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Old 10-16-2013, 12:37 AM   #8161
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Big parcel arrived from Motobins - excellent service, despite some HB items being on back order from Germany and beyond their control

HB Rack unwrapped and fitted tonight, easy just removed the oem handles and the exhaust and pop it on, fit & finish is great . . . All in all, a good rack which is sturdy and has grab handles incorporated to provide multiple luggage strap options - please with the HB choice
Well done Johnny - a short break down here in the Pyrenees next weekend then

Seriously, the best bit about the rack is that you can get the pannier support racks later when you want to go longer distance/camping, etc.

Now, you've just reminded me I had a use in mind for the now redundant grab handles!

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PS maybe we could fix up an X-Co rally here next year!
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:33 AM   #8162
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Well done Johnny - a short break down here in the Pyrenees next weekend then

Seriously, the best bit about the rack is that you can get the pannier support racks later when you want to go longer distance/camping, etc.

Now, you've just reminded me I had a use in mind for the now redundant grab handles!

Regs

Simon

PS maybe we could fix up an X-Co rally here next year!
Sounds good, I have the HB racks already (from the XChallenge) so looking forward to making full use of the bike in 2014
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:27 AM   #8163
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Sounds good, I have the HB racks already (from the XChallenge) so looking forward to making full use of the bike in 2014
We need to do a Xch/country UK weekend away next year.

Cheers Dave.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:20 AM   #8164
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We need to do a Xch/country UK weekend away next year.

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Old 10-17-2013, 03:48 PM   #8165
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Tire help with X-co

Hello all,

Been lurking over here since I got my X-Co off of DRONE.

I have been looking over all the tire threads to see what you all have been using for a replacement front knobby.

I see that the TKC80 is really popular... but, according to Continental, with the 100/90-19 size, it only is available as a tube tire.

The closest tubeless version is 110/80-19.

So, none of the previous tire threads say what you all have done who have used the TKC80 on the front...
1) used the 100/90-19 on your existing tubeless rim (of course with a tube inside)?
2) gone to the wider size 110/80-19 so you don't have to use a tube? Does that change any of the bikes handling at higher speeds? Does anything rub?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

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Old 10-17-2013, 04:03 PM   #8166
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Hello all,

Been lurking over here since I got my X-Co off of DRONE.

I have been looking over all the tire threads to see what you all have been using for a replacement front knobby.

I see that the TKC80 is really popular... but, according to Continental, with the 100/90-19 size, it only is available as a tube tire.

The closest tubeless version is 110/80-19.

So, none of the previous tire threads say what you all have done who have used the TKC80 on the front...
1) used the 100/90-19 on your existing tubeless rim (of course with a tube inside)?
2) gone to the wider size 110/80-19 so you don't have to use a tube? Does that change any of the bikes handling at higher speeds? Does anything rub?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

MKJ

You do realize that your XCo runs tube-type tires?
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:18 PM   #8167
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Yikes, super dual sport/off road neub here!

My local dealer's parts guy didn't even inform me of that. He wasn't sure if the bike was tube or tubeless.

Thanks TBARSTOW
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:37 AM   #8168
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Having doubts

So, I found a 2008 XCountry at a main dealer a couple of weeks ago, 5800 miles, immaculate condition (and no, it's not an ex ORS bike with new panels). My only slight concern was that the bike had 5 owners, but anyone I've spoken to has said this isn't anything to worry about. Part of the deal was a new front tyre, new MOT, service, and 80 point check.

The bike was due to be delivered on Wednesday, but I got a call to say that the front wheel bearings needed replacing, and would be replaced before delivery. So, this was done, and the bike was meant to be delivered yesterday. I then got a call yesterday to say that the rose joint on the rear suspension has a crack in it, and that they will either get the shock rebuilt, or replace it.

Should I be concerned, as it seems strange that a bike with such low mileage had these issues, or are these normal wear and tear items? If the previous owner was a lover of all things fried, I guess this would explain the rose joint, and I understand that bearings do wear out on bikes, so what do you lot reckon?
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:14 AM   #8169
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sounds fishy to me. 5 owners, even with low miles, may have gotten flogged!
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:04 AM   #8170
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sounds fishy to me. 5 owners, even with low miles, may have gotten flogged!
Nah, it's a love it or hate it bike. I hope I like it! My concern is the need for new bearings and a rose joint on a bike that's done under 6k miles, but I'm told that these are normal wear and tear items.
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:16 AM   #8171
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im not familiar with the term "rose joint"!!!
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:19 AM   #8172
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:53 PM   #8173
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The dealer decided to replace the rear shock for a new one, so I've managed to negotiate upgrading to a Wilbers, and I'll pay the difference in price (100). I'm happy.
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:55 AM   #8174
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The dealer decided to replace the rear shock for a new one, so I've managed to negotiate upgrading to a Wilbers, and I'll pay the difference in price (100). I'm happy.
You're a lucky, lucky man - Wilbers shock is just right for the X-Co.

Now, when are we all going to meet? And where? Somewhere in Southern France next May would be nice - and fairly central for all on this side of the Pond :)

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Old 10-29-2013, 03:18 AM   #8175
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HB Centrestand fitted, pretty easy to fit - a bit fiddly in places

Very stable in use and feels like it was OEM quality, doesn't catch anywhere and makes cleaning/chain adjustment and wheel removal a doddle now





Put some vehicle cable trunking on the centre bar to stop the paint being stone chipped off (a few WC owners could make a not of this cheap paint protection remedy)





Up and retracted:P



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