'm running Wolfman Expedition Dry saddlebags on Givi racks (running softbags rackless...
Forum: Americas 01-20-2015, 12:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,095
Posted By markbvt
They're actually bypassing that whole section....

They're actually bypassing that whole section. Not sure when the new bypass is scheduled to open, but we were told about it by locals when we were there in 2012.

And I agree, I've ridden it three...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-20-2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 21,838
Views: 4,082,565
Posted By markbvt
You sure about that? I was under the impression...

You sure about that? I was under the impression the frames are identical, and the apparent differences are due to the suspension changes between the two models.

--mark
Forum: Americas 01-20-2015, 07:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,095
Posted By markbvt
Yes, it's absolutely worth it. No, it won't...

Yes, it's absolutely worth it.

No, it won't be as spectacular as the Dalton, but Labrador has its own desolate beauty. Newfoundland is amazing as well.

See my 2012 ride report for lots of info...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-16-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,943
Posted By markbvt
Your dealer is talking nonsense. The 800 motor is...

Your dealer is talking nonsense. The 800 motor is perfectly happy with 87 octane, per Triumph's own recommendations, and running premium is pointless. It doesn't gain you anything… unless the premium...
Forum: Americas 01-16-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 970
Posted By markbvt
I tend to doubt that your Chinese motorcycle...

I tend to doubt that your Chinese motorcycle license would be any less useful to you in the US than a UK one. No matter where your license is from, you should get an International Driving Permit...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-13-2015, 11:05 AM
Replies: 589
Views: 71,921
Posted By markbvt
You're really kind of a 'should' guy aren't you?...

You're really kind of a 'should' guy aren't you? Always dreaming up this pie in the sky crap. Triumph is going to do nothing of the sort. Offroad to one rider maybe something completely different to...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-12-2015, 11:17 AM
Replies: 21,838
Views: 4,082,565
Posted By markbvt
I did indeed go from a V-Strom 650 to a Tiger 800...

I did indeed go from a V-Strom 650 to a Tiger 800 XC. No regrets whatsoever. The only thing the Strom has over the Tiger is fuel range, due to slightly higher efficiency (which may not apply to the...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 01-09-2015, 06:34 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,801
Posted By markbvt
Ever heard of the Bonneville? Variations of which...

Ever heard of the Bonneville? Variations of which are he Srambler900 and the Thruxton.[/QUOTE]

And America and Speedmaster… And the upcoming Street Tracker/whatever they're going to call it.


...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 12-19-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 589
Views: 71,921
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: 108
Views: 5,801
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: 5,234
Views: 946,575
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: 108
Views: 5,801
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: 551
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: 551
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: 2,605
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: 1,016
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: 589
Views: 71,921
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: 589
Views: 71,921
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: 1,463
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: 589
Views: 71,921
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: 589
Views: 71,921
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: 698
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: 1,708
Posted By markbvt
+1 --mark

+1

--mark
Forum: Americas 11-12-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,776
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: 21,838
Views: 4,082,565
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: 21,838
Views: 4,082,565
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: 5,234
Views: 946,575
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: 2,433
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: 53
Views: 3,776
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: 2,433
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: 2,433
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: 4,636
Views: 650,735
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: 53
Views: 3,776
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: 1,536
Views: 141,941
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: 4,636
Views: 650,735
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: 1,536
Views: 141,941
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: 10,264
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: 562
Views: 145,203
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...
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