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Old 08-31-2011, 08:34 PM   #286
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Danny,

very nice report. I really like the pictures you have taken.
What kind of Nikon do you have?

Bests,

Z
G'Day,

I am using a new D5100 and a really nice 17-35mm lense that was passed down to me by a mate. Pretty awesome bit of kit, I have been like a kid with a new toy ever since I got it. I found myself wandering round most mornings of the trip just taking in the sights.










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Old 08-31-2011, 09:06 PM   #287
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Great update Danny! I know exactly the situation about not taking photos in tough sections! I'm usually too focused staying up right to stop to keep up with the documentation. I miss way too many photo ops .... that said, your pics are 1st class work.

Glad to hear the positive review of the XC in the super rough stuff. I am quite surprised it did so well. Rocky drop offs, boulders, deep sand? Wow! Very impressive performance!
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I was surprised too. I knew the bike was capable from the riding I had done at home but when I turned on to a washed out station track with a loaded Tiger I thought I was in over my head. The first 100 metres were deep wash sand and I honestly wondered what I was doing there. I committed to it though and as the track varied from sand to deep ruts and rocky creek beds, we started to find a rhythym. With a steady hand it is amazing where these things go and with a bit of suspension work I think it is probably capable of running a pretty rapid trail pace. The long legged 990's are still the pick of the big bikes in the bush but the Tiger is really good at modest speeds. The Tiger seems to steer better and is very stable but it gets out of its depth when the hits come hard and fast. The big Kato's really shine here and are well capable of running with the enduro bikes on a surprising variety of tracks. Ridden within its limits the Tiger is really enjoyable in the bush and I suspect with a bit of suspension work and some more talent behind the bars it could surprise more than a few people?
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:10 PM   #288
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After going back and forth about which crash bars to get, I ended up getting the ones from Triumph. I like the looks of them and they seem to provide good protection for the engine (but not the tank or upper plastic parts). Does anyone know the cost of replacing these plastic parts that are on the tank and radiator? It looks as if they are almost meant to be disposable. Like Triumph knows that they will be scratched in a fall and therefore has made them easy to replace. If not, I might want to consider a different set crash bars. Has anyone actually dropped the XC with the engine guards installed? I'd like to know what is likely to happen.

Much thanks!
I have been told that those panels were designed with easy replacement in mind and that they are quite cheap to purchase. My main reason for the higher crash bars was radiator protection. I was concerned that without some form of side protection a simple fall on either side might harm the radiators but I don't know how valid this concern is?
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:03 PM   #289
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Faced with a 400km stretch between refuels, I filled up a 6 Ltr dromedary bag on the back but it was getting skinny as I turned east towards Camerons Corner.
Glad you found a dromedary bag! Pretty slick, huh? Did you use the Nalgene water bottle cap? Or did the stock one not leak on ya? Looks like a great ride!
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:42 AM   #290
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G'Day,

I am using a new D5100 and a really nice 17-35mm lense that was passed down to me by a mate. Pretty awesome bit of kit, I have been like a kid with a new toy ever since I got it.

Cheers,

Danny
Hello Danny,

all your pictures have been saved as wallpaper to my desktop ;)
Keep continue the posting
Thanks for the reply.

Take care,

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Old 09-01-2011, 11:24 AM   #291
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Burren Rider, I am impressed. That is the closest I have seen to the type of riding I do and you do it very well. Answers my questions about sand.

I am happy to see a worthy competitor to the F800gs. I have been riding for over 45 years and never owned a bike with more than 2 cylinders. Done it without a HD in the mix.

Something about twin vibrations that just builds character. You know you are on a motorcycle.

Still, if I did not own the competition, I can see how it is something others would like.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:15 PM   #292
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Has anyone actually dropped the XC with the engine guards installed? I'd like to know what is likely to happen.
Only on tarmac at about 20 mph - LHS of the bike hit the nearside of a cager, tipping me over to the right. Crash bar held up well.



I also had the H&B pannier rails on so no damage to the Arrow.

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Old 09-02-2011, 09:04 AM   #293
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After going back and forth about which crash bars to get, I ended up getting the ones from Triumph. I like the looks of them and they seem to provide good protection for the engine (but not the tank or upper plastic parts). Does anyone know the cost of replacing these plastic parts that are on the tank and radiator? It looks as if they are almost meant to be disposable. Like Triumph knows that they will be scratched in a fall and therefore has made them easy to replace. If not, I might want to consider a different set crash bars. Has anyone actually dropped the XC with the engine guards installed? I'd like to know what is likely to happen.

Much thanks!
I have the triumph crash bars and have dropped the bike. Nothing too crazy but both times held up very well. My biggest worry is the foot pegs!
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:31 PM   #294
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I have the Triumph engine guards and I dropped my XC in the rocks while stopped. No damage anywhere.
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Old 09-03-2011, 05:46 AM   #295
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I've got the stock Triumph crash bars. Dropped the bike on both sides now - both times at low speed though one was a pretty hard hit on rocky terrain. No damage other than a scratched mirror housing, handguard and blinker. I'd still like to get some upper crash bars to protect the radiator and plastic up top.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:58 AM   #296
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No, definately not. Just been out riding for 9 days through the Australian outback.


Obviously I learnt a lot about the bike in this time and most of it is good. But first the bad.


This was taken south of Wilcannia where I stopped for a minute and the bike refused to start and idle. It had done this to me in the past and I was hoping the new map would arrive prior to my trip which would cure the problem. Unfortunately it didn't and this time the bike wouldn't sort it's issues out as it had in the past after a break in play. I parked it for twenty minutes while my mates continued on, disconnected the battery for a time in the hope that it would reset and still nothing. In the end I resorted to twisting the throttle as I started the bike to get it running and keep it above 2,000rpm. I backtracked to Wilcannia, played with my options and headed west to meet up with the others at Olary for the night.




Olary is a small town on the Barrier Highway (pub and a couple of deserted houses and not much else) but it does have mobile reception so I got in touch with Triumph Australia who had been good to me so far. My options were to ride the bike as it was or run through to Adelaide in the morning to get the parameters reset. The new map was still in the final stages of testing though so I would have to take my chances that the old map held. I headed down the highway in the morning when everybody else went bush and when I got to Yunta I managed to get a weak idle with a bit of stop start cycling through. Not keen on riding another 600km's down and back to Adelaide, I decided to head north and catch up with the others.


The bike ran perfectly again for the next 300km's and as I navigated through a series of twisting dirt roads and station tracks the bike was absolutely awesome.


The triple howled and the back end drifted as it cut its way through rolling passes. The suspension rippled over rocky gullies like they weren't even there and by Hawker, Mr Triumph was forgiven for the earlier difficulties.

And then it stopped again. Bugger.

My contact at Triumph Australia had sent an e-mail to the factory chasing up the new map for me and would get in touch as soon as it arrived. That way I would have the option of running back down to Adelaide to get it loaded and have the bike running right again. The lure of the Flinders Ranges was too much though and as I caught up with more riders heading to the TK Memorial ride, I decided to just ride around the problem. As it turned out the new map did arrive the next day but I was out of mobile reception for the next four days anyway.

You are my new hero ...................

I just sold my AT to fund the purchase of an XC, and to see what the bike is capable of through this thread, is astounding mate.

Keep up the good work.

Cheers .......

G.

EDIT: Even with the mapping issue, which I can totally understand it being a bugger, it really does look like Triumph has hit a home run with this bike ..............
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:51 PM   #297
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:32 AM   #298
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Great thread!

Danny, since you've obviously been beating on your XC a fair amount already, would be interested in your take on any clunking/clacking your XC makes in the rough stuff. I've been chasing what sounds like a sharp metal-on-metal clack on mine when hammering holes, whoops, and rocks. I thought it was the centerstand, but after some testing last night, I'm thinking it's good old chain slap now. The slider on the XC is a fairly complex piece compared to standard dirt bike stuff. Seems like they've went overboard to potentially quiet chain noise only to not accomplish it.

Just did about a 1000 miles of gravel, sand, and dirt and your observations are spot on with what I've been seeing. The fork is a really nice set up. The shock isn't bad, but with panniers, I'm wishing I could dial in more compression.

Was washing the bike last night and was scratching my head trying to figure out how all that mud got on the bottom of the triple... I think I'll go the extension route and try that.
Great pics and posts Burren - gota admire those Aussies a ! ( Wont win the world cup tho ! )
Also taken the plunge and got the XC ( WHITE ! )
Quite a bike and impressed so far - my beemer buddies were as well after our 600k jaunt last weekend - we swapped to compare ( 650 Dakars and a 1150 GS ) - smiles allround - they couldnt get over its point and shoot ability
One thing does stand out and this is mentioned in the above post - Im getting a chain slap type sound when riding corrugations/ruts ?
Any further thoughts ? Have checked chain freeplay - 20-30mm and ok // Lubed up ok
Thats about the only harshness heard or felt
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:19 PM   #299
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Maybe I missed it but has anyone swapped the stock pegs for aftermarket ones better suited for standing off-road? The stockers seem a bit narrow.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:19 PM   #300
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Maybe I missed it but has anyone swapped the stock pegs for aftermarket ones better suited for standing off-road? The stockers seem a bit narrow.

I have been watching for a good set. So far I havn't seen any...
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