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Old 09-08-2011, 10:47 AM   #8356
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I've got 1000 miles on my Karoo T. It seems like it will last longer than I expected. I honestly can't tell it has worn much at all. That's about 99% Tarmac too.

Why did you choose the Karoo T over the Karoo?
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:58 AM   #8357
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But the Tiger 800 looks badass but the tiger 1050 looks bland. Kind of like a vstrom.
Nah.. it looks like a big Versys with twin headlights.

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Nice job dude - I actually had a serious crisis at my dealership. He had a 1050 with hardbags, topbox, and centerstand for the same price as the bone stock roadie. I came very very close to buying it.
Thanks! Yeah, if I didn't have my current 1050 bias I'd have the same crisis. The 1050s at the dealer in Kingsport were cheaper than the 800s as well.

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Don't give up your day job! No, just kidding! Great review and one I can relate to as a 1050 owner. I've ridden the XC a couple times and the T800 just once on a dealer escorted ride. I got to know the XC a bit and share similar feelings regards 1050 vs. Tiger 800.

The trump card the XC holds is it's off road capability; light, nimble handling with great confidence from the front end. I've never ridden either Tiger 800 off road ... yet but enjoyed the XC on tight, bumpy technical roads. No pegs scraped on the XC ... but it was a borrowed bike.
I've touched the 1050 pegs down once or twice ... usually hitting a harsh mid corner bump leaned over.

The Tiger 1050 may have adjustable suspension ... but, IMO, it needs help beyond what the adjusters can do. But once set up or upgraded
the 1050 handles our beat up roads nicely and is smooth and fast on the highway. But it is a big and heavy bike compared to the 800XC.

Power wise I also agree. No comparison. Brakes too. But a 115 HP super bike is not everyone's cup of tea ... and it's work to get the 1050 to handle properly. Many gave up and traded them in ... but as you said, great deals on 1050's out there new and used.

The XC felt good to me right away; small, light and FUN!
Agreed... especially on the adjusters on the 1050 being inadequate.. I should have mentioned that for the sake of full disclosure.

Thanks so much for the feedback and discussion, guys. I focused on the negative for this review because nearly every other review has nothing bad to say. I really liked the 800, though.

I'm going to focus on making any future reviews much shorter in length... I'm sure some of you were snoozing by the end.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:20 AM   #8358
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Agreed... especially on the adjusters on the 1050 being inadequate.. I should have mentioned that for the sake of full disclosure.

Thanks so much for the feedback and discussion, guys. I focused on the negative for this review because nearly every other review has nothing bad to say. I really liked the 800, though.

I'm going to focus on making any future reviews much shorter in length... I'm sure some of you were snoozing by the end.
Not at all ... I like a well written and focused review. I 100% reject the 3 line Twitter generation who are clearly under- educated.

I love language ... and love reading a good writers' work. But I'm old ... and old fashion ... I still read books. What a concept!
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:20 PM   #8359
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Anyone else with pictures of their ride with just a topbox and/or tankbag? I have seen tons of pictures with full pannier setups but I am looking for something more minimalistic. It's hard to imagine what they look like without the panniers.

This gear is expensive so I want to make sure I pick right. TIA.

Check out the links in this post: http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....postcount=6737

the case is a GIVI 50 something. Sorry only have the side shot. I don't think it looks bad on there at all. Now I have Jesse panniers so only put on the top case if I need a lot of room or want to be able to lock up my helmet. That top case will actually hold two helmets.
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:25 PM   #8360
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Installed the Triumph heated grips this weekend. Seriously nice kit. Plug and play with mostly hidden wires. The two temps seem to be good settings. I prefer the original grip style over what comes in the heated kit, but they are liveable. I spent some store credit on a FirstGear heated jacket liner that I should be getting soon... l like my XC so much, can't let cold stop me this year!
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:45 PM   #8361
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Anyone Running the Metzler Karoo? If so how is it holding up? Im running the TKC80 and think I will get another 1000 miles out of it (about 4000 miles) total. I called around about the scout but for whatever reason NO one can get it. I also think knobbies just look bad ass!
Last I checked, a small adventure dealer in eureka springs, AR has them.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:19 PM   #8362
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Why did you choose the Karoo T over the Karoo?
I wanted it to last at least 3000 miles. Not 1500 miles. The regular Karoo is known to wear fast on thumpers.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:25 PM   #8363
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I wanted it to last at least 3000 miles. Not 1500 miles. The regular Karoo is known to wear fast on thumpers.
I never got more than 1500 miles out of a rear Karoo on my TE610.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:59 PM   #8364
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I went from the original tune, to the arrow tune and it fixed it untill we had one really hot day and the bike stalled again. Almost worse than the original tune. Thankfully it started on my way to the dealer to get the new Tune. So now all is good. However the temps in the KC area have drastically reduced so unless we get another hot spell the real test may not be untill next year.

On a side note the new tune is saweet. Its super smooth and my gas milease is back to the 50+ mpg. Im soooo happy that they fixed that twitchy throttle.
So glad to hear it's working for everyone. I had a White Tiger 800 on order at the local dealer. Stopped in today, and low and behold, there sat a black 800. SOLD. Should be picking it up in a couple of days . Both me and the missus are super excited to get out and ride. Mrs. Nomad just picked up some nice Shift kevlar jeans. Gotta say, I'm impressed with how well those things look from behind .
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:11 PM   #8365
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The bike, or...oh wait, I got it.
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:14 PM   #8366
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Mrs. Nomad just picked up some nice Shift kevlar jeans. Gotta say, I'm impressed with how well those things look from behind .

Pictures?!?!
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:27 PM   #8367
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They fit very nicely
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:42 PM   #8368
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Whoa!! Buy her more of those!!
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:25 PM   #8369
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A little off topic, but I doubt you FF's will care . As far as Tiger pictures, I'll have to get back with you guys on that one.
Wow! A beauty! I almost see a "nipple violation" ... but I'd call it GOOD. Very good. Nice pants too! Enjoy your new Tiger ... be careful out there!
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:12 PM   #8370
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A little off topic, but I doubt you FF's will care . As far as Tiger pictures, I'll have to get back with you guys on that one.
Well played sir... Well played.
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